Our 4/16 Show Podcast Is Up – With Cowboy Junkies Bassist Alan Anton

Written by on April 19, 2010

The podcast edit for this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, as the band is touring the U.S., Cowboy Junkies bassist and founding member Alan Anton chats with me in the second hour. We discuss the band’s origins dating back from grade school days, some of their classic music, new projects, touring and some hockey.

The Cowboy Junkies might be best described as a Canadian version of Americana music with a hint of mellow jazz and some blues. They burst on the American alt-rock scene with the 1988 album The Trinity Session, which was recorded on a very small budget with one microphone at the landmark Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. Their cover of “Sweet Jane” received a lot of airplay on college radio and MTV’s alternative music shows. The album also featured an interesting cover of Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” and a part-original/part-cover of “Blue Moon.”

During our conversation, Anton discusses his thoughts on the band’s style of music, performing, the Cowboy Junkies’ approach to touring, a history of the band and some upcoming projects. Fans in the NY-Metro area can see them on various dates in the next few weeks, including a show at the legendary Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on May 8th. Full tour information can be found on the Cowboy Junkies’ website.

We also played classic alternative tracks from artists including The Clash, The Communards, Devo and The Damned.

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