The youngest of six children, Shiloh Lindsay grew up on a ranch in South Central Alberta. Sparked by a character in a spaghetti western film, fittingly, “Shiloh” also means “peace” and the city in which she was born (Wetaskiwin) takes its name from the Cree word wītaskīwin-ispatinaw (ᐑᑕᐢᑮᐏᐣ ᐃᐢᐸᑎᓇᐤ) – “the hills where peace was made.”
Much of the imagery of her upbringing and of her now departed cowboy father are woven into the fabrics of her songs. After Shiloh moved to Vancouver she met and started working with veteran producer John Ellis to record For My Smoke – a collection of songs laced with dry, honest humour and echoing the experience of many fledgling artists in the big, strange city. Over the next few years, Shiloh’s creatively fruitful friendship with drummer and producer Kirk Douglas culminated in the release of Western Violence & Brief Sensuality: a sweeping, emotional record hinting at Emmylou Harris and American murder ballads.