Charlie A'Court

Charlie A'Court

54 Lancaster Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandBluesAdult Contemporary

As a presenter, if you want to treat your audience to a performer whose music moves audiences to laughter & tears as well as displays a true passion for first class entertainment and professionalism, you need to find out about Charlie A'Court.

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Charlie A’Court
“…in my world, music speaks louder than words.”

Named as Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards in November, Charlie A’Court is synonymous with impassioned performances that grip an audience the very moment he takes the stage.

Winner of the East Coast Music Awards 2007 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 is an emotionally charged and soul moving performer. Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, his music and passionate voice stir up the listeners’ emotions, touching the very core of audiences around the world.

Partnered with acclaimed producer Danny Greenspoon (Great Big Sea, Bruce Guthro, Sophie Milman) A’Court released his follow-up studio album, Bring On The Storm, in October 2006. This album spans the gamut of emotion, dealing with triumph and disaster, loss of loved ones, mental health and chronic physical pain, life on the road, and being head over heals in love.

Further establishing his reputation as a remarkable entertainer, A’Court has released his first live, solo recording. "Live At The Marigold" is an intimate look into the heart of this soulful troubadour and was recorded at the beautiful Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia. In an effort to be in a "greener" frame of mind, “Live At The Marigold” is being released exclusively as a digital download keychain. The new release was nominated for Best Blues Artist/Group Recording, Best Male Artist Recording at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

A’Court has toured extensively throughout Canada and abroad with headlining performances at the Stan Rogers’ Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest, and Ottawa Blues Fest. A’Court has shared the stage with high profile artists including John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James, and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd.

Charlie’s modern blues style, mixed with his contemporary songwriting has created a mass appeal, ensuring
A’Court’s material is widely accepted as a festival favourite by audiences and promoters alike. Fuelled by emotion and a desire for delivering powerful music, Charlie A’Court is undoubtedly one of Canada’s new generation of fresh singer/songwriters, attracting fans internationally with gutsy vocals and his colourful yet solid guitar playing. (photo credit: Glen Meisner)

“The most soulful Canadian artist…ever!!!” Amiestreet.com

“The act of performing brings out a daredevil quality in his powerhouse singing and guitar playing, which Live at the Marigold captures admirably.”
~ Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald

“And that voice! Charlie A’Court is extremely multi-talented and possesses a voice that would make even the most hardcore singles in the audience want to make out with the next attractive stranger they encountered.”
~ Melissa Martel, The Brunswickan

Lyrics

Big Dark Canyon

Written By: Charlie A'Court / J.P. Cormier

Jenny was a good girl, never caused any harm
Tommy knew the back side of the hand on the long arm of the law
And when they met, she knew his pain but grew too scared to run away.
When the fists came down like rain, he was too far gone to change

You see him standing in the street. A man who’s name you’ll never know
He had the world beneath his feet, and now there’s nothing left to show
He’s just a poet dressed in rags, spin you tales if you got a dime
He doesn’t like to think he begs, he’s just drunk and killing time.

Chorus
We all stand upon the edge
There is no path, there is no bridge
And everyone must try to cross
The big dark canyon, innocence lost

Solo

I never thought I’d see you go, you were the strongest one I knew
All the shit that brought you down, all the pain they put you through
Now that goodbye shakes my hand, this is a stranger I’ve never known.
Here among these names I stand, seeing yours upon the stone.

Chorus

Seeing You Around

Written By: Charlie A'Court

In our high school ways, we would take off for days in your Daddy’s truck full of rust.
Our grades were dead last, but we managed to pass. I think they wanted just to get rid of us.
On that graduating day, we’d celebrate the fact that we made it out alive.
You shook my hand and said, “Good luck man!” Never did we say goodbye.

Instead we said,
Chorus
I’ll be seeing you around
I’ll be seeing you around

He’s a likeable loser who leaves his lover in Leverkusen, Germany.
He says, “I gotta go. I gotta go somewhere I don’t know but I’ll call when I get there.”
She says, “Wait a minute boy, don’t you forget it, the promise that you made back then.”
He says, “Yes it’s true that I did love you but my need to leave is stronger.”

Chorus

Bridge
I’m hitting the road.
There’s nothing to slow me down, when I leave this town.

The point of this story is that I miss all the glory back when I was young, wild and free.
Oh with no strings attached, Lord I gotta get back to when life was wherever it took me.

Chorus

Yes You Are

Written By: Charlie A'COurt / RyLee Madison

What I want, is everything you are.
You’re my Sunday drive in a brand new car.
You are my Saturday night with a tall glass of wine.
Into the morning, like the sun we’re gonna shine.

Baby, what I got, is everything you need.
Ain’t gonna find a better man than me.
These arms a strong enough to carry the load.
All the way to Hell and back, ‘cause that’s how far I’m willing to go.

Chorus
You are my voice of reason when I’ve gone too far.
You are the one thing I believe in.
The rhythm in my heart, yes you are.

Time will tell if we’re gonna survive.
When it comes to you I’d pay any price.
There ain’t no rhyme or reason to what we’ve got going on.
That don’t matter, ‘cause here with you is where I belong.

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

Isolation Blues

Written By: Charlie A'Court

Isolation Blues lyrics & music: Charlie A’Court

Well I learned to live my life the only way I know how
Well I learned to live my life the only way I know how
Ain’t nobody gonna love me, ain’t no way no how

Well my isolation blues don’t let nobody in
Well my isolation blues don’t let nobody in
I don’t want nobody’s heartache, I got my own shame and sin.

When it comes to trust, oh Lord there’s only two
When it comes to trust, oh Lord there’s only two
One of them is me, the other sure ain’t you

My mamma loves the whiskey and Lord she loves the gin
My mamma loves the whiskey and Lord she loves the gin
But my momma didn’t love me so she tried to trade me in

Well my isolation blues don’t let nobody in
Well my isolation blues don’t let nobody in
I don’t want nobody’s heartache, I got my own shame and sin
I don’t want nobody’s heartache, I got my own shame and sin
I don’t want nobody’s heartache, I got my own shame and sin

I Hope I Get To Heaven

Written By: Charlie A'Court / Dave Simpson

I hope I get to heaven
Though I haven't earned the right
Searching for forgiveness
And it ain't easy to find

Peter grabs his coffee
And heads out on a break
When Peter isn't looking
I could slip in through the gate

Chorus
Singing my song
Won't save my soul
But the choir keeps on preaching
My sins will be atoned

If I climbed a mountain
And looked out from the peak
The angels flyng higher
Than I could ever reach

Chorus

I guess I'll wait for judgement
On my dying day
The sentence that I'm handed
I will gladly pay

Chorus
'Cause singing this song
Hasn't saved my soul
But the choir keeps on preaching
My sins will be atoned

Singing my song
Won't save my soul
But the choir kept on preaching
My sins have been atoned
Welcome home

Bring On The Storm

Written By: Charlie A'Court

I'm packing my things
Taking the 509
I'm running again
But I don't mind

There ain't nothing here.
I've been all I can be
So I leave this town behind.

CHORUS
Bring on the storm
Wash my blues away
Let the howlin winds blow on strong
Bring on the storm

Out here on the road
I'm going town to town
I'm searching my soul
Out of the lost and found

And when the will inside
Decides to run and hide
I will raise my hands to the sky, and I cry

CHORUS

Bridge:
When the voice inside is calling me
The sky will open up and swallow me.

CHORUS

The World Around Me

Written By: Charlie A'Court

THE WORLD AROUND ME
Charlie A’Court/CHAS Music (SOCAN)

If I find myself down on my knees
Would you help me stand again?
If the world around me starts to break down
Would you cover me?

Brother’s outside playing in the pouring rain
He’ll grow to be his own man someday
Footprints left in the sands of time
Get washed away by the storms of life

If I find myself down on my knees
Would you help me stand again?
If the world around me starts to break down
Would you cover me?

Children fighting wars that they never started
Mamma’s praying her boy will come home
News come down the line; somebody fired
Ripped through the crowd and her boy went down

If I find myself down on my knees
Would you help me stand again?
If the world around me starts to break down
Would you cover me?

There is compassion in the hearts of the living
That never dies when the soul passes on
It don’t matter what shade of skin you’re wearing
‘Cause underneath we all want the same.

If I find myself down on my knees
Would you help me stand again?
If the world around me starts to break down
Would you cover me?

A Change Is Gonna Come

Written By: Sam Cooke

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I've been running ever since
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It's been too hard living but I'm afraid to die
Cause I don't know what's up there beyond the sky
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/s/sam_cooke/a_change_is_gonna_come.html ]
I go to the movie and I go downtown
Somebody keep telling me don't hang around
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knocking me
Back down on my knees

Ohhhhhhhhh.....

There been times that I thought I couldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Discography

Novelty Salesmen - Christmas On The Town
(2001) Label/Maison: Independant
Track No: 8 - The Night Before Christmas

Russ Brannon - Into The Light ( 2002 )
Label/Maison: Independant
Track No: 7 - How Long ( 6:11 )

Color Me Gone ( 2002 )
Label/Maison: Independant release
Track No: 1 - You've Got A Friend In Me
Track No: 2 - Carolina
Track No: 3 - Bridges To Burn
Track No: 4 - When The Night Comes
Track No: 5 - I'd Do This For You
Track No: 6 - Alone
Track No: 7 - Lady Woman
Track No: 8 - All I Need
Track No: 9 - Color Me Gone
Track No: 10 - I'm Coming Home
Track No: 11 - Hello Love
Track No: 12 - Be My Angel

Glamour Puss ( 2003 )
Label/Maison: Northernblues Music
Track No: 7 - Wire & Wood ( 3:17 )

Eileen Joyce - No More Blue Tears ( 2003 )
Label/Maison: Independant
Track No: 6 - Too Hot To Handle ( 3:30 )

Alone ( 2004 )
Label/Maison: Independant
Track No: 1 - All I Need ( 4:53 )
Track No: 2 - Bridges To Burn ( 4:28 )
Track No: 3 - Be My Angel ( 5:47 )
Track No: 4 - I'd Do This For You ( 4:34 )
Track No: 5 - I'm Coming Home ( 5:54 )
Track No: 6 - Alone ( 4:55 )
Track No: 7 - Hello Love ( 5:21 )

Charlie A'Court - Live ( 2004 )
Label/Maison: Herman's
European release. Recoded in Baden-Baden, Germany.
Track No: 1 - Walkin' Blues ( 6:47 )
Track No: 2 - Big Dark Canyon ( 6:02 )
Track No: 3 - Color Me Gone ( 6:30 )
Track No: 4 - I'd Do This For You ( 5:48 )
Track No: 5 - Bridges to Burn ( 5:38 )
Track No: 6 - Perpetual Blues Machine ( 3:12 )
Track No: 7 - Carolina ( 6:51 )
Track No: 8 - Alone ( 8:52 )
Track No: 9 - Lady Woman ( 5:17 )
Track No: 10 - I'm Coming Home ( 8:06 )
Track No: 11 - You've Got a Friend in Me ( 4:54 )

Dave Gunning - two-bit world ( 2004 )
Label/Maison: Independant
Track No: 7 - Long Black Veil ( 4:30 )

Charlie A'Court - Bring On The Storm (2006)
Label/Maison: 6K7 Music
Track No: 1 - Big Dark Canyon (4:44)
Track No: 2 - Take Me Down (4:40)
Track No: 3 - Give It All To You (4:56)
Track No: 4 - Broken Man (4:46)
Track No: 5 - If You Go (4:01)
Track No: 6 - Bring On The Storm (4:18)
Track No: 7 - Isolation Blues (3:13)
Track No: 8 - Heartaches of a Fool (3:48)
Track No: 9 - Seeing You Around (3:44)
Track No: 10 - Yes You Are (4:47)
Track No: 11 - (I've Got) Dreams To Remember (5:02)

Live At The Marigold -
2009 CHAS Music
If This Is Love
Bridges To Burn
Take Me Down
Loving Her Was Easier
Big Dark Canyon
I'd Do This For You
The Lincolns: Together Again
(I've Got) Dreams To Remember
Bring On The Storm
I Hope I Get To Heaven
Heartaches Of A Fool

Set List

Purchasers for soft seater performances typically ask for 2x45 minute sets, or 1x60 minute set at festivals plus availability for festival work shops and/or songwriters circles.

Bridges To Burn
If This Is Love (cover)
Take Me Down
Carolina
Isolation Blues
Walking In Memphis (cover)
Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) (cover)
I'm Coming Home
Lady Woman
Color Me Gone
Hello Love
Be My Angel
Big Dark Canyon
Yes You Are
Seven Spanish Angels (cover)
Long Black Veil (cover)
All I Need
I'd Do This For You
Perpetual Blues Machine (cover)
Key To The Highway (cover)
Forty Days (cover)
Bring On The Storm
The World Around Me
Broken Man
Seeing You Around
(I've Got) Dreams To Remember (cover)
Heartaches of a Fool (cover)
You've Got A Friend In Me