Cowboy Junkies makes its ninth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. More than 25 years after forming, the band is more active than ever: Over an 18-month span beginning in 2010, Cowboy Junkies released four new studio albums. Renmin Park, Demons, Sing in My Meadow and The Wilderness comprise what the band calls “The Nomad Series,” a loosely connected cycle of recordings inspired by a life-changing trip to China, a collective love for singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt and the paintings that adorn the covers of each album, among other things.
The group’s Mountain Stage set draws entirely from The Nomad Series, and includes the haunting “Damaged From the Start” and “Sing in My Meadow” from the album of the same name — as well as Chesnutt’s “Wrong Piano,” from the band’s aptly titled tribute Demons.
Cowboy Junkies’ appearance here is followed by Mountain Stage pianist Bob Thompson, with the Monk composition “Mysterioso.”
This Mountain Stage performance was originally published on May 21, 2012.