Fiddlers Crossing has just passed its five-year milestone as an acoustic music venue in downtown Tehachapi. Over that time, it has gained a reputation among the top ranks of touring musicians as a fun and friendly place to perform, with a terrific and responsive audience. This has resulted in some outstanding musicians stopping to perform in Tehachapi who would otherwise be passing right on by to their concerts in the big music festivals, or in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
On May 1, Fiddlers Crossing will be luring three more legendary names in acoustic music off the 58 for a not-to-be-missed evening of music on the cutting edge of Americana, folk and bluegrass. Master guitarist Dan Crary has teamed up with internationally known banjo great Bill Evans and award-winning singer-songwriter Steve Spurgin to form an acoustic super-group.
The evening with Crary, Evans and Spurgin will be filled with new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, foot-tapping tunes, and in their words, “a little touch of glory-to-God.” All three have received “legend” status among players and fans of American acoustic music.
Dan Crary, a pioneer of the flatpicking guitar style of guitar, is generally recognized among players as one of the greatest traditional artists of our day. He has toured in more than 30 countries and has gained an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance in his playing.
Bill Evans is a virtuoso with a contagious passion for all things banjo. He is the author of “Banjo for Dummies,” and has made personal appearances on programs ranging from the San Francisco Symphony to A Prairie Home Companion.
Steve Spurgin’s best-known song is “Walk in the Irish Rain,” a ballad that has become a standard of Celtic bands and jam sessions everywhere. Formerly a Nashville staff songwriter, Spurgin has written his for some big names, including Reba McEntire, and has performed with such stars as the group California, Byron Berline, Mason Williams, Freddy Fender, and The Limelighters.
This will be an evening at Fiddlers Crossing that legends are made of.
The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $20, available at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture, Lucky’s Barbershop, or at the Fiddler’s Crossing Wednesday Open Mics and First Fridays. Tickets are also available online at Fiddlers Crossing.com, and may be reserved by calling 661-823-9994. Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street, Downtown Tehachapi at Robinson. Buying tickets early is strongly suggested.
Dan Crary and Thunderation, the previous incarnation of this band, performing “Long Journey Home. The current lineup, including Bill Evans, is so new, there are no more videos to choose from. That will surely change soon enough!