Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Charlie A'Court is the proverbial force to be reckoned with. Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, Charlie's mighty voice, fierce guitar work and con-temporary songwriting have earned him an international following and a host of awards and ac-colades for his five solo albums to date, including his latest offering, Come On Over, winner of the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of The Year and 2015 Music Nova Scotia Award for Blues Recording of the Year. This winter, A'Court will make the pilgrimage to Memphis, TN, representing the East Coast Blues Society in the Solo Acoustic division of the annual International Blues Challenge hosted by The Blues Foundation.
Born with the gift of voice, Charlie A'Court grew up in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, where he spent his youth learning to play guitar while immersed in his father's vinyl record collection - dis-covering singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. 'I remember being so profoundly moved and almost not old enough to know why' says A'Court. "There was something honest about the way they sang. They would sing with such conviction that simply commanded attention.' It wasn't long before he discovered albums featuring blistering blues guitar. 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. 'These guys would wail in a way where every note mattered. They sang without apology and played guitar like it was their last day' recalls A'Court, 'and then there was Eric Clapton. He really opened my mind as a musician. Clapton's music showed me that my music could balance between blues and adult contemporary songwriting.' Over the years, A'Court's influences grew to include contemporary artists such as Jonny Lang, Colin James, John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.
Artist’s Website: charlieacourt.com