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    MATT MUNOZ: Duo twangin' and slangin'

    By Matt Munoz
    Wednesday, Dec 10 2014 04:00 PM

    No one could have predicted that two polar opposites of the musical spectrum, country and rap, would one day align themselves as a force, or farce, to be reckoned with.

    But according to Dusty "Tex" Dahlgren, half of best-selling country rap duo Moonshine Bandits, who make a return appearance to B Ryder's on Friday night, the concept is as organic as his Central Valley roots.

    "The music and concept, things we talk about, has always been the same," said Dahlgren during a phone interview. "That's what we grew up around, the whole agricultural, blue-collar country lifestyle."

    Dalhgren and his high school buddy/partner in rhyme, Brett "Bird" Brooks, joined forces in 2003 in the ag town of Los Banos. The pair began their journey from the...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Stand-up veteran gets laughs while keeping it clean

    Brian Regan's ability to fill theaters to capacity without dropping a single expletive is an anomaly these days, given what many people consider to be funny. And Regan, 57, wants to assure fans he doesn't plan to stray into blue material...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Behind the lens with Robert Bejil

    After establishing himself with local bands and models as one of the most trusted and creative photographers in town, Robert Bejil is broadening his focus with the release of an indie action western flick, "Retribution of the Wolf,"...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Taft concert is the Nest big thing

    When Truxton Mile came up with the idea of honoring its hometown of Taft with a concert, "we just figured we would ask the city to close the street, buy some kegs, charge a cover and call it a night," said vocalist Ryan Coulter. But it...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Only thing blue about Engvall is his collar

    We knew he was funny, but even his most devoted fans had to be surprised that Bill Engvall managed to Paso Doble his way to the finals of "Dancing with the Stars" in November. After that achievement, a stint as a television game show host...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Gael-force entertainment

    Whether you hail from the Emerald Isle, the land of the Scots or merry old England, all Bakersfield clans are poised to unite -- and you won't have to put this union to a vote -- when the Celtic Music Festival returns to the CSUB outdoor...

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    MATT MUNOZ: David J. as good as goth gets

    British goth rock pioneer David J. Haskins makes a rare visit to Bakersfield on Friday night, much to the delight of the children of the night. But don't expect a traveling cavalcade of caskets, crucifixes and hooded figures from the...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Thomas' Starship enterprise lands in Bakersfield

    No fooling around: Legions of young music fans are falling in love with Mickey Thomas, even if they don't know it. Decades after he burned up the charts with the Elvin Bishop-penned "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," the classic rocker is...

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    MATT MUNOZ: My sisters Bowled over by Beatles

    The story of my sisters' trip to see the Beatles live at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 23, 1964, has become the stuff of legend in my family. I've probably wrecked their memory banks to the point of frustration on more occasions than they...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Texas singer has a little Bakersfield spunk

    There’s no shaking Aaron Watson’s commitment to keeping the independent spirit of Texas alive in his music. From his respect and admiration for the music of Waylon Jennings to his solidarity with the current wave of fellow Texans storming...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Reggae rockers keeping roots deep

    Elements Venue will play host to a Friday triple bill sure to please both current California reggae rock enthusiasts and those who prefer more roots with their riddim. Headlined by rising San Diego quintet Through The Roots, the show also...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Rocker is wearing two hats

    Bakersfield musician Art Machuca has big plans to use his knowledge and connections to bring crowds back to the basement at Jerry's Pizza, once home to some of Bakersfield's biggest all-ages shows. Those familiar with Jerry's Pizza...

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    MATT MUNOZ: War riding a new album low and slow

    Southern California funk legends War released their 19th full-length CD, titled "Evolutionary," last month. Released as a double album, the first disc contains 13 new original tracks while the second is a first-time CD issue of the group's...

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