Cowboy Junkies

Inducted in 2019

They shook up the rock world in the late 1980s with an album that was paradoxically laid back. With slow tempos and hushed tones—not to mention deeply melancholic lyrics—Cowboy Junkies’ acclaimed sophomore recording launched an extraordinary international career that continues strongly to this day. After 16 studio, five live recordings, many compilations, and album sales in excess of four million copies, the revered and once famously “slow, sad” band shows no signs of letting up.

Career Highlights


The band is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame


Cowboy Junkies celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Trinity Session with the release of Trinity Revisited


The Trinity Session appears in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, a musical reference book.


“Sweet Jane” appears on the soundtrack of Oliver Stone‘s Natural Born Killers.

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Their breakthrough second album The Trinity Session is released.


Quick Fact

The Cowboy Junkies began performing live in Toronto’s Queen Street West clubs, including the Beverly Tavern and the Rivoli.

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Quick Fact

Their 1986 debut album was recorded in the family garage using a single ambisonic microphone.