Cowboy Junkies at OCC

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Traverse three decades of unique musical history and a brand-new album as part of “An Evening with the Cowboy Junkies,” at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Sometimes revolutions begin quietly. In 1988, the Cowboy Junkies proved there was an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful, and reflective. Their album “The Trinity Session” stood out in the midst of the flash and bombast that came to define the late ’80s. The recording, which sold more than a million copies, combined folk, blues, and rock in a way that had never been heard before.

With Cowboy Junkies’ new album, “All That Reckoning,” the band once again gently shakes the listener. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection of songs encourages the listener to take notice. 

“It’s a deeper and a more complete record than we’ve ever done before,” says band member Michael Timmins. “We’ve always tried to make records that are relevant to who we are as people. …These songs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a political level. So much is going on around us right now and nobody knows where it’s going to end up.”

Cowboy Junkies, formed in Toronto in 1985, features Michael Timmins on guitar, his sister Margo Timmins on vocals, brother Peter Timmins on drums, and Michael’s lifelong friend Alan Anton on bass.  

Anyone who has been following the group’s three decade-long journey knows the band has always traveled on its own path. Next month, that path leads to the Grunin Center of the Arts. 

Tickets cost $29-49. To purchase tickets, contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit grunincenter.org.