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A group that just sort of appeared out of nowhere (as far as I was aware) six months ago, High Court County seems on a fast track to prominence on the TO bar scene these days, having played several disparate venues across the GTA in that time with their Country-Blues and Rock/Soul covers and now recording an ep of originals.
Sparked by the high-energy electric guitar of Arie Papernick and smooth but by turns twangy, soulful or passionately urgent vocals of young acoustic guitar frontman Stephen Court, the band delivers convincing and entertaining versions of songs ranging from Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces” through Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” and a wide range of appealing Rockabilly type material from the realm of Rootsy-Rock and Soul in between.
Guitarist Papernick tells me that the group has been recording original songs for an ep at Escarpment Sound in Halton Hills, “trying to do what Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton are doing —new songs with the old sound.” You can actually see a tantalizing teaser vid of them working on a very catchy origional in the studio, as well as some live vids of them in action at various bars, on their Facebook page.
Frontman Court first came to my attention this winter when I saw him perform solo at Seb Agnello’s Monday night open stage at Black Swan Tavern. He was highly capitvating and another who took note was Pete Otis of SongTown, who has started featuring him along with the likes of Mike McKenna and George Olliver on a couple of his multi-act bills, including an upcoming show with McKenna and Cathy Young as part of the Hoser Blues Nights series on Sun. May 21.
This year alone the band, which also includes Andrew Bennett on bass and Brian Cruickshank on drums, has already appeared at venues as divergent as the Swan, Relish, The Peppery Cat and The Duke Live in east TO, done a pair of shows at Blue Goose Tavern in Etobicoke, gigged twice each at Big Daddy’s and Good Times Café in Newmarket as well as at Karla’s Roadhouse in Scarborough, and done shows at Father’s Moustache Grill in Aurora and Oscar’s in Brampton.
They have another first-time gig coming up this Saturday night at a bar that loves Country Rock, The Newoundlander on Danforth Road in Scarborough. Tonight, however, they debut at yet another new room, a venue that’s also well suited to their brand of “outlaw Country” (as the group describes itself) and Roots-Rock/Soul, as they appear at Linsmore Tavern starting at 8:30.
There’s no cover for what you can expect to be a rip-roaring show on the nicely appointed, lit-up performance area of the room at 1298 Danforth Ave. a few dozen steps from the entrance to the Greenwood subway station.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, May 04, 2022
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8am> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Signe Miranda @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeat of previous evening’s show)
9-10am> “The Bill King Show” with host Bill King & guests @ CIUT 89.5 FM ~Blues/Jazz
Noon-2> Blues on Rock Radio UK with Carolyn Fe
8> Ken Wallis show with tracks and interviews @ www.bluesandrootsradio.com
9-9:20> Humber College Radio Broadcast Program’s “Unsigned” series live-to-air singer-songwriter profiles with guest songwriter Craig Simon @ Radio Humber, 96.9 FM and online (repeats 8 am following day)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*5-8> Danny Blue @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~acoustic Pop
6> Corin Raymond @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6-8> Julie Michels with Kevin Barrett @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10-20/pwyc
6:30> Kevin Quain @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~moody Blues; $
7> Alex Pangman Band featuring Peter Hill @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
*7> open mic with Derek Mok @ Kensington Lodge, 21 Kensington Ave.
7> Catfish & The Bottlemen; The Worn Flints @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $
*7:30-9:30> Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
*7:30> Sarah Jordan & Matt G @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~acoustic Top 40
*8-12> Joe Bowden @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
8-12> Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~original Roots
8> Tafelmusk Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $
8> Horisont @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~contemporary original; $
8> The Handsome Savages; The Reed Effect; Wrong Jeremy; Ayden Jacobs Band @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
*8> open mic with host Eric Sorenson @ Libertarian House, 236 Queen St. E.
8> NAO @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $
8> Bianca @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO ~songwriter; $10
*8:30> Organic Groove open mic with host Dylan Hennessy @ Cannabis Culture, 461 Church St.
9> Chris Lord Ideal @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave. ~original Blues
9> Those Manic Seas; The Fern Tips; The Rathburns; Rexy Spice @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Street Eaters; Sago; Church Goer @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Punk; $
9> The Butchers Rode; Vodnik; Chainfall @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9> Present Waves; Ptarmigan; Delta Will @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $
9-11:30> Jeff Jones with The Tom Szczesniak Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9> Opera Pub @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade Central
*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W. ~Blues
*9:30> jam with host band The Regulators @ College St. Bar, 574 College St.
9:30> Chris Wallace’s Many Names @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*9:45> Mary McKay @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
10> Brady/Basset (Shawn Brady & Hervé Basset) @ McSorley’s Saloon, 1544 Bayview Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
10> Jeremy Voltz; Hayley Preziosi @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~songwriters; pwyc
10> Tequila Jay @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
10> Tom Robertson Band @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Blues/R&B; 0$
10-2> Big Otter Creek @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock
10> Sons of Rhythm @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~R&B/Funk; $
*10:30> Mike Barnes @ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop
416 – TORONTO EAST
7-9> Jeremiah Taylor X @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Pop Duo/songwriters; 0$
7> Little Dragon; Goldlink; AJBO @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $
**7:30-11:30> M-Factor Redux with host Elana Harte & special guests Tim Bovaconti; Hidden Stash @ Eton House, 710 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$
8-12> Bark @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive ~Rock/Top 40 covers; 0$
8> In Between Sounds @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave. ~psych soundscapes; 0$
8:30> High Court County featuring Arie Papernick @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~outlaw Country-Soul/Roots-Rock; 0$
*8:30-10:30> Jerry Leger & The Situation @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~Folk-Rock/Country
*9:30> open jam with host Kar Wong @ Sportsters, 1430 Danforth Ave.
9:30> Blues jam with Mike Sedgewick Band @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E.
*10-2> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave.
*10-1> open jam with host Michael Villamor @ Breakwall, 1910 Queen St. E.
416 - TORONTO ETOBICOKE
7-9> Ukulele night with Chris Wilson @ Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W.
7:30> Ilana Waldston’s Jazz ‘n’ Laughs Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge
8> The Stew @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~R&B/Blues
8> Merkules @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~contemporary original; $
9:30> Bryan Tyrell @ The Old Sod, 2936 Bloor St. W. ~Pop
*10-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. ~Rock/Pop
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
8-12> jam night @ The Birchmount, 462 Birchmount Rd.
9:30> Taxi @ Black Dog Pub, 87 Island Rd. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Michael Coghlan @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter
*6:30-9> Carl Bray & guest @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~solo piano
7> Lido Pimieta; LAL; more for Bangladesh garmet workers rally @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~eclectic; $
7-9> Zachary Lucky and Lil Andy @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave.
8> Harrison; Above Top Secret; LA Timpa; more The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
*8> open mic @ Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas St. W.
8> Winter Fires; Red Air; Sedge @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
**8> The Soul Maître D’s with guest @ The Archtop Café, 2312 Bloor St. W. ~acoustic Pop
8:30> Garland Jeffries @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~songwriter; $
8:30> The Wilderness of Manitoba; Jenny Berkel @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $
9> John Wayne Swingtet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
*9-12> open mic night with Anthony Abbatangeli @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
*9> open mic with Phil Hood @ The Roncy, 390 Roncesvalles Ave.
*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West ~eclectic
9-12> Ilios Steryannis Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9> The Treble Men @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> David Celia @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~songwriter
9:30> Soul Stew @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~R&B/Funk; $
9:30> Luke Vajsar @ Hawaii Bar, 989 Dovercourt Ave. ~looping bassist; pwyc
10> The Mercenaries @ Fat City Blues, 890 College St. ~Retro Rock/Soul
10> Eli and the Strawman with Marlon Chaplin @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $10
11> The Digs @ Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. ~groove Rock; 0$
7> The Lifers; The Wildflowers; Annie Sumi @ Heritage Hall, 83 Essex St., Guelph ~contemporary original; $20
*7-11> Lucas Stagg @ Argyle Arms, 210 King St. E., Cambridge ~Roots-Rock
*7:30-12> open mic with K.M. Smith @ Molly Bloom’s Guelph, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
8> Kenny Munshaw @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge
8> Chadley Chase & Andre Besel @ Grand River Hotel, 1102 King St. E., Cambridge ~Country
8-11> Miss Angel; Weidinger; Latta @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo ~Blues
*8> Jazz/Blues jam @ Hep Cats, 42 Erb St. E., Waterloo
*8-11> open mic with Sandy MacDonald @ Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fischer Hallman Rd., Kitchener
8> Steve Strongman @ Centre In The Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener ~original Blues; $25
*8:30> acoustic jam hosted by Mike Meacher & Vic Freitas @ Kiwi Gastropub, 47 Dickson St., Cambridge
*8:30-12:30> acoustic jam with Dennis Napper & Joe Lopez @ Fiddle & Firkin, 707 King St. E., Cambridge
8:30> open mic with James Kuttelwascher @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener
9> The Controversial Sharks @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~Rock/Top 40 covers & originals; $5
9:30> James Cameron @ The Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country
*9:30> acoustic Pop @ The Black Badger, 55 Water St., Cambridge ~acoustic
9:30> Galley West @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country
*10-2> Mike Something @ Royal Electric, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop
10> Happy Pappy @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo
**7-11> Tamica Herod & The Harbour Street Band with guest @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Blues
*7:30> Rob Phillips Jazz/Blues Trio and Marsala Likianchuk @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> The Joe Huron Trio @ Sticky Fingers, 199 Essa Rd., Barrie ~Jazz/Blues
8> Graham Playford @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood
*9> jam with Ted Rusk @ The Sauble Dunes, 11 Southampton Parkway, Sauble Beach
9-1> Shawn Steinhart @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie
9> Bodhi Jar; Cleopatrick; Output; Sonorous @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
*5-8> Nelson Denis @ Frank’s Pasta, 42 King Street E., Cobourg ~eclectic mix (Folk, Jazz, soft Rock, Latin)
*6-10> Sticks & Tones @ Fionn MacCool’s Oshawa, 214 Ritson Rd., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8-11> K’Coneil with Mellow Dee @ Rum Diaries, 368 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~smooth grooves
*?> jam with Darren Smith & Shayne Thomas @ The Corner Pocket, 45 Prince St., Oshawa
*9> jam @ The Wee Pub, 371 Wilson Rd. South, Oshawa
*9-2> open mic with Rich With Sin @ Gravity Lounge, 45 Prince St., Oshawa
9> open mic jam with Dezz & Carol @ King’s Key Pub, 89 King St. E., Bowmanville
*9:30> jam with Billick @ Harp & Crown, 300 Kingston Rd., Pickering
9:30> Howard Ross @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax ~Blues/R&B
*10> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur @ St. Louis Ajax, 11 Harwood Ave., Ajax
10> The Abrams; Big City Lights; Quinn Mills @ Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie; $
*6:30-10:30> jam with Faces for Radio @ Coasters, 55 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton
*6:30-10> Johnny Cadillac hosts unplugged jam @ Spot One, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton
*7:30-11:30> jam with house band @ 52nd St. Tap & Grill, 30 Kennedy Rd., S., Brampton
*8> open mic with host Kevin Kerr @ The Duchess of Markham, 53 Main St. N., Markham
*8-11> Jam with Jayme Lynn Reed @ Offsides Sports Bar, 200 Simcoe Ave., Keswick
9> open mic (signup starts at 8:30) @ The Barrel, 2180 Steeles Ave. W. Vaughan
*9> open mic with The Almost Cool Band @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown
*10:30> jam with Gary White & Friends @ Bryden’s, 270 Main St. E., Milton
8> The Acoustics @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; $10
8:30> Chris Chambers @ Lou Dawg’s Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton
*9> LMT Connection @ Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls ~R&B/Funk
9> tba @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
*9> jam with Hank & The Boys @ Tartan Toorie, 969 Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton
*9> open mic night with rotating hosts @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Ancaster
9> Chastity & guests @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton
*9:30> Rock jam @ Gladstone Tavern, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton
9:30> acoustic open stage with Daryl Gray @ The George Hamilton, 1115 Fennell Ave., Hamilton
10> Strummers Union @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton
10> Deeps & Friends @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
*6-9> Ric Jacobs @ Ivy Bar, 3330 South Service Rd., Burlington
*7> Fraser/Daley @ Anchor Bar Burlington, 2000 Appleby Line, Burlington ~original Rootsy Blues
7> Scott Whittington @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
*7-10> Clarke County @ Montana’s BBQ Mississauga, 5031 Hurontario St., Mississauga ~Country
*7-11> James Anthony Band @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
7:30> Bluegrass jam @ RCL #551 Waterdown, 79 Hamilton St. N., Waterdown
8-12> jam night with host Screamin’ Evil Blues Band featuring Keith Danby @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
8> Barlow/Yeh/McNeill Trio @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Top 40 covers
8> Ken McMillan @ Bronte Sports Kitchen, 2544 Speers Rd., Oakville
*8-12> jam hosted by The Personics @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington
*8> Celtic Night @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line
8:45> open mic with Matt Zady @ Failte, 201 City Centre Dr., Mississauga
9> Robin Benedict & Brennagh Burns @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~acoustic Pop covers & originals duo; $10
9-1> Freedom Train @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock/Pop
*9:30> jam with Jack B Nimble @ Abbey Road Pub, 3200 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga
9:30> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
*10:30> The Killin’ Time Duo @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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