Live webcam performance of new Pickers album a great treat for “Turkey Thursday” - 141127Th Shows


Live webcam performance of new Pickers album a great treat for “Turkey Thursday”


It’s hard to make a definitive claim that U.S. Thanksgiving is the most over-hyped holiday ever (given how our neighbours to the south take every celebration so over-the-top) but it certainly ranks up there with the Fourth Of July and Christmas Day as an almost sacred event in which families are pretty much obligated to get together for a day of turkey gobblin’ and back patting.

It’s a day on which the National Football League dominates the culture and in which Country music (so closely associated with the NFL these days) will also be honoured across the 50 states, redolent as it is with themes of family, home and plain livin’.

And in the GTA, a lot of bars have special events going on —read: football on tv all afternoon and evening and turkey dinner specials— to cash in on the occasion (unfortunately in some cases at the expense of regularly scheduled live entertainment shows).

Big Tobacco & The Pickers 2014 -supplied

But if Country is your cup of tea yet you don’t feel like getting caught up in the bar hysteria, you have a satisfying alternative waiting for you right here on your computer tonight: TO authentic Country band Big Tobacco & The Pickers is doing a webcam performance of its forthcoming new album, The King Is Gone, live from the studio at which they recorded it!

This band does Country up right, whether it’s Merle Haggard classics, newer line-dance-friendly material or their own pithy and fun and authentic-sounding originals. With a piano (Blaine McKenzie) and a pedal steel (Anne Werbitsky), guitars that include a Telecaster as well as acoustics (Jason Blanchard, Jamie Oliver) a kick-ass rhythm section (Jay Mallany on bass, Derek Simpson drums) plus rich, 3-piece vocals and a high-energy dance-inducing vibe, the group has deservedly risen to be among the very elite of local “straw ‘n’ chaw” outfits since its inception six years ago.

For tonight’s innovative pre-album release performance, not only will you hear the eleven tracks from the album (all new originals except for one cover -the title track) with engineer Dave Clarke on hand to make sure the mix is right, but the album’s producer, iconic Moe Berg, will also be there at the TA2 (pronounced “tattoo”) facility in east TO to conduct an interactive conversation with the audience, which will be able to “ask us anything” and get an immediate live response!

In keeping, too, with the Thanksgiving spirit, the band will be collecting online donations for a local charity (you’ll have to tune in for the details.)

It all happens starting at 9:30 right here on your machine:

-Gary 17,

SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, November 27, 2021:

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*5-8> Kirsten Jones @ Richtree Restaurant, Eaton Centre (14 Queen St. West), TO ~Country originals & Pop covers

*5-8> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~Folk-Rock/Country

5-8> Joanne Morra & The France St. Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)

6> Corin Raymond @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Roots-Pop

6> HarpAcash & The Morals @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

6:30> Kevin Quain @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~moody Blues

7-9> TC Folkpunk album release @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Folk-Rock

7> tba @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues

*7> open mic with Derek Mok @ Kensington Lodge, 21 Kensington Ave., TO

7> The Bonfire @ Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave., TO East

*7:30-8:30> “Iron Maidens” radio show with host Misty Blue @ ~multi-genre female songwriters

*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

*7:30> Rob Phillips Band and Chelsea Bennett @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

*8-11> Tinderbox Thursdays open stage with Michael Keith @ La Revolucion, 2848 Dundas St. W., TO West ~eclectic

*8-12> open indie/Rock jam with Juggernaut Jam Band feat. Andy Narsingh @ Shamrocks Bar, 100 Dundas St. E., Whitby

Something Pink8-12> tba @ Lake Affect, 1 Port St., Port Credit

8-12> David Leask @ Fionn MacCool’s Ajax, 32 Kingston Rd. E. Ajax ~Pop

*8-12> open mic & jam @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*8-12> jam hosted by The Personics @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington

*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener

*8:30-9:30> “Rockin’ The Blues From Canada” radio show with host Misty Blue @ ~Rock/Blues

8:30> Lennie Gallant album release @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~East Coast Roots; $27.50/-

8:30> Ian White @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriter; $5

8:30> tba @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~

9> The Legendary Castaways @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Rock/R&B classics

*9> Tommy Rocker’s Classic Rock Show hosts jam @ Karla’s Roadhouse, 4630 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

*9-1> karaoke with Randy Petrie @ King’s Belly, 429 Donlands Ave., TO East

*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach

*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West, TO West ~eclectic

9-12> Annie Bonsignore @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9-12> Jennis @ Bar Radio, 615 College St., TO ~Folk

9> The Heavyweights Brass Band @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West ~brassy R&B

9> Karen Andrew with Doron Zor @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Roots Rock

9> Misbehavin @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St., TO North ~Funk/Soul/R&B

9-1> Jack de Keyzer Band @ Monarchs Pub (Eaton Chelsea Hotel), 33 Gerrard St. W., TO ~Blues

9> The Belle Regards; Most Loyal @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa

9> Jabel @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*9:30-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd., Etobicoke South ~Rock/Pop

9:30> Big Tobacco & The Pickers perform new album Toronto Teardown live from the studio @  ~Country originals

*9:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Coyote Jack’s, 64 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax

*9:30> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

9:30> David Braid & Peripheral Vision @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

9:30> Tempting Murphy album celebration @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E., TO ~$15 includes cd

9:30> Glenn Groves @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*9:30> jam with Jack B Nimble @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga

*9:45> Mary Mckay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E., TO ~Jazz/Blues

10> Collette Savard & guests @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> Graham Nicholas @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

10> Pretzel Logic @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Steely Dan tribute; $10

10> The Tonkas @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues-Rock

10> The Medicine Line @ The Red Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

10:30> tba @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock

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