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'Old-School' country singer Amber Cross performs at Fiddlers Crossing on Jan. 25

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Amber Cross will be accompanied by her husband James Moore, performing Jan. 25 at Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East "F'" St., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Info line: 823-9924. Photo courtesy of Fiddlers Crossing

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

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

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

Her debut album, "You Can Come In," released in March 2013, received a 5-star review from "Country Music People Magazine," and was their CD Of The Month in their May 2013 issue.

A video of her original song, "San Joaquin," can be found on her website, Ambercross.com.

A full television interview with Amber Cross that includes the video can be viewed at KCOY.

Cross plays guitar and performs both solo and with backup players. At Fiddlers Crossing, she will be accompanied by her husband, guitarist James Moore, and by Cajun/old-time fiddler Gary Arcemont.

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or with a credit card by calling 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.

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