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Thursday, May 8th, 2014
"His voice would ring true in any number of decades; the 2010's will do just fine." The Globe And Mail
“What we hear on Early Riser is the sound of a good singer-songwriter making the leap into great territory… one of Canada's best” 8/10 Exclaim
“Early Riser is a commanding and astounding listen …deserving of any laurels and accolades thrown its way.” Pop Matters
Early Riser is Jerry Leger’s best album yet. Sure, we said something similar about his last one, Some Folks Know, but they just keep getting better.” NNNN NOW Magazine
“Jerry Leger has emerged as a talent to be reckoned with.” Cashbox
If you haven't had a chance to listen to Jerry's album, produced by….me!….please do so…you can find it here. Here is a live performance video of the song Nobody's Angel that we shot at our studio (The Hangar)…it's a beautiful song, sounds like the Junkies could do a nice version of this one. Enjoy.
Friday, April 25th, 2014
We are heading West in June for a quick run through California.
One of the highlights of the tour will be a performance of The Trinity Session at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. This is a great venue, in a great city….sounds like the makings of a road trip for those of you not living in the San Francisco area.
We’ll also be playing two shows at the oh-so-hip Largo at the Coronet in LA. The first show sold out immediately, the second show is now on sale so don’t hesitate, it’s a small venue.
We’ll also be visiting one of our favourite old haunts, The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. This is a legendary music club and it’s been many years since we’ve played a gig there. It will be a lot of fun to get back on that stage.
There are a handful of other gigs in the San Diego/LA area and within driving distance of the Bay Area so please check out our Tour Page to see how close we are coming to your front door and for all show and ticket details.
We hope to see some of you out there…we are looking forward to some plus sixty degree weather.
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
We are proud to announce a new release on Latent Recordings by Toronto singer-songwriter Jerry Leger. The album, Early Riser, is produced, recorded and mixed by Michael Timmins and has been picking up some great reviews (see below). If your a fan of great songwriting and great playing…check it out….you just might discover a new addition to your collection. Enjoy!!
NOW MAGAZINE – NNNN "Early Riser is Jerry Leger’s best album yet. Sure, we said something similar about his last one…,but they just keep getting better."
Exclaim Magazine – 8 out of 10 "Signs are everywhere on this terrific new album, his best yet, that his already impressive knack for songcraft is evolving, maturing into something remarkable…….What we hear on Early Riser is the sound of a good singer-songwriter making the leap into great territory…"
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
It's a good day up here in the frozen North. An exciting three days of hockey to finish off these Olympic games, with both the men's and women's team bringing home gold medals. The women captured theirs with one of the most thrilling games in international hockey history. The men's team, loaded with NHL superstars and some of the best offensive players in the world, came together as a defensive juggernaught, moving relentlessly through the tournament, towards gold.
But it wasn't all about hockey (well, almost). It's one thing to watch multi-millionaire hockey players doing their thing, but the greatest thrill is watching a young mogul skiier or luger or half-pipe daredevil stand on the podium bursting with joy. Being a parent I can't help but look at it from their perspective: knowing the time, effort and fanatical perserverence with which their son or daughter has persued their passion. And then to see them compete at the highest level, victorious or just falling short, the pride and love and awe that one must feel.
Despite all the politics and corruption and inevitable controversy surrounding any Olympic games, when it gets down to the atheletes, it all becomes worthwhile.
We hit the road this week. We are heading to some of our favourite haunts in the Nort East and a few new towns as well. Check out our tour page to see if we are coming close to your town. Come up and say hello if you see us walking around your streets…..Spring is coming, I can feel it….
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
A new Cookie Crumbs (volume 12) is now available…read on to find out what its all about, in the words of Cookie Bob: "I was very excited when I first heard that the Junkies would play two shows at Birchmere that would encompass all of Trinity Session and Black Eyed Man. I immediately made plans to attend. It seemed like I hit every traffic jam in each of the eight states I traversed on the drive down, but it was well worth the frustration. Trinity was well-rehearsed and fluid, while Black Eyed Man was less so, yet so very welcome as it contains many of my most favorite CJ songs. Winter’s Song alone was worth the trip. This will be the longest Cookie Crumbs to date, as there was so much good music played over the two days. I’ve included the entire first night’s show plus the BEM set from night two. I had intended to take the Nomad songs that were exclusive to the second night and intersperse them in the first night’s Nomad set, but doing so seemed to interrupt the flow and detract from the overall energy level, so I left well enough alone. Mike is better at set list construction than I am. I had a real good time at these shows and now you can, too. Special mention should be made of the Birchmere staff, who are consistently welcoming, friendly and do their best to be accommodating."
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Welcome to the new year everyone, let’s hope it’s a good one for one and all. If you are unfortunate enough to be hunkered down in the deep freeze covering most of North America, don't worry, I have heard that help is on the way. My sources in Australia tell me that the sun is still up in the sky and is slowly making its way to our side of the planet (yes, I'm advocating a return to the Ptolemaic view of the universe, it’s a new year’s resolution of mine). Have I told you that I hate the cold…? Indeed I do.
A few things of note…we are back on the road at the end of February. The first leg of 2014 starts at the end of February and brings us to the eastern states, where we hope to help with the thaw. There will be another leg in April (not quite sure where this one will bring us just yet) and then another in June (during which it looks like we'll be getting down to the Southern California region). For all touring details please keep an eye on the Tour page.
If you haven't had a chance to check out The Kennedy Suite cd please do so. It's a collaborative effort that we have been working on for a few years now and we are very proud of it. In the words of Sun Media it’s “Ambitious, artful and just plain awesome”. It also made the “Best of 2013” lists in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Sun Media and a whole bunch of other places.
A couple of Latent releases also made some end of year lists. Lee Harvey Osmonds “The Folk Sinner” was number 3 at CKUA for the year and made the Top 20 on a couple of Ear Shots national radio charts as did The Good Family Album. Please check these out if you haven't yet had a chance: if you are in to what we do, you will find a lot to like in these albums.
Keep an eye on this space…we'll be adding info as we build the tour and as we make our way towards our next recording project. Stay warm and stay safe.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
It was an amazing weekend of music. We thank all of you that put your faith in us and bought a ticket. We hope you weren't disappointed. And we thank all of the musicians and crew that came together to create a weekend of inspired music. It was one of the more satisfying and uplifting events that I have had the pleasure in being a part of. Here are some pictures from backstage….I was a little busy so I didn't have much time to properly document the event. I'm expecting to receive some more pics over the next few days so I'll post them when I receive them. Check out the Cowboy Junkies and The Kennedy Suite facebook pages for more coverage and photos.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
(The Kennedy Suite album is available today. Also make sure to check out the deluxe folder that brother Pete has created. You can check out one of his collages below….. here is a link to the Exclaim review reprinted below.)
by Jason Schneider
9 out of 10
November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and of all the events marking it, none is as unexpectedly poignant as this song cycle created by Toronto poet Scott Garbe, produced by Cowboy Junkies' Michael Timmins along with Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson of Skydiggers. Who would have thought that a bunch of Canadian indie rockers could encapsulate the ongoing mystique of what happened that day in Dallas so comprehensively? But that's precisely what these 15 tracks accomplish, with various perspectives illustrated by voices that include Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, Martin Tielli, and the Junkies and 'Diggers themselves, the last of whom revisit the monumental "The Truth About Us," first recorded on 1997's Desmond's Hip City. On paper, the overarching concept might suggest a dour history lesson — or worse, another Oliver Stone conspiracy theory — but from the opening Who-like performance by Hawksley Workman and the Screwed, The Kennedy Suite's drama is rooted in the real hope for change JFK instilled, and how his killing was an act that irrevocably changed North American society — an act not repeated on a similar scale until September 11, 2001. In that sense, Garbe's words are perfectly measured, focusing on intimate encounters with major players such as Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby, as well as unnamed JFK admirers and hospital workers. It adds up to an audacious statement that musically conjures memories of '90s CanRock glory. More significantly, The Kennedy Suite is a highly affecting portrait of a moment in time whose lingering effects still cast a long shadow.
The Cowboy Junkies Kennedy Suite can be ordered from Maple Music. The Cowboy Junkies and their friends are performing two shows at Toronto’s Winter Garden theatre on November 22nd (sold out) and 23rd. If you’re in the area, it’s not to be missed. Tickets can be bought from Massey Hall.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
(Make sure to order The Kennedy Suite before Tuesday November 12 in order to get a free copy of composer Scott Garbe's demo. Also make sure to check out the deluxe folder that brother Pete has created…you can check out one of his collages below. The No Depression review can be found here.)
reviewed by Skot Nelson
"Oh Marina, Marina, it’s cold and it’s lonely / When you’re pointing a gun at the President” sings Andy Maize towards the end of the Kennedy Suite on a song originally released by The Skydiggers in 1997. “I’m no flunky with a rifle / I’m an N.R.A. Golden Boy / I’m a Genius Forging a Legend.”
The fifty years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy have seen no shortage of artistic expression dedicated to the memory of Camelot. That assassination had as much impact north of the border as it did in the United States and the latest release ostensibly from Canada's Cowboy Junkies (though it's really a collaboration album) is an ambitious song cycle that chronicles the man and the events of the time.
The album’s fifteen tracks tell the assassination’s story from the perspective of a series of interconnected characters and those stories are told with the help of some of the band’s formidably talented friends: in addition to The Skydiggers, there are guest appearances from Doug Paisley, Lee Harvey Osmond, Reid Jamieson, and Martin Tielli to name a few.
The song’s perspectives vary widely and the musical styles shift with them: the jazzy I Got a Bullet for You captures the conspiracy theory nature of the era with a wide array of guests. Secret Spy Decoder Ring is a straight ahead rocker told from the playful perspective of a child.
The album’s songs unfold along a loose but intertwining timeline. While the first few start early in the day by the time we get to Parkland—not quite half way through the full collection, and told from the perspective of a hospital worker—the President is dead.
We’re gradually moved into post-assassination territory with the poignant Disintegrating (the only song on the album to feature Margo Timmins’ voice at the forefront) and Senior Prom before culminating in the events of the days immediately after the President's death..
Those days lead to one of the album’s finest moments, when Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is given voice by Andy Maize in The Truth About Us, a song that chronicles the American dream and optimistic sentiment of the the times. “Let’s settle up on boot hill / To the view we adore” Maize sings at the song’s start before moving on to a later refrain of “Oh Marina, Marina, it’s cold and it’s lonely / when reporters are carrying your coffin.”
As a concept album, The Kennedy Suite succeeds where other similar efforts might have failed in capturing a historic era. There are no rose coloured glasses here: Slipstream sees Martin Tielli sing about the complex duality of Camelot with lines like “Buy an election / get the girl / while the girls are gone / have more than one” that allude to Kennedy’s numerous affairs. This is followed by news clips covering the assassination of Martin Luther King and making reference to the eventual death of Bobby Kennedy. Camelot may have been sunny, but the Cowboy Junkies are looking in the shadows too.
Highlights on the collection include Lee Harvey Osmond’s Parkland, the Skydiggers’ Truth About Us and Martin Tielli's performance on Slipstream. It really is a collection that should be listened to in full though.
The Kennedy Suite is a rich, complex work that rewards a close listen. Grab this, sit back with a good set of headphones and spend an hour with an album that succeeds on just about every level: it’s a lyrically rich, well constructed, musically versatile tribute to a time when America was the land of hope and glory when, as The Skydiggers put it, “Every girl and boy could grow up to be the President / Or grow up to be the President’s killer.”
The Cowboy Junkies Kennedy Suite can be ordered from Maple Music. The Cowboy Junkies and their friends are performing two shows at Toronto’s Winter Garden theatre on November 22nd (sold out) and 23rd with guests. If you’re in the area, it’s not to be missed. Tickets can be bought from Massey Hall.