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San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter Jesse Loren Strickman is known for potent lyrics and powerfully minimal acoustic music. Emotionally charged vocals sail over jaunty chords in songs about love and social change.
Insightful themes recur throughout Strickman’s music. Personal stories of intimacy and heartbreak color a lot of his repertoire. He writes of depression, highlighting darker chapters of his past to offer a bridge to those who are currently struggling. A songwriter since grade school, his music also explores childhood, innocence, morality, romance, poverty, equality, peace, the environment, and the spiritual universe.
2018 marked a new beginning for Strickman as he began performing under his given name as a singer/songwriter. He is currently in the studio for his debut full-length album at Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco, set for release in 2020. | Annually touring the Pacific West Coast as the frontman of Indie Folk bands, Strickman has played everywhere from intimate cafes to outdoor amphitheaters and festivals. He’s opened for national and world acts such as Damien Jurado, Jay Brannan, CAKE, The T Sisters, Aaron Ross (Hella), Night Riots, Lech Wierzynski (California Honeydrops), Sunny and the Black Pack, Jhameel (American Idol), and many more.
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.
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 celebrate Autumn on Friday, October 2, with the return of Flagship Romance from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The couple, Jordyn and Shawn Fisher, call their music, “harmonic alternative folk” but it is much more. They are part of a resurgence in popular music of well-crafted songs and solid, soaring harmonies. They display a passion and intensity in their performance reminiscent of a young Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac.
When she was 3 years old, Jordyn was obsessed with Whitney Houston. She danced and sang to all of her songs and knew every nuance. As she grew up, she emulated Whitney’s voice, along with other divas like Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. “That’s how I taught myself how to sing in my bedroom,” she says, “with a hairbrush for a microphone and a sold-out arena in my head.”
In 8th grade, a friend’s father heard her singing and gave her recording studio time for a gift. “When I walked into the recording studio, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she says. After high school, she immersed herself in music, working in a recording studio, co-writing and singing harmony for other artists. She joined a heavy rock band called Veronica’s Veil and the band released two CD’s. In 2009, her Dad suggested her voice would be better suited to jazz/pop music. She self-released a CD and was invited to play the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. A London-based record label discovered the album and flew her over the Atlantic for a UK radio-tour. She had the opportunity to sing her rendition of Beatles’ “If I Fell,” live. “That was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but they were so gracious and truly enjoyed my version”, she says.
For Shawn, growing up included going with his Dad to see classic rock bands such as Aerosmith, Moody Blues, and Motley Crüe. His Mom liked country artists Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, & Alan Jackson. “This instilled an appreciation for showmanship and storytelling”,he says. As a teenager, he taught himself guitar and songwriting. “I quickly learned how many bad songs you have to write before a good one comes around. To me, writing a great song is 10% muscle & 90% magic”. His parents funded his first six-song record when he was 16. After that studio experience, he was hooked. In 2008, he and his band signed with EMI Music Publishing. It was not a good experience. Their CD was never released. “We felt like we were engaged in a tug of war battle when it came to our artistic integrity”, says Shawn. When they met, both Jordyn and Shawn were disenchanted with the music industry. They’d also both just gotten out of bad relationships. “We were individually at very trying times in our lives”, says Jordyn. A mutual friend invited Shawn to come see Jordyn sing at a gig in Jacksonville, FL. “Jordyn was onstage in a beautiful blue sparkling dress, singing Patsy Cline’s version of ‘Crazy”, says Shawn. “My heart was like The Grinch’s, but when I saw her, it grew 3 sizes”.
They connected on Facebook after Jordyn learned that Shawn had come to see her perform. “I had seen Shawn’s YouTube videos, and knew what an incredible voice he had .We decided to go out to dinner at a nice Thai restaurant. He thought it was a date, but I didn’t realize it was a date until he picked up the whole bill at the end of the meal”, says Jordyn. Shawn says, “It’s the best investment my mom ever made in my career.” They were inseparable from that night on. Shawn started writing some original “jazzy” songs with Jordyn for her solo career. They booked a show at The Florida Theatre, and Shawn played guitar and sang harmonies with her. “After the show, the feedback from the audience was all about our chemistry and harmonies”, says Jordyn. They realized they had something very special together. Flagship Romance’s tour was in 2013 and they have never looked back.
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.
Ryan Biter was raised and currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ at 7000ft.
His music echoes the expansive soul of The Southwest. The sound is equal parts rural americana, spectacled college town hipster, mountain bluegrass, and new age funk beatbox drum circle. It feels like your favorite pair of jeans; utterly unique, yet enjoyably familiar.
Armed with expertly crafted songs, percussive guitar playing, and an affinity for beatboxing and loop pedals, Biter delivers a concert that is commanding yet intimate. Biter has a unique way of making a coffee shop feel like a concert hall and a club feel like an intimate house show.
Ryan Biter can be found sharing his music with audiences all around the US!
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
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
In the month before the Fiddlers Crossing concert, he will be performing in Germany and Canada, as well
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
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.
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
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 www.fiddlerscrossing.com.
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
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.