WORLD RECORDS
2815 F Street
Bakersfield, CA. 93301
661-325-1982

Grateful to our customers for
42 Years as an Independent
Record Store!

Record Store Hours
Wednesday  through
Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm

Previous Shows

Missy Raines + Robbie Fulks
Saturday May 18, 2024


Missy Raines + Robbie Fulks
– Live and Onstage @ World Records
Saturday May 18, 2024

Missy Raines & Allegheny
+
Robbie Fulks Bluegrass Band

Missy Raines is a trailblazer in bluegrass. She is the most awarded bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association. On her new release HIGHLANDER, Raines gives a tip of the hat to the region of West Virginia where she grew up and developed her deep passion for bluegrass music Raines’ has a new album coming out, which we’d love to promote at World Records.
New Album at World Records – Missy Raines & Allegheny – “Highlander

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. Robbie Fulks’s adventurous spirit has defined a critically acclaimed 30-year career that has included 15 solo albums and two GRAMMY® nominations.
It’s abundantly clear that BLUEGRASS VACATION is more than just a musical dalliance for Fulks. He owns the music as much as it owns him and the listener is left hoping that this bluegrass vacation will end up becoming a staycation.
New Album at World Records – Robbie Fulks – “Bluegrass Vacation

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Mike Zito
Album Release Tour – “Life Is Hard”
Part 120 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday May 17, 2024

Mike Zito
– Live and Onstage @ World Records
Friday May 17, 2024

Mike Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today and rightfully so, but for him, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.
“I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders (Osborne) told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count.”

New Album at World Records by: Mike Zito – “Life Is Hard
“Life Is Hard is a complete work of art for me,” says Mike Zito about the new disc. “I believe this is the best album I’ve ever made in my life. My wife Laura and I planned this idea of pouring my heart out in music after her death from cancer.
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Jim Messina
Saturday April 13, 2024

Jim Messina
– Live and Onstage @ World Records
Saturday April 13, 2024

An undisputed expert in the fine art of making hit music, Jim Messina’s legacy of musical genius spans five decades, three super groups, a vibrant solo career and scores of producing and engineering credits.

While acting as producer/audio engineer for Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield, Messina ultimately joined the band as its bass player.  When “the Springfield” disbanded in 1968, Jim and fellow bandmate Richie Furay formed Poco. With Jim on lead guitar, Poco defined a new musical genre, Country Rock. Later, Loggins & Messina was formed and they released eight hit albums, had scores of hit songs and sold over 16 million albums.

After a series of celebrated solo acoustic tours, Jim formed a band made of acclaimed musicians who have played with him at various points in his career. Touring the country and playing sold-out shows, Jim says that he’s enjoying discovering who he is, where he’s been and, most significantly, where he’s going.

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Rhonda Vincent and The Rage
Opening set by:
Steppin’ On the Grass
Friday April 12, 2024

Rhonda Vincent and The Rage
– Live and Onstage @ World Records
Friday April 12, 2024

Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads.
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage are the most decorated band in bluegrass, with over 100 awards to their credit. Among their honors are a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album; Song of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and an unrivaled seven consecutive (plus an 8th) Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
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BoDeans
Friday March 8, 2024

 

BoDeans
– Live and Onstage @ World Records
Friday March 8, 2024

With countless tunes you know from the first note, rip-roaring gigs you can count on, and a whole lot of energy you’ll take home with you, BoDeans continue to contribute to the American songbook as a tried-and-true institution.
Founded and led by original frontman, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Kurt Neumann, the band’s catalog consists of generational anthems such as “Good Things,” You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” and “Closer To Free,” just to name a few. However, they still reflect the soul and spirit of the modern American experience on their fourteenth full-length offering, 4 The Last Time.
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Albert Cummings
Opening set by:
Olen Taylor and The North 40
Part 118 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday February 24, 2024

Albert Cummings
– Live and Onstage @ World Records Saturday February 24, 2024

For someone with the kind of background Albert Cummings has, that kind of confidence about his new music says it all. This is a singer and guitarist who has played with many of the greatest players of the modern era, and received the kind of awards and recognition that few others do. Raised in Massachusetts and self-taught on the banjo, it was a 1987 concert by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble that opened Cummings to a new world of modern blues and inspired him to take up the guitar. It didn’t take long from there for him to find his way to the front of the pack. Albert Cummings arrived strong right at the beginning and has kept growing over a course of endless tours and nine previous albums, right up to today with the release of the album TEN.

Music, being one of the world’s tried and true joys of life, has always had a way of bringing healing and inspiration to listeners, and at no time in recent decades has it been needed more than now.
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Hawktail + Väsen
Friday February 16, 2024

 

Hawktail + Väsen
– Live and Onstage @ World Records
Friday February 16, 2024

Hawktail + Väsen is the culmination of decades of influence and musical relation. Brittany, Jordan and Paul met while in college on the east coast, jamming on Väsen tunes and seeing their concerts whenever possible. These experiences proved highly formative to their musical identities and Väsen continues to inspire their direction.

“Their music was highly relatable, yet also felt strange and new,” says bassist Paul Kowert. “Meeting someone else who also knew their tunes was exciting. Playing them together: even better.”
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Part Two of the World Records Comedy Series
Andy Woodhull

COMEDY!
Saturday January 27, 2024

Andy has appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Conan, Live at Gotham and The Half Hour on Comedy Central. In 2014, he was the first comedian to make his network television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

His Dry Bar comedy special on YouTube has over 9 million views.

All five of his comedy albums are in rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio, and his jokes have played over 40 million times on Pandora.

Most recently, Andy worked as a writer on SYFY’s The Movie Show, and was featured in two episodes.

– Opening set by Alex Stone

Andy Woodhull Live and Onstage
@ World Records Saturday January 27, 2024
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Our 200th Concert!!
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Part 117 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday January 19, 2024

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
– Live and Onstage @ World Records Friday January 19, 2024

“Castro is one of the brightest stars in the blues-soul genre. Voracious blues energy and ultimate soul power…impassioned vocals and pure inventiveness in his stellar guitar solos.” – Blues Music Magazine.

“The hardest thing to do,” says internationally beloved soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro, “is be yourself, take some chances and bring your fans along with you.” Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him.
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John McCutcheon
Friday January 12, 2024

John McCutcheon
– Live and Onstage @ World Records Friday January 12, 2024

For fifty years now “Folk Music’s Rustic Renaissance Man” (Washington Post) John McCutcheon has been everywhere in the folk music scene. A breath-taking multi instrumentalist, a traditional music archivist, one of the primary revivalists of the hammer dulcimer, a pioneering children’s and family artist, a prolific and wide ranging songwriter, and the very definition of the touring Road Warrior.

With this latest album – LEAP!, his 43rd release in his 50-year career, John McCutcheon proves again that his is one of the most creative, prolific, reliable, and satisfying of American folk music’s stalwarts. Leap! puts a big exclamation point on his already impressive legacy.
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Eilen Jewell
Saturday December 9, 2023

Eilen Jewell
– Live and Onstage @ World Records Saturday December 9, 2023

After a Tumultuous Few Years, Eilen Jewell Drives Her Diverse Noir Roots on ‘Get Behind the Wheel’ – American Songwriter. With Get Behind The Wheel, her ninth studio album, Jewell does precisely that, planting herself firmly in the driver’s seat as she picks up the pieces and finds new purpose and meaning in the process. The collection pushes Jewell’s trademark blend of vintage roots-noir into more psychedelic territory, with spacious, cinematic arrangements complementing her revelatory explorations of grief, loss, resilience, and redemption.

For over fifteen years, Eilen Jewell has taken her brand of sultry surf-noir and dynamic Americana music to cities from Melbourne to Madrid to Manhattan. Her subtle but powerful musical approach, combined with her warm stage presence and evocative original lyrics, continue to gain her the loyalty of fans worldwide.
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Coco Montoya
+
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Part 116 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday November 17, 2023

Coco Montoya
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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

– Live and Onstage
@ World Records
Friday November 17, 2023

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Maria Bamford
COMEDY!
Saturday November 4, 2023

 

“The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford!”
– The New York Times Magazine
– Live and Onstage @ World Records Saturday November 4, 2023.

In terms of showbiz, Maria has enough work and has made it and is swimming in a gravy boat, filled with scrumptious gravy. She loves trees, comedians, people, the world, personal finance and reality shows!
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Riders In The Sky
Friday November 3, 2023

Riders In The Sky – Live and Onstage
@ World Records Friday November 3, 2023! 

40 years ago. No laptops, no cellular phones, no Google, no downloads, no Skype, no Tweets, no Apple, no Microsoft, no texting, no electric cars, no Uber. A different world. But there were three young men with drive and wit who wanted to keep a special music alive.

They believed in preserving the heritage of Western Music and presenting it to a new generation. They believed in entertaining, and they did so… entertaining themselves as well as the audience! And they believed in creating original Western Music to continue the tradition, not just seal it in amber as a museum piece.

What they did not realize at the time was that they would be doing the same thing 40 years later.
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Special EFX All-Stars
IN CONCERT!
Friday September 29, 2023

Guitarist, composer, producer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 40 years.

Special EFX Allstars featuring Chieli Minucci, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Anthony Crawford and Gene Coye.

Special EFX now is a true collective, with varying elements and artists coming together to execute and build powerfully upon Minucci’s expansive musical vision.
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Las Cafeteras
Saturday September 16, 202
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Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed many genres and borders along the way.

Born and raised East of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music as modern day troubadours.  They are a sonic explosion of Afro-Mexican rhythms, electronic beats and powerful rhymes that document stories of a community seeking to ‘build a world where many world fit.’
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Samantha Fish
Part 115 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday September 15, 2023

 

Samantha Fish is one of the shining stars of today’s blues rock scene and is known as an international genre-bending guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

“I want to reach over genre lines and get out to as many people as possible…”

For Samantha Fish, her journey on the guitar started with the blues. And while Fish is rooted in the blues she’s not afraid to push the boundaries of the genre.
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RAISE THE WOOF
Saturday September 9, 2023

Presented by:
Friends of Kern County Animal Shelters and Rescues

+ Forget Me Not Rescue of Kern  

World Records is hosting this event. 

We are selling tickets – $50 each. 

The evening includes hors d’oeuvres by Uricchio’s
followed by the Raise The Woof comedy group
that tours in support of animal shelters
and animal rescue efforts.

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Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Saturday June 17, 2023

Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field.

Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads.
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Roy Rogers
& The Delta Rhythm Kings
and
 
Shana Morrison
Part 114 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday May 6, 2023

Join us
at World Records
with Roy Rogers
and
Shana Morrison
on Saturday May 6th, 2023!

Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings
and
Shana Morrison
– Live and Onstage
@ World Records
Saturday May 6, 2023
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GA-20
Part 113 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday April 22, 2023

GA-20 clearly is on to something big. It’s a movement, a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback blues trio are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll intersect. “We make records that we would want to listen to,” says guitarist Matt Stubbs. “It’s our take on the song-based traditional electric blues we love.” Stubbs and guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman have been at the forefront of this traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018. It’s no wonder they skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Charts.

“We’re proud to bring this sound to a new audience,” says Stubbs. “When people hear it, they get what we’re doing and they’re into it. It’s very important to us to make a personal connection,” he continues. “Blues is meant to be played live. It’s about telling stories. We love making records but performing live is even more important to us.”
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Los Lobos
Saturday April 15, 2023

The journey of Los Lobos began in 1973, 50 years ago this year, when David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, and pretty much anything with strings), Louie Perez (drums, vocals, guitar), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar), and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals, guitarrón) earned their stripes playing revved- up versions of Mexican folk music in restaurants and at parties.

The band evolved in the 1980s as it tapped into L.A.’s burgeoning punk and college rock scenes. They were soon sharing bills with bands like the Circle Jerks, Public Image Ltd. and the Blasters, whose saxophonist, Steve Berlin, would eventually leave the group to join Los Lobos in 1984.
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Shemekia Copeland
Part 112 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday April 1, 2023

Award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer Shemekia Copeland possesses one of the most instantly recognizable and deeply soulful roots music voices of our time. She is beloved worldwide for the fearlessness, honesty and humor of her revelatory music, as well as for delivering each song she performs with unmatched passion.

Copeland — winner of the 2021 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year— connects with her audience on an intensely personal level, taking them with her on what The Wall Street Journal calls “a consequential ride” of “bold and timely blues.”
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Selwyn Birchwood
Janiva Magness
Part 111 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday March 17, 2023

Join us at World Records
with Selwyn Birchwood
and Janiva Magness
on Saint Patrick’s Day!

Selwyn Birchwood
Janiva Magness
Live and Onstage @ World Records Friday March 17, 2023
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Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
with The Guilty Ones
Friday February 24, 2023

 

 

Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences.

Though Texas born Gilmore was twice named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone, and California native Alvin first came to fame in the hard rocking rhythm and blues band The Blasters, they discovered that their musical roots in old blues and folk music are exactly the same. In these spontaneous shows, audiences enjoyed classic original compositions from the two, and also songs from a wide spectrum of songwriters and styles – from Merle Haggard to Sam Cooke to the Young Bloods. Mutually energized and inspired by these performances, Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again…
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Rosanne Cash
Saturday February 18, 2023


 

 

 

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four GRAMMY Awards and nominations for 11 more.

While Cash’s best-known work fell under the broad heading of “country,” there was always an intelligence in Cash’s material and a soulful tone to her vocals that set her apart from her peers, and she was never afraid of using rock and pop flavors in her arrangements.
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John McCutcheon
Friday, January 13, 2023


 

 

John McCutcheon — folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author.

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.”
– Pete Seeger 
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Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton
Part 110 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday December 3, 2022

 

 

An evening of Explosive Alternative Blues featuring Blues music award winning Samantha Fish & legendary singer, guitarist and Austin Music Hall of Famer Jesse Dayton.

The two will share the stage ripping through their vast catalogs as well as music by The Clash, Townes Van Zant, Magic Sam, and new originals songs inspired by this event.

The show also features special guest The ZipGuns who will be opening the show.
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Sugaray Rayford
Part 109 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday November 5, 2022


Sugaray Rayford is a colossus of an entertainer with a voice so big it could knock a house down, yet at times, so tender it could “move you to tears” (UK Vibe). “A true badass marrying the funky soulfulness of classic R&B records while acknowledging contemporary sensibilities.” (Pop Matters)

Combining classic soul melodies with funky R&B grooves, raw blues power and mashed up with modern sensibilities, the album takes on issues, such as PTSD, civil rights and social justice. With vibrantly detailed arrangements tailored to showcase Rayford’s deft portrayals and interpretation…
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Karla Bonoff
Friday October 21, 2022

Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation. That description is not hyperbole.

Bonoff has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity, and the unwavering respect of her peers. Karla has seen her songs become hits for Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, and Linda Ronstadt. Many of Bonoff’s ballads are classics.

Karla has continued to record and tour extensively, playing sold-out shows around the world. Hearing Karla’s moving vocals on her rich, expressive songs is like standing beneath a sparkling waterfall–refreshing, exhilarating, restorative. Experiencing them live can be transformative. Fans and critics agree that Bonoff’s songs are timeless as are her recordings. Many prefer her versions live with instrumentation that is clean and spare, giving Bonoff’s voice room to work its emotional magic.
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Sierra Hull
Friday October 14, 2022


 

 

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall.

With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster.
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TAB BENOIT
Opening set by –
J. D. Simo
Part 108 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday September 3, 2022

 

 

 

Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues, acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way.

Tab began to strip it down to a three-piece group, where he found more freedom as a guitarist. He was also on a mission in wanting to use his music and his energy to bring attention to Louisiana’s coastal erosion issues…

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An evening with
JESSE COOK

Saturday August 20, 2022

 

 

 

Widely considered one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work.

He is a Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Player’s Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco Category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year.
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John McCutcheon
Wednesday, June 8, 2022


 

 

 

John McCutcheon — folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author.

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.”
– Pete Seeger 
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LEE ROCKER
Part 107 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Friday, May 20, 2022


 

 

 

Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, were music video pioneers of the MTV generation and secured their place in the history of rock and roll.

Lee Rocker has been consistently touring, recording and performing around the globe since 1980 and has cultivated a fanatically loyal following of rockers, rebels and all types of music lovers.  

He is known for making his upright double bass appear as if it were a lightweight instrument as he spins, throws it in the air, catches and plays it on stages throughout the world.

His concert show is a time for him to tell stories about his days on the road and in the music business for the last 40 years – Sharing stories about his adventures!
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ANA POPOVIC
Part 106 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Saturday, May 7, 2022


 

 

 

 

Ana Popovic celebrating 20 years as a touring musician. The award-winning guitar player, singer and songwriter therefor releases ‘Live for LIVE’, an exciting hour and a half CD & DVD demonstrating why she’s proudly looking back at a career of thousands of shows worldwide.

This high-energy concert showcases not only Ana’s mesmerizing guitar skills but also her fabulous band, successfully merging musical styles.

Ana’s passion on stage is so evident that the title sums it up, this IS what she lives for.
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CAROLYN WONDERLAND
Part 105 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Saturday, April 9, 2022


 

 

 

The more guitar you play, the more you sing, the better you get,” says award-winning Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter, and multi- instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland.

Since performing her first professional gig at age 15, she’s never stopped singing and making music. Her music includes a bold mix of timeless original songs and reinventions of some of her favorites, ranging from blistering electric blues to deep, heartfelt ballads to cosmic country to soulful Tex-Mex.

Every song is fueled by Wonderland’s forceful yet melodic Texas- flavored guitar work and her full-throated, heart-on-her-sleeve vocals. 
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An Evening with
Rodney Crowell
Saturday April 2, 2022

 

 

With more than 40 years of American roots music under his belt, Texas native RODNEY CROWELL is a two-time Grammy Award winner with five Number One hits of his own, six Americana Music Association Awards including their Lifetime Achievement For Songwriter Award and a legacy of songwriting excellence which has made him an icon among giants.

New Album!
Rodney is releasing his new studio album “Triage”.

Rodney Crowell – TRIAGE
Get this new album at World Records!
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Special EFX All-Stars
Friday March 25, 2022

 

 

 

Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci’s latest album, the intriguingly titled All Stars, is one of their most ambitious, eclectic and adventurous ever, capturing the explosive yet well-attuned synergy the guitarist has shared on the road with various lineups of renowned longtime musical collaborators these past few years. With – Eric Marienthal, Anthony Crawford, Elliott Yamin, Lao Tizer, Gary Novak.

Special EFX now is a true collective, with varying elements and artists coming together to execute and build powerfully upon Minucci’s expansive musical vision.
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Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Album Release Tour!
Part 104 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
News Year’s Eve!
Friday December 31, 2021

 

 

 

Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 15 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll.

He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows.
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Los Lobos
Saturday October 9, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce our NEW ALBUM “Native Sons”! It’s our love letter to Los Angeles with 12 hand-selected tributes to fellow Los Angeles artists and will be out July 30.

Our 17th full-length album pulls its title from the sole original song: the heavy-hearted and soul-stirring “Native Sons,” a loving homage to L.A. that sounds right at home amid so many classic tracks.

New Los Lobos album will be available at World Records July 30th! 
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Samantha Fish
Opening set by –
Jonathon Long
Part 103 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Saturday October 2, 2021

 

 

 

 

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Fish intermingles soulful pop with swaggering blues-rock rendered on standard six-string electric guitars. Fish is known as an international genre-bending guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

To date, she has six albums under her belt, the most recent being “Kill or Be Kind” on Rounder Records. “I want to reach over genre lines and get out to as many people as possible…
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Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam
featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, and Waylon Thibodeaux
 
Part 102 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday September 17, 2021

 

 

 

Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam – Tab Benoit, one of music’s most enduring and masterful blues and roots performers –  and an authority on Louisiana music and culture – leads an all star band featuring three giants of Louisiana Roots Music – Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone, and Waylon Thibodeaux.

Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues…
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Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Saturday March 7, 2020

 

 

Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. read more…

Tinsley Ellis
Part 101 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
Friday March 6, 2020

 

 

Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. With his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. 

Ellis considers his new album, Ice Cream In Hell (CDs at World Records), the most raw-sounding, guitar-drenched album of his career. Throughout the album, Ellis’ deeply emotional, lyrical guitar solos perfectly match his fervent vocals. read more…

Nellie McKay
Friday February 14, 2020

 

 

Nellie McKay is touring in support of her seventh album, ‘Sister Orchid’ (“A singer-songwriter drawn to the inherent tensions between surface and substance.” NPRand its companion EP, ‘Bagatelles.’ Previous albums include ‘Get Away From Me’ (“a tour de force” – The New York Times), ‘Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day’ (“among the killer overhauls of American standards” – The New York Times), and ‘My Weekly Reader,’ music of the ‘60s (“..kicks serious butt. The results are beautiful.” – PopMatters), her second collaboration with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. read more…

Elvin Bishop
Part 100 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
– Opening set by The Patterson Family Band
Saturday February 8, 2020

 

 

 Ever since Rock & Roll and Blues Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop first hit the scene with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band back in 1965, he’s blazed his own musical trail. Whether he was playing raw, eye-popping blues, or penning the radio hit Fooled Around And Fell In Love, touring the world for decades delivering original, good-time countrified blues, he has always inspired his fans with his rowdy guitar playing, and witty, slice-of-life songs. read more…

WR-John McCutcheonJohn McCutcheon
– With special guests Red Tail Ring

Friday January 17, 2020

 

 

John McCutcheon — folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author.

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.”
– Pete Seeger  
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Los Lobos 
Friday, January 3, 2020

 

  More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.
Rising up out of East L.A. comes our first ever holiday album, LLEGÓ NAVIDAD! Reinvented Christmas songs from across North, Central, South America, our very own holiday original, “Christmas And You.” read more…

World Records - Charlie Hunter - Lucy WoodwardCharlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward
IN CONCERT!
Friday December 13, 2019

An exhilarating blast of blues, soul and funk, ‘Music!Music!Music!’ marks the recorded debut of the musical partnership between guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward. Hunter and Woodward are returning to the road to take ‘Music!Music!Music!’ to the people. The tour for the album will stretch over much of 2019, with the duo going to Europe and Japan as well as all over North America. read more…

Ace Frehley
IN CONCERT!

Thursday November 14, 2019

As everyone who loves rock and roll knows, Ace Frehley is co-founder and original lead guitarist of KISS.

He was also their best—his song-within-the-song guitar solos are as much a part of KISS as the band’s seven-inch platform boots.

And he’s always been the coolest member of KISS—rock ’n’ roll swagger, laid-back, and mysterious. read more…

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
Part 99 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series!
IN CONCERT!
Friday November 8, 2019

 

One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. read more…

World Records - Son VoltSon Volt
Thursday October 10, 2019

Son Volt – After spearheading the alt country movement with Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar pursued his vision with Son Volt

Son Volt’s latest album, Union, is out now! Jay Farrar channels folk music’s enduring legacy of the troubadour on Union. “There are so many forces driving our country apart,” observes Farrar. “What can we do to bring our society back together?” read more

An Evening with Sierra Hull
Friday October 4, 2019

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. read more

WR-Ottmar_LiebertAn Evening with Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra
Saturday September 14, 2019

A German-born guitarist and composer best known for his distinct New Flamenco sound. A five-time Grammy Award nominee, Liebert has received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the United States, as well as certifications in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His debut album Nouveau Flamenco (1990) sold double-platinum in the United States and has become one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time. read more…

World records - Dave_Alvin_Jimmie_Dale_Gilmore_600Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
with The Guilty Ones 

Saturday June 22, 2019

On Stage Together! – Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before.  So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences. Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again…this time with a full band, an album, ‘Downey to Lubbock’ and some new stories to share. read more…

World Records - Roy RogersRoy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings 
Part 98 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Saturday June 15, 2019

Early on, Roy discovered his love for the blues and slide guitar…and for making music that’s “deep and funky.” He discovered the great blues players early on, especially when his older brother brought home an album by Robert Johnson. Thus began his love of the blues, slide guitar in particular, which had an immediate effect on Roy. Through the years he developed a distinctive style of playing slide guitar that not only emerged, but one that is instantly recognizable. read more…

World Records - Coco MontoyaCoco Montoya 
Part 97 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Friday May 17, 2019

 

The old Willie Dixon adage, “blues is truth,” perfectly describes the searing, contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Taught by the “Master of the Telecaster,” Albert Collins, but with a hard-edged sound and style all his own, Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues’ hardest truths. read more…

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An Evening of Art, Music & Food 
Art – Amy Richardson
      & Kelly Wonderly
Music – Patrick O’Connell Trio

Friday May 3, 2019
Tickets on sale Now!

Friday night, May 3, from 6:30 to 9:30, World Records will host a mix of music, art, food, drink, and community.

This show will feature the artwork of two fine local artists — Amy Richardson and Kelly Wonderly —  gracing the walls of the World Records Theater. The Patrick O’Connell Trio, featuring Paul Perez on sax, and Mike Bhone on upright bass will perform. Hors d’oeuvres stations will be sprinkled around the theater, including slices of our wood oven pizza. Our regular selection of draft and bottled beer and wine, as well as many choices of non-alcoholic drinks, will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at World Records or from the many volunteers who are circulating in the community. All proceeds will go to The Mission. read more…

World Records - los LobosLos Lobos 
Friday, April 12, 2019
SOLD OUT

 

  More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. read more…

World Records - Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent and the Rage 
Most decorated bluegrass artist ever.
Friday, March 1, 2019

 

  Famously crowned as “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent’s music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. read more…

World Records - Bria_Skonberg

Valentine’s Day
Bria Skonberg Quintet
New York City hot jazz.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

 

   NYC Trumpet Player, Singer, Songwriter, Instigator. – 2017 JUNO winner Vocal Jazz Album of the Year – “Ms. Skonberg has become the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day and the wholesome glow of youth” Nate Chinen, NY Times. In the last year she has sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews band, and was a featured guest with Jon Batiste. read more…

World Records - Tommy CastroTommy Castro
and the Painkillers 

Part 96 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series
Friday, January 25, 2019

Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf—his stomping ground. read more…

   With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour haircut. DownBeat says, “Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter.” Live, the band is simply unbeatable. They deliver a high-energy show capable of bringing any audience to its feet. read more… 

   Born November 15, with “a voice as sweet as chapel bells,” Petula Clark first broke into the limelight during World War II when as a child she entertained the troops on radio and in concert. She is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of 9 and by war’s end, Petula Clark–the British “Shirley Temple” who had come to represent childhood itself–was so popular in England she was asked to sing at a national victory celebration. read more…

   Ever since Rock & Roll and Blues Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop first hit the scene with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band back in 1965, he’s blazed his own musical trail. Whether he was playing raw, eye-popping blues, or penning the radio hit Fooled Around And Fell In Love, touring the world for decades delivering original, good-time countrified blues, he has always inspired his fans with his rowdy guitar playing, and witty, slice-of-life songs. read more…

Part 88 of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series –
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – Saturday January 20, 2018

Tommy CastroTOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS
Stompin’ Ground Record Release Tour
– Castro, along with his band The Painkillers, plays music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof.

 

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December 30 – CD Release Show

CD Release Show - December 30thHate Drugs CD Release Show – December 30th – World Records!
Bakersfield natives, Hate Drugs, have been together long enough to release a couple EPs (mini-albums) while also foraying out to perform around California.
They are now ready to release a full-length album on CD and will celebrate with a show at World Records on December 30.
Elk Grove, Wee Beasties, and Almnc will also perform.
Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 the night of the show.
It is requested that each attendee bring two cans of food so after a great show, a big load of food will be delivered to the food bank.
For Tickets call: 661-325-1982

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661-325-1982
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