Nothing says “Music from the American Heartland” like a big old Gibson guitar. Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart will bring two of them to Fiddlers Crossing for a concert Saturday, October 6. This down-home, husband-wife duo has delighted Tehachapi audiences several times, at Fiddlers Crossing as well as the former Mama Hillybeans. With their lovely Everly-Brothers-style harmonies, terrific and clever acoustic guitar playing on their Gibsons, and autobiographical songwriting from the American Heartland, they captivate their audiences immediately with their warmth and charm.
Based out of Tennessee, Earle and Stuart draw from blues, pop, country, rock, and more in their heartfelt music. The years of touring the folk/Americana circuit (playing 170 concerts a year) have given them a knack for reaching out to the audience in an intimate “come in to my living room” fashion.
Stacey Earle began her musical career playing rhythm guitar in her brother’s band, Steve Earle & the Dukes, on “The Hard Way” tour in 1990. After a year and a half on the road with the band, she returned to Nashville to start her own career as a country-folk singer-songwriter.
Mark grew up listening to his dad play fiddle and his uncle play guitar. By age 15, he was playing in the Nashville Honky Tons with his Dad’s band. A few years later he was on the road as lead guitar and vocalist for Freddy Fender and others.
Since meeting in 1992 and marrying in late 1993, the partners have toured the USA, Canada, and Europe repeatedly. They left the environment of pursuing a major label deal in Nashville in 1998 to target small intimate venue crowds in theaters, coffeehouses, festivals, clubs, and house concerts. This has become their home and they are a recognized fixture on the music trail they blaze. Stacey and Mark own their own record label, Gearle Records, and have made 8 CDs over the years.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at The Apple Shed, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994 ($1 added to each ticket for credit card use through Mountain Music). Tickets are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 6:30p.m.