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Hornblast brings his posse of Roots-Country stars back to Linsmore


In a previous article I mentioned how the power of the lyrics in Roots songwriter Glen Hornblast’s tunes makes him a delight to listen to whether he’s solo or accompanied. But there’s no denying that it’s a whole extra dimension of Glen that blossoms forth when he’s got his full Queen Street Cowboys band behind him.

Tonight he’ll have that stellar group of backing players (including Dean Cavill on pedal steel, Phil Ciglen on electric guitar, Doug Snow on bass and Greg Lapointe on drums) with him and will add another member, Rob Murphy on electric piano, when the guys gallop back in to Linsmore Tavern, where they put on a brilliant show during a previous appearance on April 17.

Glen Hornblast with singer Mark Yan joining the band for a tune at Linsmore -Gary 17

One fellow musician who has previously traveled to Nashville to perform at a Roots festival and who attended the April show at Linsmore told me that the evening “completely reminded me of the best of what I saw in Nashville”.

I was similarly impressed, as was a healthy turnout of fans and fellow musicians, a couple of whom, such as harp player Ruth Jenkins and singer Mark Yan, ended up being invited up to sit in with the band for a song or two.

In addition to Hornblast’s many superlative and soulful original Roots tunes (he was a finalist in the prestigious 2013 USA Songwriting Competition), the group also has a wide repertoire of high-energy Country and Rockabilly favourites at its command. With the guys delivering them at an old-school tavern like Linsmore, with its wooden floors, furniture and ceiling struts, the vibe ended up feeling indeed like a genuine Country hoedown –the only thing missing was the straw!

No cover for tonight’s show, which runs from 9-1 in the room at 1298 Danforth Ave. a few steps from the Greenwood subway station.

-Gary 17, www.torontomoon.ca

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5-9> A Tasting Of Happiness free Mount Gay rum and Wellington beer tasting with Randy Petrie @ Remarks, 1029 Coxwell Ave., TO East

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

5-8> Roberta Hunt Jazz & Blues Band @ 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> Kevin Quain @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~moody Blues

6:30> Peter Hill Quintet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

6-11> Kitchener Blues Festival kickoff show with Steve Strongman; Quinn Sullivan; Buddy Guy @ Clocktower Stage, Victoria Park, Kitchener

7-9> Lianne Fainsinger @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East ~Jazz

7-9> Love & Le Blanc featuring David Love @ Vivian Lane, Brampton

9> Declan O’Donavan with Stuart Henderson @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

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7> Shugga @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke South ~Funk

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

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8> In Between Sounds @ The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave., TO East ~psych soundscapes

8> Wayne Neon & Friends @ Kramer’s, 1915 Yonge St., TO North ~Roots

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*8-11:30> Christopher Plock & Stevie G @ Mulligan’s Pub, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

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

8:30> JAZZ.FM91 World Music Festival 2014 – Lorraine Klaasen tribute to Miriam Makeba @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~world Jazz; $35

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8:30> Songbirds with host Sarah Beatty & sets by Shawna Caspi; Leslie Hudson; Robin Benedict @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~$6/pwyc

9-1> Glen Hornblast & The Queen Street Cowboys @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave., TO East ~ Country/Rootsabilly

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9> The 24th Street Wailers with The Sinners Choir @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West

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

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10> tba @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~

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