Even if much of his life-story is fabricated, it bespeaks a man of deeply felt impulses and a broad imagination, someone willing to make art even out of his own life -- and with a sense of humor to boot. His debut album, For Him and the Girls, found Workman playing virtually every note in addition to recording the songs in his own home studio. Released in Canada in 1999, it received critical raves in that country and in the United Kingdom, where Workman spent considerable time touring. An American release followed the next year. 2001 brought a second self-produced effort, (Last Night We Were) the Delicious Wolves, released on Universal in Canada and the U.K., again with Workman producing and playing almost every instrument. He supported the album with more shows throughout Canada and a second U.K. tour, this time through Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, as well as a trip to Paris. His wild taletelling also began to extend to the stage, where he circulated stories as wide-ranging as his time spent in the circus as a "mad-maker" (the one who goes into the cages to make the lions mad before their performances) during his youth to help his family get by economically to the stage musical that he has been working on.