The Cowboy Junkies have established a cult status during the 20 years since they were formed in Toronto by siblings Margo Timmins (vocals), Michael Timmins (guitar), Peter Timmins (drums) and their friend Alan Anton (bass).
After recording debut album in the Timmins family garage, it was the follow-up release, that brought the group international recognition. The Trinity Session was recorded live in one day on a single microphone in a church in Toronto in 1987 and included a perfectly conceived mix of covers ' Lou Reed's Sweet Jane, Hank Williams' I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and Patsy Cline's Walking After Midnight, and original compositions. The melancholic mixture of blues, folk, rock and jazz styles and Margo's soft beautiful voice teamed with Michael Timmins' introspective lyrics and guitar playing instantly made The Trinity Session a cult classic and brought the Cowboy Junkies a following that would remain loyal for the next twenty years.
During these intervening years they have released a string of critically acclaimed albums ' Caution Horses (1990), Black Eyed Man (1992), Pale Sun, Crescent Moon (1993), 200 More Miles (1995), an album of live performances, Lay It Down (1996) and two albums released through their website ' Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Songs (1999) and the live album Waltz Across America (2000). Into the noughties they released Open (2001), The Best Of The Cowboy Junkies (2001) and Open Road (2002), which included a DVD providing a detailed account of one of the Junkies' tours across North America and Europe. In 2004 they recorded One Soul Now without a producer or engineer, reflecting their state as an entirely cohesive and self-reliant unit.
Early in 2007 they released At The End of Paths Taken ('one of the stand-out albums of their career' Daily Mirror). That same year they returned to Toronto's Trinity Church to revisit their groundbreaking album with the benefit of 20 years of experience under their belts. They invited artists who had been influenced by the original release to contribute ' Ryan Adams, Vic Chesnutt and Natalie Merchant, resulting in the Trinity Revisited CD/DVD package ' the DVD included a documentary entitled The Trinity Session Revisited, a film by Pierre and Francois Lamoureux which was aired on CBC Television in November 2007. They followed up the release with some key live dates, including a magical show at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Don't Look Back Festival, which invites artists to perform lauded albums in their entirety.
Throughout their career they have continued to tour in America, Europe, Japan and Australia and in 2001 alone they performed at 108 different venues in 15 countries. They have included many guest musicians on their recordings and concert tours including Kim Deschamps (steel guitarist, Blue Rodeo), Jaro Czerwinec (accordionist), Jeff Bird (violin, harmonica, organ, 8-string bass, percussion and mandolin) and John Prine (singer).
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