When City Winery announced that the Cowboy Junkies would be playing live on Saturday, October 26, at 7 and 10PM., I was ecstatic. A huge fan for the past two decades, I blocked that Saturday night out on my calendar. For those of you that don’t have tickets, call your local ticket broker – both shows are sold out.
Cowboy Junkies have quite a following in Chicago, always making a stop to sing their hearts out for loyal fans. In a phone conversation, I spoke with Cowboy Junkies lead vocalist, Margo Timmins about their latest album, The Kennedy Suite.
With the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination on November 22, the Cowboy Junkies plan to release The Kennedy Suite, produced with composer/lyricist Scott Garbe, on November 12 at stores in Canada and via their website Cowboy Junkies. The album is dedicated to the memory of the tragedy that forever changed history. The Cowboy Junkies state, “The album tells the story of the JFK Assassination through the fragmented narratives of a series of characters, each of whom experiences the tragedy from their own intensely personal perspective.” Five years in the making, Ms. Timmins describes the album as a rock opera, akin to Jesus Christ Superstar. Besides the Cowboy Junkies, the album also features several other Canadian musicians.
Asked how producing the album with other musicians worked out, Ms. Timmins shares, “We had to bring everyone on board for the experience, no one was paid up front. Also, it was more difficult to mix the album with all of the performances and make it sound as one versus just producing our own music.” Ms. Timmins contribution to the album is a song about Jackie Kennedy on Air Force One, the flight from Dallas to D.C. Ms. Timmins explains, “The song describes what was going on in Jackie’s head after witnessing such a violent act, focusing on her loss, and how she would tell her children that their father had died.”
Almost 30 years of going “on the road,” performing hasn’t gotten old for Ms. Timmins. She loves being a mom to her 10 year-old son, but she also loves being a musician and singing on stage. Ms. Timmins shares, “After the tour has ended and I return home, I have a new outlook and feel refreshed, ready to return to my routine. My husband [an Entertainment Lawyer] is a big supporter of my career, and takes care of things when I am away.” As far as Chicago goes, Ms. Timmins said that it reminds her of Toronto – young and vibrant, with a heartbeat. Sweet home Chicago…