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Cowboy Junkies performing in Elgin, Illinois
country rock, folk rock,
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|Labels||RCA, Geffen, Latent, Zoë|
|Associated acts||Jeff Bird|
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 Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988.
The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named "one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world" by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session.
The band was formed by 3 siblings from the Timmins entertainment family. Another sibling, Cali, rose to fame as an actress on Ryan's Hope. The Timmins siblings are descendants of Noah Timmins, a mining prospector who founded the Ontario city of Timmins.
Following the dissolution of Michael Timmins and Alan Anton's earlier band Hunger Project, Cowboy Junkies formed in Toronto in 1985. The band's name was chosen randomly as they approached their first gig.
The Trinity Session was recorded live on a single Calrec stereo microphone at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto by producer Peter J. Moore. This album also included a cover of The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" based on the 1969 Live album version rather than the studio version from Loaded. The single featured in the films Natural Born Killers and The Good Girl.
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 USA and Cooking Vinyl in the UK.
In 2007 they released Trinity Revisited, a re-recording of the album featuring guest artists Ryan Adams, Vic Chesnutt, Natalie Merchant and Jeff Bird. Both the album and the film Trinity Revisited were filmed and produced by Pierre and François Lamoureux. On 9 November 2007, CBC Television aired Trinity Revisited: featuring Cowboy Junkies, which was filmed as the band recorded the new album. In 2012, their famous track 'Sweet Jane' featured in the soundtrack of the Denzel Washington movie, 'Flight'.
Officially, there are four band members, all siblings except Anton, who was a member of Michael Timmins’s two previous bands.
- Margo Timmins (vocals, b 27 June 1961, Montreal)
- Michael Timmins (guitar and chief songwriter, b 21 April 1959, Montreal)
- Peter Timmins (drums, b 29 October 1965, Montreal)
- Alan Anton (bass, b 22 June 1959, Montreal)
Since their second album the band has performed and recorded with multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird, whose current role includes acoustic and electric mandolins, harmonica, percussion, and samples.
Studio albums 
|1986||Whites Off Earth Now!!|
|1988||The Trinity Session||28||30||26||2× Platinum||Platinum|
|1989||The Sharon Temple Sessions (Unreleased)|
|1990||The Caution Horses||11||33||47||Platinum|
|1992||Black Eyed Man||8||21||76||Gold|
|1993||Pale Sun Crescent Moon||25||114||Gold|
|1996||Lay It Down||20||55||Gold|
|1998||Miles from Our Home||98|
|2004||One Soul Now||127|
|2005||Early 21st Century Blues|
|2007||At the End of Paths Taken|
|2010||Nomad Series, Vol.1 Renmin Park||169|
|2011||Nomad Series, Vol.2 Demons|
|2011||Nomad Series, Vol.3 Sing in My Meadow|
|2012||Nomad Series, Vol.4 The Wilderness|
Live albums 
|1992||Live! (4-song EP)|
|1995||200 More Miles: Live Performances 1985-1994|
|2000||Waltz Across America|
|2002||The Radio One Sessions|
|Open Road (CD/DVD)|
|2003||In the Time Before Llamas|
|2006||Long Journey Home (Live)|
|2009||Acoustic Junk (limited edition)|
Compilation albums 
|1996||Studio: Selected Studio Recordings 1986-1995|
|1999||Rarities, B Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes|
|2001||Best of the Cowboy Junkies|
|2003||Cowboy Junkies: The Platinum and Gold Collection|
|CAN||CAN AC||CAN Country||UK
|US Modern Rock||US Radio|
|1989||"Sweet Jane"||75||—||—||—||5||—||The Trinity Session|
|"Blue Moon Revisited"||—||—||—||87||—||—|
|1990||"Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning"||22||5||78||90||11||—||The Caution Horses|
|"'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel"||68||15||30||93||—||—|
|"Rock and Bird" (with Lyle Lovett)||34||11||—||—||—||—||single only|
|1992||"Southern Rain"||20||6||—||—||—||—||Black Eyed Man|
|"A Horse in the Country"||52||23||—||—||—||—|
|"Murder, Tonight, in the Trailer Park"||—||—||—||—||25||—|
|"If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man"||—||31||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"Hard to Explain"||22||19||—||—||—||—||Pale Sun Crescent Moon|
|"Sweet Jane" (live re-recording)||—||—||—||—||9||52||single only|
|1996||"A Common Disaster"A||11||12||—||—||20||75||Lay It Down|
|1998||"Miles from Our Home"||64||28||—||—||—||—||Miles from Our Home|
|2001||"I'm So Open"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Open|
|2004||"Stars of Our Stars"||—||—||—||—||—||—||One Soul Now|
- A"A Common Disaster" also peaked at No. 11 on the Canadian Rock Singles chart.
Compilation appearances 
- It Came from Canada, Vol. 4, 1988 ("Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis)")
- Pump Up the Volume, 1990 ("Me and the Devil Blues")
- The Cities' Sampler Vol. 2: Collectibles, 1990 ("Decoration Day")
- Deadicated 1991 ("To Lay Me Down")
- Born to Choose, 1993 ("Lost My Driving Wheel")
- Upfront! Canadians Live from Mountain Stage, 1994 ("Misguided Angel")
- Natural Born Killers, 1994 ("Sweet Jane")
- Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young, 1994 ("Tired Eyes")
- Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music, 1996 ("Misguided Angel")
- The Truth About Cats & Dogs, 1996 ("Angel Mine")
- Cities' Sampler Vol. 10, 1998 ("Miles from Our Home")
- WXRV Presents: Live from the River Music Hall Vol. 1, 1998 ("Come Calling")
- Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, 1999 ("Ooh Las Vegas")
- 107.1 KGSR Radio Austin - Broadcasts Vol.10, 2002 ("Something More Besides You")
- WYEP Live and Direct: Volume 4 - On Air Performances, 2002 ("Thousand Year Prayer")
- Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, 2003 ("The Way I Feel")
- This Bird Has Flown - A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul, 2005 ("Run for Your Life")
- Northern Songs: Canada's Best and Brightest, 2008 ("Sweet Jane")
The Nomad Series: Lyrics and Photographs of the Cowboy Junkies. 2012. Miami: Whale and Star.
See also 
- Canadian rock
- Music of Canada
- Category:Canadian rock music groups
- List of Canadian musicians
- List of bands from Canada
- Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Cowboy Junkies. Retrieved on: April 19, 2012.
- Cowboy Junkies. Official website. Retrieved on: September 23, 2008.
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 217. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- "Cowboy Junkies". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-06-10.