Cowboy Junkies Release Sharon Temple Sessions, A Limited Run of the ‘Lost’ Album

The one-microphone recording, captured over 3 days at Sharon Temple in 1989, is a ‘lost’ album featuring songs that became The Caution Horses.

Courtesy of Sony Music Canada ~ album release date September 30, 2022

Toronto, ON (August 30, 2022)Sharon, the alternate recording of what would become Cowboy Junkies 1990 The Caution Horses album and follow up to the band’s iconic album The Trinity Session, is available for pre-order for the first time on 180-gram vinyl.  The one-microphone recording, captured over 3-days at Sharon Temple in the Spring of 1989, is a ‘lost’ album featuring many songs that became The Caution Horses. This release is a limited pressing that includes an 8-page booklet containing liner notes by Dave Bowler (author of the band’s biography Music Is The Drug) and never before seen session photos by Chris Buck.  Sharon is mastered for vinyl by Cowboy Junkies long-time producer, Peter Moore.

“We spent three unseasonably cold days at the Sharon Temple, a uniquely beautiful wood building situated about an hour north of Toronto and built by a Quaker off-shoot as a place to perform music and celebrate God,” explains Michael Timmins.  “In the end we shelved the album and went on to record The Caution Horses in its stead. But thirty-three years later, here she is, Sharon, for the first time on vinyl, rescued from the gaping maw of oblivion”.

Featured performers on Sharon include Margo Timmins (vocal) Michael Timmins (guitar) Peter Timmins (drums) and Alan Anton (bass) with guest musicians: Jeff Bird (mandolin, harmonica, fiddle), Jaro Czerwinec (accordion), David Houghton (percussion), and Kim Deschamps (pedal steel, lap steel).

Sharon on vinyl is available for pre-order now through the Cowboy Junkies’ on-line store at Both LP and all streaming versions will be available on September 30th, 2022.

Track Listing

Side A

Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning

‘Cause Cheap Is How I Feel

Escape Is So Simple

Captain Kidd

Thirty Summers

Side B

Where Are You Tonight?

Mariner’s Song

Dead Flowers


Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country/blues/folk rock band and one of the most popular Canadian bands of the ’80s and ’90s, selling more than five million albums worldwide. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) and Alan Anton (bassist). The groups second album, The Trinity Session, recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity earned them worldwide attention with The Los Angeles Times naming the recording the best album of 1988. The band has released eighteen studio albums in their 35-year career as well as numerous live albums and special project albums. They are members of The Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and have toured the world continually since their inception. In the next six months they will be touring through the US, UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.  

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