If you go down to the crossroads of roots and soul, you’ll find singer, songwriter and guitarist Charlie A’Court, whose honest purpose in life is to connect people, one emotion at a time.
Growing up in the rural village of MacCallum Settlement (outside of Truro, Nova Scotia), Charlie A’Court had little to rely on for entertainment except his imagination and music. Spending hours every day delving into his father’s collection of vinyl, Charlie would lose himself in a world of blues, roots, soul and folk. “I was discovering singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke and I remember being so profoundly moved and almost not old enough to know why” says Charlie. “There was something honest about the way they sang. They would sing with such conviction that simply commanded attention.”
It wasn’t long before Charlie discovered albums featuring blistering blues guitar. Artists like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Albert King made their way to the top of the pile and to the ears of a young, imaginative A’Court. Charlie recalls, “These guys would wail in a way where every note mattered. They sang without apology and played guitar like it was their last day.” It was a guitarist from England that changed the way Charlie would look at blues. “Eric Clapton really opened my mind as a musician. He was taking blues and showing it could be contemporary. Clapton’s music showed me that my music could balance between blues and adult contemporary songwriting.”
Charlie A’Court has harnessed those influences and channeled his inspiration into his latest recording, Triumph & Disaster. Produced by Chris Kirby (St. John’s, NL) and featuring 13 brand new songs along with a fresh take on Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change Is Gonna Come”, Triumph & Disaster shines a bright light on A’Court’s soulful vocals and colorful guitar playing. The album title is a tip of the hat to the late, British author, Rudyard Kipling and his acclaimed poem, “IF”. The excerpt reads, “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same...” The line refers to a balance between high and low emotions. A’Court plays with a delicate balance of emotion touching on feelings of jubilation, redemption, isolation and absolute love for another.
Winner of the2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album Bring On The Storm and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album Color Me Gone, Charlie A’Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary and is synonymous with impassioned performances that grip an audience the very moment he takes the stage. His 2009 release, Live At The Marigold, was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Male Solo Recording of the Year, while earning him the honour of being named Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards.
Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, Charlie A’Court has toured extensively throughout Canada and abroad with headline performances at the Stan Rogers Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest (USA), and Woodford Folk Festival (AUS). A’Court has shared the stage with other high profile artists including James Cotton, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James, Dan Aykroyd, and Delbert McClinton among many others.