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Friday, December 6, 7:30pm–Susie Glaze & The HiLOnesome Band–$20.00

Susie-glaze-poster-2013Bluegrass/Folk/Americana

The high-octane bluegrass/Americana group, Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band, will return to Fiddlers Crossing Friday, December 6, at 7:30p.m. Susie Glaze is an award-winning recording artist, with Broadway acting and singing credits to her name.

A native Tennessean, Susie grew up in the shadow of the Grand Ole Opry, learning the craft of country and bluegrass by regular immersion in the music of Flatt & Scruggs, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn and others. After relocating to Southern California, Susie joined the bluegrass group, The Eight Hand String Band, and was the 1999 winner of the Los Angeles Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival for Traditional Singing.

The HiLonesome Band was formed in 2003 by Susie and her husband, mandolinist Steve Rankin. Besides Susie and Rankin, the band includes Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle. Along with the usual bluegrass instruments, Susie sometimes incorporates other traditional instruments such as Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp and hollow-backed, old-time banjo.

For reviews, videos and more information, check http://susieglaze.com/2013/.

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, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994 ($1 service charge per ticket is added to credit card purchases). Tickets are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 7:00pm (Please note: Fiddlers Crossing is a small venue and some concerts have been selling out, so be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time.)

Saturday, December 21, 7:30pm–Patrick Ball–Adults $25, Students $15

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Patrick Ball, the Irish-American harpist and storyteller, will give his third Tehachapi concert on Saturday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m., presented by Fiddlers Crossing in the BeeKay Theatre. This concert will be, fittingly, his special Christmas one –“The Christmas Rose.” Several years ago, Ball recorded a Christmas/winter season CD with that title. It included a beautiful traditional melody his mother sang in her childhood. The recording received an award for Best Seasonal Recording of 1991 from the Independent Record Distributors Association and prompted requests for a live concert featuring the tunes from the CD as well as a selection of Holiday stories.

The result is a theatre piece that mingles the beautiful seasonal harp tunes with what Ball calls “The magical world of English and Irish literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs.” He draws on such tales as “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” “The Wind in the Willows,” and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats and Thomas Hardy. “All of the stories and all of the music touch on what is, to my way of thinking,” says Ball, “the central message of the Christmas/Winter season: hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.”

For more information, check www.patrickball.com.

The BeeKay Theatre is at 110 S. Green Street in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove or Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town. Call Mountain Music/Fiddlers Crossing at 661-823-9994, to reserve tickets and also to check availability on the day of the show.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 11, 7:00pm–Sligo Rags–$20

Celtic music with a  Bluegrass attitudesligo

http://www.sligorags.com/

Fiddlers Crossing is greeting 2014 on a high energy note with the return of Sligo Rags, a rollicking Celtic “pub” band with “a decidedly bluegrass attitude,” on Saturday, January 11.

Sligo Rags is non-stop fun. With Michael Kelly on fiddle and vocals, David Burns on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals, and new member Olivier Prud’homme on bass, the group delivers foot-stomping tunes and side-splitting humor. The group is now a quartet, with the addition of percussionist Jonathan Baer, who joins Prud’homme in providing a driving and creative rhythmic foundation for the traditional and original tunes and songs.

Although basically Celtic, the band members represent many musical influences, from Latin and jazz, to classical and bluegrass. According to David Burns, “Each of us is rooted in a different musical style, so we just combine them and see where it takes us.”

Where it takes them is forays into country and swing, gypsy and jazz, with stops at other acoustic music junctures along the way.

Their band name is drawn from a line in the anthem, “The Irish Rover, ” that says:  “We had one million bags of the best Sligo Rags.”  These four Sligo Rags are certainly the best of the best!

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, 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.

Saturday, January 25, 7:00pm–Amber Cross–$20

ambercross Old-time country/folk singer- songwriter, with Gary Arcemont, fiddle and James Moore, guitar

http://ambercrossmusic.com

In its nearly four years as a venue, Fiddlers Crossing has been introducing Tehachapi to a wide variety of acoustic musicians. Some are well-established favorites in blues, Celtic, bluegrass, folk and Americana.  Some are bright young stars-to-be .

Amber Cross is one of those singers that you’ll soon enough be able to tell your friends, “I heard her first at Fiddlers Crossing.” Listening to her old-school country songs and honest back porch voice has been likened to putting an archival Smithsonian recording on the turntable. She writes from her own life’s struggles and experiences, with great power and emotion and a sense of place.

Originally from Maine, Amber spent her early years surrounded by gospel music in a small town church where her father preached and her mother played piano. After leaving her studies at the University of New Mexico to pursue her love for music in 2003, Amber has lived up and down the coast of California, from Sonoma County, the San Joaquin River Valley, San Francisco and the Sierra foothills, and her many of her songs evoke these places. She now resides in San Luis Obispo where she regularly performs at local venues, including the Live Oak Festival.   She has opened for such artists as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Dave Stamey, the The Austin Lounge Lizards, and others.

Her debut album, “You Can Come In,” released in March 2013, received a 5-star review from  “Country Music People Magazine,” and was their CD Of The Month in their May 2013 issue.
A video of her original song, “San Joaquin,” can be found on her website, Ambercross.com.
A full television interview with Amber Cross that includes the video can be viewed at KCOY.
Cross plays guitar and performs both solo and with backup players. At Fiddlers Crossing, she will be accompanied by her husband, guitarist James Moore, and by Cajun/old-time fiddler Gary Arcemont.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, 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.

 

 

Sunday, February 9, 3:00pm–Guy Davis–$20

guy-davisAcoustic Blues singer-songwriter, presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi

Acoustic Blues artist of the year nominee

http://www.guydavis.com/

 

 

Like many of our Americana “roots” music genres, the blues has morphed many times and in many ways from its acoustic origins in the deltas and cotton fields of the steamy south to the electric rock and roll dance halls, clubs and bars in the rest of the country. It has spawned jazz, soul, R&B, rock and country music. Blues itself has become standardized, fitting nicely into 8 bars or 12 bars in minor keys with a set pattern to the lyrics and chord structure, and most always a sense of melancholy to the message.

Guy Davis is a renowned musician/composer/writer/actor who brings the blues back home again. In his hands, the blues is a joyful, free-wheeling expression of a people’s triumph over sorrow and oppression. This is blues with its acoustic roots showing, and Davis will share it with Tehachapi in a matinee performance Sunday, February 9, at 3 p.m. in the BeeKay Theatre. The concert is part of the regular acoustic music series sponsored by Fiddlers Crossing.

Davis is also a storyteller. Although raised in a middle-class suburb of New York City, he grew up listening to his parents tell tales about the lives of his grandparents and great-grandparents in the rural south. Davis taught himself how to play the guitar by listening to and watching other musicians, and he often weaves his music around his stories.

As an actor as well as musician and composer, Davis has appeared on Broadway, in film and on TV, and won acclaim for his many CDs. Among his numerous credits, he has been a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, A Prairie Home Companion, and Whoopi Goldberg’s series on Nickelodeon, and opened for Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. He was Dr. Josh Hall on TV’s “One Life to Live,” and his music was featured in the 1995 PBS series, “The American Promise.” Davis has also joined his parents, actors/writers Ossie Davis (now deceased) and Ruby Dee, in a theater piece the three wrote called, “Two Hahs Hahs and a Homeboy.” The show combined their own compositions with African American Folklore and history.

In 1994, Davis performed a one-man show off-Broadway called “In Bed with the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters.” A few years ago,  a CD version of the show was produced and recorded by Peter Cutler, co-owner of Fiddlers Crossing and engineer for the FolkScene radio program.

With all his talents and experience, Guy Davis is still, at heart, a bluesman, with influences ranging from  Mississippi John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotton to Taj Mahal, Fats Waller and even Harry Belafonte.

Among his many honors, he has won the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive Award.” A critic for the San Francisco Chronicle has said of him: “Davis’ tough, timeless vocals blow through your brain like a Mississippi dust devil.” This is the blues as “goodtime music”, originally made for dancing, and Davis holds true to its roots.

The BeeKay Theatre is located at 110 South Green Street in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets are $20, available at Mountain Music, 206 East F Street, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, and Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town. Tickets may be reserved ahead by calling 661-823-9994.

Saturday March 1, 7:00pm–James Lee Stanley & John Batdorf — ”All Wood and Stones” Songs of the Rolling Stones, unplugged. –$20.00

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ATTENTION TICKET HOLDERS!

This show will be presented at Fiddlers Crossing rather than The BeeKay Theatre. WE will start the show at 7:15 to allow anyone who may show up at the theatre to get to our venue. We apologize for any inconvenience but can assure you, the show will be just as wonderful…maybe a bit more intimate…

And since it will be in our venue, you can enjoy some of our freshly ground and brewed coffees, teas and goodies while you enjoy the show!

Remember, Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 E. F. St, just a block away from the BeeKay.

 

 

 

What if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had hailed from California instead of Britain? Would the Rolling Stones songs have sounded more like The Beach Boys’, sung in tight harmony and played on acoustic guitars?

James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf will present their answer to that question when they perform their “All Wood and Stones” concert in the BeeKay Theatre Saturday, March 1, presented by Fiddlers Crossing. With songs that in the hands of these two virtuoso singers and acoustic guitarists will seem both familiar and brand new, and dashes of the duo’s comedic repartee,  this will be an evening not easily forgotten.

James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf are no strangers to Tehachapi. Both have played at Mama Hillybeans in the past. Stanley has performed twice for Fiddlers Crossing, and last fall in the BeeKay Theatre, in a concert sponsored by the Bear Valley Cultural Arts Associaton.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Mountain Music, 206 East F Street in downtown Tehachapi, or at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barber Shop on Green Street. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 661-823-9994. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, 4:00pm–John Gorka, World renowned singer-songwriter, with Antje Duvekot $20.00

 

“Wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine.”

Associated Press

SOLD OUT!!

 

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http://johngorka.com/

http://www.antjeduvekot.com

(Aunt-yuh Doo va kott)

 

 

 

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, March 16, at 4 p.m., in concert with fellow singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot. For tickets call Mountain Music, 661-823-9994. And do it soon!
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 11th album and has appeared on CNN, Austin City Limits,  Mountain Stage, FolkScene, and other TV and radio programs. www.johngorka.com
On this tour, Gorka will be joined by Antje Duvekot (pronounced Aunt-ya Doo-va-cot) who will open the concert with a short set and then sing harmonies on some of his songs. Duvekot’s own songs have been critically praised for their “hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism, and street-smart romanticism…with a mature sense of hope, growth, renewal and love.” A native of Heidelberg, Germany, she moved to Delaware at age 13, where, lacking English, she struggled to assimilate.
Her songs recall her past, but also her triumphs. “The pain is built-in,” she says, “but a lot of these songs are life-affirming. I have managed to save myself while staying honest about where I came from.”
Duvekot now resides in Boston, and is often on the road, both in the US and Europe. She has won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the Kerrville Festival’s Best New Folk award. www.antjeduvekot.com
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, and at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barber Shop. Tickets may be reserved and/or paid 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 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Check the website for updates: www.fiddlerscrossing.org, or friend Fiddlers Crossing on facebook.

 

Friday March 21, 7:00pm–Ernest Troost, singer-songwriter–$20.00

http://ernesttroost.com/ErnestTroost

 

Re-scheduled from Feb 22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “big dream” for many singer-songwriters is to have their music used in film or TV scores. For Ernest Troost, it was the other way around. Troost became an Emmy Award-winning composer of movie and TV scores first, and only recently became an award-winning folk-blues songwriter, as well. “Songwriting was something I had put in the trunk and sat on for 20 years because it was an impractical thing to do,” he said. “I hadn’t done it since high school.”

Ernest Troost will perform at Fiddlers Crossing Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. This show was re-scheduled from February 22 due to illness.

On his way to a successful career as a film and TV composer, Troost studied jazz guitar as well as classical music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After coming to Hollywood, he earned  an Emmy Award and numerous Emmy nominations by composing scores for TV and Films, including the cult classic, ‘Tremors,’ and HBO and Hallmark Hall of Fame specials and movies. Troost also composed, arranged and produced two critically praised albums for singer Judy Collins.

Then, about seven years ago, he had an epiphany while in McCabe’s Guitar shop in Santa Monica that made him want to bone up on his Piedmont blues guitar style and write more songs.

A month later he was back at McCabe’s for their Open Mic night. First-time Open Mic performers might take heart from Troost’s trepidation. He thought, “The scariest thing I could do in my life was write a song and go up on stage and play it.”  When he performed his song, “All Boats are Gonna Rise,” he said, “I thought I was going to have a heart attack onstage, I really did. But I got through it.”

People went nuts for the song. A few weeks later, at another McCabe’s Open Mic, he played “Evangeline,” a song that has now become a hit for singer Susie Glaze. The soundman grabbed Troost afterwards and said, “That’s the best song I’ve heard at an open mic in the last 10 years.”

His reception at McCabe’s gave Troost the confidence to focus on songwriting.  In 2004, he released his first solo album, “All the boats are Gonna Rise,” which won accolades both for the songs and his guitar playing. He started playing coffeehouses, house concerts and festivals, and launched a monthly singer-songwriter night in Venice called the Juke Joint Gang. Word spread about his songs, and other LA performers began to cover them. In 2009, he was the New Folk Winner at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas.

It’s not surprising that for a cinematic composer, Troost would write story songs. He has a lyrical taste for earthy ramblers, gamblers and small-town dreamers, as well as murder tales and other dark stories.

When he was a boy, his father would read aloud tales such as Coldridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and Poe’s “Raven.” “I think their musicality and dark romantic nature had a powerful effect on me,” he said. “It’s storytelling that really excites me. I call my songwriting style cinematic-folk. I try to create a vivid world of images and music that envelops the listener.” Along with the dark side, the “vivid” world of Ernest Troost songs is also a world of hope and love.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, 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.

 

Friday, April 4, 7:00pm–Alan Reid & Rob van Sante, Modern & traditional Scottish songs & tunes– $20.00

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http://www.reidvansante.com

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A few years ago, Fiddlers Crossing presented Scotland’s Battlefield Band in the BeeKay Theatre to a wildly enthusiastic full house. On Friday, April 4, two of the band’s members will be returning as a duo. Both musicians are giants in the Scottish music scene. Alan Reid, one of Battlefield’s founders and its keyboard player for 40 years, will be joined by Dutch-born Rob van Sante, the band’s sound engineer for 13 years and considered its “fifth member.” Before joining Battlefield, van Sante had worked with some of the top British folk and jazz artists, including Kate Rusby, John McCusker, and Gordon Tyrrall.

Playing guitars and keyboards, the two will present an evening of old and new Scottish music, featuring many of Reid’s lyrical songs that are steeped in history and storytelling, and rich in melody. Van Sante compliments Reid’s accordion and keyboard playing with virtuosic open-tuned guitar work.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased 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.

Saturday, April 12, 7:00pm–Eric Taylor, Texas singer-songwriter– $20.00

eric-taylor“The William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time.” – Nanci Griffith

 

This season, Fiddlers Crossing has been introducing Tehachapi to some of the best contemporary singer-songwriters now touring.  The next performer in this series of exceptional concerts is Eric Taylor, an icon of the Texas style of songwriters, coming to Fiddlers Crossing Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

Taylor has been called “a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar.” His songs have been recorded by Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. Griffith calls him “The William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time.” Taylor is a Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” winner, has played National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage,” appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman,” “Austin City Limits,” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He has also been a headliner for the prestigious Newport Folk Festival.

Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and started playing soul music in his early years. After high school and a brief stint in college, he set out for California but ran out of money and ended up in Houston. The Texas music scene in the 1970s proved to be just what he needed to inspire his writing. He learned intricate blues guitar stylings from such legends as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb, and then developed his own unique picking style, which in turn has been imitated by others.

Taylor tours extensively in the US and Europe, playing the most notable venues in each location. Fiddlers Crossing is proud that he has chosen to add the Tehachapi venue to his list.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased 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.

 

 

 

“Eric Taylor is one of the few artists I’ve ever seen with a greatness that wreathes about him as he takes the stage, no matter what size the venue. An audience instinctively knows to shut up and pay attention. This is a man who takes the art of songwriting – and the art of performance – seriously. And, at the end of the set, the audience will have been transported some place and back again. Eric Taylor doesn’t just make you feel the sun and taste the dust of Texas, he takes you places and puts you inside people’s minds. From prison inmates trying to fathom the jumble of their lives to little kids watching their family implode, Eric Taylor makes it real. Aspiring – and accomplished – songwriters leave Eric Taylor shows shaking their heads with awe. And well they should.” – Charlie Hunter, Flying Under Radar Productions

“He’s the real deal. Eric Taylor was one my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s.” – Steve Earle

 

“For me to say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time is an understatement.” – Nanci Griffith

 

 

“Listening to Eric Taylor is better than reading a Larry McMurtry novel and easier on the eyes.” – Ralston Bowles

 

“Eric is a performer whose concerts include songs, storytelling and a master’s touch for leading his listeners on a nocturnal journey to parts of a vanishing America that only Eric’s songs seem to know the way to.” – Duke Lang

 

Eric Taylor performs with Lyle Lovett

 

 

 

Friday, May 2, 7:00pm–Chuck Pyle, “The Zen Cowboy” — $20.00

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“Southwestern Acoustic” singer-songwriter

http://www.chuckpyle.com

 

When reviewers first dubbed Chuck Pyle the “Zen Cowboy” he decided to be true to his motto: “Always ride the horse in the direction it’s going.”  He took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense.

Pyle will perform at Fiddlers Crossing on First Friday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m.  His music is an infectious blend of hummable melodies, straight-from-the-saddle poetry, and quotes from bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. Critics have called his songwriting “musically sophisticated yet full of uncluttered space.” His brilliant finger-style guitar playing is said to be “more like a fine classical or jazz soloist.”

Also admired as a sly humorist with a Will Rogers-style wit, Pyle has performed for the Colorado legislature, on “Austin City Limits,” and in the home of Bill and Melinda Gates.  His songs have been recorded by John Denver, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss, among others.  He writes songs about love lost and found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone “critical”.  Country music lovers know him best for writing, “Cadillac Cowboy,” recorded by Chris LeDoux, and “Jaded Lover,” recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker.

While fans love his recordings, they adore Pyle’s live performances.  Juni Fisher, the “Cowgirl Balladeer” who has performed at Fiddlers Crossing several times, says of him:  “Chuck Pyle paints the vistas of the West…heck the whole country…through his smart, snappy, cool lyrics. He’s been one of my heroes for a long time, and if you love (Western singer) Dave Stamey, you are also going to love Chuck Pyle. You have my word on that!”

Pyle hails originally from Iowa but has resided on the front range of Colorado since 1965. He has been sharing his gifts for over 40 years and still performs 100 dates a year all across the country, playing festivals and theaters, coffeehouses and house concerts.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may now be purchased online through the website at Fiddlerscrossing.org. They will also be available – while they last — at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or 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.

 

 

“Chuck Pyle’s songs, playing and singing are transporting. If you’re looking for top-flight alt-country-inflected contemporary folk… this is it.”

– Sing Out!

“With his shaven head, custom-made white O’Farrell cowboy hat, and Tony Lama cowboy boots, Pyle has a light, charismatic voice and a virtuosic guitar style that is both refined and impressive.”

– Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Pyle was one of my favorite songwriter discoveries of this year. Every song lover in town should make it a point to seek out this man’s music.”
– Music Row Magazine

“Between [Chuck Pyle’s] humorous patter comes the signature loping guitar and rural western intellect”
– Lubbock Avalanche Journal

“Chuck is the whole package…melodic singing, witty lyrics and GREAT boots.”

– Mike Pengra, Minnesota Public Radio

“Vivid landscapes flow from Pyle’s pen with grown up themes of the New West . . .[his] big campfire-smoked voice and solid guitar work anchor the song… it’s really quite impressive how full the orchestration sounds with only Pyle’s voice and guitar.”

– Eugene Weekly, Eugene OR

“[Chuck Pyle’s] music is kind, insightful, catchy, possessing a wry humor, full of life, imagery and stories of people and places he’s been.”
– InterMountainAcousticMusician SLC UT

“Chuck Pyle is a class act.  Listening to his silky smooth delivery and fine guitar work on his Django Reinhardt-inspired tune Affected by the Moon, you know he is more than the Zen Cowboy – he’s the Chairman of the Board!”
– Pat Crawford, WUWF

“Chuck gave a tremendous performance tonight in New Bern. The audience loved him. I rarely book an artist unless I’ve seen a live performance. I took a gamble and it paid off big time. He’s now on my ‘Must return someday’ list.”
– Grady Ormsby, Down East FolkArts Society

 

 

Friday, May 30, 7:00pm–Roy Zimmerman, Satirist, “Funny songs about ignorance, war and greed” $20.00

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SOLD OUT!!

 

 

On Friday, May 30, Fiddlers Crossing will present popular satirist Roy Zimmerman in his third appearance in Tehachapi. Zimmerman played to sold-out crowds at Mama Hillybeans several years ago, and at a house concert last year.

Zimmerman finds just about everything and everyone funny in one way or another. As a satirist in the vein of Tom Lehrer, but with a decidedly more political point of view, his “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed” skewer our major politicians and celebrities, as well as highlight absurdities in the issues of the day.

Among his many credits and satirical endeavors, Zimmerman was the founder of the comedy folk quartet, The Foremen, a group that toured extensively in the 1990s, playing the nation’s major folk venues, and as he says, “a lot of fancy Progressive benefits.”  They also performed at  Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival, under an overpass in the rain.  Zimmerman wrote over five hours of satire for the group. “We never did it all at once,” he reports, “but we kept it ready in case we had to filibuster.”

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased 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 may also be purchased directly from the website, at fiddlerscrossing.org, via PayPal. And as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.

 

 

The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”

Tom Lehrer himself says, “I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don’t just ‘rhyne.'”

Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”

 

 

 

Friday, June 27, 7:00pm–Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Scottish Fiddle and Cello. Presented at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 1200 S. Curry St., Tehachapi–Adults, $25.00, Students, $15.00

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Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas are making their third appearance in Tehachapi Friday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. In order to accommodate a larger audience than their own venue can hold, Fiddlers Crossing will again present the dynamic Celtic music duo in St. Jude’s in the Mountains Anglican Church, 1200 South Curry Street.
Alasdair Fraser is a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland as well as in the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, fiddle camps, and concerts. He is in demand as a performer and teacher all over the world. He weaves through his performances a warm and witty narrative, drawing from a deep well of stories and lore surrounding Scotland’s musical heritage.
From Boston to San Diego, when you hear American fiddlers playing Scottish tunes, odds are they have attended one of Fraser’s camps or been taught by one of his students. The Scottish Fiddlers of California, which he heads up, has several offshoots throughout the state. One of those, the Los Angeles Scottish Fiddlers, regularly performs at the Bakersfield Scottish Games. Tehachapi’s own Camp Kiya is inspired by the Scottish Fiddle camps Fraser started, with students of both Fraser and Haas providing instruction.
Cellist Natalie Haas, a California native and graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Fraser was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, which was to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.
Now, he says, “cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section,” says Fraser. “It’s inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles.”
The last two concerts given by Fraser and Haas in Tehachapi quickly sold out. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased – while they last — online at fiddlerscrossing.org, 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 $25 for adults and $15 for students. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.

 

 

Friday, July 18, 7:00pm–Cafe Musique, Gypsy, Wild Classical,Tango & Folk –$20.00

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Central Coast-based band, Cafe Musique will perform at Fiddlers Crossing on
Friday, July 18 at 7:00pm.

They may hail from the central coast of California, but the members of
Café Musique have at least one foot each planted deep in foreign musical soil.
By merging four very different backgrounds, the quintet presents a rich mixture
of styles including gypsy, tango, classical and folk. Combining powerful vocals
with soaring violin and driving accordion, the listener will be treated to an
exotic and exciting sonic journey around the world.

Camp Kiya attendees will recognize Brynn Albanese on violin and vocals. She
is joined by Duane Inglish on Accordion, Fred Murray on Bass,Craig Nuttycomb,
guitar and vocals. The band has recently added a percussionist as well who will
join the group onstage for this show.

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, Lucky’s Barbershop, online at
www.fiddlerscrossing.org or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994 ($1
service charge per ticket is added to credit card purchases). Tickets are $20,
and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 7:00pm (Please
note: Fiddlers Crossing is a small venue and some concerts have been selling
out, so be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time.)

 

 

 

 

THE BEST SHOW EVER!
“Café Musique had me crying like a baby at their most recent performance. Between Brynn Albanese’s expressive violin and
Piper Heisig’s unadorned but emotionally stunning take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” it was pretty hard to stem the
water works. Yet the band is also a hoot, joshing with the crowd, tearing it up with arrangements so full of unexpected
turns that I was in a sonic knot. ”
–Glenn Starkey, Music Critic, New Times, San Luis Obispo

The talent runs deep and the music plays hot, they had the staff of KPIG’s live music show in the palm of their hands and the tips of their fingers. ”
–Sleepy John Sandidge, Host of KPIG‘s “Please Stand By”

“Their sound is something like two scoops of gypsy folk with classical sauce and a sprinkling of chopped jazz. It’s delicious, exotic and just overflowing with talent … the group was phenomenal, alternating smoothly from fast and fun to serious and endearing, but it was the group’s humor that really stole the show. ”
— Nick Powell, New Times, San Luis Obispo

“Café Musique’s recent performance in Cambria was a musical kaleidoscope. Near the end (violinist) Brynn Albanese absolutely ignited the place with her version of “Czardas.” Then she gently guided her audience back to earth with a lovely, soothing rendition of “Sunday River”.”
–John Brannon, The Cambrian

“Whoa! Oh my God! Hell’s bells! The debut album by Café Musique is wicked good! I seriously can’t say enough good things about this album, which demonstrates a level of musicianship and an emotional impact rarely found.”
–Glenn Starkey, Music Critic, New Times, San Luis Obispo

What can I say? You folks were phenom!!! and really great to work with! It is my sincere hope that we can have an ongoing relationship for many years to come; I will work toward that — and it will be somewhat easy, since the audience just loves you!
— Robert Ashens, Artistic Director, Opera San Luis Obispo

Café Musique delighted our audiences. This accomplished group of musicians create a convivial atmosphere with their excellent music and entertaining stage presence. ”
–Bobbi Todaro, Managing Director, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, Ca (May 18, 2009)

“It was a terrific concert at the Ukulele Co. this past Saturday, a major pleasure discovering Café Musique and its superb musicians!. Boy am I glad I bought your album “The Dancer”with its exquisite music, wow, gotta spread the word !
— Michel Mike Kotski (a new fan) DaSilva Ukelele FactoryConcert, Berkeley, Ca

“You were fantastic, wonderful, phenomenal, suburb and extremely unique. I loved every single second of your show and will definitely be looking for you again in the very near future. Thank you for the most exhilarating evening I’ve had in a very long time. ”
— Marsha Houston (another new fan), Red Barn Music Series, Los Osos, Ca

Friday, September 5, 7:00pm–Angelo M. Acoustic Blues/ Americana– $20.00

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On Friday, September 5,  Fiddlers Crossing is bringing back one of the favorite performers from last year. Angelo M is an authentic voice of experience from the American Heartland, whether singing the blues or other styles of American “roots” music.

Angelo M (short for Melasecca) was a hit with Tehachapi’s audience because he is the real deal. Many performers can sing the blues, but this former steel worker has lived it. When the Pennsylvania steel mill where he had worked for nearly 30 years was bought out and then put into bankruptcy, Angelo not only lost his livelihood but his pension, as well.

Fortunately, he had other talents, which will be on display in the concert at Fiddlers Crossing.   He is a master fingerstyle and slide guitarist who was able to make the unlikely midlife transition from blue collar steel worker to award-winning songwriter. He caught Nashville’s attention with his two successful self-released albums. Some of the tracks from his 2012 label debut, “From Steel to Strings,” are featured in the PBS Television series, RoadTrip Nation, and have garnered several prestigious songwriting honors, including Billboard’s World Song contest.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Towne, and Lucky’s Barbershop. Tickets are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m. Call 661-823-9994 for more information, or to reserve tickets by phone.

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“A Real Crowd Pleaser! Angelo M. went immediately to our ‘Bring Back for a Return Vist’ list.”

Grady Ormsby – Booking Manager, Down East FolkArts Society

“Angelo M. made our jaws drop when he sat down and blistered the frets…” 
Acoustic Live – Richard Cuccaro.

After a mill bankruptcy that cost him his pension, Angelo M. (short for Melasecca) made the unlikely transition from steelworker to touring artist and hasn’t looked back. He’s an award winning Americana songwriter and master finger style & slide guitarist with a blues bent in the vein of Chris Smither and Keb Mo. With guitar influences from the likes of Ry Cooder, Chet Atkins, Duane Allman and Leo Kottke, reviews hail Angelo M. a “Brilliant Guitarist” with an “Excellent Voice” and call his performance “Powerful”. After two successful self released albums this roots enriched folk artist got Nashville’s attention signing a recording contract with Music City Veterans. Angelo M.’s 2012 debut label release “From Steel to Strings” features 16 original tracks that showcase Angelo and all his assets.

He’s a humble blue collar man who spent years at a day job in a Pennsylvania steel mill before shifting careers, but there’s nothing understated about the talent of this bluesy virtuoso finger style player and award winning songwriter. Armed with a six string, Dobro, mandolin & harp, he’s down and dirty, no holds barred – an authentic link in the roots-Americana chain as a singer, player and songwriter. With authenticity at the core of Angelo’s writing and performances; his songs, autobiographical at times, are soulfully sung and seasoned with experience and retrospection. “I can relate to the reflection / regret, in this story… Man, the total of the lyric, singing and playing sound as real as Mississippi red clay…. Fantastic guitar solo! – Taxi.

A favorite at festivals, Angelo M. received a standing ovation at the Johnstown (PA) Folk Fest, was deemed “One of the Highlights” at the Kalamazoo (MI) Blues Festival and was selected from over five hundred artists to perform at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY) Emerging Artist Showcase. Also a hit at more intimate style Listening Room venues…Angelo M.’s been honored with several standing ovations while on tour around the country including: Artichoke Music in Portland( OR), Tidewater Friends of Folk Concert Series (VA), Down East Folk Arts Society (NC) and at The Hard Luck Café (NY). Angelo M.’s music is featured in the PBS Television series, RoadTrip Nation, is slated for an indie film soundtrack and, garnered songwriting honors in the prestigious “Mountain Stage” NewSong contest, Billboards World Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Angelo has shared bills with many talented musicians including: Roger Mcguinn, John Sebastian, Dar Williams, Chris Smither, Shemekia Copeland, Cephas & Wigging, Peter Mulvey and more. And whether it’s his intricate finger style on the acoustic guitar, some searing slide work on his Dobro, or the high and lonesome strains of his mandolin, you’ll be sure to enjoy this gifted artist who is just beginning to hit his stride.

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“A REAL CROWD PLEASER!
Angelo M. went immediately to our “Bring Back for a Return Visit” list. “

Grady Ormsby,
booking manager, Down East FolkArts Society

“A We truly enjoyed hosting a show for Angelo M. His blend of blues music and storytelling captures the roots of the blues while adding his own charm and showcasing his exceptional fingerstyle and slide guitar playing. . OUR AUDIENCE COULD SEE WHY HE’S BECOME A FAVORITE ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT HIS TALENTS IN A MORE INTIMATE SETTING.”

Russ & Julie – Russ & Julie’s House Concerts
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“ANGELO M. MADE OUR JAWS DROP when he sat down and blistered the frets.” “…After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I asked him, “Does Jorma Kaukonen know about you?”

Richard Cuccaro,
Acoustic Live

“ANGELO M. IS DEFINITELY BOUND FOR WORLD RECOGNITION”
“When I first saw Angelo, I was fascinated by his incredible guitar playing, in combination with a warm vocal delivery and solid entertaining songs. Angelo M. is definitely a top crowd pleaser, that immediately captivates large audiences with his Americana sound. An outstanding performer who mesmerizes his audiences with his superb guitar playing and heartfelt working class storytelling.”

Fred Cannon
Former BMI Senior VP

“THIS GUITAR WORK SHINES.. the elan of Mississippi John Hurt… the sense of longing shared by wandering singer songwriters since this all began… “

TAXI (US)

“I KNEW ANGELO WAS GOOD FROM THE CD BUT LIVE HE FLOORED US!
What a tremendous talent! “

Kath Cameron,
HomeGrownRadioNJ (US)

“A Gifted Musician with Incredible Dexterity on finger-picking guitar, slide Dobro and mandolin…  After his powerful performance, many people were asking where and when they could see him again. “

Blues News – Kalamazoo Festival Review by Tim Richards (NZ)

Thirty Years is actually one of my favorite songs on the Roadtrip Nationsoundtrack this year. Roadtrip Nation is not just a TV Show, but a movement with an entire life-on-the-road, forward thinking, grassroots culture behind it… The reason Angelo M.’s song Thirty Years is not only in our PBS series, but in the RTN soundtrack as well is because of how well it fits into that culture. When I hear a song that I know I could listen to cruisin’ down I-40 in a big green rv, I know it’s the right song for RTN. “

Blake Hodges,
Music Supervisor Roadtrip Productions
Creators of the PBS TV Series Roadtrip Nation (US)

“Brilliant Guitarist… Excellent Voice…
Lost, produces goose bumps with a brilliant slide and acoustic guitar,
this song all alone justifies the purchase of the album.”

- Rootstime Review (BE)
Click here for full reveiw in Dutch.

****4 STARS ” Very good guitar playing, beautiful voice and great songs! I really enjoy listening to this CD. Angelo M’s guitar playing is very good and he also has a beautiful voice. My favorite cut is “Thirty Years”. Well, he’s got a hit in this one. I am sure that my listeners will love that song. It has great radio appeal!”

– Przemek Draheim, Blues & Gospel Radio Host (PL)

“Whether it’s his ‘delta’ slide guitar workings or his ‘steel worker’ ‘blue collar’ blues, the color or where you got ‘em doesn’t matter….Angelo M. plays the blues from the heart. Armed with his dobro, Angelo M. levels the playing field!”

- Mickey Spillane, 91.9 WNTI (US)

“Thanks for coming into the stuido and playing such an Awesome Set.
We’ll alwasy be big fans. Thanks so much, Todd and the whole gang at HomeGrownRadioNJ. “

Todd Mills HomeGrownRadioNJ (US)

“Angelo M has a great sense of style. His guitar playing and vocals compliment each other wonderfully! Switching careers and focusing on music at this stage in his life was exactly the right move!”

- Mel Thiel, 91.9 WNTI (US)

“His performances have evolved into multitasking enterprises; he breathes hurricanes through a harmonica, plays the devil out of his guitar, kicks a tambourine propped against his chair and sings when it’s convenient.”

- Mike Caggeso, York Daily Record (U

Friday,September 26, 7:00pm–JC & Laney, Acoustic Folk-Rock singer-songwriter duo– $20.00

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The logo for the duo, JC & Laney reads, “Heart ‘n’ Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll.” That’s the perfect summary for this dynamic musical duo who will take the stage at Fiddlers Crossing on Friday, September 26.  Although they have been together for just five years, they have already released five CDs of original compositions, are regularly played on  Pandora, Spotify, and dozens of other internet radio stations, and have had many of their songs picked up by touring artists throughout Europe and the US.

JC Scott, from Long Island, NY, cut his teeth in front of crowds during the Classic Rock Era, playing guitar and singing with such musicians as Arlo Guthrie, Lindsay Buckingham, Kenny Loggins, Chuck Berry and Weird Al Yancovic. Before meeting Laney in 2009, he had already written and recorded five solo CDs.   

  Laney Greynolds has been using her powerhouse of a voice to sing traditional country, gospel and rock music since she could breathe.  She has recorded with many artists in her career, as well as being the lead singer and driving force of the classic rock band Saddletramp.

Together, JC & Laney now perform more than 100 times a year throughout the West Coast states, at house concerts, state fairs, festivals and venues such as Fiddlers Crossing.       The emotional delivery of their original style of acoustic folk-rock-Americana music will leave you feeling you have found some new best friends.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, 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.

 

 

Friday, October 10, 7:00pm–Dulcie Taylor, Americana singer-songwriter, with George Nauful, guitar and Tracy A. Morgan, percussion– $20.00

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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 performing at the downtown music venue on October 10, at 7 p.m. 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.  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.”

As of October 10, Taylor will no longer be hiding from Tehachapi.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, 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.

 

Read reviews of Dulcie’s latest CD “Only Worn One Time” here:
http://dulcietaylor.com/hearts-in-fluxonly-worn-one-time/#more-1079

 

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

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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 fiddlerscrossing.org, 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.

 

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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, CoolAlbumOfTheDay.com: “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, Folkworks.org: “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!

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 7, 7:00pm–Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band–20.00

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http://www.rockyneckbluegrass.com/

 

Fiddlers Crossing is going blue on Friday, November 7, at 7 pm, when Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band comes to town. This hot young Southern California group has been garnishing awards and accolades over the last five years for their fresh approach to the popular acoustic music genre.
The band took top honors in the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle contest in 2009, as well as in the California Bluegrass Association Showdown in 2012. Rocky Neck is in demand for celebrity weddings, and they have performed on TV as well as in some of the premier bluegrass and country venues in the West, including Indio’s Stagecoach Festival. Their first appearance in Kern County was in 2012, when they joined Bakersfield’s 48-hour Bluegrass Jam.
With their own take on bluegrass, comprised of fresh arrangements of traditional tunes, such as “The Girl I left behind me,” as well as more contemporary folk songs such as Neil Young’s “Comes a Time,” they have been receiving regular airplay on radio stations across the country.
Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band is comprised of fiddler Lydia Veilleux, guitar and dobro player Craig Ferguson and mandolinist Devitt Freeley. For this concert, bassist Brian Netzley will join them. Although the three regular members all attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Veilleux first met Ferguson and Freeley at a Make a Wish benefit.
Freeley, originally from Illinois, and Ferguson, a Portland, Oregon, native, had played together in several bands. Freeley played rock, blues, jazz and classical as well as bluegrass. Ferguson has more of a jazz background but got into bluegrass at Berklee. Veilleux, a classically trained violinist from Maine, brings her background in New England and Cape Breton Celtic styles to her bluegrass fiddling.
In forming Rocky Neck, says Veilleux, “We searched our common repertoire for traditional tunes that still feel relevant today and tried to build fresh arrangements on these timeless songs. By juxtaposing old traditional songs like ‘Shady Grove’ with bluegrass arrangements of more modern songs, we hope to respect traditional bluegrass while extending a hand to people who aren’t that familiar with bluegrass music.”
Ferguson says, “I’d say we’re primarily a bluegrass band, but these days there are so many hats you can wear under that title.”
And Freeley adds, “By arranging songs that are not part of the standard bluegrass repertoire, we hope to reach out to people who might not know that they’re bluegrass fans.”
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, 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.
Fiddlers Crossing is on facebook, and we welcome new friends. More information on Rocky Neck Bluegrass band can be found at rockyneckbluegrass.com and lydiaveilleux.com.

 

Saturday, November 15, 7:00pm–Gary Stockdale, singer-songwriter– $20.00

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“Strong vocals, exceptional songwriting, natural charisma and a kick ass sense of humor.”

Wendy Shashona McCall ~ Indie Showcase

http://garystockdale.com

 

Gary Stockdale at Fiddlers Crossing November 15

by Deborah Hand-Cutler

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 performs at Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, November 15, at 7 p.m.
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….
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, 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.
On the horizon at Fiddlers Crossing: “Winter Dance – Celtic Christmas Celebration,” with Molly’s Revenge and vocalist Christa Burch. Sunday, December 14, 3 pm in the BeeKay Theatre.

 

 

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 fiddlerscrossing.org, 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

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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 fiddlerscrossing.org, 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, November 8 – Little Black Train

Little Black TrainOn Friday, November 8, at 7 p.m., Little Black Train will be stopping at Fiddlers Crossing for a rousing performance of bluegrass, Celtic and American roots music. The popular Central Coast trio of Kenny Blackwell on bluegrass mandolin, John Weed on Irish fiddle, and Stuart Mason on guitar, mandola and banjo, cross traditional songs and tunes from Appalachia and the British Isles with Depression-era gospel and blues and their own new songs.

Each of the three members of Little Black Train could give a riveting concert alone. Together, the band is even more than the sum of its highly accomplished parts. Blackwell is one of California’s foremost session mandolinists, with TV and movie score credits. He played in fiddler Richard Green’s band. He is also no stranger to the Fiddlers Crossing stage, having played here in 2011 with blues guitarist Dorian Michael.

John Weed is a classically trained violinist who has lived in Ireland, immersing himself in the fiddling styles of Counties Clare and Donegal. He, too, has film score credits. He also performs in a Cajun combo, and with the Celtic group Molly’s Revenge.

Guitarist Stuart Mason doubles on old-time clawhammer banjo and mandola. A native of West Virginia, Stuart has won awards for traditional singing, mandola and songwriting. Stuart is also a member of Molly’s Revenge, along with John Weed.

Little Black Train is one of the groups helping to define American roots music for today’s audiences.

For reviews, videos and more information, check www.littleblacktrain.com and www.fiddlerscrossing.org and facebook.

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, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994 ($1 service charge per ticket is added to credit card purchases). Tickets are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 6:30p.m.