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Eric Taylor brings a Texas voice to Fiddlers Crossing April 12

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Eric Taylor will perform at Fiddlers Crossing on April 12. Photo courtesy of Deborah Hand-Cutler

This season, Fiddlers Crossing has been introducing Tehachapi to some of the best contemporary singer-songwriters now touring. The next performer in this series of exceptional concerts is Eric Taylor, an icon of the Texas style of songwriters, coming to Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

Taylor has been called "a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar." His songs have been recorded by Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. Griffith calls him "The William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time." Taylor is a Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk" winner, has played National Public Radio's "Mountain Stage," appeared on "Late Night With David Letterman," "Austin City Limits," and NPR's "Morning Edition." He has also been a headliner for the prestigious Newport Folk Festival.

Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and started playing soul music in his early years. After high school and a brief stint in college, he set out for California but ran out of money and ended up in Houston. The Texas music scene in the 1970s proved to be just what he needed to inspire his writing. He learned intricate blues guitar stylings from such legends as Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb, and then developed his own unique picking style, which in turn has been imitated by others.

Taylor tours extensively in the United States and Europe, playing the most notable venues in each location. Fiddlers Crossing is proud that he has chosen to add the Tehachapi venue to his list.

Fiddlers Crossing is located at 206 E. "F" St. at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky's Barbershop, 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 6:30p.m.


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