Fiddlers Crossing is an intimate acoustic music “listening room” in the mountain town of Tehachapi, in Eastern Kern County, CA., presenting traditional and contemporary Folk music, Bluegrass, singer-songwriters, Americana, Country, Western, Blues, Celtic, World and other styles. It has a distinctly “coffee house” feel but without all the noise and other distractions. Based on the house concert model, freshly ground and brewed coffees, teas and a variety of “goodies” are included in the ticket price. The vibe is cozy, friendly and warm. Come join us!

Friday, August 8, 7:00pm–Katy Moffatt, Americana singer-songwriter $20.00

Katy Moffatt poster (2) http://www.katymoffatt.com

Over the last couple of years, several people have asked us, “Do you think you could ever get Katy Moffatt to play here?”
We can now give them an answer: “Yes! She’ll be here in concert at Fiddlers Crossing on Friday, August 8, at 7:00 p.m.
I have known Katy Moffatt for many years, having recorded her numerous times for the Folkscene radio program based at KPFK, Los Angeles. The program is heard over a number of stations around the world as well as throughout the US. Katy, a singer-songwriter, has been one of our favorite guests over the years.
It’s hard to put a label on Katy Moffatt. She’s a little bit country and folk, a little bit rock, and mostly, a whole lot of beauty and soul. This fusion is now being dubbed, “Americana.” Katy was a pioneer in a style that later infiltrated the popular culture through singers such as Alanis Morrisette.
Katy grew up in Fort Worth, TX, where her grandmother, a concert pianist, taught her to play piano. She told us she used to listen to the radio while doing her homework, and was inspired to learn guitar by listening to the Beatles.
By high school, she was absorbing Tom Rush, Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen, whose song, “Dress Rehearsal Rag,” Katy says, “Made me want to perform. Early gigs included a small Fort Worth coffeehouse, an old folks home (where her audience included Willie Nelson’s grandmother), and a Neiman-Marcus fashion show. During her college years in Santa Fe, she fronted blues and jug band groups, starred in a production of “The Fantastiks,” and was cast as a folksinger in the film, “Billy Jack.”
Katy moved to California in 1979 and appeared on the groundbreaking album, “A Town South of Bakersfield,” a compilation with kindred spirits such as Dwight Yoakum and Rosie Flores.  From there, she was cast as a singing performer in films, including “Hard Country,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” and “The Thing Called Love.” Katy gained popularity in Europe with the release there of a CD collaboration with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and began a songwriting relationship with prolific singer-songwriter-producer Tom Russell.
Katy now tours throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. We’re thrilled that she is adding Tehachapi to her concert itinerary this summer. I, for one, can’t wait to see her again.
As always, you can find out more about our featured artists at their webites and watch videos of their performances on Youtube or our website. Check Katy out online at www.katymoffatt.com
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, or next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m. Fiddlers Crossing shows have been selling out, so be sure to buy or reserve your tickets ahead of time.

 

 

“The most searingly beautiful thing you’ll ever hear…”
                                — London Daily Express

 

 

 

She caresses the lyrics of a song in a way that few can emulate. Whether the interpretation require the silky tones displays on the Cindy Walker song “You Don’t Know Me” or the harsher resonance on numbers such as “This Junkyard Heart” and “Blue Angel”, her command is awesome. But it is not just the voice it is also the quality of the songwriting, a masterful microphone technique and accomplished guitar playing.
– Chris Haggett, Country Music Round-Up


If ever there was the perfect singer/songwriter, it is Katy Moffatt. Her voice is perhaps the most searingly beautiful thing you’ll ever hear.

– Nick Dalton, Daily Express (London)


She scored an early success with Walkin’ On The Moon. It became the title song of a reflective acoustic album in 1990, but lest anyone thought she had hung up her rockin’ shoes, she reverted to her LA country-rock mode for Child Bride in 1992. Her lustrous voice lends itself equally well to both styles, and she has continued to make excellent records, including The Greatest Show On Earth and the more recent Hearts Gone Wild, both co-produced with Russell. She is a must-hear for anyone who values the art of the singer-songwriter.

– Kenny Mathieson, The Scotsman


Katy Moffatt is all perfection and substance, an endearing figure in the music business whose talent is just as admirable. Sturdy and enduring, Katy Moffatt’s beauty belies the great strength of character with which she operates. Both in the studio and on stage, Moffatt is a power to be reckoned with. Subtle and soft, she reaches out to her audience and takes them by the heart. As both an interpreter of the work of other songwriters as well as a marvelous voice for her own compositions, Moffatt sparkles.

– Jana Pendragon, All-Music Guide


From the earliest days of her career, when she went on the road opening for blues legend Muddy Waters, to her current status as one of the most highly respected originators of country rock, Katy Moffatt has distinguished herself as one of the most literate and eclectic artists to fall under the nebulous heading of singer-songwriter.

Lots of musical artists write moving, poignant lyrics. Lots of others interpret them well vocally. Still others are adept at taking the material in musically adventurous directions that surprise and delight the listener. But very few artists do all of the above as well as Moffatt.

Invariably any discussion of Moffatt’s work begins with talk of her tender but powerful voice and ends with glowing praise of her considerable gifts as a lyricist, as she explores the complexities of modern life and relationships with grace and subtlety usually associated with such better known artists as Nanci Griffith and Lucinda Williams. But just as hard to ignore is a genuine passion for music, and music-making, that comes through in every line she sings.
– The Oklahoma Gazette


[Moffatt is] an obscure country music vocal genius.

– Blackwell Guide to Recorded Music