Angelo M. is the real deal. Many performers can sing the blues, but this former steel worker has lived it. When the Pennsylvania steel mill where he had worked for nearly 30 years was bought out and then put into bankruptcy, Angelo not only lost his livelihood but his pension, as well.
Fortunately, he had other talents, which will be on display in concert at Fiddlers Crossing, Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.
Angelo M. (short for Melasecca) is a master fingerstyle and slide guitarist who was able to make the unlikely midlife transition from blue collar steel worker to award winning songwriter.
He caught Nashville's attention with his two successful self-released albums, and his 2012 label debut, "From Steel to Strings," is now gaining worldwide airplay. Some of the tracks are featured in the PBS Television series, RoadTrip Nation, and have garnered several prestigious songwriting honors, including Billboard's World Song contest.
Angelo M. considers himself a folk or roots artist, rather than strictly blues. But one thing is for sure: His is an authentic voice of experience from the American heartland.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 E. "F" St., at Robinson Street, in downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, or reserved or paid for with a credit card by calling 823-9994. Tickets to the concert cost $15, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.