It’s over but we can’t let go as Lumberjacks split

The Lumberjack Cowboy Hearbreak Trucking Co
The Lumberjack Cowboy Hearbreak Trucking Co

This week’s column could only be an ode to The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co who play their Last. Ever. Gig this weekend.

They say you can have too much of a good thing, but in this case I think that argument falls down. Hard.

Disbelief has been expressed on many a social media thread – and in actual human to human conversation – about the break up of the Lancaster/Bentham band, with the general agreement that, and to quote frontman Jimbob: “It’s over, but I can’t let go.”

“I’m hurtin’. Bad”, “This is the worst news”, and “I wish this wasn’t true” were some of the tormented expressions.

It’s like a good book or epic series that ends leaving your favourite characters in eternal suspension with no final conclusion. I’m talking about this in a Breaking Bad kind of way, rather than say, Lost. And I suppose “lost” is the right word for this particular occasion, after all, who will fill the hip-bone crackin’, toe tappin, leg slappin’ void left in the band’s wake?

The Lumberjacks certainly raised the bar in terms of live music locally and pushed the boundaries of lyrical content.

The sleeve art for A Different Country

The sleeve art for A Different Country

Their show at The Golden Lion for Lancaster Music Festival 2013 proved their popularity as thepub was literally bursting at the seams with many forced to dance in the alley outside.

Over 200 people are expected to pack into The Bobbin in Lancaster tomorrow night, Friday, for the band’s last show and fond farewell, which also marks the release of their fifth and final album - A Different Country. An apt name as Jimbob leaves for one later this year. The album is as good if not better than what has come before, by the way. It’ll be available online too if you can’t make the gig.

With a beer festival underway at many of the city’s pubs this weekend, including The Bobbin, it’s a fitting send off for The Lumberjacks and I’m sure you’ll join me in saying a huge thank-you to band members old and new for making life that little bit more shiny.