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The Waltons' Biography

1987   Jason Plumb, Dave Cooney and Keith Nakonechy form the Waltons in their hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan.

1991   After touring every club in Western Canada that would take them, the band moves to Toronto to try and hit the big time. Before long, they start building a pretty loyal following in Toronto and decide to stay. Eventually they find themselves nominated for two Casby Awards ("Most Promising New Band" and "Best Western Canadian Band").

1992   The Waltons release their independent debut album, Lik My Trakter and are nominated for yet another Casby Award ("Best Debut Album").

1993   Warner Music Canada signs the Waltons to a world-wide record deal and re-releases Lik My Trakter. The Toronto Sun heralds the move; "One of the best unsigned Canadian acts of 1992 are about to become one of the best signed acts of 1993." The band hit the road with Barenaked Ladies. Playing keyboards and accordion, Todd Lumley becomes a full-fledged member of the Waltons. Their singles and videos for "In The Meantime," "Colder Than You" and "The Naked Rain" become regular staples on Canadian radio and video stations.
Sire Records president Seymour Stein sees the band play at the Ultrasound Showbar. The next day, he agrees to distribute Lik My Trakter and subsequent releases by the Waltons in the United States.

1994   Lik My Trakter is certified gold in Canada.
The Waltons tour England for the first time. Demand brings them back in May for dates that will take them throughout England and Scotland.
The Waltons win a Juno Award as "Best New Group."
Lik My Trakter is released in Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Norway.
Simple Brain is released in Canada as a 6 track EP. The record includes the title track originally written by Jason and Andy Paley for the Sire soundtrack for the film Naked In New York as well as "Hope" from the group's original independent cassette, '89 Demonstrations. An added bonus are the two concert favourites "The Boxer" (written by Paul Simon) and Weddings Parties Anything's "Under The Clocks" which features lead vocals from Keith. The EP also includes an eight-track demo of the previously unreleased "Who Is It?," recorded live in Hamilton in January 1992.

1995   The band's second full length album, cock's crow, is released. The album receives stellar critical acclaim both at home ("singer/songwriter Jason Plumb is rapidly emerging as a major player in a timeless pop tradition." - The Winnipeg Sun) and abroad ("beautifully crafted" **** - Q Magazine, U.K.) Sean Bryson replaces the departed Dave Cooney on drums. The band spends the rest of the next year touring throughout North America and England.

1996 - 1998   After taking a brief break from touring Jason begins writing songs for the group's next record. They go back into the studio with producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (who also worked with the band on cock's crow) and emerge with Empire Hotel in the fall of 1998. Among the album's ten tracks is the song "Middle Of Nowhere" co-written with The Odds' Craig Northey and Steven Drake and produced by the Waltons.

1998 - 1999  The band tours extensively behind the Empire Hotel CD with cross Canada tours supporting 54-40, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and on their own.

Along with their live shows, Empire Hotel receives favourable reviews from critics and fans alike, proving once again that the Waltons are one of Canada's strongest acts.

In May 1999 Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) and producer David Leonard (Prince, John Mellencamp) work with the band on a version of "Beats The Hell ..." that was included on the second soundtrack to the television show, Friends.

2000   After years touring Canada , The United States and Europe, the band decides to take a well deserved rest ....only playing a few sporadic shows .

2001   The boys release their fifth CD entitled Liv. Recorded live over two nights in Toronto, it includes some of the band's strongest material and some brand new studio tracks.

Waltons Biography by Dave Bidini (Rheostatics)