Cowboy Junkies take on Vic Chesnutt for Demons

Legendary Canadian alt-country band Cowboy Junkies will release Demons, the second album in the four-volume Nomad Series via Proper Records on February 14th 2011. A collection of songs by the late Vic Chesnutt, Demons is described by Michael Timmins as “a labour of love” that explores Chesnutt’s deep and much overlooked catalogue. Demons follows the critically acclaimed first volume of the series, Renmin Park, which The Independent on Sunday called “their best album since those Trinity Sessions.” and Mojo described as “so charged and inventive, it’s like listening to Beck if he’d been hanging out with Neil Young, Nick Cave and a gentle, plaintive singer from the Beijing Opera.”

The band approached Chesnutt’s music with the same sense of adventure that Chesnutt approached his own recordings. Timmins says, “We let happy accidents happen and tried to invest his songs with the same spirit in which they were written, but at the same time adding our own Northern spin. Exploring his songs and delving deeper and deeper into them has been an intense, moving and joyous experience. I don’t think Vic would have wanted it any other way.”

Demons will be followed by volumes 3 and 4 of the series (Sing in My Meadow and The Wilderness).  Fans can follow the progression of the series at:

Demons’ full track listing is as follows:

Wrong Piano

Flirted With You All My Life

See You Around

Betty Lonely

Square Room



West of Rome

Strange Language

We Hovered With Short Wings

When the Bottom Fell Out