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Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:00pm, Missy Andersen and Her One Man Band, Blues, Soul, Jazz, R & B, Gospel $20.00

http://missyandersen.com/

Christmas presents come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are not opened until the “big day”, while others, thankfully, arrive early. Fiddlers Crossing has one of the latter on Friday, December 6.  What would normally be the venue’s regular First Friday Showcase will, instead, be a concert by San Diego based blues, soul, jazz, R & B and gospel singer Missy Andersen and “Her One Man Band”, otherwise known as her husband, Heine Andersen, on guitar.

Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Queens, New York, Missy Andersen’s parents had an extensive music collection that included lots of soul, R&B, blues, jazz, and gospel. She says her first real memory of singing is at age six, when her mother entered her in a child talent contest and practiced with her after school every day.  “Singing would always be my friend,” she says, “and I would turn to it whenever I needed to express something I couldn’t find the words to say.”

 Andersen particularly loved listening to songs that told stories like those by Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, The Staples Singers and Teddy Pendergrass. Along the way she also discovered the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday, which led her, in turn, to O.V. Wright, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, James Carr, Ray Charles, Ann Peebles, and Irma Thomas. Like most successful singers, she started out trying to sound like the artists she loved. After working her craft, and accumulating invaluable professional experience, her own voice emerged.

Her first real experience in the music business was while in her teens, with the rap single “Be For Real” under the name Denyce “Flip” Isaac. This led to opening for Cissy Houston, fronting local bands, and doing studio sessions as a background vocalist.

After moving to San Diego, she met local blues man Earl Thomas in the late ’90s and became one of his Juke Joint Jezebelles, a gospel, blues, and soul vocal quartet. Touring the U.S. and Europe the band shared the stage with Ray Charles, B.B. King, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Kenny Neal, and the Meters.

After fronting the local band Tell Mama, Andersen released a self-titled solo album on Main Squeeze Records. The same label released her album In the Moment in 2014. That CD was nominated for two Blues Blast Music Awards (Best Soul Blues Album, Best Female Blues Artist. She was also a 2016 Blues Awards nominee for Best Soul/Blues Female Artist.

Heine Andersen, originally from Denmark but steeped in American Roots music, has toured extensively in both Europe and North America. Noted for his polyrhythmic acoustic guitar style, he plays lead and rhythm as well as bass lines simultaneously. With eyes closed, a listener would swear there were at least three musicians on the stage. Add Missy Andersen’s expressive, soulful vocal delivery, humorous storytelling and charismatic stage presence and a truly incomparable concert experience is the result.

 Peter Merrett of PBS, Australia, calls Missy Andersen “One of the truly great voices of our time”. The Washington Blues Society calls her, simply, “The real deal”. Fiddlers Crossing, here in Tehachapi, calls her an early Christmas gift, not to be missed!

 

 

Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:00pm, “A Christmas Carol”, dramatic reading by Alex Zonn, $12.00

 

A Tehachapi Christmas tradition is returning to Fiddlers Crossing. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” read by Tehachapi’s own Alex Zonn, will be presented twice at the venue this month, on Friday, December 13, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 14, at 7:00 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 business 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.  Doors open for each show at 6:30pm

 

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 2:00 and 7:00pm, “Winterdance” with Molly’s Revenge, guest vocalist Amelia Hogan and dancers from The Lyons Academy of Irish Dance $25.00, adults, $15.00, students, presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi

 

“Winterdance,” a Celtic Christmas celebration, will return to Tehachapi for two performances in the BeeKay Theatre on Sunday, December 22. The concert has been a sell-out the last four years. As in the past years, two performances will be presented, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

The core of the concert is the traditional Celtic trio, Molly’s Revenge. They will again be joined by  guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, along with Irish dancers in an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, as well as selections from the band’s holiday album.

Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band complete with bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, to guarantee a rousing afternoon for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. They have performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, as well as at prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China.

The band is comprised of a trio of Californians in love with Celtic music. David Brewer plays whistle and four types of bagpipes. He studied in Scotland under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His unique style of playing has earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.

John Weed is a classically trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. He has lived in Ireland, teaching workshops in Irish fiddle — to the Irish! He studied with master fiddlers in County Donegal and hones his skills there annually.

Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and his own  compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He also  leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.  Mason and Weed previous played Fiddlers Crossing with Kenny Blackwell as old-time trio Little Black Train.

Amelia Hogan sings traditional, Irish, Scottish, British, American and contemporary folk music with lilting grace and subtle power. She transports you with a spell into another time and place, where the beansidhe (banshee) cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling are what you’ll find with Amelia’s music.

If you have seen Winterdance, you will certainly want to revisit this fantastic Celtic Christmas Celebration. If you haven’t, you won’t want to miss it this year, so be sure to get your tickets early. Because nothing says “Christmas” like bagpipes – plus fiddles, guitars, bodhrans, whistles, singers and dancers in a brilliant Celtic spirit!

The BeeKay Theatre is at 110 S. Green Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.com, at Mountain Music during Wednesday Open Mic Nights, as well as at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994 and leave your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  The concert times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one-half hour ahead.

 

 

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, BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi, $25.00

http://specialc.com

www.facebook.com/special.consensus

 

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations.

Special Consensus’ sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music; the infectious band sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today.  With the foundation of Greg’s unique banjo playing style, Rick Faris (guitar), Nick Dumas (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain their bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from their award-winning John Denver tribute album while consistently maintaining their bluegrass center. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations, and was awarded Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.

Rivers and Roads captures the energy of a live Special C show. Just listen to Rick’s high, emotional singing, Nick’s fluid mandolin providing the formidable counter to Greg’s driving banjo and Dan holding everything together on the bass with his bluegrass, country, and jazz experience. Their voices blend seamlessly. International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The band has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.

Dedicated to preserving their craft as well as keeping it fresh, in 1984 Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program, to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.

Special C’s continued success is a testament to their adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2019.

 

 

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

http://www.beppegambetta.com/

 

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 Fiddlerscrossing.com. 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

http://www.thestringrevolution.com

 

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 6, 2020, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase featuring Clint Alphin, singer-songwriter, Free admission, tips encouraged

https://www.clintalphin.com

 

“Clint Alphin writes and sings from the heart, always mindful of his rich southern roots.”

— Jeni Hankins – Original Appalachian Folk Artist

Folk, Bluegrass, and Country music fill the hearts of every local in the southern states. With, its rich acoustic instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies, the music is honest, pure and natural. This tradition is what laid the foundation for Clint Alphin’s music and words to reach and move audiences around the US and the world.

Hailing from North Carolina, Clint has drawn inspiration from his home state’s heroes. “There is so much great music that has come out of North Carolina,” Alphin says. “James Taylor is perhaps my biggest influence; his phrasing and harmonic melodies are what have inspired me to first write songs.”

Clint moved to Nashville, TN in 2003 and has released an EP and three full-length studio albums since then. His latest, “Postmodern Man,” was released in 2015. It was produced by Neilson Hubbard.

Telluride Troubadour Winner – 2017

Fresh Grass Festival Singer-Songwriter Award Finalist -2018 

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase – 2018

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist – 2017

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Honorable Mention – 2017

Kerrville New Folk Finalist – 2015, 2018

Telluride Troubadour Finalist – 2013, 2015

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Finalist – 2014

 

Friday. March 13, 2020, 7:00pm, Grant Maloy Smith, American Roots singer-songwriter, $20.00

https://www.grant-maloy-smith.com/

 

 

Hailing from Florida’s panhandle, Grant Maloy Smith® is a singer/songwriter of AMERICAN ROOTS music – an artful blend of country, bluegrass, and folk music. In addition to being a Billboard Top 10 recording artist, he is also the winner of Best Americana Artist by the Indie Music Channel, and two Grammy certificates, awarded in 2017. He performs frequently in southern Appalachia: Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia – however he has performed everywhere from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall in New York, and most places in between. He has also played in Europe, including a recent tour in northern Italy. Equally at home as a solo artist and with his Nashville band, Grant is an engaging performer who delights audiences with his southern humor and passion.

His most recent album “Dust Bowl – American Stories” spent 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, including eleven weeks in the TOP 10 of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart, and reached as high as #12 on the Country Album Sales Chart, and #2 on the Heatseekers Chart (across all genres). The album continues to earn rave reviews, like this one from NO DEPRESSION, the bible of American Roots music: “Grant’s ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing … he has written A heartland masterpiece … lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie … sent chills down my spine … bound to become a classic … A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable…”

In 2018 his charming Christmas song “Fly Possum Fly” (featuring county singing sensation EmiSunshine) was both a radio single and a children’s book. Grant added book festivals and book signings to his itinerary, which continues now as a second book in the series will be published in the Spring of 2019. His next single, “Man Of Steel” has been selected by the National Veterans Foundation (www.nvf.org) as their official theme song.

Grant Maloy Smith is a member of the CMA, AMA, NARAS (The Grammys®) and is the co-founder of the Indie Collaborative, a group of more than 2000 independent musicians and music industry professionals. He is affiliated with BMI, and his music is distributed by Sony Orchard.

 

 

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

www.johnbatdorfmusic.com

 

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.

Friday, April 10, 2020, 7:00pm, Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, “Fine Folk Music”, $20.00

https://www.claudiarussell.com/

Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan traverse a wide Americana landscape, stopping at wondrous musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat to bluegrass bands, blues divas, jazz cats, Village folkies, and singing cowboys. Lesser performers might stumble or sound fake, but driven by Claudia’s expressive voice and distinctive guitar style, it all comes together beautifully.

Claudia has a knack for crafting tightly written songs that carry you to the sweet spots of youth and the autumn colors of growing older. Kaplan’s melodic accompaniment, on mandolin and electric guitar, is spot-on. All of this is served up with a generous helping of homespun humor and shaggy dog stories, making for a heartfelt and humorous evening of deeply engaging music.

Indeed, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote “Russell has a voice that was born for folk music – she breaks hearts.” Russell has won numerous other accolades including Best New Artist from WUMB FM in Boston, Best Musician in the East Bay Express Reader’s Poll, 2x Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Finalist, and high praise in Sing Out, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. Paul Zollo, senior editor of American Songwriter magazine, called her latest CD, All Our Luck Is Changing, “a masterpiece.”

Russell and Kaplan have toured across the country, performing at the Boston Folk Festival, the New Bedford Folk Festival, Black Hawk Folk Festival, and concert appearances at major venues such as McCabe’s, Club Passim, The Turning Point, and more than a half dozen appearances at the Freight & Salvage.

The duo’s many live on-air radio performances include West Coast Live, Roz and Howard Larman’s FolkScene, KPFA’s Dead to the World, WUMB’s Live at Noon, Folk Stage with Rich Warren, KUNI’s Live From Studio One, The Morning Show on Minnesota Public Radio as well as appearances on WORT, KCBX, KSUN and numerous other stations. Claudia and Bruce were interviewed by Robert Siegel for All Things Considered on what would have been her father’s 100th birthday. He (Val Rosing) was a British dance band singer best known as the vocalist on the original 1930s recordings of classics such as Teddy Bears Picnic and Try A Little Tenderness.

 Before starting her solo career, Claudia was a member of BMG recording artists Maggie’s Farm – performing around the country, including Farm Aid where she shared the stage with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. She was also one third of the Life Is Grand Band, an award-winning vocal trio with Jill Freeman and Laura Zambo. Their 1990 FastFolk recording has been added to the Smithsonian/Folkways collection, making them a bona fide national treasure!

Kaplan has played in bands most of his life, starting in the world of New Wave music in such bands as the The Young Adults, The Allison MacLeod Band, The Toasters, Annyland, and The Tearjerkers, where he met Russell backstage on a shared bill. That was 1988. Russell and Kaplan were married in 1990 and will celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year – by getting on a plane for their East Coast tour.

“Making music is our favorite thing to do, and we put a lot of love into it.” says Kaplan. “But playing in a band with one’s spouse is not without its hazards. Some couples argue about sex or money. We argue about song keys, set lists, and ‘who stole my capo?’  But all in all, we’re very lucky to have found each other.”

Friday, April 24, 2020, 7:00pm, Claudia Nygaard, singer-songwriter, storyteller $20.00

https://www.claudianygaard.com/

With a voice as warm and smooth as amber honey and impressive for both its power and intimacy,
Claudia Nygaard delivers songs that are heartfelt,
humorous, scrappy, and sensual. And so are the stories in
between them. She is a captivating storyteller, with a twinkle in her eye that makes everyone in the audience think
she is sharing a secret with them alone. Emotionally fearless, she shares her deepest sorrows with a rare
vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit
and an outlandish, irreverent sense of humor the next.
Claudia tours tirelessly, and has torn up the highways of all
50 states and performed in 9 foreign countries. She has
appeared at over 200 fairs & festivals, including numrerous
times at the Kerrville Folk Festival. She has also been an
emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New
York. Her large fan base has recently supported her with
a $25,000 kickstarter and she is now in the studio recording her next release (Jan 2019) “Lucky Girl”, with Neilson
Hubbard producing. Neilson has just been nominated for
Album of the year by the Americana Music Association.
As a salaried staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row,
Nygaard learned her craft well. Her last CD “Let The Storm
Roll In” rose to #1 on the Cashbox Roots/Country chart
and #8 on the Folk DJ chart. Two of the songs, “Georgia
Boy” and “J.C.” won the Kerrville, TX Folk Festival “New
Folk” songwriting competition for her, but they weren’t the
only songs that radio took a liking to. EVERY song on the
album received airplay. “Storm” was also highly praised by
the press. It received five stars from Americana benchmark
magazine “Maverick”, and legendary folk music magazine
“Sing Out” claimed the songs “rival the likes of Guy Clark
or Ian Tyson”.

Friday, May 1, 2020, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring The Rough and Tumble, “Dumpster Folk, Thriftstore Americana” duo, Free admission, tips encouraged

http://www.theroughandtumble.com/

The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep– and as difficult to send home.  The dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler, have been hobbling around the country in their 16’ camper since 2015.  They picked up a couple of actual strays along the way– two 100lb dogs, Puddle & Magpie Mae– and have been making themselves at home in living rooms, bars, theaters, and festivals across the country.

Even at their start in 2011, The Rough & Tumble are collectors.  Trinkets, instruments, stories shoved in cupholders, and scraps of paper sticking out of old books they never planned to read, the duo couldn’t resist filling their pockets with tiny things that may be useful down the road.  Until they hit the road. Limited in space, The Rough & Tumble are a new kind of collector: songwriting with illustration, and arranging each song with a menagerie of instruments, ranging from acoustic guitars to mailbox snares to a banjulele.  “Their Americana music is restorative, their performance highly entertaining, their orchestra of unusual instruments intriguing, and… jokes and stories are worthy of an HBO special.” (Linda Bolton, Cozy Cabin House Concerts).

The stray folkies are as industrious as they are scrappy, releasing five EPs and two albums in their 8 years.  The Rough & Tumble’s 2018 release We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know, brought the listener to the road and the road to their home, an album “as cozy, comfortable and inviting as a well-worn couch.” (Bill Kopp, Mountain Xpress).  This is in addition to their weekly livecast, a monthly blog, a Cook & Color Book, a food blog, 2018 SERFA Official Showcase Artist, and playing upwards of 150 shows a year.

 

 

Friday, May 8, 2020, 7:00pm, Berkley Hart, Folk singer-songwriter duo, $20.00

https://www.berkleyhart.com/

 

Storytelling in music is as old as melody. Although today’s pop music tends to focus more on  “beats” than ballads,  musical storytelling is still alive and well in acoustic music. Over the last seven years, Fiddlers Crossing has been bringing some of the best musical storytellers to Tehachapi.

Berkley Hart, returning for theirfourth appearance in the venue May 8, is certainly in the top tier of musical storytellers. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country.

Each song they present is a little slice of contemporary life, like a little movie. It’s storytelling at its best and most succinct, whether told from the point of view of the family dog, or a single father consoling his heartbroken daughter after a disastrous prom date. The ups and downs of life are explored in their six CDs, with the piercing twists of observation in their lyrics accompanied by stunning harmonies and virtuosic guitar playing. Their live show is laced with comedy and their obvious camaraderie.

Hailing from San Diego, both Berkley and Hart emerged from the Southern California coffeehouse circuit, each building sizeable followings of their own before joining forces. As a duo for more than twelve years now, they have become fixtures on the folk circuit, making appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as playing some of folk’s most prestigious venues.

To see a slice of the world through the eyes of these masterful storytellers, visit fiddlerscrossing.com or berkleyhart.com, and then join them live at Fiddlers Crossing on May 8.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 7:00pm, Roy Zimmerman, political satirist, $25.00

http://www.royzimmerman.com/

 

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, Fiddlers Crossing will present popular satirist Roy Zimmerman in his fifith appearance in Tehachapi. Zimmerman played to sold-out crowds at Mama Hillybeans several years ago, and a couple of times at Fiddlers Crossing.

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.”

 

 

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 7:00pm, The Quitters, “High Octane Americana” $20.00

https://www.quittersduo.com/

As the late George Harrison once said in one of his best-known songs, “All Things Must Pass”. As great as they were, The Beatles went their separate ways in 1970. Each went on to have solo careers and play with other musicians. Artists need change once in a while to expand their horizons. So it is with Glenn Houston and Stevie Coyle, known collectively as The Quitters. The “High Octane Americana” duo will be returning to  Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday July 25 at 7pm.

Both men were founding members of The Waybacks, a very popular San Francisco-based Americana band formed back in 1998 that was, and still is, extremely popular on the festival circuit and at premier venues around the country. Stevie Coyle played rhythm guitar and sang with the band until 2007. Glenn Houston was the lead guitarist through 1999. In 2001 he joined Travis Jones, Chris Kee, Peter Tucker and Henry Salvia to create Houston Jones, like the Waybacks, a very popular West coast Americana band. The band twice played Mama Hillybean’s, here in Tehachapi, between 2007 and 2009.  Houston and Travis Jones played Fiddlers Crossing as a duo in 2015.

Glenn Houston has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and has also won a Bay Area Music Award as a founding member of Hearts on Fire. He has shared the stage with the likes of Emmy-Lou Harris, Merle Haggard, The David Grisman Quintet, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, to name a few. Originally from New Jersey, his influences range from Albert King and Michael Bloomfield to Doc Watson and James Burton. These influences show in his well- balanced mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar. His classical music background includes choral vocal performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Boston Symphony. In recent years, he has performed and recorded with Grammy winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and blues legends Mark Naftalin and Nick Gravenites in tribute to blues great Michael Bloomfield.

Stevie Coyle grew up in Southern California with music all around him. His father owned a Spanish-language radio station and brought home all the records that didn’t fit the format to his son. At a tender age he was listening to The Ventures’ “Guitar Freakout”, “The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett”, even “Alvin and the Chipmunks Play the Beatles Hits”. It also didn’t hurt that string-meister David Lindley (lead guitarist for Jackson Browne in the 1970’s) played in a bluegrass band that rehearsed next door and gave Stevie his first lessons or that his grandmother was a pianist in the heyday of vaudeville and that his mother played in mandolin orchestras in the 1920’s. In high school he started fingerpicking his guitar, influenced by the first Hot Tuna album.  In addition to his work with The Waybacks, he has also worked closely over the past 25 years, with musical satirist, Roy Zimmerman, including the Folk tribute parody band, The Foremen and comedy duo, The Reagan Brothers. Coyle spent time in folk duos, The Frontmen and The Back Room boys before co-founding The Waybacks in 1998. He’s also acted in TV shows such as Cheers, The Young and The Restless, not to mention many commercials. In short, Stevie Coyle has been one busy guy over the years. Now, having retired from The Waybacks, he has teamed with his old friend, Glenn Houston to form, appropriately enough, The Quitters.

Like Lennon and McCartney, Harrison and Starr, Glenn Houston and Stevie Coyle each left their respective bands, after many years, to join each other onstage. It’s often said “Every ending is a new beginning”. While the departure of each signaled the end of a musical era, the pairing of Houston and Coyle is the beginning of a new and exciting one for them and, certainly, for audiences everywhere. The Quitters will join us here, at Fiddlers Crossing, on July 25 and it is sure to be an evening to be remembered.

 

 

Friday, August 21, 2020, 7:00pm, JC and Laney, Acoustic Folk-Rock singer-songwriter duo, $20.00

https://www.jcandlaney.com/

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 return to the stage at Fiddlers Crossing on Friday, August 21.

JC & Laney are high-energy entertainers, with improvised banter, signature harmonies and memorable songs that run the gamut between folk, blues, pop, rock and comedy. Together they write, sing harmony and perform their own compositions, with two voices and one guitar. As fitting Valentine’s Day, some of their songs will tug at your heartstrings.

They have recorded CDs, and two of their songs were on the ballot for the Grammy Awards last year. JC & Laney CDs 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. In fact, if you happen to be in Flagstaff, AZ, in the summer, where they are café performers, just remind them you heard them in Tehachapi at Fiddlers Crossing and they will treat you as their best friends!

 

Friday, September 11, 2020, 7:00pm, Nicole Stromsoe band, Jazz, Blues R & B and more , Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., Tehachapi $25.00

http://www.nicolestromsoe.com/

As the daughter of renowned silversmith, Randy Stromsoe, Nicole grew up in the coastal village of Cambria, California with the sound of hammers accompanying an ever-playing stereo system. Music was revered in her household and she was introduced to a wide spectrum of musical artists and styles in her early years. Some of Stromsoe’s earliest memories include imitating every nuance of singer Ella Fitzgerald on an album of Gershwin songs at age five and playing a collection of Atlantic Soul Classic hits over and over again, studying one of her childhood singing favorites, Barbara Lewis.

She began singing in choirs at the age of eight and, during her high school years, assembled a jazz quartet. With her ever-increasing focus on music, she transferred to the Idyllwild Arts Academy and started seriously studying classical vocal technique, arias and art songs.  While studying in Siena, Italy, Stromsoe became interested in jazz after hearing a quartet perform in a neighborhood alcove.

Returning to California’s Central Coast, she continued her musical education at Cuesta College while starting to perform locally as a jazz vocalist. Eventually, she decided to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. It was there, that she was re-introduced to the folk, Americana and roots music styles she heard as a child, mixing with the hammers of her father’s silversmith work. Stromsoe then began to incorporate these influences into her repertoire, creating an eclectic array of jazz, blues, old r &b, folk and roots music.

Of Nicole Stromsoe, jazz guitarist, Graham Dechter has said, “she effortlessly draws from her musical influences and presents her listeners with a sound and style that is soulful, authentic and uniquely her own”. “Her voice is over the moon with stunning emotion, depth, range and timbre. Nicole gives me goosebumps when she sings”, says Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano and vocologist.

Friday, October 16, 2020, 7:00pm, Kerry Patrick Clark, singer-songwriter $20.00

http://www.kerrypatrickclark.com/

 

Norman Rockwell painted everyday American scenes of small town life with affection, charm and humor. What Rockwell did with paint, Kerry Patrick Clark does with music. The award-winning singer-songwriter gives us musical portraits of everyday life that show us what we as a people have in common. His ability to do this with affection, charm and humor has earned him the title of “The Musical Norman Rockwell.”

A native of Ohio, Clark’s music, which centers around stories of love, faith, family, friends and the dreams we aspire to, should resonate well with Tehachapi. He will return to Fiddlers Crossing on Friday, October 16, 2020,, at 7 p.m.

Clark’s career spans more than three decades, with chart-topping singles in the Country, Americana and folk genres, and seven CDs to his credit. He was a member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels. His songs have been used in film and TV. His song, “Ground Zero,” was included on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN special commemorating the six-month milestone after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Other songs Clark wrote in response to the attack were featured in the PBS special, “Reclaiming Hope,” and recorded on his CD, “Songs to Heal a Nation.”

Clark’s take on themes from humbleness and humility, loving, serving, choosing, healing, and yearning appear like a slice of daily life resonating across the lines that would try to divide us by age, race, gender, and religion. Ultimately his music brings people together under the auspices of all that is good in each of us. What lies behind his music is Clark’s belief that  “as we share our stories of loss, love, hope and fear, we connect on a deeper level.”

Along with his humor and charm, what comes across to the audience most of all is, like in a Norman Rockwell painting, Kerry Patrick Clark’s absolute honesty in his depiction of everyday  life.

For more about Kerry Patrick Clark, go to www.kerrypatrickclark.com.

 

 

Friday, November 13, 2020, 7:00pm, Darol Anger, Fiddler, composer, with Emy Phelps, Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St. Tehachapi, $25.00

http://darolanger.com

Fiddler, composer, producer and educator,  Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent.
Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.
He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.
Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games.
In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks.
He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com. His website is www.darolanger.com