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Cowboy Junkies Addicted To Work

Of the Oakland Press

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Michael Timmins says Cowboy Junkies’ life these days is “nuts, kind of nonstop.” And with good reason.

The Canadian group releases “Long Journey Home,” a concert CD and DVD from a 2004 show in Liverpool, England, on Tuesday, while guitarist Timmins’ lyrics are featured in the new book “XX,” paired with works by the artist Enrique Martinez Celaya. The band also is finishing up its next studio album for a 2007 release.

Most exciting of all, however, is the Junkies’ plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough album, “The Trinity Session,” next year by inviting well-known friends to play the album live with them at Toronto’s Holy Trinity Church, where the group recorded the album in a one-night session using only a microphone and a digital recorder.

“We’re not trying to recreate (the album) — just reinterpret it in that environment,” Timmins, 48, says. “We get a little uneasy about nostalgia, so as long as we don’t try to recreate it ... that would be impossible. But this might be a good way of celebrating it.”

Fans will certainly hear songs from “The Trinity Session” live, but Timmins says the group also will be showcasing some of the new material at its upcoming shows, including songs such as “Still Lost,” “Follower” and “Cutting Board Blues.”

“I always hear new directions when we’re making an album. We always do something different,” Timmins says. “Whether other people do or not, I don’t know. It depends on their perspective and their pre-conceived notions of what the band sounds like.

“It’s all pretty subjective, and when you’re so inside it, you don’t really have a perspective on it. I haven’t got any distance yet to really say what it sounds like, so people will have to decide for themselves when they hear it.”

Cowboy Junkies perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday (October 21st) at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Both shows are sold out. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark. org. Cowboy Junkies and Tally Hall perform as part of the Revenge of the Bookeaters Tour, benefiting the 826 Michigan tutoring and writing center, at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Pease Auditorium, 611 W. Cross St., on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Tickets are $25 and $100 for VIP. Call (734) 487-5386 or visit www. emich.edu.

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