Consider this thread a two-fer (of sorts).
I was a fan of the Cowboy Junkies for a time, in one of my favorite musical decades, the 90's. Never heard anything like them before, or since; a unique blend if ever there was one; folk, alt rock, country, you can't pin them down. I also realize that they paved the way for some of my future taste in music. They've always had somewhat of a cult following in the US, and have been more widely known and popular in their native Canada. "Sweet Jane" is one of the best covers, of any song, IMO, and even Lou Reed said that their version was the best he'd ever heard; I prefer it to the original VU's, actually. "Trinity Sessions" is a pretty sweet album. The track, "Misguided Angel" is sheer perfection, for one. Margo Timmins is an excellent vocalist, one that we rarely mention.
Weigh in, if you were, or still are, a fan -- or not. :)
I bring them up also b/c I read that they are participating in an upcoming performance, and will be releasing a recording of, The Kennedy Suite. The project is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assasination of JFK, and is, at least in part, a rock opera. I could not fully comprehend what it is (other than music ..) to be honest. It's not clear from the PR.
What is clear, however, is that the recording will be out November 12th. The debut performance will be November 22, 2013, in Toronto, at the Winter Garden Theatre.
At that location, it's just as close for any of us in Boston (if not closer) than it is for Hfx to travel to Toronto, but regardless, it sounds intriguing.