Toronto, Canada-based musicians Michael Timmins (21 April 1959, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; guitar) and Alan Anton (b. Alan Alizojvodic, 22 June 1959, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; bass) formed a band called Hunger Project in 1979. It was not successful and, now basing themselves in the UK, they formed the experimental instrumental outfit, Germinal. Returning to Toronto, they joined forces with Timmins sister Margo (b. 27 January 1961, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; vocals) and brother Peter (b. 29 October 1965, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; drums). As the Cowboy Junkies (which was simply an attention-grabbing name), they recorded their 1986 debut, Whites Off Earth Now!! (comprised predominantly of rock and blues cover versions) in a private house and released the album via their own Latent Recordings label. Their second album, The Trinity Session (1988), was made with one microphone in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, for $250. The bands spartan,...
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