November 28, 2004

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Artist: Waltons, The




Jason Plumb (vocals, guitar)
David Cooney (drums)
Keith Nakonechny (bass, vocals)
Todd Lumley (keyboards, accordian, vocals; 1992)
Steve Pitkin (drums; recorded Cock's Crow 1994)
Sean Bryson (drums; replaced Cooney 1995)

Formed in Regina in 1987, The Waltons were part of the Saskatchewan and western club grind before deciding to make a break for it and risk everything for the chance to make it in Toronto in 1990.

They were able to make fast friends and tour with the likes of The Pursuit Of Happiness, The Barenaked Ladies, Junkhouse, Andrew Cash, The Northern Pikes and The Tragically Hip.

Two notable demo tapes made the rounds in clubs and on record company desks in 1989 and 1990 which got them nominations for two CFNY-FM CASBY Awards for 'Most Promising Band' and 'Best Western Canadian Band'. With the help of producer John Switzer they were able to record their debut CD 'Lik My Traktor' and followed this up with two VideoFACT funded videos for "Old" and "Alone Again".

Like the Barenaked Ladies that same year, their independent release gained such widespread critical praise that it sold 7,000 copies word of mouth, club gigging and frequent exposure on College radio not to mention two cross-Canada tours.

It was only a matter of time before Warner Music decided to move in and re-issue the disc to a Canada-wide audience in 1993. Then Warner stuck them back on their third cross Canada tour with labelmates The Barenaked Ladies.

The band got a push in Australia from Crowded House's co-manager who likened Plumb's voice to that band's Neil Finn and 'Lik My Traktor' was released Down Under to critical acclaim.

Suddenly, laurels were thrown at them: a Juno Award as 'Best New Group' and a coveted Campus Entertainment award as "Best Contemporary Music Recording Artists".

They wrote and recorded "Simple Brain" for Martin Scorsese executive produced film "Naked In New York", and released an EP of new songs in Canada for their insatiable fans.

On October 1st, 1994, in London, England, 27 months after the initial indie release of 'Lik My Traktor', the Waltons performed their 350th and final date in its support. The album had reached gold by the time they returned to Canada to start the next record.

In 1995 they released 'Cock's Crow' with producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Shuffle Demons, Vital Sines, Spirit Of The West) and featured guest appearances by members of Spirit Of The West and the Rheostatics.

Three years later The Waltons released 'Empire Hotel' before finally calling it a day.




Singles
1992 Colder Than You (Warner Music) WEA-18
1992 In The Meantime (Reprise/Warner Music) PR0-CD-6636
1993 The Naked Rain (Sire/Warner Music) 9633
1995 End Of The World (Sire/Warner Music) 9188
1995 Wascana (Warner Music)
1995 Michelangelo's Tummy (Warner Music) WEA-49
1995 Wait For Me (Radio Edit) (Sire/Warner) PRCD-9292-2
1998 Beats The Hell Out Of Me (Warner Music)

Albums
1989 89 Demonstrations [cassette] (independent)
1990 Demo Sandwich [cassette] (independent) WAL-CD0001
1991 Lik My Traktor (independent) WAL-CD0002
1993 Lik My Traktor [re-issue](Warner Music) 093624544524
1994 Simple Brain [EP] (Warner Music) 96143
1995 Cock's Crow (Warner Music) 99435
1998 Empire Hotel (Warner Music) 21388
2001 Liv (Maple Music/Universal) 075-005

Video
1991 Old
1991 Alone Again
1993 Colder Than You
1993 The Naked Rain
1993 In The Meantime
1995 End of the World
1995 Wascana

Compilation Tracks
1994 "Simple Brain" on 'Naked In New York City" (Warner Music) - soundtrack 1994 "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" on 'Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young' (Sony) 80199
1995 "Simple Brain" on 'The Kumbaya Album 1995' (Warner Music) 11719
1999 "Beats The Hell Out of Me" on 'Friends Again' (Reprise - US) 9-47100-2






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