Longtime customer Heath came in recently to buy the new Tool CD. So funny to see him staring at the Ace Frehley concert poster with a mixed-up look on his face. Finally he pointed and said, "You know. I must have it wrong. I thought F-R-E-H-L-E-Y is how Ace Frehley of KISS spells his name. W…

Southern California-based singer-songwriter Chelsea Williams is one heck of a talent. With an impossibly clear voice and lovely, poignant songs, she’s the archetype of the gifted artist hovering on the fringes of greater attention, perennially expressing herself while the world makes up its mind.

Doyle Dykes is a monument to the country guitar and fingerpicking, in the lineage of his mentor Chet Atkins. Known as the "white wolf" in Nashville, he has played with everyone, and his virtuosity is matched only by his sense of well-articulated melody and unstoppable chord voicing. You coul…

Ever wondered what it would be like to be in a band with your daughter (assuming she wasn’t in the raging teenage stage)? With your mother (assuming she was not in the corrective interview stage)? Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche have done more than wonder, they’ve played t…

Lzzy Hale was wondering if she had lost the magic. She was several months into songwriting for what eventually became the album “Vicious” by her band Halestorm and a moment of truth had arrived.

It might be impossible, but try with all your might to imagine being 8 years old, living in tiny Byrdstown, Tenn. You've been in love with bluegrass and playing the mandolin since you were a toddler. Your absolute idol in the whole wide world is Alison Krauss — the famous, fabulous, graceful…

Newsboys keyboardist/bassist Jeff Frankenstein knew there were pitfalls to the idea of the group reuniting with its original singer, Peter Furler when the idea surfaced in 2017.

If Simon & Garfunkel ever had a child, either collectively, individually or with other people, it would be The Milk Carton Kids, scheduled to play at the Crystal Palace on Oct. 3. Just as country is king in some quarters, then harmony, melody and lyrical excellence sits on the throne for…

Metalheads from Bakersfield and beyond did not hold back in showing their devotion to the ghastly gods of rock when Swedish horror metal act Ghost took the stage at Rabobank (now Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center) on Sept. 13.

At first glance, the 1953 Walt Disney animated movie “Peter Pan” and the 1984 cult classic “Repo Man” don’t appear to have much in common. One is a fantasy about an ageless imp flying through the night skies in turn-of-the-last-century London with three young friends in tow, chased by a pira…

Garth Brooks will play at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on the second stop of his upcoming Dive Bar Tour, the country singer announced Monday night on a streamed video on his Facebook page.

When guitarists/singers Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald started Slightly Stoopid in 1994, they were out front of a second generation of bands that wanted to build on the reggae-rock sound that was starting to take hold thanks to the success of groups like Sublime, 311 and to a lesser extent,…

Honolulu native Jake Shimabukuro has had a ukulele in his hands since he was 4 years old and capable of pressing all four strings down on his own. At the age of 30, his extraordinary instrumental performance of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” took the YouTube world by storm.

Honolulu native Jake Shimabukuro has had a ukulele in his hands since he was 4 years old and capable of pressing all four strings down on his own. At the age of 30, his extraordinary instrumental performance of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” took the YouTube world by storm.

Like something straight out of the 1986 movie “Crossroads,” but with much less demonic Steve Vai — well, possibly — Temblor Brewing Company will be hosting the Kern County 6 String Showcase this Sunday. A statewide blues guitar competition now in its second year being held in Kern County for…