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Cowboy Junkies
Cowboy Junkies guitarist and songwriter Michael Timmins, mandolin-player Jeff Bird, and singer, Margo Timmins.jpgCowboy Junkies performing in Elgin, Illinois
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresAmericana, alternative country, country rock, folk rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, indie rock
Years active1986–present
LabelsRCA, Geffen, Latent, Zoë
Associated actsJeff Bird
MembersAlan Anton
Margo Timmins
Michael Timmins
Peter Timmins

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).[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards. 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.[1] In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session.[2]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Albums
      • 3.1.1 Studio albums
      • 3.1.2 Live albums
      • 3.1.3 Compilation albums
    • 3.2 EPs
    • 3.3 Singles
    • 3.4 Compilation appearances
  • 4 Bibliography
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The band was formed by three 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.[citation needed]

The Trinity Session was recorded live on a single Calrec Soundfield 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, The Good Girl and Flight.

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 June 2007, Cowboy Junkies performed alongside the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall conducted by Keith Lockhart. The program was titled Edgefest.

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 November 9, 2007, CBC Television aired Trinity Revisited: featuring Cowboy Junkies, which was filmed as the band recorded the new album.

On January 1, 2017, Cowboy Junkies were part of CBC's The Strombo Show's Hip 30. Canadian bands covered songs from Tragically Hip to commemorate the Hip's 30th anniversary.[3]


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 June 27, 1961, Montreal)[1]
  • Michael Timmins (guitar and chief songwriter, b April 21, 1959, Montreal)[1]
  • Peter Timmins (drums, b October 29, 1965, Montreal)[1]
  • Alan Anton (bass, b June 22, 1959, Montreal)[1]

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.


  • 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")
  • Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt, 2001 ("Highway Kind")
  • 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 Rounder Records Story, 2010 ("Small Swift Birds")
  • Flight, 2012 ("Sweet Jane")
  • The Kennedy Suite, 2013 ("Disintegrating")[6][7]
  • God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, 2016 ("Jesus is Coming Soon")


  • XX: Lyrics and Photographs of the Cowboy Junkies, with watercolors by Enrique Martinez Celaya. 2007. Santa Monica: Whale and Star.
  • The Nomad Series: Lyrics and Photographs of the Cowboy Junkies. 2012. Miami: Whale and Star.

See also

  • Music portal
  • Rock music portal
  • Canada portal
  • Rock music of Canada
  • Music of Canada
  • List of Canadian musicians
  • List of bands from Canada


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Cowboy Junkies". Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Official website". Cowboy Junkies. Retrieved September 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Strombo Show presents Hip 30". CBC Music. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 217. ISBN 978-1-84195-017-4. 
  5. ^ "Cowboy Junkies". Chart Stats. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Various - The Kennedy Suite". Discogs. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ Schneider, Jason (November 8, 2013). "Cowboy Junkies / Various - The Kennedy Suite". Retrieved June 23, 2016. 

External links

  • "Official site". Cowboy Junkies. 
  • "CanConRox biography". Canadian Bands. 
  • "Cowboy Junkies archives". Media Archives of the University of Toronto Media Commons. 

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