Video: Cowboy Junkies “Shadows 2”

Cowboy Junkies
Photo Credit: Heather Pollack

Many acts that are decades into their careers will lean heavily on the sounds and themes that first caught the attention of fans in their early years, leading to watered-down, inauthentic material they can sandwich in with their hits on stage.   Or even worse they “re-discover their roots” and put out yet another dreary blues covers album.   Not the Cowboy Junkies.   The Canadian quartet has leaned unabashedly into middle-age and mortality on their new album ‘Such Ferocious Beauty’.  Following on the heels of the poignantly heartbreaking ‘What I Lost’, this new video features songwriter Michael Timmins and Singer Margo Timmins performing a stripped down acoustic version of the second single ‘Shadows 2’.

Of the track, Michael Timmins says, “The song was inspired by the DH Lawrence poem Shadows. He wrote a series of poems contemplating his death as he approached the end of his life. I wrote the song as our Dad was falling deeper into his dementia and was losing the world around him. ‘Shadows 2’ starts from the point of view of the song’s character (my Dad), watching his world disappear, and at the end flips to the point of the story-teller (me), watching him disappear.” 

‘Such Ferocious Beauty’ will be available starting 2nd June on all streaming services.

About Ed Donnelly 141 Articles
Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy. He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.
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