On Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., Little Black Train will be stopping at Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. "F" St., for a rousing performance of bluegrass, Celtic and American roots music.
The popular Central Coast trio of Kenny Blackwell on bluegrass mandolin, John Weed on Irish fiddle, and Stuart Mason on guitar, mandola and banjo, cross traditional songs and tunes from Appalachia and the British Isles with Depression-era gospel and blues and their own new songs.
Each of the three members of Little Black Train could give a riveting concert alone. Together, the band is even more than the sum of its highly accomplished parts. Blackwell is one of California's foremost session mandolinists, with TV and movie score credits. He played in fiddler Richard Green's band. He is also no stranger to the Fiddlers Crossing stage, having played here in 2011 with blues guitarist Dorian Michael.
John Weed is a classically trained violinist who has lived in Ireland, immersing himself in the fiddling styles of Counties Clare and Donegal. He, too, has film score credits. He also performs in a Cajun combo, and with the Celtic group Molly's Revenge.
Guitarist Stuart Mason doubles on old-time clawhammer banjo and mandola. A native of West Virginia, Stuart has won awards for traditional singing, mandola and songwriting. Stuart is also a member of Molly's Revenge.
Little Black Train is one of the groups helping to define American roots music for today's audiences. For reviews, videos and more information, check Littleblacktrain.com and www.fiddlerscrossing.org and facebook.
Tickets may be purchased next door to Fiddlers Crossing at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd., Tehachapi Furniture in Old Towne, 20346 W. Valley Blvd., or with a credit card by calling 823-9994 ($1 service charge per ticket is added to credit card purchases). Tickets are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Shows on the horizon at Fiddlers Crossing include Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band (bluegrass) on Dec. 6, and Patrick Ball in "The Christmas Rose" (Irish harp and stories) on Dec. 20.