Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, Hayes Carll
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), tonight (Thursday, March 6)
Calgary country rocker Corb Lund is riding high in the saddle with a Juno nomination for his great new Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! disc. Be sure to get to the Phoenix early for a dose of Houston-style honky-tonk heartache from Hayes Carll.
Plants & Animals, Winter Gloves
Criminal Records (493 Queen West), Friday (March 7), 6 pm
Not interested in battling bloggers to see the CMW showcases of rising Montreal indie stars Plants & Animals and Winter Gloves? Get your ass over to Criminal Records and catch them both for free!
Little Miss Higgins, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley
Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas West), Saturday (March 8)
The hottest thing out of Nokomis since Montreal’s famed Punch Line centre Elmer Lach, Juno-nominee Little Miss Higgins presents house-rocking proof that even Saskatchewan cowgirls get the blues. Do yourself a favour.
The RZA as Bobby Digital
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (March 9)
You never know what’s in store when the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA books a gig, but with a new disc from his Bobby Digital alter ego on the way, anticipate some mask-wearing and stylish threads.
Royal Canadian Legion (45 Lawson, Scarborough), Sunday (March 9), 2 pm
Among the most promising new voices in traditional bluegrass, Louisiana-born Alecia Nugent will show you why she recently took female vocalist of the year honours at the SPBGMA awards. Well worth the trip to Scarberia.
Daniel Sky CD release party
Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington), Tuesday (March 11), 8 pm
Bartender and booker at intimate Parkdale hot spot Not My Dog, Daniel Sky is also a competent tunesmith and handy with a blues harp, as you’ll discover at the Dakota when he unveils the rootsy ruminations from his new disc, On The Round. Check him out.