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The Court & Spark


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San Francisco, United States (1998 – 2007)

The Court & Spark is a San Francisco-based indie rock band formed in the spring of 1998 around the nucleus of Scott Hirsch, Alex Stimmel, James Kim, and laconic lead vocalist M.C. Taylor. Between 1998 and 2001 the group established itself among the leaders of the alt-country Americana scene.

After Hirsch and Taylor’s early and noisy participation in Ex-Ignota, the two (along with bassist Joe Rogers and others) found themselves in San Francisco, and formed the country-oriented group, taking cues from the classic sounds of the early country-rock era as well as incorporating more sonically progressive and multi-faceted compositions.

They soon released their debut, 1999’s Ventura Whites, garnering substantial praise with the independent press. With pedal steel player Tom Heyman and vocalist Wendy Allen, as well as former The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers member Gene Parsons, guesting on 2001’s Bless You, the group achieved cult acclaim.

The band returned in 2004 with their most acclaimed release to date, Witch Season which fully emcompassed their reach and was accompanied by a powerful EP - Dead Diamond River featuring contributions from Linda Thompson and M. Ward.

The Court & Spark officially disbanded in the summer of 2007.


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  • intopines

    Buy the albums from the labels.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • traciechkn

    If anyone has any of these albums and wouldn't mind emailing them to me, could you possibly message me on here? :)

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • peterp420

    liking this!

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • intopines

    National Lights! Their best song.

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
  • oaklandcory

    The Court & Spark were my favorite SF band for years. So many good songs and shows, their last show was great. I'll remember it for a long time.

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
  • foxyluva

    I love them so much. I heard they disbanded too :(

    30 May 2008 Reply
  • pagalina

    happy happy!

    28 Feb 2008 Reply
  • _meandthemajor

    Wow, I just heard of them today. I am glad I did! Where have I been, they are terrific!

    30 Nov 2007 Reply
  • motank

    i've had 'bless you' on my ipod for 4 years.. i finally accidentally clicked on it. and i'm glad i did

    15 Nov 2007 Reply
  • mrpenguin2k1

    God, I love this band.

    26 Jan 2007 Reply
  • mymayday

    Haha, nope, meisterwerk isn't an english word at all. Is that supposed to be master work ?

    27 Nov 2006 Reply
  • mrpenguin2k1

    this bio is lame

    23 Oct 2006 Reply
  • ExcessiveClap

    their meisterwerk??? ist that a common term in english?

    18 Oct 2006 Reply

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