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“Desert Island Album” Spotlight: Cowboy Junkies’ The Trinity Session

Once upon a time in college, Cowboy Junkies’ album The Trinity Session was my best friend.

It was the second album from the Canadian alt-country outfit. The Trinity Session was perhaps best known for the rich, quality sound it achieved despite its bare bones production.

The band recorded the album performing around a single microphone during a single day in Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity, with exception of its opening track, “Mining for Gold”.

It features several original songs that demonstrated guitarist Michael Timmins’ maturation as a songwriter and his sister Margo’s strong development as a singer.  In addition to the wonderful collection of original songs, the album also includes a unique blend of covers, including songs from Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and The Velvet Underground.

As a whole, The Trinity Session is a hauntingly spacious and beautiful collection of subdued country-blues love songs, alternatively lonesome and fulfilled. The instrumentation is gorgeously subtle with smart use of harmonica and pedal steel guitars for accent.  I highly recommend it for any lazy autumn day with a cup of hot tea and a good book.

Click the video below to hear “Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis)” from The Trinity Session.

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This entry was posted on September 12, 2011 by in Music Notes and tagged , , , , , , , , .
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