Cowboy Junkies junky needs to expand


Hey there 'Goners

H, my name is Andrew and I'm a Junkies-aholic. I need a little support from the group if you could be so kind. As a confirmed though never-to-recover Cowboy Junkies fan, I too often find the CJ's playing. My GF is gonna hijack my CD's and my iPod soon and do a little shuffling of her own. Without the thread going too far off course or getting too far from my professed comfort zone, any suggestions on expanding my musical horizons?

Thanks much!
awightman1
Abba :^))
You might like Ollabelle...A rootsy mixture of Blues,Gospel,Folk and Rock.Amy Helm,daughter of Levon Helm,has a nice voice,and the band is tight.
I just went into Pandora and created a "Cowboy Junkies" radio station and these are the similar artist that Pandora listed:

Mazzy Star
Gary Jules
Cat Power
Norah Jones
The Sundays

If you don't have a free Pandora account...go get one. Pandora is an excellent resource for finding new artists.
Second on the Pandora.

The Americana roots genre is deep with talent and shallow on notoriety. Pandora is a very effective and fun way to sniff some of these gems out.

Norah Jones and Gillian Welch come to mind. Great music!
It is hard to match the cowboy Junkies laid back sound which I like very much too. I have looked for quite some time and never really found anything.

Who can match Margo Timmens?

not really similar but nice are:

His Name is Alive - Last Night is my favorite of theirs

Ida - Will You Find Me? very good and hope you like it

fwiw, from the selections above Cat Power may match the mood of CJ the best...

good luck
Awightman1,
The closest that I have come across is Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter. Sometimes pidgeon-holed as country noir or goth country, they have a beautiful melancholy sounding lead singer, and play slow, moody, dirge-like ballads and the like. Usually pretty dark in tone. Instrumentation is sparse, and Junky-like, and the sonics are really good on both CD and vinyl. The notable lead guitarist is Phil Wandscher who previously played for Whiskeytown. Check out "Oh My Girl" and "Reckless Burning" on their site or on Amazon. BTW, another good searchable "music similar to XYZ" site is http://www.last.fm/
Love the Cowboy Junkies and have seen them in concert a couple of times. Along with good selections above, I'd highly recommend Over the Rhine, The Innocence Mission (used to open for TCJ), perhaps Gillian Welch if you like to push it a bit towards country/folk/roots stuff...hmmm, maybe The Be Good Tanyas and Po'Girl (also Candadian bands)...Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, early Trespassers William (Anchor).
neko case and brandi carlile. you will thank me
Check out Great Lake Swimmers - self titled. Very much has a Trinity Session feel to it. Recorded in a silo, and they too hail from Toronto. The defunct magazine No Depression was a great source for music, and their web site may suit your purposes. Pandora would help as well, and you may want to check out allmusic.com for recommendations for similar artists. Good luck!
I've probably listened to more CJ than an other single artist/group.

Of those mentioned, I second Be Good Tonya's (better than Po Girl), Lucinda Williams (!), Gillian Welch, and Jesse Sykes, and Brandi Carlisle (but not her most recent).

Ollabelle is a neat suggestion, but heavily Gospel.

I add Shannon McNally (!), Wailin Jenny's, Jenny Scheinman, Vic Chesnutt (!), Kendall Carson, Julie Miller, Crooked Still.

John
Go to (or google) "Pandora" music site. Plug in your fav group's name. They will PLAY stuff that is similar to your group. nearly endlessly.
You can hear more stuff you never heard that fits your target group.
I third the Be Good Tanyas - but suggest "Blue Horse" album. Also Neko Case - "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood".
Going way back, try some of the remastered versions of early Jefferson Airplane.
I'll second the recommendation for the Great Lake Swimmers, especially their older recordings. Also check out The Low Anthem. Listening to Pandora will also provide many, many more similar artists.
I'll second the Over the Rhine recommendation - get the "Ohio" album (available on vinyl from their website) you won't regret it!
Also, Madeleine Payroux's latest "Bare Bones" is excellent, she has many of those same smoky qualities to her voice as our beloved Margo.
I'll second the Over the Rhine recommendation - get the "Ohio" album (available on vinyl from their website) you won't regret it!

Absolutely..."Ohio" is great. Also by them, if you can find it (some used copies are at the link), "Good Dog, Bad Dog" is outstanding!
Pentangle
Fleet Foxes
Roy Harper
Hey ‘Goners

Thanks so much for the response. Keep ‘em coming. Gonna get into a deep sample session this weekend and discover.

Sorry to not clarify from the get-go. I do listen to Pandora and many of your suggestions of artist “validate” my good taste in music J. Also great sources….
Radio Paradise
Bluebeat

My close seconds heavily rotated as well are:
Crooked Still
The Be Good Tanya’s (agree MUCH better than the not bad themselves Po’ Girl)
Emmy Lou
Norah
Neko
Gillian

Oh, and then there’s the guy side of things.
M Ward (fave of the male artists)
Lee Harvey Osmond (on Latent Records, Junkies home-grown label)
Iron & Wine

I guess I like my music a little on the dark side. Deep as a well, richly layered, complex while simple in musicality and of course distinct in its vocals. When I listen, its usually later in the day into the night so this genre suits me. Mix in a bit of new and classic jazz too. Prior to this, I’ve got a whole other set of “playlists” for say…..driving….cooking…eating….working….etc. Buts that’s a whole ‘nother thread or threads.

Thanks again!!!!!!

PS…..forgot to mention ABBA. Thanks much Mtl10425. Glad you are a big fan too. They are just so awesome….the end all of music. I kicked myself for forgetting about them. Gonna go get some right now and put it on.
Yes, Fleet Foxes. Also, try some of the mid sixties Byrds stuff.
What strikes me is that most of the music above is faster paced than I was expecting. But then I am mostly thinking of the Trinity Sessions when I think Cowboy Junkies.

Can anyone recommend some really slow music in the same vein?

I will go to Pandora to look - a cool site and thanks for that.

And cudos to Awightman1 for making it about music!
Philo:

Listen to online samples @ Amazon of Last Forever "Trainfare Home".

The CD is out of print, but good/used units can be found for $10, or so.
thanks Dekay but I find Trainfare Home to be very upbeat not slow

thanks anyway...
I don't know if they are exactly in the same vein but
KD Lang's "Ingenue" an Bill Frisell's "Good Dog Happy Man" are petty laid back.
thanks Lokie I have owned Ingenue since it came out and I just bought my first Bill Frisell (Have a little faith) the other day! I am listening to Good Dog Happy Man right now and it is mellow.

btw sorry to hi jack your thread Awightman1
Oh, and then there’s the guy side of things.
M Ward (fave of the male artists)
Lee Harvey Osmond (on Latent Records, Junkies home-grown label)
Iron & Wine

I guess I like my music a little on the dark side. Deep as a well, richly layered, complex while simple in musicality and of course distinct in its vocals.

Add to the top of your list for the guy side of things that fits your tastes:

Alexi Murdoch "Time Without Consequence" (stunning debut)

Also among current favorites that might fit the bill, in no particular order:

William Fitzsimmons
Damien Jurado (can get pretty dark)
16 Horsepower - In this tangent, just the CD "Folklore"
Bonny Prince Billy
Antony and the Johnsons

Just returned from the weekly grocery shopping and the shuffle from the iPod reminded me of a couple more. Hem, I prefer Rabbit Songs, and Mark Kozelek may be a stretch, but may suit what you're looking for - he also worked with a band - Sun Kil Moon.
K T Tunstall