Calling something a “soundtrack of your life” may be the most overworked phrase in music, but for many of us “Live from Laurel Canyon” may qualify. The show, scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Crystal Palace, courtesy of Rick Kreiser and Guitar Masters, “is a musical journey through the evolution …

Even though bandleader Foster Campbell has been playing guitar most of his adult life, he’s only been performing in front of audiences for around 15 years, 10 of which with his monster band, Foster Campbell and Friends. Last November, Campbell debuted his new band: Foster Campbell and Deep W…

When Gregory Porter spoke to The Bakersfield Californian early last year, he and his family were just getting settled into their new house after moving back to Bakersfield. A year later, he’s finding his groove — or at least one that his hectic schedule will permit. 

The Great 48 Jam is this weekend, so bluegrass fans: grab a guitar, fiddle, banjo or anything else to play and get ready to join in. Or, if you prefer just to listen, grab a friend and enjoy the music. 

Having reflected back on the year that was, 2017 has left me exhausted and with no shortage of uncertainty. Once again, even with all of the dynamic new releases from Velorio, Red Simpson, If It Kills You, The Secret Sauce, The Smokin’ Armadillos, Backup Johnny, Hate Drugs and more, our loca…

Picture this: You've taken a seat around the fireplace, gathering with family and friends, and engage in a heartwarming singalong of holiday classics. Although the reality of that might not be likely — given wood-burning restrictions and tone-deaf loved ones — Ovation Theatre can still grant…

Studio musicians are often known for their lengthy resumes. Even if their names are not familiar, you certainly know the songs they’ve played on. There are literally thousands to choose from — everyone from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, Neil Diamond to Neil Young.

California-born, Nashville-based, singer/songwriter Cam (aka Camaron Ochs) has a voice so strong, so confident, so full, it’s a surprise that any microphones survive it. Let’s see if Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace fares as well with her return there on Nov. 30.

Bakersfield, you know the drill: The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest going-out nights of the year. And unlike the amateur hour that can be New Year's Eve — when everybody thinks they need to party — T-Day Eve is for those who know who to see, what to listen to and where to drink.

Expect innovation, energy and creativity with the Bakersfield debut of Valley Chamber Ensembles on Sunday. The nonprofit San Fernando Valley group of musicians dedicated to exploring connections among the arts will perform as part of the Fred & Beverly Dukes concert series, which is also…

Celebrities and movie studio-heads embroiled in scandal and being put through the ringer of public scrutiny might be dominating the headlines at the moment — and for the guilty, rightly so. But for comedian Carlos Mencia, his own experience through the media gauntlet has brought a newfound s…

John Cooper, frontman in Skillet, usually likes to listen to his band’s albums, something many musicians try to avoid for any number of reasons — such as not liking the sound of their voice, or they hear mistakes or missed opportunities to strengthen the songs.

With practice, a competent guitarist can learn to play a highly polyphonic piece of music by breaking it down into its individual components and slowly putting them together. However, it takes an impossibly gifted player to improvise independent melodies, harmonies and bass lines — all at th…

Bakersfield already knew Merle Haggard was a talent on par with the likes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Now the development team that created a pair of Nashville museums that honor those two stars is set to lionize the Bakersfield great with a permanent Music City museum dedicated exclusiv…

Before you buy one of those horrid Halloween compilation CDs featuring generic re-recorded hits, have you considered looking in your own library first? You really should. Outside of the classics — “Monster Mash” by Bobby Boris Pickett and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” — the best All Hallows' …

Even though local Latin indie-rock heroes Velorio recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, their recent output has been minimal, with no new recordings since 2009. That dry spell officially ends Saturday when they host a release party at Elements Venue for their new single, “Tus Labios."

The latest releases by The Bakersfield New Music Collective and San Fransisco-based, but Bakersfield-bred Conrad The Band couldn’t be more different stylistically, but their roots and spirits — and sometimes instrumentation — are deeply entrenched in Bakersfield’s fertile creative soil. Each…

Editor's note: During the summer of 1965, the Bakersfield College choir toured through nine countries in six weeks, becoming the first American choir to triumph at the Llangollen Eisteddfod International Musical Festival. Reuniting in 2015 for the 50th anniversary, former members drew the at…

Some things you know are just meant to be — but it's still nice to get some outside affirmation. So while Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley were sure their musical partnership was the right move at the right time, it was certainly welcome news when their debut album, "Before the Sun Goes Down," ear…