Review Revue: The Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session


When I was 12, and The Cowboy Junkies‘ second album The Trinity Session was released, the fact that it was recorded live direct to tape, using one stereo microphone, would not have meant a damn thing to me. In fact, maybe I heard that at the time and it just rolled off my brain, because I had no idea how normal albums were recorded. Now, having been involved in the recording of several albums, and having read about the recording of many more albums, when I read that fact in my research for this week’s RR blog, my mind was goddamn blown. The fact that a brooding country album recorded by a bunch of Canadians clustered around a microphone in a church in Toronto could be released worldwide on RCA Records and played on commercial radio and make its way into my 12-year-old earholes… well, I’m not a religious man, but that’s a rock and roll miracle if there ever was one.

And hey, I totally didn’t plan this, but guess who’s playing at the Zoo next Wednesday? I’m guessing they’ll be using more than one mic for their live setup, and I’m sure it will be amazing. Enjoy the show, if you were lucky enough to get tickets!

“This is so… nice… can I say that? I mean, just… ‘nice’?!”

“They reinterpret ‘I’m So Lonesome’ via B.J. Thomas, not Hank… I wonder which version they’re more familiar with? I think these kids rock heavily!”

“Mellow, bluesy, folksy — what a great laid back album. Try ‘I Don’t Get It.'”

“Quiet, listenable. Understandable lyrics which are not obscure either. A plus — trad folk/country instruments beaucoups.”

“I think this needs some time in H.”

“Great Patsy Cline cover!”


“Better than first disc. Check out ‘Postcard Blues.’ Haunting harmonica.”

“I love this woman’s voice. It’s perfect for listening (or not). Great Patsy cover!”


“I don’t even like this band and I like this. [???] Yes, I will have another beer, thank you.”

“Don’t like.” [Well, there had to be at least one dissenter.]

“Do like.”


“Lick me.”

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  1. icastico
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    When you were 12? Ouch…I saw them on this tour. Great band.

  2. Scotty
    Posted September 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Jon Poneman booked this band when he was handling “Scoundrel’s Lair” on Eastlake. Ron Nine from Love Battery’s wife Tracy was from Montreal and knew them. The three of us and Jon were the only ones there, as I remember it. They were brilliant.

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