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Cowboy Junkies Biography

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Birth Place: Toronto, Canada
Years Active: 1986-present
Genres: Americana, Alt-country, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Blues-rock, Indie Rock

Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) and Alan Anton (bassist).

The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto's Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired “Whites Off Earth Now!!,” recorded using an ambisonic microphone in the family garage.

The group's fame spread with their second album, “The Trinity Session,” recorded in 1987 at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following.

The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. None of the band's subsequent albums have been hits outside of Canada, although the band has maintained a dedicated following and have continued to have chart hits in their native country. Following their 1998 album, “Miles from Our Home,” Cowboy Junkies agreed to leave Geffen Records.

They have continued to release albums on their own independent label, Latent Recordings, with distribution through other labels such as Rounder in the U.S. and Cooking Vinyl in the U.K. In 2007 they released “Trinity Revisited,” a re-recording of the album featuring guest artists Ryan Adams, Vic Chesnutt, Natalie Merchant and Jeff Bird.