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



To folk, rock and blues musicians, Freebo is an icon. During a 30-year career, he provided the solid bass foundation for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young and many other top names in blues and pop music As an in-demand bassest on stage and studio, he appeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with Spinal Tap. Over the last two decades, Freebo has also been reinventing himself as a compelling singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is now out front, giving inspiring and intimate concerts of songs that speak to the spiritual nature and yearnings of humanity.
Freebo will be making his third appearance at Fiddlers Crossing on Friday, October 24, at 7 pm, and will give a workshop the next day for guitar players and songwriters. Freebo leads a regular song-writing workshop in Bakersfield. He and his wife, Laurie, now make their home in California Hot Springs, in the foothills of the Southern Sierras.
Freebo says of his metamorphosis, “I never had any aspirations to be a songwriter,” but as I played with more and more people, I realized I had a lot of musical ideas, and as a bass player, I really couldn’t get them into the music. I finally realized that if I wanted to get these ideas out, the song was the place to do that.”
This yearning for more creative expression drove Freebo to begin a process of “deep inner discovery” and make the conscious decision to tackle the challenges of songwriting in middle age, at the height of his career. Now, more than 20 years later, he says that this creative process has taken him to “a much higher level as a human being.”
Perhaps it’s because he came to songwriting later in life that most of Freebo’s lyrics have a deep spiritual resonance. He sings about such things as the “inner angel” that guides him, about the end of a life well lived deserving “a standing ovation.” Audiences as Fiddlers Crossing have already given Freebo standing ovations.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30p.m.
The workshop will run from 10 am to 1 p.m. and cost $35. Freebo calls it, “Singer/songwriter 202 – right hand and left hand guitar techniques and shortcuts.” The workshop is aimed particularly at singers who accompany themselves on guitar, as well as songwriters and guitarists in general.

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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Gary Stockdale has an impressive resume:

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

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

And then there’s his infectious grin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then there’s that grin….

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

Fiddlers Crossing
206 E. F St.


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

This show is sold out.

Fiddlers Crossing is celebrating its ninth anniversary this month. The downtown venue opened on April 17, 2010 to present acoustic music styles, from folk and bluegrass to Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriters, acoustic blues and Americana. Along the way, the venue has ventured beyond the boundaries of traditional “folk club” fare, presenting performers who have blurred the lines between folk, jazz, blues, rock and more. The boundaries will stretch outward once again on Saturday, April 20, as singer Nicole Stromsoe , accompanied by Dorian Michael, guitar and Ken Hustad, upright bass, comes to Tehachapi to present her eclectic brand of jazz, old soul, folk and blues.

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.

Fiddlers Crossing will begin its tenth year with a concert that definitely breaks new musical ground for the venue with the appearance of Nicole Stromsoe on April 20. It promises to be a very special evening, indeed!



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

—   Graham Dechter, Jazz Guitarist


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

—   Jacalyn Kreitzer, Vocologist & Mezzo-Soprano


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Fiddlers Crossing has presented a wide range of acoustically-based music in its nine years in downtown Tehachapi. From traditional folk styles to contemporary acoustic pop, Americana, country, acoustic blues, Celtic, bluegrass and, recently, jazz, soul and r & b with singer, Nicole Stromsoe, the venue has covered a lot of musical ground. One genre that has been well represented over the years is that of the contemporary “singer-songwriter”. There are many out there these days, each with their own particular point of view, style, and approach to the art of song. On Saturday, May 11, the  venue will present one of the very best of the current crop of singer-songwriters, Dan Navarro.

Based in Los Angeles, Navarro began playing guitar and writing songs when he attended UCLA, starting in in 1969. After college he sought a career in the music business, achieving his first success when outlaw country singer Rusty Wier recorded his song “I think it’s Time (I learned How to Let Her Go)” in 1976. The following year, he landed a job as a singing waiter at a West Hollywood restaurant, leaving for a time to tour with Severin Browne. When he returned, he found that he had been replaced at the restaurant by fellow singer-songwriter, Eric Lowen. The two, eventually, became good friends and began writing and performing together.

After several years of performing locally without getting a record deal, Lowen and Navarro first gained recognition when Pat Benatar recorded their song, “We Belong” in 1984. The song was issued as a single and peaked at number five in the Billboard top one-hundred in January of 1985. After that, the duo had a string of songs in films, including “Police Academy 4”, “Casual Sex”, “Roxanne” and more. Lowen and Navarro were brought in as writers for the Bangles’ album, “Everything” in 1988, and co-wrote “Something to Believe in” along with David White and Michael Steele and “I’ll set you Free with White and Susanna Hoffs. Another song, “Everything I Wanted” eventually turned up on “The Bangles Greatest Hits” and went platinum in 1990. They also wrote for Dave Edmunds, Dionne Warwick. The Temptations and many more.

By the late 1980’s Lowen and Navarro were performing regularly around LA and were considered part of the “Nu-Folk” movement of the time. They ended up releasing twelve albums between 1990 and 2008. Tragically, Eric Lowen was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2004. The duo was able to continue to record and perform until 2009 when Lowen’s condition forced him to retire. He passed in 2012.

In addition to songwriting and performing, in 1988, Navarro began singing Spanish advertising jingles, which led to vocals in film and television, voice-overs for commercials and, later, character work in animated features and series. His singing and voice credits include Roxanne, The Emperor’s New Groove, Happy Feet, The Lorax, The Book of Life, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Coco, Family Guy and American Dad. His songs have appeared in Deadpool 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Blue Valentine, One Tree Hill and The Office.

Dan Navarro has continued to record and tour solo in recent years. He released a solo album, “Shed My Skin”, in 2018, which reached Top ten at the NACC Folk chart in August of 2018. He also serves as National Recording Artists / Singers VP for SAG-AFTRA, and has served on the boards of Folk Alliance International, The Recording Academy’s LA Chapter, Levitt Pavilions LA and Pasadena, and as an Advisory Trustee to the ALS Association’s Golden West Chapter.

He thinks sleep is for babies and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars. “I love my job. It’s crazy but I love it”, says Navarro.





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


Online tickets sold out!


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, Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. This will be Gorka’s second appearance at the downtown venue, the first being back in 2014.

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 released fourteen albums and has appeared on CNN, Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, FolkScene, and other TV and radio programs.




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


The second of three free Summer “Concerts in the Park” will feature Bluegrass-Fusion band, Phil Salazar and The Kinfolk. The Ventura-based group will take the stage at Philip Marx Central Park in downtown Tehachapi on Sunday, July 14 at 2pm. Bring your picnic lunches and lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of high-energy acoustic Americana.

This concert, as well as one more featuring The Novelists scheduled for August 11 are being presented by Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District (TVRPD) in association with Fiddlers Crossing and MusicMX Entertainment. The concert series is sponsored by Lehigh Cement and Grimmway Farms.

Formerly known as The Phil Salazar Band, The Kinfolk have been playing together since 1983. While their style is mainly Bluegrass, the five-piece band draws from a wealth of other genres, including folk, traditional Americana, Celtic, Jazz, Country and Cowboy. With Salazar in charge, the show is guaranteed to be full of humor, good times and great music.

Phil Salazar is a popular teacher in Ventura, CA. A fiddle champ, he is a teacher of many others who became fiddle champs. Phil has recorded on his own and with his Bands, included the Acousticats, and with such stars as Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Loggins, Kate Wolf, Gilles Apap, and many more. Bob Weir said of  Salazar that “he never met a tune he couldn’t instantly enhance.”
The Kinfolk include other “A” list musicians. On mandolin and guitar is former Acousticats member Tom Corbett Corbett has also toured with John McEuen and many others.Bassist Rick Borella, also a former Acousticat, has been playing around the Santa Barbara area for 40 years. Of Banjo player Bill Knopf, it is said that “he has played with almost everybody and has taught the rest.” Bill Flores rounds out the band, on dobro, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar and more. He has played with a wide variety of musicians, including Wanda Jackson, Lowell Fulsom, Big Joe Turner, Rosie Flores and many more.

Phil Salazar and The Kinfolk are “not your father’s” Bluegrass band. They bend and stretch the genre to create a new, free-spirited, often wild, style of their own. Mark your calendars for July 14 at 2pm in Philip Marx Central Park and prepare for a rollicking afternoon of “Bluegrass, Swing and Mayhem”!




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

Summer is the time for fun and travel, and the Kick-Stomp Ensemble should bring plenty of both when they bring their wild mixture of edgy folk, punk and world music to Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, July 27.  The travel, of course, will be a musical journey throughout the world — spanning many cultures, traditions and languages. This eclectic quartet will even take us to a cantina in a galaxy far, far away, playing a popular tune on the banjo. Be prepared, however, for a world slightly twisted and perhaps even upside down!

The band was formed in 2013, when a Ukrainian and two Filipino brothers joined forces in San Diego with a punk rock drummer. Under the name, Quel Bordel, and with a slightly different configuration, these young musicians have toured Europe and the United States multiple times, and played numerous festivals.

As Kick-Stomp Ensemble, the group consists of Jake Skolnick, guitar and vocals, Aaron de la Rosa, banjo, guitar and vocals, Allen de la Rosa, bass guitar and Nick Sitar, drums.

The Kick-Stomp Ensemble is ready to rev up a little mid-summer madness at Fiddlers Crossing.

Tickets may be purchased at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online at For reservations, 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 6:30 p.m. sharp.



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

Fiddlers Crossing has presented a wide range of acoustically-based music styles since its opening in 2010. From traditional folk to contemporary Americana, bluegrass, acoustic blues, old-time American dance music, singer-songwriters to jazz and even world-punk, with the recent appearance of Kick Stomp Ensemble. One of the mainstays of the venue has also been Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and many other areas in Europe and parts of Canada. The music, with its driving rhythms, irresistible melodies and obvious passion, mesmerizes audiences everywhere. In keeping with Fiddlers Crossing’s policy of bringing to Tehachapi the best this musical genre has to offer, the venue will present The Fire, a Santa Cruz-based trio that performs, what they call, “Blazing Scottish music”. The group will perform on Friday, August 23, at 7pm at Mountain Bible Church, located at 630 Maple St. in Tehachapi.

Those who have attended any of the “Winterdance” concerts presented locally every December since 2014, will immediately recognize David Brewer, the high-energy, virtuoso bagpiper , flute, whistle and bodhran player of the group, Molly’s Revenge, featured in that show. He has toured with Scottish super-group Old Blind Dogs and the aforementioned Molly’s Revenge across the U.S, The U.K., Canada, China and Australia. He’s been a special guest of the six-time Grammy award winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency’.

Playing fiddle in The Fire is Rebecca Lomnicky. Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, Rebecca began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music a few years later. She’s won numerous Scottish fiddle competitions over the past 14 years and recorded her first CD, “The Call”, back in 2006, which Dirty Linen Magazine called “technically masterful and wonderfully melodic”. In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in music and socio-cultural anthropology and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Providing the rhythmic backbone on guitar and bouzouki, is Adam Hendey, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed in Ireland, across the U.K. and U.S.. He’s played and studies with members of Lunasa, Flook and Molly’s Revenge. Hendey graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon with majors in music and philosophy and has recently attained a masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying traditional music and specializing in guitar performance.

The Fire has performed their “Blazing Scottish Music” on stages throughout the U.S, the U.K and Ireland. On August 23, they will ignite in Tehachapi.



Friday, September 6, 2019, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring J.C. Hyke, Country singer-songwriter, Free admission, tips for the performer encouraged


   J.C. Hyke is a singer songwriter who now lives in Santa Clarita, CA.   J.C. has a rich, traditional country voice and plays acoustic rhythm guitar.  He has a fantastic repertoire of original music and a highly acclaimed debut album.  J.C. and his band “The Gambling Scarecrows” opened for 2 major country acts, Brad Paisley and Montgomery Gentry, while living in the Seattle area from ’04 – ’09.

     Born in Dallas, Texas, and then moving to Pasadena, CA, he spent most of his childhood taking piano lessons and playing sports. At the age of 20, he learned to play acoustic guitar, and soon after learning his first 3 chords, he wrote his first song.  He has been fine tuning his craft ever since and truly loves country music.

     He moved to Nashville in September 2001, to take his career to the next level as a songwriter and as a recording artist.  J.C. took classes, workshops, and studied with some of music row’s best writers and producers.  His style is new traditional country, in the likes of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney. He has been a member of the Songwriters Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, and ASCAP.  He performed in Nashville at the world famous Blue Bird Café, The Broken Spoke, Legends, The Hall of Fame Lounge, and The Boardwalk Café.

      JC ‘s debut album Fallin‘ was recorded mostly in Nashville with top music row musicians.  He has released the following singles since his debut album:  “The Tip Jar Song” (2012),  which has become a fan favorite in bar rooms around the country. “White Picket Fence” (2013)  was played worldwide on over 300 radio stations.  The new single is “Your Heart’s in Good Hands” (July 2016).  This is JC’s first ballad released as a single and it’s a beautiful romantic, slow dancing song.

        JC has two wonderful adult daughters, Shelby & Kylie.  He is now married to his wife Marissa and they have a handsome little son Jaxon (age 3 ),  and a beautiful daughter Lyla (age 1).

        He continues writing and pitching his songs to music row, and TV/Film.   JC  performs live around Southern California, and is making new loyal fans whenever he plays his original music.

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

The Blues comes in numerous shades, and Fiddlers Crossing has presented many of them over the years. Dana Hubbard occupies one shade all by himself. He will be in concert at Fiddlers Crossing, Saturday, September 14, at 7 p.m. This will be his second appearance at the downtown venue.

Hubbard is a master of the blues guitar. Using a slide on his little finger, he gets more sounds out of one guitar and two hands than seems humanly possible.  Hubbard has won award after award in the blues genre. He has performed with or opened with some of the greats of blues, jazz and folk, including, Sam Bush, David Wilcox, Greg Allman, Etta James, David Lindley and Little Feat.

Hubbard is a native Californian, born and raised on the Central Coast. He attended UC Santa Cruz only long enough to finish an elective course on country blues. Then, he hit the road and never looked back.  He started the way many acoustic musicians start, by busking on the streets, in his case Berkeley and San Francisco. Eventually, he put together his own band, The Delta Twisters, playing blues clubs for more than a decade. He moved on to an electric guitar for a while, playing bigger venues and theaters.

He returned to the acoustic guitar with his second album and is a virtual one-man band on the instrument. Hubbard’s guitar playing has been called “amazing to watch and a joy to listen to.” You hear the bass and the backbeat rhythm along with the melody and chords, and look around in vain for his backup guitar player. He does all this while singing his own songs, often addressing social or environmental issues with a twinkle in his eye and a blues man’s grin.



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

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

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

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

Honorable Mention WOODYFEST Songwriting Contest (Oklahoma, 2012).


Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:00pm, Lisa Sanders and Brown Sugar, soulful country blues, folk, Americana duo, $20.00

Summer is ending and Fall is in the air, as the expression goes. While Summer is always full of fun and excitement, the Autumn season seems to encourage a bit more personal reflection and soul-searching as the year winds down. Accordingly, Fiddlers Crossing’s concert schedule for the end of September and October will reflect the mood of the season with a series of singer-songwriters, each having their own unique approach. The first concert, on Friday, September 27, features   Lisa Sanders and Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes, with their blend of soulful country-blues, folk, gospel and Americana.

Sanders spent some of her childhood in Philadelphia before the family moved to California. She has appeared in Tehachapi once before, in a special BeeKay concert, “ Night of The Lisas”, produced Gary Mazzola in 2009.

She knew she wanted to be a songwriter at the age of 14, though it wouldn’t become a reality for ten more years.

“I thought I might like to be a dental assistant,” she says, laughing. “I hated it!”

She tried a number of other jobs — fast food, grocery store, windshield repair, bartender, door-to-door sales, landscaping, and woodworking – but finally decided to pursue her dream of songwriting. She began to write and perform in the San Diego area, where she now lives.
“I started listening to music from a very early age”, says Sanders. “We had Motown records and always had music on. Music has always been something that stops me, wherever I am.”

Still, for Sanders, the urge to perform her songs for an audience was slow in coming.

“I loved to write but I didn’t think I was a good singer, and I was extremely shy. But I found that when I opened my mouth to sing, people felt what I was singing about.  It was about what I was saying and how I was saying it.  I took that lesson from Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. They aren’t exceptional singers, but they have voices that people listen to.”
She started performing at Java Joe’s in San Diego, where singer-songwriters Jewel, Jason Mraz and Steve Poltz all started. Her first CD, “Isn’t Life Fine” was released in 1997, with seven more in the years since.  A new one, “Daughters of the Rising Tide” is expected in 2020.
Sanders first met Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes back in high school. Later in life they met again when their children were in the same class in school. They became best friends. Neither one of them realized then that one day they would be a “couple of moms writing together and performing all across the country.” They have since become a musical powerhouse, opening for Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, BB King, Al Green and many others.
Lisa Sanders and “Brown Sugar” are a compelling duo on stage. The songs are honest, direct and aimed straight for the heart.  Sanders’s textured vocals are full of life experience. Hayes’s well-chosen and soulful harmonies add further depth and intensity. Her on-stage relationship with Sanders adds humor and some spice to the show. As one reviewer put it, Hayes “has large, mischievous eyes that suggest she knows something she’s not telling.”

On performing together Sanders says, “She is my muse. Having Karen sing with me is like heaven.”


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

Last July, Fiddlers Crossing was visited by its first performers from “down under”. Singer songwriter Jackie Bristow from Gore, New Zealand accompanied by guitarist, Mark Punch from Sydney, Australia played to a packed house at the downtown music venue. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the duo was immediately booked for a return performance on Friday, October 4 of this year.

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

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

Performing was fun, but Bristow could no longer ignore the desire to write and perform her own material, which had been growing steadily since leaving Invercargill in 1994. She went to Sydney, Australia, where she gradually wrote, recorded and performed her original songs, playing late-night bar gigs to empty rooms, saving pennies and working as a nanny to make ends meet. It was in Sydney that she met her, now longtime, friend, guitarist-producer Mark Punch, who provided her with great perspective and the musical career guidance she had been missing up until then.

Bristow has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes, including Bonnie Raitt, The Steve Miller Band, Foreigner, John Oates, Joe Ely, Madeleine Peyroux, Tommy Emanuel and more.

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

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



Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Kevin Burke, Irish master fiddler, $30.00 Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., Tehachapi

Fiddlers Crossing is proud to present Irish master fiddler Kevin Burke on Friday, November 8, in Mountain Bible church.

When the concert’s engineer, Peter Cutler, asked Burke’s agent what kind of back-up musicians would be playing with him, he was told:

“When you’re Kevin Burke, you don’t need any back-up!”

The concert will be comprised of one man with a fiddle, alone on the stage, completely filling the air with some of the best Irish fiddle playing you’re likely to hear in your lifetime.  Kevin Burke’s sparkling, highly ornamented and lyrical Sligo-style of Irish fiddle has earned him a reputation as one of the finest, most influential players in traditional music today.

Burke grew up in London and studied classical violin from the age of eight, He spent much of his youth in the local Irish pubs with his parents, listening to rural musicians play traditional music. His violin teacher encouraged him to explore all genres of music. On frequent visits to relatives in Ireland, he immersed himself in the Sligo fiddling style. By the age of 13, he was playing in local Irish groups. He eventually played in a duo with Christie Moore of Planxty, and in 1976, joined the internationally renowned Bothy Band.

A chance meeting with Arlo Guthrie in a County Clare pub led him to come to America and play on Guthrie’s album, “Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys.”

Throughout the 1980s, he toured and recorded with guitarist Micheal O’Domhnaill and the influential band Patrick Street, as well as his own critically acclaimed group Open House. Kevin is now a highly sought-after session and touring musician, and is a member of Tim O’Brien’s Crossings ensemble.

Thirty years ago, Burke visited Portland, OR, on the advice of Hoyt Axton. He has lived there ever since. In 2002, he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor given in the United States for folk and traditional arts.

To student fiddlers, Burke is also known for his outstanding Instructional book/cd/dvds on the Homespun label.  While acknowledging that his playing is based on the Sligo style of playing, combined with the driving rhythm of Donegal fiddling and the lyricism of County Clare, he also says he has been influenced by many musical genres outside of Irish traditional music. But his style is all his own. For example, at the concert, listen to the strong backbeat he gives with an upbow, instead of the usual downbow, to every third eighth-note in many of his reels, or how he emphasizes the strong beat by digging in on adjacent open strings.

Clearly, Keven Burke doesn’t need any other instrument to back him up!

Sunday, August 11, 2019,2:00pm, “Concerts in the Park”, featuring The Novelists, Indie Folk-Pop, FREE concert at Philip Marx Central Park, Tehachapi,presented by TVRPD in association with Fiddlers Crossing, Lehigh Cement and MusicMX Entertainment


The third and final show in this Summer’s “Concerts in the Park” series will feature Indie folk-pop-rock band, The Novelists. The Reno, Nevada-based group will take the stage at Philip Marx Central Park in downtown Tehachapi on Sunday, August 11 at 2pm.

The concert is being presented by Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District (TVRPD) in association with Fiddlers Crossing and MusicMX Entertainment and is sponsored by Lehigh Cement and Grimmway Farms.

The Novelists are aptly named. “A lot of what we do tends to be story songs or soundtrack songs, where it’s either a story itself or it’s setting the mood for a scene of some sort,” keyboardist Eric Andersen says. “It tends to be a theme that sort of naturally comes up.”

Strong vocals with thick harmonies combined with masterful arrangements and musicianship are other standout qualities of the band. These are immediately evident in their original material as well as their highly original takes on some familiar songs by iconic artists including Toto, Tears For Fears, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, Genesis and more.

The quartet consists of Joel Ackerson (acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, and vocals), Eric Andersen (keyboards and vocals), Dave Strawn (bass and vocals) and Greg Lewis (drums and vocals). The members have been playing together in one combination or another going back a decade, having grown up in the busy Reno music scene. They have released two albums and an EP since 2012.

The Novelists songs and performances are marked by intensity and emotional honesty.
Daryl Stuermer, of  Genesis, says of The Novelists, “this is a band with lots of heart”.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 11 at 2pm in Philip Marx Central Park!
Bring your picnic lunches and lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of vivid musical storytelling with The Novelists.


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

 Online tickets are sold out!
Please call us at (661)823-9994 for the last few tickets available!

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 February 7, the audience will be treated to a touch of Italy when Beppe Gambetta returns to the stage for his second appearance. 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 humor. He doesn’t rely solely on his high level of technical excellence, but is not afraid to show his innermost feelings in a playful way, always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in musical tradition.

Oh, and he cooks, too.

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

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

The guitar is a versatile musical instrument. It can be used to play many styles of music, from classical to bluegrass, folk, rock jazz, blues, country, and many others. Most of the time, it is heard either as a solo instrument or in a band accompanied by bass, drums, keyboards, strings, horns and more. Often, a band will have two guitarists, one playing rhythm and the other lead.

Then there is the guitar quartet–no bass, drums or keyboards, just four guitars. This configuration is not terribly unusual in the classical music world, but it certainly is in a band playing a wide variety of popular styles. A band like this could be called “revolutionary”. On Friday, February 21, at 7pm, Fiddlers Crossing will present “The String Revolution” at Mountain Bible Church, located at 630 Maple St. in Tehachapi.
The band consists of four Los Angeles-based professional virtuoso guitarists who create distinctive sounds with their instruments, including percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines and more.

Markus Illko is an Austrian-born award-winning classical guitarist who was nominated for the best soundtrack at the “Sport Film Festival Palermo.” He holds a master’s degree in Music from the University of Music and Arts in Graz (Austria) and received the Price of Honor from the University of Music and Arts-Graz. He has also become known for his unusual yet strongly thematic film scores.
Music audiences around the world have seen Janet Robinʼs   incredible guitar work as a former touring member of several bands, including Lindsey Buckingham , Meredith Brooks, Air Supply, Precious Metal and more. She is a student of the legendary Randy Rhoads and has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. In 2017, USA Guitar Player Magazine named her one of the “Top 50 Acoustic Guitar Players.” Guitar World Magazine has called her one of the “10 best female guitar players.”
Daniel Schwarz was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an acclaimed musician with skills on electric, acoustic and slide guitars, as well as dobro, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. He’s also a successful songwriter and producer and a former staff writer for Warner/Chappell Music. Daniel’s credits include contributions as a session player, producer, and creative content manager on many music projects in various styles. In addition, he has extensive experience as Head of Music and producer for two major radio networks in Europe.

The fourth member, Art Zavala, Jr., is a native of the Los Angeles area indie music scene. With his captivating and melodic guitar style he has performed with and/or produced many renowned LA area indie bands such as The Little Magic Band, Vista Point, Smiling Beth, Gabriel J. Villa, Jean Marie, and many more. He is also known for his passion for writing, recording and producing other artists out of his own home studio, which doubles as a venue. Called The Up & Up, it specializes in hosting up and coming bands.
The String Revolution released their first EP, “Stringborn,” in 2016, which won them rave reviews and jam-packed shows. Their most recent CD, “Red Drops,” was released in 2019. The band’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts, and their songs on Spotify have garnered more than two million plays. They have sold out several popular Los Angeles clubs, and have been featured at many music festivals while continuing to tour nationally and soon, internationally. In 2019, the band was invited to perform at the Grammy Museum in the prestigious American Express concert series.

On February 21, Tehachapi will “join the revolution”…the String Revolution, that is!

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

New Fiddlers Crossing policy, as of now:
Please wash your hands thoroughly (20 seconds or more) before arriving at the venue or the moment you do arrive. Please use common sense. Do not show up if you are not feeling well.
We want to keep Tehachapi healthy! Thank you for your cooperation!

“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

This concert will be presented as planned, though some future ones have been canceled and more may be.
If you will be at this show, please  wash your hands thoroughly (20 seconds or more) before arriving at the venue or the moment you do arrive. Please use common sense. Do not show up if you are not feeling well.
We want to keep Tehachapi healthy! Thank you for your cooperation

In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about “roots” music. Is it folk music? Is it country, blues, rock? The answer is YES. It’s all of these, and more. “Roots” is simply music that draws from traditional American musical styles, usually mixing these styles to create a hybrid musical form. On Friday, March 13, singer -songwriter, Grant Maloy Smith will bring his particular mixture of American roots, country, bluegrass and folk to Fiddlers Crossing.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Smith spent a good portion of his younger days in Rhode Island. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, but opted, eventually, to focus on music. He headed a rock band called Britannia that opened for the likes of Elvin Bishop, Steppenwolf and The Guess Who. Beginning in 2008, he wrote and self-produced several albums of pop-rock music for his own label, Small Dog Records. He was already beginning to mix folk and Americana into his sound. In another album, he experimented with reggae structures. By 2012, Smith had fully transitioned to American roots music and has continued with it ever since.
The last few years have been busy ones for Grant Maloy Smith. In 2014, he sang on several tracks of a roots-gospel album, including one of his own songs, “Where Main Street Ends”. The following year, he was asked to narrate a piece on a spoken word album called, “Arise Above the Abuse-Artists Speak Out For Women”. He also contributed a song about the kidnapping of women and girls in Africa called, “She Would Not Bow Her Head”.
He released his album, “Dust Bowl-American Stories,” in 2017. The next year he was invited to perform it at the Kern County Museum as well as Bakersfield High School. The album spent 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, including 11 weeks in the Top 10 of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart. No Depression magazine, the bible of American roots music, wrote about Smith: “He has written a heartland masterpiece…lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie.”
Smith has toured the U.S, Europe and Mexico, even performing at Carnegie Hall. He’s appeared on Song of the Mountains for PBS, and Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, which is carried by more than 500 stations nationwide as well as broadcast on PBS.
As if, all of this were not enough, Smith authored a children’s book called “Fly Possum Fly” in 2018, which won a Gold Mom’s Choice Award. He has also contributed songs to a number of films and written and performed songs as well as acted in a number of feature films over the years. His most recent, “Oildale”, was filmed in Bakersfield. He was named “Best Americana Artist” and “Best Folk Artist” by The Indie Music Channel, and was awarded Grammy’s for his album production work.
Grant Maloy Smith is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the world of entertainment. Still, with all the success that has come to him over the years, he has remained true to his “roots”, as a musician, singer, songwriter, veterans advocate, and most important, as a human being.



Friday, February 12, 2021, 7:00pm, Jann Klose, singer-songwriter, $20.00

  Fiddlers Crossing will welcome back singer-songwriter Jann Klose on Friday, February 12 at 7pm. This will be his third time in the downtown venue.

   Klose is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who epitomizes the “Crossing” part of Fiddlers Crossing. Klose is truly an international musician, having lived in Germany, Kenya and South Africa and the United States. His music is a genre becoming known as “Chamber Pop,” a form of pop-rock performed in an intimate style more like folk music. His lush, beautiful voice is well-suited to bringing out the deep emotions of his lyrics.  

     Klose first came to the United States as an exchange student in Ohio. He now lives in New York City, but tours throughout the US and Canada. In the month before the Fiddlers Crossing concert, he will be performing in Germany and Canada, as well as Pennsylvania and Ohio. He last played Fiddlers Crossing in 2011.

    As a singer and songwriter, his music reflects his international background in his lyrics and melodies, as well as his rhythms and guitar work. The Washington Post writes of him, “Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.”

   Klose gives 75-100 concerts a year, both as a solo artist and with a band. He has performed with or opened for such artists as Suzanne Vega, Vonda Shepard, Rosanne Cash, and even Les Paul.

     Klose has also performed on the stage, as well as in film and soundtracks. His stage credits include “Jekyll & Hyde” on Broadway, and in the touring companies of The Who’s “Tommy” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

    He appeared as a singer and guitar player in the Jeff Buckley biopic, “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” that made the rounds of film festivals overseas. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012 to rave reviews. His songs can be heard on “Dead Broke,” a Warner Bros. film featuring Paul Sorvino.

 Klose also has a “world citizen” outlook in helping others. He was involved in cleanup efforts on Staten Island after hurricane Sandy decimated that region of New York City. He has donated his time and talents to a CD produced by the Healthy Food for Thought organization, designed to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating. “Good Enough to Eat” was nominated for a Grammy in the “spoken word” category in 2010. The CD was produced as a benefit for the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
    His most recent album, “Mosaic” entered the Roots Rock charts at #22 and won three 2014 Independent Music Awards. The single “Make it Better” is featured on the Billboard 10 charting compilation album “Action Moves People United” The record also made the first round of the 2014 Grammys in the category of Pop Vocal Album of the Year.

   Jann Klose is a dynamic performer with well crafted songs and a magnetic stage presence. He is, truly, one of a kind.

Sunday, March 21, 2021, 3pm, Dave Stamey, Cowboy entertainer, Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., Tehachapi, $25.00

    Cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey has made several trips to Tehachapi. He played to a sold-out crowd in Fiddlers Crossing in 2013 and The Beekay Theatre in 2015 and 2017, and with ticket sales again brisk this year, he will play another concert, this tim at Mountain Bible Church, located at 630 Maple St., Tehachapi ,on Sunday, March 21 at 300pm.

    Stamey is one of the most popular singer-songwriters on the cowboy circuit today. Before becoming a full-time musician, he has been a cowboy, a mule packer, and a dude wrangler. As a singer, he has been voted three times the Entertainer of the year and Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association. He has delighted audiences in 20 states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.       Tickets $25 and are available at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture and Lucky’s Barbershop on Green Street, as well as by phone at (661) 823-9994 or online at

Friday, April 16, 2021, 7:00pm, The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio $20.00

Hailing from New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio are three musicians from three very different backgrounds, bringing their skills, quiet charm, and down-to-earth honesty to bear on songs that bring to life the sounds of the streets of New Orleans and the valleys of Appalachia and everywhere in between. Their recordings (2015’s Still She Will Fly and 2017’s Singin’) and live performances feature Heather’s multi-genre songwriting, their instrumental virtuosity, and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. Heather’s twelfth CD, Lines and Spaces, was released on November 15, 2019 and prominently features her Acoustic Trio cohorts and many fan favorites. With a nearly non-stop touring schedule throughout the US, the Acoustic Trio have performed at a variety of venues during their national tours and local appearances, including clubs, folk festivals, theaters, opera houses, performing art centers, schools, libraries, private concerts, and park concert series

Friday, May 14, 2021, 7:00pm, Zoe Mulford, singer-songwriter, $20.00

Zoe Mulford is rapidly becoming best-known as the writer of “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” which was covered by Joan Baez on her 2018 album “Whistle Down the Wind” and was voted 2018 “Song of the Year” by Folk Alliance International.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she first started performing her own songs while living in North Carolina in the 1990’s. Since then, she has released five albums on the cooperative Azalea City Recordings label. She now lives in the North of England and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.