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The Waltons

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First, there are three bands named The Waltons: an Award winning acoustic folk- rock trio from Canada, a cowpunk band from Berlin, and a rockbilly band from Perth.

The Canadian band (with albums featured here such as Lik My Trakter and Empire Hotel) is a Pop Rock trio with a bit of country flavor. They toured with the Barenaked Ladies in the early nineties. The group formed in Regina, Saskatchewan, when college friends Jason Plumb (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Keith Nakonechny (bass and vocals), and Dave Cooney (drums) began performing Plumb’s songs in clubs around town. After gigging around western Canada, the trio moved to Toronto in 1991, where they quickly established themselves on the thriving local music scene. Producer John Switzer, who had started on this same circuit with Jane Siberry a decade before, discovered the Waltons’ music and agreed to produce their debut album, Lik My Trakter, which the group self-released in 1992. After bagging a couple of local music awards, the Waltons were signed to Warner Music Canada, which reissued Lik My Trakter in Canada and the U.S. in 1993. For a tour with the Barenaked Ladies, keyboardist Todd Lumley was added to the group to flesh out their sound; he became a full-fledged member of the band in 1994, the same year the group won a Juno (the Canadian Grammy) for Best New Artist thanks to the gold-selling Lik My Trakter.

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