The cheery Cowboy Junkies, who came upon the scene in 1988 with the toe-tapping cover songs I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Lou Reed’s Sweet Jane, have announced its latest album, The Kennedy Suite.
And no, it’s not concerned with a luxury hotel room.
“It’s filled with acute insights into the human condition, black humour, profanity, moments of pure empathy, historical details, cultural references and self-referential asides,” says Mike Timmins, in a note posted on the alt-country band’s website.
The conceptual album, to be released on Nov. 12, includes guest artists such as Jason Collett and Sarah Harmer, with each song written from the perspective of a character (real or imagined) connected to the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
As well, the stage production of the song cycle will take place at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre on the 50th anniversary of the grisly presidential motorcade happening, with a second show added for the following night.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Mike Timmins was the chief songwriter for The Kennedy Suite. The lyrics and music were composed by Scott Garbe.