50 episodes

Cowboy Junkies have been making music since 1986, when they released their debut album "Whites Off Earth Now!!" More than 35 years later, they are still producing compelling albums and taking that music on the road - pandemics permitting... In this series, the band talk you through their songs, one by one, digging deep into each of them, from right across their career. www.cowboyjunkies.com www.latentrecordings.com

Cowboy Junkies: Music Is The Drug - The Podcast Cowboy Junkies

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    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

Cowboy Junkies have been making music since 1986, when they released their debut album "Whites Off Earth Now!!" More than 35 years later, they are still producing compelling albums and taking that music on the road - pandemics permitting... In this series, the band talk you through their songs, one by one, digging deep into each of them, from right across their career. www.cowboyjunkies.com www.latentrecordings.com

    50. Sweet Jane

    50. Sweet Jane

    Welcome to the 50th episode of "Music Is The Drug", and we're marking the occasion with Michael Timmins and Alan Anton discussing perhaps the Junkies' best known recording, "Sweet Jane", from "The Trinity Session". A song that was in the repertoire as far back as "Whites Off Earth Now!!", we look at the reasons why "Sweet Jane" and the Velvet Underground have always been Junkies' touchstones and hear just what songwriter Lou Reed thought of the band's recording of the song that takes us...

    • 23 min
    49. Such Ferocious Beauty - Part 3

    49. Such Ferocious Beauty - Part 3

    Welcome to the third part of our special series of podcasts to mark the release of Cowboy Junkies’ new album, “Such Ferocious Beauty”. With the help of music from the album, some demos and an excerpt from an as yet unreleased track, this time we’re talking to Alan Anton to get his take on the record, its writing and production and playing it live. To watch the video for "Hard To Build. Easy To Break.", click here. To watch the video for "What I Lost", click here. To order "Such Ferocious Beau...

    • 1 hr
    48. Such Ferocious Beauty - Part 2

    48. Such Ferocious Beauty - Part 2

    On June 2nd 2023, Cowboy Junkies release their new album, “Such Ferocious Beauty”, an album of ten songs that is up there with anything they’ve done right across their career. To celebrate its release, we’ve got a two part conversation with Michael Timmins about the thinking behind the record, its themes and its recording process. Added to that, there’s plenty of music both from the record itself as well as the songwriting and early production demos. In this second part of our "Such...

    • 46 min
    47. Such Ferocious Beauty - Part 1

    47. Such Ferocious Beauty - Part 1

    On June 2nd 2023, Cowboy Junkies release their new album, “Such Ferocious Beauty”, an album of ten songs that is up there with anything they’ve done right across their career. To celebrate its release, we’ve got a two part conversation with Michael Timmins about the thinking behind the record, its themes and its recording process. Added to that, there’s plenty of music both from the record itself, the songwriting and early production demos and even a demo of a so far unreleased track spr...

    • 56 min
    46. Simon Keeper

    46. Simon Keeper

    A morality - or immorality - tale for a modern age "Simon Keeper" looks at how greed can, sometimes, bring business to its knees, and, on the opposite side of the coin, how once a scammer, always a scammer...Recorded originally for "Open", using the songwriting demo, the "Open" mix and the finished version on "One Soul Now", Michael Timmins. and Alan Anton go through the story of bringing "Simon Keeper" to life and also ponder just how tough it is to put a concert set list together when you'v...

    • 13 min
    45. Where Are You Tonight?

    45. Where Are You Tonight?

    "Where Are You Tonight?" was first released on "The Caution Horses" in 1990, was on last year's "Sharon" release which looked at the band's first pass at recording that material, was included in the "200 More Miles" live album and is still often included in the live set to this day. So what makes a song such a hardy perennial in the Junkies' huge catalogue, why has it endured and where did it spring from in the first place?Michael Timmins and Alan Anton have the answers on this episode of "Mu...

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Motif311 ,

My favorite band

I look forward to every episode & they always deliver interesting stories behind the songs. Listening to Dave, Mike, & Alan also reminds me of one of the core reasons Cowboy Junkies have been my favorite band for over 20 years; they aren’t your run of the mill musicians. They are incredibly intelligent & principled people. Please keep the podcast going. Your fans appreciate hearing songs & stories.

celebmaker ,

“GREAT! A NEW PODCAST!”- Said by no one ever. HOWEVER…

I am going to start by saying I am NOT a podcast person. Seems odd to waste precious time listening to them. I am however a Cowboy Junkies fan. So when the email came that there was a new podcast about the Cowboy Junkies I first was interested but didn’t really follow up on the interest straightaway. Lately I came upon it again and decided to give it a listen. WOW! Even though I don’t think it will drastically change my view of podcasts, it has deepened my appreciation and fondness for Cowboy Junkies as a fan. It’s nice to learn about and get to know the band better as musicians, and songwriters, and as people.
So the next time I see them in concert it will help me get over my personal shyness/intimidation of them and say hi after all these decades of seeing them.

lvn norml ,

This is the podcast I need in my life

As a long time fan I have heard many of the stories behind the songs because CJ has always shared so much with their audience.
This takes it from the concert into the deep dives I do into their albums, old and new. It’s another layer that I never knew I needed until I started listening to this podcast. It’s also a great companion to the book Music is the Drug.” I plan to listen to the entire series on an upcoming overseas flight!

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