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    Stuart delivers on big talk with fabulous show

    BY JENNIFER SELF The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 05:09 PM

    On the off chance that some soul wandered in from the lobby oblivious as to what was about to take place on the Fox Theater stage Saturday night, Marty Stuart offered a bold guarantee of what he and his band were about to deliver:

    A "high-octane-hillbilly-Telecaster- Bakersfield-inspired show." Big talk, yes, but not nearly big enough, as it turned out. This was a concert by four musical virtuosos who imbued the performance with as much feeling -- for Bakersfield and its rightful place in the annals of country music -- as they did talent, and these guys are the best in the game.

    "I'm happy to be playing country music in Bakersfield on a Saturday night," said Stuart, who ran down a list of his Bakersfield bonafides: he was there when...

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    Museum open for altar-ations

    Death gets a bad rap this time of year: zombies want to eat your flesh, vampires want to bite your neck and ghosts want to scare the daylights out of you. But Dia de los Muertos -- which falls a couple of days after that other...

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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...

  4. Classic, not classic rock, guitar

    Although many music lovers may think the guitar achieved its greatest importance in the 1960s, the true golden age of the instrument was some 200 years ago. "The guitar was extremely popular in the early 1800s," said guitarist and scholar...

  5. Duo aims to make old gems shine like new

    "Rediscovered gems" is the way cellist Dieter Wulfhorst describes the pieces he and violinist Susan Doering will perform Sunday at First Congregational Church. "The program centers around the year 1800 because all but one composition were...

  6. Voice students open up Thursday

    As with all performing musicians, a singer has got to start somewhere. For those who devote their college education to music, it often starts with a student recital, such as the one offered by Cal State Bakersfield Thursday evening. The...

  7. CSUB athletics: Country artist Corbin to benefit scholarship fund

    Country music artist Easton Corbin will perform a concert at Bakersfield's Fox Theater on Dec. 11 that will benefit Cal State Bakersfield's athletic scholarship fund. Tickets go on sale Friday through Prices range from $25...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Turner brings sin and salvation

    No one in country music today better exemplifies the genre's eternal party-and-piety contradictions than Josh Turner. The singer introduced himself to the world in 2003 with the meditative "Long Black Train," whose theme of redemption was...


    A trip through history for a song

    The first concert of the season for Bakersfield College's student singers will be as much an educational experience as a musical one. You could call Friday's concert a "musical history tour." Directed by Jennifer Garrett, the BC choral...


    Ticket roundup: Travis Tritt and Easton Corbin just announced

    Fox Theater 2001 H St. or 322-5200. Prices listed are for the Box Office window only. Today: Comedian Bill Engvall, 7:30 p.m. $49-$69. Saturday: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, 7:30 p.m. $41-$106. Nov. 2: Josh...

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    Taking Bakersfield to Marin County

    "Bakersfield and Beyond," the Marin County-based radio program/podcast that celebrates the alt-country, hillbilly, country, folk and Americana music of the past and present, will feature The Californian's Robert Price this Thursday....

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    For the love of Buck: Guitarist returns to Palace

    When Dwight Yoakam embarked on what appeared to be a one-man mission to revive the Bakersfield Sound in the '90s, few people knew the task actually took two men. By his side was guitarist and producer Pete Anderson, who loved Buck Owens...

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    Bakersfield shop to host Trainor -- no treble at all

    Meghan Trainor, who owns the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with "All About That Bass," the diabolically catchy hit you can't dislodge from your head with a sledgehammer, is, as the song goes, bringing booty back -- in this case to...

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