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Karen Tyler tribute at D’Anbino Cellars 

Songwriters at Play celebrates music of Karen Tyler of Paso Robles, a longtime local favorite singer, songwriter

Songwriters at Play will celebrate the music of longtime local favorite and Paso Robles resident Karen Tyler at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at D’Anbino Cellars, 710 Pine St. with a parade of Central Coast vocalists taking on the blues and ballads written by Karen.

Karen Tyler

Songwriters at Play will celebrate the music of longtime local favorite and Paso Robles resident Karen Tyler, pictured above with singing friends Valerie Johnson and Al B Blue, on Friday, Dec. 13 at D’Anbino Cellars. Courtesy photo.

Each singer will be backed by the house band of Dorian Michael (guitar), Ken Hustad (bass), and Darrell Voss (drums). Performers include Phil Lee, Ricky Montijo, Dawn Lambeth, Debra Windsong, Bayley Bagby, Dulcie Taylor, Craig Louis Dingman, Ted Waterhouse, Holly Ann Phillips, Kirk Nordby, Luis Oliart, Cliff Stepp, and Steve Key. The show will close with Karen singing with friends Valerie Johnson and Al B Blue accompanied by her longtime duo partner, guitarist Bruce Krupnik.

There’s wide variety of material to draw on, from Karen’s 1994 album “Streets and Serenades” through the critically-acclaimed full-band productions “Lovin’ the Blues Too Long” and “All Shades of Blues.” She explored the solo acoustic side of her music on the 2000 release, “Alone and Blue.”

Karen started her music career in Central California, fronting blues bands for many years. She was known for her mighty voice and a candy-apple red 1969 Fender Telecaster electric guitar. Upon moving to Texas in the early 90s, Karen began concentrating strictly on the acoustic blues of Blind Willie McTell, Memphis Minnie, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Soon she was invited to play the festivals that honored her heroes – her first big blues festival was the Blind Willie McTell International Blues Festival in Thompson, Georgia, followed by the Blind Lemon Jefferson Festival in Wortham, Texas and the Navasota Blues Festival in honor of Mance Lipscomb, also in Texas. In 1998, Karen moved back to the Central Coast and found herself opening for John Lee Hooker at the Mid-State Fair. To learn more, visit www.karentyler.com.

Tickets for the Karen Tyler tribute are $10 per person. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at D’Anbino Cellars, 710 Pine St. in Paso Robles. Call (805) 227-6800 or visit www.danbino.com for more information.

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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.

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