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Herb Benham’s piece in the Bakersfield Californian, June 27, 2014


Herb Benham: Folk music in Tehachapi cool way to spend hot day

By HERB BENHAM, Californian columnist

Recently I drove to Tehachapi for a concert at Fiddlers Crossing featuring Eric Andersen, a folk singer I’d first heard 40 years ago with his song “Violets of the Dawn.”

Forty years can be hard on anybody, but 40 years in the music business is not like sitting on comfortable patio furniture watching the sun set. Who knew whether Andersen would be upright, drug-ravaged or float in on a magic carpet ride. He was one of the early Greenwich Village singers, along with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger, and that was the last I’d heard of him.

A trip to Tehachapi was part of my summer strategy anyway. When you live in a hot place, it makes sense to have one; otherwise, you’re like a school of fish in a shrinking mud puddle.

The less experienced summerer thinks in large chunks, vacations so expansive they can block the sun.

That works if summer were two weeks rather than five months. A week in the mountains, 10 days at the beach, these are noble efforts. But you can’t run from a valley summer. Better to work with the heat, give it its due, respect its tenacity, bow to its ferocity and when it has let down its guard, sneak away for a few hours.

I left Bakersfield at 5 p.m., the temperature hovering around 100, my back sweaty, throat dry and prospects dimming.

When I reached Tehachapi 40 minutes later, it was in the low 80s, breezy and I felt like I had arrived at the gates of heaven with my best footwear.

I met friends at Kasagiri Restaurant, across the street from Fiddlers Crossing, described by owners Peter Cutler and Deborah Hand-Cutler as a “listening room.”

The Japanese food was good. I ordered tempura. I love tempura because you can disguise a piece of broccoli, shrimp or sweet potato in the light tempura batter and every bite is a surprise. It’s like opening a parade of presents Christmas morning.

After dinner, we walked across the street to the listening room. Scale is important, and to be able to walk from dinner to a concert is a pleasure.

Tehachapi is cute. At least downtown. The police station was close by and in case the old hippies began skirmishing, officers could stroll slowly across the street and gently separate the clashing tie-dyes.

The room at Fiddlers Crossing was cozy — 49 seats. It was like your living room with better stage lights and a sound board in the back operated by Peter that would make a grown audiophile drool. The kitchen, to the left, had tables and counters filled with cookies, cakes and freshly brewed coffee. It felt like Vermont, circa 1968.

A man stood in the back of the room wearing a black fedora. He wore the fedora in such a way that permanently eliminated it as future headwear for any man present.

No way that was Eric Andersen. That guy was supposed to be 71; this guy had an unlined face, looked 50 and as if he could bump Hugh Jackman from the cover of Men’s Health.

He adjusted the mike, strapped on his harmonica and started to play. After the first song, I wanted to call everybody I knew and tell them to drive to Tehachapi, drink in some fresh, mountain-washed, 80-degree air and listen to Eric Anderson play.

Garrison Keillor is a national treasure. So is Eric Andersen. I wanted to quit my job and follow him on the road, the next night at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.

Great songs included “Foghorn,” “Thirsty Boots,” “Come to My Bedside My Darlin'” Blue Heart,” and “Sex with You.”

If you have iTunes, buy those songs now.

I shook his hand after the concert and told him he didn’t settle for cliches in his songwriting. He was polite but did not seem overly moved by my credentials. I rolled down the mountain in less than 40 minutes. Summer strategy, Tehachapi style.

Friday, October 24, 7:00pm– Freebo, singer-songwriter, with Ray Sodolsky, bass– $20.00



To folk, rock and blues musicians, Freebo is an icon. During a 30-year career, he provided the solid bass foundation for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young and many other top names in blues and pop music As an in-demand bassest on stage and studio, he appeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with Spinal Tap. Over the last two decades, Freebo has also been reinventing himself as a compelling singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is now out front, giving inspiring and intimate concerts of songs that speak to the spiritual nature and yearnings of humanity.
Freebo will be making his third appearance at Fiddlers Crossing on Friday, October 24, at 7 pm, and will give a workshop the next day for guitar players and songwriters. Freebo leads a regular song-writing workshop in Bakersfield. He and his wife, Laurie, now make their home in California Hot Springs, in the foothills of the Southern Sierras.
Freebo says of his metamorphosis, “I never had any aspirations to be a songwriter,” but as I played with more and more people, I realized I had a lot of musical ideas, and as a bass player, I really couldn’t get them into the music. I finally realized that if I wanted to get these ideas out, the song was the place to do that.”
This yearning for more creative expression drove Freebo to begin a process of “deep inner discovery” and make the conscious decision to tackle the challenges of songwriting in middle age, at the height of his career. Now, more than 20 years later, he says that this creative process has taken him to “a much higher level as a human being.”
Perhaps it’s because he came to songwriting later in life that most of Freebo’s lyrics have a deep spiritual resonance. He sings about such things as the “inner angel” that guides him, about the end of a life well lived deserving “a standing ovation.” Audiences as Fiddlers Crossing have already given Freebo standing ovations.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 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.
The workshop will run from 10 am to 1 p.m. and cost $35. Freebo calls it, “Singer/songwriter 202 – right hand and left hand guitar techniques and shortcuts.” The workshop is aimed particularly at singers who accompany themselves on guitar, as well as songwriters and guitarists in general.

Special combo deal: concert and workshop, only $40.00! Call to take advantage of this. (661)-823-9994.





Freebo’s bio is best stated by several writers who have reviewed his most recent CD, the aptly named “Something To Believe”….

PAUL ZOLLO, Songwriters On Songwriting: “Freebo is more than a beloved musician, he’s an institution. Most famous for the funkified precision and fluid soul of his bass playing for Bonnie Raitt, he’s also a longtime beloved studio cat, a musician’s musician, sought out for his greatness in the studio by everyone from Ringo and Dr. John to CSN, Joe Walsh, Aaron Neville, Maria Muldaur and the late great Willie DeVille. But Freebo is more than one of LA’s best players, as those in the know have known for a long time: he’s also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass. If anyone has written a more poignant song about homelessness than “When There’s No Place Like Home”, I haven’t heard it yet. Because it’s aiming high, to write a song about a subject so hopeless without being hopelessly maudlin or cliché, so most songwriters don’t even try. Freebo does it with easy grace, as simple and right as the beautifully understated arrangement. It’s a song of kindred spirit, and it’s a remarkable amalgam of influences, as if Harold Arlen collaborated with Pete Seeger, a timelessly tuneful chorus with lyric of folk wisdom and compassion.”

Walt Falconer, “Listening to Freebo is like riding on a cumulus cloud of peaceful awareness. His songs are at once uplifting, while also serving as mini socio-economic history lessons interspersed with beautifully spiritual melodic love songs in his own cosmic blend of country/blues/folk/rock/soul ear-pleasing genre defying music”.

Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville: “Freebo’s intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals can tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary, and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless”.

Russ Paris, “Standing Ovation is an astounding song which encompasses a profound view of life. It is destined to become a classic”.

Come see Freebo for yourself, and listen to this Folk/Rock/Blues legend and award winning singer/songwriter. You won’t be disappointed…and please, feel free to write your own review!





Saturday, December 20, 7:00pm “A Christmas Carol, read by Alex Zonn–$12.00

xmas-carol-zonnA Tehachapi Christmas tradition has found a new home this year. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” read by Tehachapi’s own Alex Zonn, will be presented twice at Fiddlers Crossing this month, on Saturday, December 20, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 pm.

First published in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit from the ghost of his former buisiness partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. It has delighted audiences in theatrical and film adaptations for well over a century.

Alex Zonn is well known to Tehachapi audiences, having appeared in a number of Tehachapi Community Theater productions including “The Lion in Winter,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the fully staged production of  “A Christmas Carol.” He has also directed some of TCT’s productions. He is an accomplished actor and voiceover artist with many credits to his name.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994. Tickets to the readings are $12, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  There are two shows being presented, Saturday, December 20, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm sharp), and Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30pm sharp).

Sunday, December 21, 3:00pm “A Christmas Carol”, read by Alex Zonn–$12.00



A Tehachapi Christmas tradition has found a new home this year. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” read by Tehachapi’s own Alex Zonn, will be presented twice at Fiddlers Crossing this month, on Saturday, December 20, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 pm.

First published in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit from the ghost of his former buisiness partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. It has delighted audiences in theatrical and film adaptations for well over a century.

Alex Zonn is well known to Tehachapi audiences, having appeared in a number of Tehachapi Community Theater productions including “The Lion in Winter,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the fully staged production of  “A Christmas Carol.” He has also directed some of TCT’s productions. He is an accomplished actor and voiceover artist with many credits to his name.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994. Tickets to the readings are $12, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  There are two shows being presented, Saturday, December 20, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm sharp), and Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30pm sharp).

Friday, June 1, 2018, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring Gary Stockdale, singer-songwriter, FREE EVENT (tips for the performers are encouraged)

Gary Stockdale 1


Gary Stockdale has an impressive resume:

Wonderful singer. Witty songwriter. Engaging performer. TV and film composer. Two EMMY nominations. A BMI award for music composition.

He plays piano and guitar. He has sung on many Henry Mancini movie scores. He has scored films for Roger Corman and others. He was an arranger for film composer Lalo Schifrin. He composed music for many Penn & Teller projects, as well as for television sitcoms including Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  He has sung on commercials, on TV and in films.

And then there’s his infectious grin.

Gary Stockdale will live up to his resume and then some when he returns to Fiddlers Crossing on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. as part of our First Friday Showcase series. This is a free event, tips for the performer are encouraged!

Music was part of his life growing up. His mother was a jazz singer before she gave it up to raise a family, and he sang in church choirs from an early age. Stockdale started piano lessons when he was only four, but in sixth grade, when the Beatles hit the airwaves, he switched to guitar.

He studied theater and music at Los Angeles City College, writing, performing, and directing the music for their shows. “After a time,” he said, “it became obvious that music was where my greatest abilities lay.”

Stockdale ignored his father’s advice to have something “to fall back on” other than show business. “I always figured if you have something to fall back on, if times get tough, you’ll fall back,” he said.  From college on, he was able to make a living in doing what he loved — either singing, playing music directing or writing music.

Stockdale’s singing credits range from being the solo singer on commercials for In-and-Out Burgers and singing a Paul McCartney sound-alike for a John Lennon miniseries on NBC, to creating “odd vocal sounds” in a chorus in the film “Avatar.” He said, “You can hear us most prominently in the scenes where the alien people are all sort of chanting and praying together.”

With a full body of work behind him, Stockdale now has the freedom to pursue his love of live performance, singing and playing piano and guitar. His songs are those of a man who sees the irony in life and is enjoying sharing it with his audience. Even his more serious songs have wit and humor in them.

And then there’s that grin….

The show begins at 7pm, doors open 6:30pm.

Fiddlers Crossing
206 E. F St.


Friday, August 3, 2018, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring Aireene Espiritu, FREE EVENT, tips for the performers are strongly encouraged



Aireene is a singer/songwriter playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music – a mix of stompin’, swayin’, and timeless Americana.

 She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax’s field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles’ Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. She tours solo as well as with her band as Aireene & The Itch, a mix of San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles musicians.

“This is our jaw dropping act of the season…she gathered some of the best musicians in town around her…She has taken off like a rocket ship and everyone is suddenly in love with the music and show of Aireene Espiritu…You might like to say, “Remember When” a short way up the musical road.”  – Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage

“Espiritu’s vocal range tells the story, eliciting the invincibility of a young Dolly Parton and blue-collar work ethic of Loretta Lynn.” – Adam Joseph, Monterey County Weekly

“Espiritu’s penchant for songs that sound like they came off a 78 rpm record, listeners will be swept away.” – Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz CA

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:00pm Dulcie Taylor, singer-songwriter, with George Nauful, guitar and Tracy Morgan, percussion $20.00


One critic said of Americana singer-songwriter Dulcie Taylor that she is “a major talent who’s been hiding from the rest of us for too long.” Bringing “hidden talents” to Tehachapi is one of the goals of Fiddlers Crossing. Taylor will be returning to the downtown music venue on Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m. Her first appearance at Fiddlers Crossing was back in 2014. She will be joined by guitarist George Nauful and percussionist Tracy A. Morgan.

Dulcie Taylor learned a hard music lesson at an early age – don’t leave your ukulele unattended in a porch chair at the beach. Some clueless teenager can sit on it and smash it to bits. The demise of her ukulele was a tough moment for ten-year-old Dulcie, but that Christmas her Mother bought her a guitar, and Taylor’s lifelong love of singing and songwriting began. In hindsight, a grown-up Taylor sees the smashed ukulele as something of a blessing in disguise. Since then, she has added the mountain dulcimer to her instrument collection and shared the stage with a long and impressive list of artists, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, John Gorka, and Kathy Mattea.

Taylor launched her recording career in 2000 with the self-released title, “Other Side of the Bed.” Immediately, her work was noticed and praised by her peers, and her subsequent award-winning CDs and songs began to receive substantial national airplay. She now has six albums to her credit.  Critics praise her “compelling voice,” and call her “a poet, a romantic,” and “a gifted writer and storyteller.” Some of the words that have been used to describe Taylor include, “mesmerizing,” “smart, witty, and heartfelt.”

Dulcie Taylor hides no more. She and her two performing partners, Nauful and Morgan, regularly play to enthusiastic audiences all over the country. Her return to Tehachapi is long overdue. Happily, that will be remedied on February 23.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop. They may also be reserved 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.


Dulcie Taylor "Live" at The Siren, Morro Bay

#ThrowbackThursday | Well, not so far back. This is a recent performance of "Woman I Used to Be" at The Siren in Morro Bay. The song is from my 2004 release "Mirrors and Windows". You can find the lyrics here at (scroll down) | The Siren #LiveMusic #DulcieTaylor

Posted by Dulcie Taylor on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase featuring Jaeger and Reid, Folk duo, FREE EVENT, tips for the performers encouraged


. . and the love between the singer, who sings the song well, and truly, and the audience, which has been waiting for the song, and knows it when they hear it, is a true love.” – Malvina Reynolds

Some of the best discoveries are made by accident and that’s what happened in the fusion of the musical talents of Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid. They unwittingly found that perfect harmony while standing next to each other at a music camp jam in the summer of 2015. Their musical spark quickly caught fire and was noticed by those around them – and the successful collaboration between Jaeger and Reid was born.

Judi grew up near Montreal, Canada, where her world was filled with music; her mother and brother sang and played guitar and she listened to Leonard Cohen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger and many others. She began her career as a performing songwriter as an expression of her loss after the death of her mother and has written songs for her local domestic violence prevention organization. Bob is a fourth generation Californian, and like Judi, Bob also grew up surrounded by music. Bob’s Mom performed in coffeehouses in the 1960’s, while his father was a gospel concert promoter. Bob has been a California Arts Council Artist-in the Schools, performed at the United Nations in New York, in concert, at festivals and in schools across the United States. His original songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Bill Harley, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and many others. Bob was chosen by the Seeger family to perform at memorial concerts for both Pete and Toshi Seeger in New York. Bob has a keen eye for musicality, empowerment, appreciation of nature and social causes in his writing.

Jaeger & Reid have been performing around the San Francisco Bay Area and in New York and North Carolina, in a variety of venues including house concerts.

Friday. March 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Whitherward, Indie Folk trio, $20.00

Whitherward is a band with a unique story. Upon it’s creation in 2014, Edward A. Williams and Ashley E. Norton set a goal to leave Nashville and play music they love, for people who love music. With the addition of violinist/mandolinist, Stephanie Groot, they have spent the last four years on a permanent tour without a home base. The trio wanders the USA and Europe, exploring the many sub-genres of folk and Americana. They hit a milestone in 2018 with a sponsorship from Subaru Europe, traveling overseas for just under two months, releasing an episode of “Songs From A Subaru” in each city on tour. Compared to a modern-day Simon & Garfunkel, with influences of rock, folk, jazz, classical and singer/songwriter. They have a versatile bouquet of music videos that range from weird to wild. A live performance full of comedy, friendship, intricate arrangements, deeply unique solo’s and thunderous harmony. Come hear the stories behind the songs, music and experience the life on the road…but knowest thou whitherward?



“Whitherward accomplished what, in my mind, few folk bands are capable of doing: standing out in a venue known for rock, country, and all things loud and abrasive.”

“Norton, along with Williams, have created a very intimate, emotionally charged and gutty EP, Stardust. I hadn’t heard Norton perform in person for almost three years and I held zero expectations. After all, three years is a very long time, and performers, music, and life, changes. For the good, in this case.”

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2pm and 7pm, Dave Stamey, cowboy entertainer, presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi $25.00


Cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey has made several trips to Tehachapi. He played to a sold-out crowd in Fiddlers Crossing in 2013 and The Beekay Theatre in 2015 and 2017. He will play another concert at the BeeKay on Saturday, March 30 at 2:00pm and then again at 7:00pm

Stamey is one of the most popular singer-songwriters on the cowboy circuit today. Before becoming a full-time musician, he has been a cowboy, a mule packer, and a dude wrangler. As a singer, he has been voted three times the Entertainer of the year and Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association. He has delighted audiences in 20 states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

Tickets $25 and are available at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture and Lucky’s Barbershop on Green Street, as well as by phone at (661) 823-9994 or here on our website!

The Beekay Theatre is located at 110 S Green St., downtown Tehachapi. Doors open at 1:30 pm and 6:30pm sharp.




Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring Jesse Loren Strickman, singer-songwriter, FREE EVENT, tips encouraged


SF Bay Area singer-songwriter Jesse Loren Strickman is known for potent lyrics and powerfully minimal acoustic music. Emotionally charged vocals sail over jaunty acoustic chords in songs about personal love and social change.

Strickman’s music features many deep recurring themes. Personal stories of intimacy and heartbreak color a lot of his repertoire. He writes of depression, highlighting some of the darker chapters of his past, offering a bridge to those who are currently struggling. A songwriter since grade school, his music has also explored childhood, innocence, morality, romance, heartbreak, poverty, politics, the environment, and the spiritual universe.

Annually touring the Pacific West Coast as the frontman of Indie Folk bands, Strickman has played everywhere from intimate cafes to outdoor amphitheaters and festivals. He’s opened for national and world acts such as Damien Jurado, Jay Brannan, CAKE, The T Sisters, Aaron Ross (Hella), Night Riots, Lech Wierzynski (California Honeydrops), Jhameel, and many more.

2018 marks a new beginning for Strickman as he begins performing under his own name as a solo singer/songwriter. With it, a new major theme to his music has emerged: a need for social change in today’s world.


Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7pm, Nicole Stromsoe, with Dorian Michael, guitar and Ken Hustad, bass, eclectic, old-soul, jazz, folk & blues $20.00


Raised in the coastal village of Cambria, California, and on the road traveling to various US art festivals, Nicole Stromsoe’s life has been immersed in creative awareness.

Daughter of renowned silversmith, Randy Stromsoe, Nicole grew up with the sound of hammers accompanying an ever-playing stereo.  Music was highly revered in her household and she was introduced to a wide spectrum of genre and musical expression.

It was in her early development that she identified as “designer”, just like her parents; now, however, she practices mostly in the aural arts.  Designing shapes and sounds both intangible and impermanent, she crafts not only the song itself, but its interpretation, breath, phrasing, space, and the placement of how it will land ‘out there’.

“I have a particular affinity for how music influences and defines environment; the environment within as well as the space surrounding ourselves.  It has the power to dictate both a very specific, and an overall experience, much like lighting.  I strive to create an atmosphere of warmth with a sense of suspension; a push/pull of weighted and lifted space.  The intention is not only that the listener will be aware of this sensation within themselves, but the whole room will be alive with it, too.”

Nicole’s earliest memories include imitating every Ella Fitzgerald nuance on a Gershwin album as early as 5 years old, and continuously replaying a collection of Atlantic Soul Classic hits from which she first fell for voices such as Barbara Lewis.

Singing in choirs from 8 years old, she took charge in putting together a vocal jazz quartet while in high school.  Wanting to make music more of a focus in her life, she transferred to the Idyllwild Arts Academy and started seriously studying classical vocal technique, aria, and art song.

She continued to explore the classical tradition for a short period in Siena, Italy.  There, she heard a jazz quartet performing in a neighborhood alcove and it rang true for her to further her studies in jazz.

Returning to California’s Central Coast, Nicole continued music studies at Cuesta College while starting to perform out as a jazz vocalist.  She was traveling back and forth to Los Angeles and San Francisco for various workshops and vocal education courses when she decided to study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude, and there, surprisingly, was re-introduced to a familiar love of folk/Americana/roots music. Memories of the tones pounding metal created over this music, played in the silversmith workshop growing up, were brought back louder than ever.

She started to incorporate this influence into her set; creating an eclectic array of jazz, blues, old r&b, folk, and roots music.  Of course, with the influence of her education, travels, and life experiences, this “rooted” American music is created from a unique contemporary space that is Nicole Stromsoe.

Some favorite current musical artists include David Byrne, MeShell Ndegeocello, Gregory Porter, Bjork, Jill Scott, Lila Downs, Eileen Jewell, and Rachelle Ferrell ((to name a few)) though most of Nicole’s musical influences are artists no longer in performance.

“A vocalist with a strong command of a wide variety of genres including jazz, blues and folk, Nicole Stromsoe effortlessly draws from her musical influences and presents her listeners with a sound and style that is soulful, authentic and uniquely her own.”

—   Graham Dechter, Jazz Guitarist


“Her voice is over the moon with stunning emotion, depth, range and timbre. Nicole gives me goosebumps when she sings. ”

—   Jacalyn Kreitzer, Vocologist & Mezzo-Soprano


Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring CEJ, singer-songwriter, FREE EVENT, tips encouraged


Cej, aka Carl Johnson, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been composing songs and instrumental pieces for 50+ years. Most recently, he was lead guitarist for the Joel Rafael Band (1994-2004), along with band mates Joel Rafael, Jamaica Rafael and Jeff Berkley.

Prior to that he was lead guitarist and song writer with:

Small Talk, 1980-82 (Small Talk album released on MCA Records, 1981);

Rock Rose, 1978-80 (Rock Rose album released on Columbia Records, 1979);

The Frisco Kids, 1971-78 (unsigned but lots of fun…may share demos someday, aka “The Flyers” and “Jungle” briefly); and

Sweet Pain, 1969-71 (United Artists Records, 1971).

During the “quiet years”,1983-93 and 2004-Present, Cej trained and worked as a Clinical Social Worker, traveling extensively; and, continued to play and compose music, when work and family life allowed, even sneaking in a few solo performances at house concerts in the Los Angeles area.

Born in Chicago (while Truman was in his second term and the Korean War was raging), his family moved to Southern California before Cej’s first birthday. They settled in the San Gabriel Valley, which was still an active agricultural area at the time (primarily Citrus, Dairy and Avocados). Highway 10 was still under construction and did not yet fill the 30 mile span to Los Angeles.

Taking up the classical violin at age 6, Cej abandoned this instrument a few years later, switching to guitar after falling in love with Folk Music (and Joan Baez) in 1960. The next several years were spent immersed in the thrill of learning new songs and musical styles, meeting other local musicians and beginning to write. During this time, the electric guitar made it’s way (via the blues) into Cej’s tool box. After a year and half as a music major at the local community college, Cej was offered the opportunity to join a new band, lured by hopes of a pending record deal. That band would become Sweet Pain, setting the course of his next several years as a professional musician (construction worker, laborer, ranch hand, grape picker, painter…).

Over the course of his career, in rough chronological order, Cej has shared the stage with Linda Ronstadt, Doug Kershaw, Gabor Szabo, Seals and Crofts, Dave Mason, Chuck Berry, Rodney Crowell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Odetta, Richie Havens, Eric Anderson, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Joni Mitchell, Steve Earle, Crosby Stills and Nash, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, John Trudell, Ben Harper, Joel Rafael, Jimmy LaFave and Jackson Browne.

For the record: “Cej” (say “siege”) is a childhood nickname recently revived as the artists “handle” for reasons both practical and personal.



Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00pm Dan Navarro singer-songwriter $20.00



For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career…

       Dan started as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The BanglesJackson BrowneDave EdmundsThe TemptationsDionne WarwickThe Triplets, Dutch star Marco Borsato,  and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir.
       In the 1990s and 2000s, he and Eric recorded and toured as the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarrountil Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has transitioned smoothly into a busy solo career over the past decade, touring nationally almost constantly.
       He has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in
films like  Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of LifeRio
(on the Oscar®-nominated “Real In Rio”), Happy FeetThe Lorax,
Ice Age (2 & 3) ; TV series Turbo FastPrison BreakFamily Guy and American Dad; records with Neil YoungAndrea BocelliLuis MiguelJose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video
games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for SubaruShakey’sMcDonald’sCoca-ColaHondaNationwide and more.
 He has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in  films like  Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of LifeRio
(on the Oscar®-nominated “Real In Rio”), Happy FeetThe Lorax,
Ice Age (2 & 3) ; TV series Turbo FastPrison BreakFamily Guy and American Dad; records with Neil YoungAndrea BocelliLuis MiguelJose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video
games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for SubaruShakey’sMcDonald’sCoca-ColaHondaNationwide and more.

     He has appeared in Washington on artists’ rights and intellectual property issues, on behalf of Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’lSoundExchangeSAG-AFTRAmusicFIRST CoalitionBMI and NARAS, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board. Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRAand The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.

     In 2009, after 22 years and 12 CDs with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals, Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney. His new album,“Shed My Skin”, is out now.

     He is the father of a 21-year-old son, thinks sleep is for babies and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars.








Friday, June 7, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase featuring The ROAMies, Free event, tips for the performers encouraged


The ROAMies are a refreshing listening experience and an adventure for your soul. This fun duo/band’s music is a playful marriage of Alexa James’ hooky melodies, upbeat lyrics and unique vocals with Rory Partin’s soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics fused into a one of a kind sound. After touring together, fans continually asked them to combine their sound into one. Honoring that request, The ROAMies was formed. Deeply rooted by their passion for travel, adventure and people, they’re a duo that you will definitely want to “follow,” “like,” and “subscribe” to as they ROAM around the world.

Alexa James has recorded several professional studio albums, has had a #1 song and five other Top 10 songs. She was named Hot Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year with the L.A. Music Awards. Rory Partin has also garnered a #1 radio single and has performed in over 30 countries. His soulful vocals and piano-based grooves leave you wanting more! They recently won the award for Best Theme Song in a Comedy at the LA WEBFEST and Best Soundtrack at the Maverick Movie Awards. They are currently in the studio working on their first album together and are looking forward to what this chapter will bring. Once you see this duo live, you will know this is just the beginning of an enjoyable adventure.

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 7:00pm, John Gorka, singer-songwriter $25.00


Mention John Gorka to anyone who has heard him and the response is immediate: “Where and when is he playing and how do I get a ticket?!”

The short answer is: Fiddlers Crossing, June 8 at 7 p.m., in concert with fellow singer-songwriter Amilia K. Spicer.

Among the acoustic singer-songwriters, Gorka is generally considered to be one of the brightest stars. His songs have been covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, Bill Morrissey and Suzanne Vega, among many others, and performed at Open Mic nights by many an aspiring musician. Whether it’s a song about the “Land of the Bottom Line,” “Italian Girls,” or one sung from the point of view of a tree, Gorka offers wry, slice-of-life observations that put his college major in philosophy to good use.

Originally from New Jersey, Gorka attended Moravian College in eastern Pennsylania in the 1970s, living in the basement of a small coffee house, Godfrey Daniels, and acting as resident MC and sound man.  There, he was introduced to such songwriters as Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt, and began performing his own songs as an opening act. It wasn’t long before he was traveling to play in New York City, Boston and the Texas Kerrville Folk Festival, where he won the New Folk Award in 1984.  With his beautiful, soulful baritone voice and his original take on life in his songs, those top tier acoustic musicians who had inspired him soon became his peers.

Gorka now lives with his wife and children in Minnesota, and tours regularly in the US and Europe. He has just released his 14th album and has appeared on CNN, Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, FolkScene, and other TV and radio programs.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online through Tickets to the concert are $25, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.





Sunday, June 16, 2019, 2:00pm, “Concerts in the Park”, featuring Ticket To Ride, Beatles tribute band. FREE concert at Philip Marx Central Park, Tehachapi, presented by TVRPD in association with Fiddlers Crossing, Lehigh Cement and MusicMX Entertainment




Get Ready! The Beatles are returning to Tehachapi! As the kick-off for this year’s “Concerts in the Park” series, Beatles tribute band, “Ticket to Ride” will take the stage at Philip Marx Central Park in downtown Tehachapi on Sunday, June 16 at 2pm for a free concert. Bring your picnic lunches and lawn chairs and get transported back to the 1960’s with all the great Beatles hits everyone loves! This group will make you think you are actually watching The Beatles. Jeff Toczynski is Paul, Howard Pattow is John, Jimmy Pou is George and Mike Sarafian is Ringo. Ticket to Ride has been touring internationally since 1999 and features some of the best Beatles impersonators in the country.

For years, summer in Tehachapi meant Sunday afternoons in Central Park, gathering together and listening to an eclectic mix of music. The program was put on by the Arts Coalition of Tehachapi (ACT) and sponsored by the City of Tehachapi and local businesses. When ACT disbanded, the concerts series eventually ended, as well.

This concert, as well as two others scheduled for July 14 and August 4, are being presented by Tehachapi Valley Recreation and park District (TVRPD) in association with Fiddlers Crossing and MusicMX Entertainemnt. The concert series is sponsored by Lehigh Cement.

As in the former Concerts in the Park series, donations will be welcome and opportunities given to win door prizes and gift cards donated by local merchants and restaurants.

Mark your calendars for June 16, 2pm.  “Ticket to Ride” is sure to start out “Concerts in the Park” with a bang!




Sunday, July 14, 2019, 2:00pm, “Concerts in the Park”, Phil Salazar and The Kinfolk, FREE concert at Philip Marx Central Park, Tehachapi,presented by TVRPD in association with Fiddlers Crossing, Lehigh Cement and MusicMX Entertainment


Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk (PSKFBand) is a group of friends that have been recording and performing together for 33 years! They mix traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop, and bluegrass, just to name a few.
Phil Salazar – Fiddle champ, teacher of fiddle champs, recording and touring artist. Phil has recordings with his Bands and with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Jonathan McEuen, Kenny Loggins, Kate Wolf, Gilles Apap, John McEuen, and many more.
  Tom Corbett – Mandolin and guitar. A Southern California “A” list picker. Always the funniest guy on stage. Tom is a 2011 Kerville, New Folk Songwriter finalist, a 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival troubadour, toured with John McEuen, Robin and Linda Williams, and The Acousticats.
Bill Knopf – Banjo. Another Southern California “A” list picker. Bill has played with almost everybody and has taught the rest.  Bill has been playing banjo and guitar since the folk revival days of the 1960’s. Bill was a nationally featured  player with the Doc Severinsen’s touring Las Vegas Show.

Rick Borella– Bass. Rick has been playing with me, Phil,  since way back in 1984 with the original Phil Salazar Band. Rick is an amazing bass player and he has never played a note I didn’t love!

Bill Flores – On Everything,…dobro, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, fiddle, accordion, and more! Touring with Jeff Bridges’ band, The Abiders, for many years now, thanks to Bill’s talents with so many instruments, you’ll see Bill pretty much everywhere.

 “We’ve been playing music together for 33 years, so you know, it’s got to be good!”
Phil Salazar

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7:00pm The Kick Stomp Ensemble, “Edgy folk with world and punk influences” $20.00


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San Diego based Edgy-Folk w/ world and punk influences.
Singing in French/English/Russian/Hebrew the Kick-Stomp Ensemble is a wild
mixture of traditional and non-traditional music that spans many cultures
and many demographics. Formerly playing together for 5+ in QUEL BORDEL,
these 4 musicians have continued with a new project that expands their
musical horizons. Together they have toured Europe & the US multiple times
and have music placed on many radio/TV shows including Breaking Amish.
In QB, they headlined sweaty, high-energy shows at House of Blues Mainstage
and The Casbah, and has performed at the Get Shamrocked festival 5 times as
well as headlined other US festivals like SD Gypsyfest and Crestone Music
Festival. The band has also opened up for Flatfoot 56, Metallachi, The Rum
Jacks, The Real McKenzies, Sprung Monkey, Magic Giant, Dublin City
Ramblers, Diego’s Umbrella and many others.


New music more surprises for our friends at @theshamrockirishpub this Saturday #KSE #folkpunk #shamrock #livemusic

Posted by Kick-Stomp Ensemble on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

In case anyone reading this is at @farwestconference we’ll be playing at 10:30pm at room 332, 12:30am at room 338, and 1:30am at room 337. Jeah! #folkpunk #farwestconference #kickstompensemble

Posted by Kick-Stomp Ensemble on Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday, August 4, 2019,2:00pm, “Concerts in the Park”, featuring The Novelists, FREE concert at Philip Marx Central Park, Tehachapi,presented by TVRPD in association with Fiddlers Crossing, Lehigh Cement and MusicMX Entertainment


An elderly couple stands precariously on the railing of a 17-floor balcony… two teenagers unknowingly choose a murder scene for their parking date, and a young man throws off the shackles of a bullish culture. These are just a sample of the scenes in which you’ll find yourself immersed when you listen to The Novelists. Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies.

The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits and are planning several national tours throughout 2017.  They’ve shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis).

Notable performances include:  “Sail Across The Sun” Music Cruise Festival (Hosted by Train), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas, TX), Strawberry Music Festival (Camp Mather, CA), California Wordfest, (Grass Valley, CA), Americana Music Festival (Virginia City, NV), Black Potatoe Music Festival (Clinton, NJ), Watsonville Strawberry Festival (Watsonville, CA), The Knitting Factory (Reno, NV), Shank Hall (Milwaukee, WI – w/guest musician Daryl Stuermer of Genesis), Swallow Hill (Denver, CO), The Living Room (NY, NY)



Friday, August 23, 2019, 7:00pm, The Fire, “Blazing Scottish Music”,Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., Tehachapi, $25.00



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 The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki.  Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, with Rebecca and David having additionally lived and studied in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together. The Fire has headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, The Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival, The Northwest Folklife Festival, The Oregon Scottish Festival, The Yachats Celtic Music Festival, The Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The Fire is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California, and has recorded four albums together.




Originally from Corvallis Oregon, Rebecca began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music only a few years later. In 2005, she won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, and in 2006 recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by “Dirty Linen” magazine as “technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic.” In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship – seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. In 2014, Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in Music and Sociocultural Anthropology. She was also awarded the 2013-2014 Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for outstanding instrumental music performance. In addition to performing, Rebecca is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. For more about Rebecca, please visit:



David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly’s Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia. He has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency”. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, compliments Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today. For more about David, please



Adam Hendey is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed in Ireland, the UK, and across the United States, playing and studying with members of Lúnasa, Flook, and Molly’s Revenge. Since beginning tin-whistle at thirteen years of age, Adam has dedicated himself to the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, while also becoming well versed in other forms of popular music. On guitar and bouzouki, Adam brings an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music, with a passion informed by intense study of music theory and a diverse wealth of musical experience. In addition to performing, Adam graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, with a majors in Music and Philosophy. He has just finished a masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying Traditional Music and specializing in guitar performance. Adam has released his debut solo album, Forward, which features appearances by both Rebecca and David. For more about Adam, please visit


Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:00pm, Dana Hubbard, singer-songwriter $20.00


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Dana Hubbard’s been described as ”a cross between Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen”.  He combines the socially conscious singer/songwriter with the master acoustic blues guitarist, awing people with guitar skills that defy the ear and eye.  The list of folks he’s opened for and shared the bill with span the spectrum from blues to folk to bluegrass:  Jesse Winchester, Sam Bush, David Wilcox, Greg Allman, Etta James, Little Feat, Robert Cray, Albert King, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Ely, John Hammond, Chris Isaak, David Lindley…  Dana was born and raised on the Central Coast of California, attended UC Santa Cruz only long enough to finish an elective course on country blues, then hit the road and never looked back.

With his acoustic guitar, he busked the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco. He eventually put together his own band, The Delta Twisters which he led for over a decade in the burgeoning Blues scene playing clubs, juke-joints, biker-bars.   By the time Dana moved on to bigger venues and theatres, the guitar in hand had become electric and he began sharing the stage with legends like Albert King, James Cotton and Etta James and opening shows for artists like Greg Allman, Chris Isaak and Robert Cray. All that performance experience culminated in his first CD release, “Tummy Lust” which showcases his guitar skills as well as his songwriting.

Dana returned to the acoustic guitar as his instrument of choice with the release of his second CD “Livin’ Live”. What Dana does with the guitar, using only his hands is amazing to watch and a joy to listen to. You hear the bass and the back beat rhythm along with the melody and chords.  If you look around for his backup guitar, you won’t find one. This is Dana, performing solo.  On his third CD “The Grounds Keepers” each track is a single guitar performance with no overdubs, no re-makes. What you hear is a singer/songwriter front and center, addressing issues of environmentalism and social injustice in a voice that sometimes growls, sometimes he lilts or laughs, but he’s always got a little twinkle in his eye. He has a social activist soul with a bluesman’s grin.



“…a cross between Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen.” 
Andre de Channes, host of “Thursday Night Live” -KRSH 95.9 FM Santa Rosa, CA

First Place Winner TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL Acoustic Competition (Colorado, 2009)

First Place Winner INDIE INTERNATIONAL Songwriting Contest-Folk/Acoustic (Spring/Summer 2009)

First Place Winner AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL-Musician Showcase (California, 2010).

Honorable Mention WOODYFEST Songwriting Contest (Oklahoma, 2012).


Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:00pm, The Lisa Sanders Band, singer-songwriter duo, $20.00


Lisa Sanders is an electrifying harmonizer. Her heartfelt songs are genuine with deep meaning and conviction.  A musical style that can only be described as a soulful country blues, her genres include folk pop, gospel, rock and jazz. Writing, singing and producing from her heart in nearly every genre for over three decades, Sanders continues to make an impact in the musical world.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she began singing with her older brother Ty at an early age. The family relocated to Argentia Newfoundland, Canada where her parents encouraged music daily. Artists from Motown Records, Johnny Cash and others with a mixture of rock and classical music were key influencers in Sanders’ upbringing. Upon moving to Southern California, she signed to Cargo Earth Records and released her first album Isn’t Life Fine. After her second album Life Takes You Flying was released in 1999, Sanders went on to establish her own label Maya Jade Records in 2004. She has since released five albums from her own label:

Sanders has worked with musical legends including the Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Rait, Al Green, BB King and Babyface. Sanders continues to songwrite, produce and collaborate with artists from all over. She currently resides in San Diego as the founder of Star Woodwork by Lisa. Star Woodwork by Lisa specializes in handcrafted wooden materials into beautiful objects, structures and garden pieces.

The Lisa Sanders Band
Lisa Sanders and Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes are a pair of electrifying, bodacious, harmonizing singers of genuine heartfelt songs. This country-bluesy duo have been performing there unique style of music for over ten years to enthusiastic fans across America. 
Lisa and Karen’s friendship began long ago when they met briefly at a high school party. Later on in life, both older and much wiser, the women met again when their kids were in the same class at school. They became the best of friends. Neither one of them realized that one day they would be a couple of moms writing and performing music all across the country. 
Karen has been singing since high school. When Lisa noticed that Karen knew all of her songs and had an amazing sense of harmony, Lisa asked Karen to join her band. They have since become a musical powerhouse. With harmonizing skills that have garnered the duo many accolades and opening spots with artist such as Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, BB King, Al Green and many more. 

Lisa Sanders and Brown Sugar are set to tour in support of their 8th CD release Shiver, nominated for San Diego Music Awards Best Pop Album. Produced and recorded by Jeff Berkley of Berkley Hart. Recorded with the Lisa Sanders Band, led by Jeff Berkley.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 7:00pm, Jackie Bristow, singer-songwriter with Mark Punch, guitar $20.00


Jackie Bristow was born and raised in Gore, a small rural community in the lower half of New Zealand’s South Island, and home to New Zealand country music’s Gold Guitar awards.  Her singing career began at the age of eight, when she took a shine to church hymns at St. Mary’s Primary School, inspired by her music teacher Walter Hailes.  Encouraged by their grandmother, piano teacher Molly Scully, Jackie and her younger sister Katrina entered the Gold Guitar awards as children. By the time she was 11, the duo was sweeping up a string of awards in various categories. By the age of 14, the “Bristow Sisters” were gigging regularly throughout the South Island. Around this time, she began to mine her parents’ record collection, discovering classic songs from Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt and even “Solid Gold Hits”!

Bristow began to write her own songs, a secret passion that would remain hidden from the world for the next seven years. At 17, she left high school and enrolled in the Invercargill Polytechnic Music School, where she hooked up with local musicians. She spent the next 18 months singing regularly in pop and cover bands all around New Zealand. The professional Bristow had by then immersed herself in the music of Rickie Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Crowded House.

Performing was fun, but she could no longer ignore the desire to write and perform her own material, which had been growing steadily since leaving Invercargill in 1994. She went to Sydney, Australia, where she gradually wrote, recorded and performed her original songs, playing late-night bars to empty rooms, saving pennies and working as a nanny to make ends meet. It was in Sydney that she met her now longtime friend, Mark Punch, who provided her with great perspective and the musical career guidance she had been missing up until then. He will be accompanying her on lead guitar for this return show at Fiddlers Crossing.

Bristow has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes. Opening for Bonnie Raitt in New Zealand on her 2013  “Slipstream” tour was a dream-come-true. She was invited back in 2017 to join Raitt on her “Dig in Deep” tour. She has also opened for the Steve Miller Band, Foreigner as well as Tommy Emanuel Joan Oates, Joe Ely, Madeleine Peyroux, Art Garfunkel and many more.

Her live performances have captivated audiences and reviewers alike. One reviewer of her show on the Tommy Emmanuel tour wrote: “Opening for a musical giant like Emmanuel would seem a daunting task, but Bristow was relaxed as her soulfully-seductive melodies reverberated within the auditorium. Her beautiful voice and earnest songs resonated with the audience, and they applauded her eagerly. Near the end of the show, Bristow joined Emmanuel on stage for an amazing duet that received a standing ovation.”

She has released four albums, the latest, “Shot of Gold”, released in 2016 received critical acclaim and charted in her native New Zealand

Jackie Bristow now calls music Mecca ,Nashville Tennessee home. She tours the U.S as well as New Zealand and other countries regularly. Fiddlers Crossing will be just one stop of many this Fall for the “down under” singer-songwriter.




Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:00pm, Lisa Richards, singer-songwriter $20

Life in Australia, Austin Texas and New York City have all shaped the sounds and songs of Lisa Richards. With sharp observations, subtle humor and a ferociously sweet voice, she explores the complexities of life through a mongrel mix of folk, blues, roots and jazz……

This North Queensland native recently returning home to Australian shores after recording 5 albums, living and touring for 22 years while based in New York City and Austin Texas.

She describes her childhood in Far North Queensland as being ‘wild and unsupervised’. I was, like many young people, a victim of sexual abuse at an early age and developed depression and a love of alcohol and drugs that began when I was 6 or so. My mother had some ‘substance abuse issues’ and when I was 7 she had a car accident and a severe brain stem injury from which she never recovered. She needed fulltime care from then until her death and growing up I shared in this care from the time I was 7 until I left Townsville at 20. My brother was 2 years older and we were a tight team getting her on and off the toilet and up and down the 17 stairs in the house, preparing meals.

“There’s no doubt that my childhood has informed everything I’ve done creatively and I’ve spent a lot of years getting my head on straight and learning how to live in the world.”

With a penchant for the underdog and the outsider, she writes and performs songs on guitar in the tradition of solo singers and street performers through the ages. Her guitar playing is sparse, percussive and rhythmic and her songs tell vivid stories of longing, loss, love and hope using a rich palette of musical elements.

Lisa’s songs have appeared on CD’s alongside Adele, Nina Simone and Corinne Bailey Rae as well as being heard in film and television.

Reviewers of her work frequently comment on the unusual qualities of her voice while drawing comparisons to such diverse artists as Billie Holliday, Bjork, Cassandra Wilson, Patty Griffin and Suzanne Vega. Her 4th CD “Mad Mad Love” was downloaded 80,000 times.

Performances across the U.S. at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks festival, Merlefest, Kerrville Folk Festival, and The Kerrville Wine and Music Festival, SXSW and CMJ among others, established her stateside while tours to The UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Australia expanded her international audience.

Lisa’s voice is distinguished by its singularity. Articulated with strength and precision, it can be girlish, tender and innocent as each word is delivered with resonant clarity. Other times it rings with hard-won experience and dark foreshadowing.

Her recent CD is her 6th independently released album, her first Australian made release, and it’s called “A Light from the Other Side”. This CD was recorded and produced in South Gippsland by Greg J Walker from Machine Translations. Greg has produced CD’s for Paul Kelly, Jess Ribiero, C.W. Stoneking and composes for film and Television.

The songs on this new CD are colored by Richards’ sudden separation and divorce after 14 years of marriage, life and music in Austin Texas. (The tsunami of change as she puts it)…her journey, losing everything, living out of a suitcase, falling in love again, surprisingly, and resettling in Canberra Australia.

**** (4 stars) SOME voices pierce your heart….. a tour de force of unflinching and honest writing with arresting arrangements based on folk, blues and European chanson styles… it makes for a strikingly original and beautiful album. David Costello Brisbane Courier Mail

Songs of longing, loss, love and hope. In the tradition of  classic songwriters, singers and street performers through the ages …from Fado to Jazz to Bluegrass to Blues. An exquisite mash up of Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday, Bjork and Patty Griffin.  She’s toured solo in the USA, Europe and Australia and been praised by music industry tastemakers.



Lisa Richards’s voice is delightfully unusual. At first it is jarring, piercing against the otherwise dulcet jazz, folk and bluesy feel emanating from her music, but slowly the timbre reveals its delicate duplicity. On the one hand Richards sounds like a sweet young girl who is trying to find her place in the world. On the other, she sounds commanding and confident. It makes for truly stimulating listening…Richards is a simple yet powerful songwriter who has beautifully encapsulated the intricacies of the human condition.Emily Ritchie   The Australian







Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Kevin Burke, Irish master fiddler, $25.00 (venue TBA)



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Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970’s. His far-reaching solo album, “If​ ​the​ ​Cap​ ​Fits”​ ​and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo​ ​Guthrie​, Kate​ ​Bush​, Christy​ ​Moore​ and the Bothy Band​ ​established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles – Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock as well as the Irish Traditional music for which he is so well known. Some of the eminent players he has worked with are: Grammy winner, singer and instrumentalist Tim​ ​O’Brien​; Liam​ ​O​ ​Maonlai​, lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers; classical violinists Gilles​ ​Apap​ and Greg​ ​Ewer​; Old Time favourites, The Foghorn​ ​String​ ​Band​; renowned Irish bands Dervish​,​ ​Solas​ and Lunasa​ and his most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran Rock guitarist John​ ​Brennan​ (Poco, Chris Hillman Band and others).

Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic​ ​Fiddle​ ​Festival​ ​and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick​ ​Street​. In 2007 he also set up his own record label, “Loftus​ ​Music”​, which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging.

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s “Gradam​ ​Ceoil​” (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National​ ​Heritage Fellowship​, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. (Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe.) Kevin has also been honoured by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon​ ​Music​ ​Hall​ ​of​ ​Fame​.

In 1980 Kevin settled in the USA and was performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal​ ​O​ Domhnaill.​ Their 2 albums, “Promenade”​ and “Portland”,​ became, and still are, very influential resources for many traditional musicians.

In the mid Eighties Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups, “Open House”​ and “Patrick​ ​Street”,​ whose recordings and performances were greeted with great acclaim both in Europe and US. In the mid Nineties Kevin was a founding member of yet another successful and enduring traditional group – “The​ ​Celtic​ ​Fiddle Festival”​, this time with Johnny​ ​Cunningham​ from Scotland and Christian​ ​Lemaitre from Brittany.

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his live solo release, “In​ ​Concert”,​ a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces before an audience in his home town of Portland, Oregon.

Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer.




The​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ describes Kevin as “a superior instrumentalist in any idiom……impressively virtuosic”, The​ Washington​ ​Post​ writes of his “lyrical style that is always emotionally electric”, and the Irish​ ​Times​ says that “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene”.


Friday, January 3, 2020, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase featuring The Invocations, Free admission, tips encouraged


The Invocations are a trio focused on uplifting, inspirational and heartfelt compositions drenched in the folk traditions of the Britsh Isles and America, made up of members Bob Schetter, Marilyn Owen and Shane Bruce, all singer-songwriters in their own right. Whether it be their own songs, or re-worked material from some of the master Folk artists, they feature rich three part harmonies and creative arrangements.

Bob Schetter is well-known here in Tehachapi for his guitar work and increasingly creative songwriting. He led a blues band in the ’90’s, when he was know as “Little Red”. He’s placed at the Topanga Fiddle and Banjo Competition three years running for singing, flat-picking, finger-style guitar and  accompaniment of harmonica great, Ken Lieboff.

Marilyn Owen has been a performer of her own songs and an acting coach since her teens. Today, she inspires audiences with her amazingly warm and rich vocal ability. Her life’s work is currently focused on the value of creativity and paths to capture one’s own spirit.

Shane Bruce is an accomplished singer-songwriter, having been signed to Warner Bros. records during his New York years. His music is lyrical and dramatically performed. He is currently involved in political action and supporting positive paths for youth.

From time to time, The Invocations expand to include Ken Lieboff and local Tehachapi great, Bumpy Worthington.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7pm, Out of The Blue, acoustic band, $20.00


The acoustic band, Out of the Blue, will be returning to Tehachapi Saturday, January 11, 2020, to perform at Fiddlers Crossing. Guitarist and vocalist Pat Seamount was a Tehachapi resident for many years, and was known for her poignant interpretations of the songs of Kate Wolf in the group, Handmade. Now based in the Kern river Valley, Pat and her husband, mandolin player Michael Gallagher, formed Out of the Blue in 2003. Terry Harris was added on dobro in 2005 and Kris Wilber came on board to play bass in 2008. All four musicians have all been playing most of their lives. Their concerts are a lively mix of folk, old time, bluegrass, country, rock and roll, jazz and their own compositions. Out of the Blue was always hit when they performed at Mama Hillybeans, at Concerts in the Park and Fiddlers Crossing.


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 3:00pm, The Special Consensus, Bluegrass band extraordinaire, venue TBA, $25.00


Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has released 19 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Special C has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984. Band members include leader/banjo player Greg Cahill, guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas. The 2012 Compass Records band release Scratch Gravel Road was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 Compass Records band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards (Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year). The 2016 Compass Records band recording Long I Ride received the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award and the 2018 Compass Records band release Rivers And Roads garnered two IBMA awards (Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:00pm, Beppe Gambetta, Acoustic guitarist/singer, $20.00


It may be named “Fiddlers Crossing,” but the small venue in downtown Tehachapi also features some of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists in its concert schedules. On Friday, February 7, the audience will be treated to a touch of Italy when Beppe Gambetta returns to the stage. Gambetta is considered one of the finest flatpicking guitarists on any continent, playing, according to Acoustic Guitar magazine, a “virtual United Nations of influences: Italian, Ukrainian, Appalachian, Sardinian, Celtic.”

Born in Genoa, Italy, Gambetta fell in love with American Roots music when he first heard Doc Watson play.  He began his career playing in a classical orchestra for plectrum instruments, but crossed over to American music when he founded the Italian Bluegrass band, Red Wine.  In 1988 he launched his solo career. After eleven CDs, several instructional DVDs on the Homespun label, as well as teaching books, he has become known as one of the true master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

Gambetta still lives in his native Genoa, but spends part of the year in North America. He has played numerous festivals, and in prestigious halls such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has appeared on All Things considered and other radio shows, and has collaborated with many other top-flight musicians such as Tony Trishka, Dan Crary and Tony McManus.

In his guitar technique, there are echoes of Doc Watson as well as Moravian and other folk music. Gambetta incorporates intricate cross-picking patterns, open tunings, and fluid slides up and down the neck of the guitar.

In his concerts, Gambetta alternates his flashy guitar pieces with songs in Italian or English. He brings to his playing and singing an intimate sense of emotions, along with his Italian charm and humour. He doesn’t rely solely on his high level of technical excellence, but is not afraid to show his innermost feelings in a playful way, always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in musical tradition.

Oh, and he cooks, too.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online through Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Friday, February 21, 2020, 7:00pm, The String Revolution, virtuoso guitar quartet, Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., Tehachapi, $25.00


Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional guitar players who are virtuosos and create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. A clear dedication and hard work ethic for the project brought The String Revolution together.

The band includes former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin (recently named “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine, 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply and many more, award winning Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss multi-credited producer, songwriter, and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist Art Zavala Jr. They released their first EP “Stringborn” in 2016 to rave reviews and jam-packed shows, and their newest CD, “Red Drops” is set for release in 2019. Both records were mixed and mastered by Grammy nominated Matt Hyde, known for his work with guitarists, Rodrigo y Gabriela. The String Revolution’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts and has over 150,000 plays. ”Stringborn” was also included on the 2017 Grammy Entry Ballot.

The band has been selling out local LA and California regional music clubs, house concerts, and festivals including The Hotel Cafe, The Mint, Genghis Cohen, Laguna Beach Arts Festival, NAMM Headquarters and many more, and will soon embark on international touring. Their shows include original compositions as well as memorable covers arranged in fresh and surprising ways utilizing their expert guitar skills. With entertaining guitar chops, exceptional musicianship, and an international background, The String Revolution is no doubt a new and unique force in the world of music and guitar performance.





Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:00pm, John Batdorf, singer-songwriter, $20.00


John Batdorf is a singer-songwriter solo artist and one half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney. He’s also a successful film and TV composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.

In his five-decade career, he’s worked with icons such as Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Clive Davis, Roger Birnbaum, Adele, James Horner, Jimmie Haskell, Bill Conti, Bob Ezrin, Tom Werman, Bill Halverson, America, Rod Stewart, Dave Mason, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum, David Lee Roth, and Motley Crüe, plus many others. In the realm of film and TV incidental music, he’s lent his voice and compositional skills to beloved shows such as Tom and Jerry Kids, Garfield and Friends, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, and Doctor, Doctor, and Book of Days. Most recently Wham Bam, a hit by John’s band Silver in 1976 is now part of the soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy ll. With legendary Utah-based singer, composer, and filmmaker, Michael McLean, under, Batdorf & McLean, he’s launched a unique substance abuse survival platform, and released the CD Soundtrax2Recovery.

Batdorf has also released new music collaboratively with his old partner Mark Rodney and James Lee Stanley. Since 2004, he’s released seven solo albums on his own imprint, BATMAC MUSIC. His just released CD,  Me And My Guitar is a handpicked stellar seventeen song  collection of unplugged, rearranged and  completely re-imagined material John has recorded over the last forty seven years.

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7:00pm, Honey Whiskey Trio, vocal harmony group, $20.00


Three lovely, brilliant young women, singing folk, gospel and bluegrass songs through a jazz-infused filter, with stunning harmonies and body percussion – this is Honey Whiskey Trio. These three graduates of the esteemed Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach have been enchanting audiences wherever they have performed.  They will bring their honey harmonies back to Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 7 p.m., and fans of vocal music will want to be there.

The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in unique ways, in songs from folk and  bluegrass to gospel, and any melody that catches their ear. They consider themselves “storytellers in song,” with roots in vocal jazz. They all sang at different times in Long Beach State’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio the flexibility to adjust their tone and style to fit the mood of the song. Actual instrumentation is minimal—just an occasional guitar or mandolin. They mostly augment their gorgeous voices with foot stomping and body percussion.

Honey Whiskey Trio was formed 2012 and began winning national awards in vocal harmony competitions after only five months together.  They have gone on to be headliners at numerous A cappella and other festivals around the country. John Neal, Harmony Sweepstakes executive producer, calls them, “One of the most talented vocal harmony groups performing today.”

The trio of  Courtney Gasque Politano, Ann Louise Jeffries Thaiss, and Christina Wilson all have degrees in music, but have varied family backgrounds.

Courtney Politano grew up on a horse farm in Vermont, in a musical family. When they weren’t riding, someone was always practicing, she says. She earned her BA in music education and French horn from Indiana University, and MA in vocal jazz at Bob Cole. She teaches music in a local school as well as privately.

Ann Louise Thaiss hails from Virginia. She moved to Long Beach in 2008 to get her Bachelor’s in vocal performance.  She is a member of Vox Femina Los Angeles, as well as the Honeys. She teaches preschool music as well as private voice and piano.

The third Honey, Christina Wilson, is a Southern California native from the Inland Empire. Like the others, she holds a Bachelors in vocal performance and jazz from Bob Cole. She has sung with the Pacific Chorale, Vox Femina and the Honeys. She is part of the vocal faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and teaches with her fellow Honeys in their community outreach programs. A skilled composer and arranger, she has written pieces for school vocal ensembles that are performed throughout the United States.

For a truly “harmonious” and enchanting evening, join Honey Whiskey Trio at Fiddlers Crossing on May 30, 2020.