The Cowboy Junkies, quiet Canadian pop-rockers who blend blues, country, folk, and jazz, bring their subtle sounds to Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20.
The group, which formed in Toronto in 1985, has played the Britt Festivals before, selling out a concert in 1999 and returning in 2002. Now they are back as part of a fairly short tour of the Western U.S. in support of "At the End of Paths Taken," which was released in April.
On the band's official Web site, songwriter and lead guitarist Michael Timmins writes that he set out to create an album that dealt with family and the complexities of the relationships he felt as a parent of three young children and as a son of aging parents, not to mention as band mate to his brother and sister Peter and Margo Timmins. (Alan Anton, who played with Michael Timmins in two earlier bands, rounds out The Cowboy Junkies lineup.) His songs of personal family dynamics, however, are tinged with events from the world at large, continuing to explore the violence, fear, greed, war and loss that echoed through 2005's "Early 21st Century Blues."
Their Web site will also hook you up to the download site owned, operated and curated by the band, www.latentrecordings.com. Learn even more about the band, or anything else Canadian at www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com.
Joan Osborne opens the show.
The Kentucky native went to New York to make documentary films, but dropped out of New York University after falling into a burgeoning roots-rock scene that would also spawn such artists as Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors, her Web site, www.joan-osborne.com, says. As a singer and songwriter she has explored country, blues and folk music, and is perhaps best known for her 1995 hit "One of Us." The song mulling over questions about God has appeared in movies ("Vanilla Sky" and "Bruce Almighty") and television ("Joan of Arcadia").
Her latest studio album, "Breakfast in Bed," came out in May.
Reserved seats cost $49; lawn seats are $32, and children 12 and younger get in for $21.