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Monday, April 11, 2022

"Live Music Is Better": Cowboy Junkies @ The Birchmere — 4/10/22

 Cowboy Junkies 
The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia - April 10, 2022
(photo by TW - Click photo to enlarge)


As you know, last year, we had a rather life changing event occur where we can truly say that "The Music Saved Our Lives" -- both seriously and literally.

And -- as we discussed throughout 2020 & 2021 ... everybody knows "Live Music Is Better", of course. (Or, another example, "Live Music Is Better" - Mid-Summer 2021 Edition #2 or  -- most recently -- "Live Music Is Better": Son Volt @ The Birchmere — 3/2/22.)


Setlist w/ "(Don't Let It) Bring You Down"
 (photo by HtH - Click photo to enlarge)


Last night ( 4/10/22), we caught  Cowboy Junkies at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia and it was fab.  Fab not just because we  were simply enjoying live music with our friends but because we got something we always consider  treat ... a Neil Young cover. 

Cowboy Junkies covered Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" off their latest album of covers "Songs of the Recollection". (Album also includes cover of Neil's "Love In Mind", also.  More details here.) Lead singer Margo Timmins introduced the previous cover by Gordon Lightfoot as the "King of Canadian Folk Music".  The intro for Neil's DLIBYD was in a similar laudatory vein for the Canadian singer songwriter.

Rare R@D "Live Music Is Better" Bumper Sticker
w/ Hawks & Doves by Neil Young

(via TW Archives)

So we're just glad, fortunate and blessed to be able to go a few miles down the road to a splendid music venue that respects both the artists and the audiences  and enjoy live music with our dear friends.

So let the music continue to flow unrestricted and freely to all across the lands in the summer of 2022!!!

After all, isn't it all about the "Ordinary People of RUST"?

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At 4/11/2022 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Glad you got to hit that show. Cowboy Junkies make some sweet music. I saw them at the Bridge Benefit in 96 (or 95).
Live music IS better. I just saw “Beautiful: the Carol King musical” show at Seattle’s Paramount. Incredible, amazing. She wrote a ton of great songs other bands had hits with, including “Some Kind of Wonderful.” She got a job writing songs on Tin Pan Alley when she was 16 years old! She wrote like 116 songs that the world knows and lives. King is now 80, living in Idaho.

Enjoy that live music! It may save your life! So glad you made it, Thrashers!

Your Brother in music, Alan in Seattle

At 4/11/2022 01:05:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Spellcheck : King, real name Klein, “wrote like 116 songs that the world knows and LOVES.”

Your Brother in music, Alan in Seattle

At 4/11/2022 01:37:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Yo Brother Alan in Seattle, thanks. cool on Carol King musical. sounds like a fine evening.

will be on lookout for show making it to our home town.

At 4/11/2022 04:18:00 PM, Blogger Steve L said...

We're booked to see Low perform at Manchester Cathedral in a couple of weeks time.

Live music in small venues is better, bumper stickers should be issued.

At 4/12/2022 07:28:00 AM, Blogger Ron said...

There is a YouTube film of the Cowboy Junkies doing a version of Powderfinger that moves me every time I watch it. Worth checking out if you haven't already seen it I think.

At 4/12/2022 06:30:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Cowboy Junkies is the best SlowCore band , Low is awesome too.

At 4/13/2022 09:30:00 PM, Blogger Hounds That Howl said...

LOVE IN MIND is the second Neil cover on their new album Songs of the Recollection.
Per SongX Neil has it on:
Archives Vol 1 1963-1972 (2009)
Live At Massey Hall 1971 (2007)
Time Fades Away (1973)

At 4/14/2022 09:57:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Steve L - ok, enjoy Low in small venue. Sounds like a delightful evening in store.

@ Ron - there are many versions out there. which one? official? concert?

@ Chris - SlowCore rules. It's been awhile for us and Low. thanks, we'll put on the revisit list.

@ Hounds That Howl - oh yeah, LIM SlowCore style! thanks

At 4/15/2022 08:41:00 AM, Blogger Ron said...

@ thrasher The Powderfinger cover version I have seen is the Latent Uncovers one, from 2017 I think.
Here's a link -


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