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Live at the Maverick

Tales from the Tavern presents a season kickoff and CD release party featuring singer-songwriter Wil Ridge


Music is a spontaneous endeavor. No two performances will ever be identical. Tales from the Tavern, a local concert series that calls Santa Ynez’s Maverick Saloon home, revels in the chaos and creation of a live performance by roping supremely talented songwriters to share their stories and art.

Wil Ridge Live at the Maverick Saloon—Mercy! is the newest album released from the Tales from the Tavern record label.

“There’s a special kind of magic that happens in live performance that you can’t really capture in a recording studio setting,” said Tales from the Tavern co-producer Ron Cologne, “and there have been so many magic moments that we have archived and want to share with the world.”

Tales from the Tavern methodically films and records each of its shows, not just in the interest of having a finely preserved record of the concert series, but for the record label. Having released several CDs, Tales from the Tavern immortalizes some of the choice performances at the Maverick Saloon, including names as well known on the folk circuit as Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.

“We’ve been trying to be the best artist advocates we can be, and it’s just another way of furthering the relationship between the artist and the audience,” Cologne said.

The newest release by the record label features selections from two live concerts, performed on consecutive years, by singer-songwriter Wil Ridge. The album, Wil Ridge Live at the Maverick Saloon-—Mercy!, is significant because Ridge, now based out of the Tahoe area, is a Santa Ynez Valley native, Cologne explained.

“He really honed his skills and developed locally. The Maverick was his home away from home,” Cologne noted. “During the concert, he talks about how great it is for him to be playing in the place that he has grown up.”

The albums Tales from the Tavern puts out include pre- and post-song banter or stories, Cologne explained, which is part of the concert series’ charm.

“Our kind of motto or saying has become ‘Sharing a journey of discovery through songs and stories,’” he said, “and their stories become part of our stories as well.”

Wil Ridge, a native of the area, will be performing live at the Maverick as part of the CD release party on Feb. 6.

Ridge is set to return again to Santa Ynez to perform for the CD release party for Wil Ridge Live at the Maverick Saloon—Mercy! on Feb. 6. The Tales from the Tavern series, which begins on Feb. 13, is a season subscription concert series, with this release party being a pre-season kick-off event celebrating one of the series’ favorite sons.

“I generally avoid putting names on music, but Wil’s music is definitely from the heart and soul,” Cologne said. “What really sets him apart is that he has a really soulful voice and is a great singer.”

Releasing solo live albums for its various returning artists serves a dual purpose, Cologne explained. For one, it builds on the relationship that the concert series enjoys with many of its favorite artists. It also helps the artist financially.

“For a lot of these artists making their way and living on the road, it is a welcome addition to their merchandise,” Cologne said. “There is a lot of great positive energy around this. This is a great CD of a local boy who really cut his teeth at the Maverick.”

Get a ‘Singing Valentine’

A musical journey
Tales from the Tavern presents a pre-season kick-off concert and CD release party for the new album Wil Ridge Live at the Maverick Saloon, featuring Wil Ridge in concert on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Maverick Saloon, 3697 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Cost is $10. More info: 686-4785 or

The Tri City Sound Chorus of the Sweet Adelines International presents “Singing Valentines” with chorus members performing in person in Lompoc and Santa Maria on Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations can be made through Feb. 13 by 7 p.m. for Lompoc and Santa Maria. Cost is $25. More info: 736-1874,, or

Twice the fun

The Chumash Casino Resort presents country singer Johnny Lee performing live on Jan. 31. Performing live on Feb. 7 is Styx. Both concerts are at 8 p.m. at the Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Tickets cost $35 to $75. More info: 1-800-CHUMASH or

The mic stays open

Lucia’s Wine Co. offers an open mic event on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. at the tasting room, 126 East Clark Ave., Orcutt. More info: 332-3080.

More at the Maverick

The Maverick Saloon offers live entertainment, including the Little Big Band in concert on Feb. 1 at 8:45 p.m., followed by “Late Night with DJ Totem” at 11:30 p.m. The Coastal Kings perform live on Feb. 2 at 8:45 p.m., followed by “Late Night with DJ Totem” at 11:30 p.m. “Concert on the Deck” featuring Billy Foppiano is Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at the saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. More info: 686-4785 or

Contact Arts Editor Joe Payne at

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