BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The list of musicians who have had a prized guitar stolen at some point in their professional lives reads like a who’s who of famous rockers — George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton — and many more. others.
Add a local name to this unfortunate list. Singer-songwriter Crimson Skye recently had not one but two guitars stolen from his home. But the story has a happy enough ending to thrill us.
The Bakersfield indie rocker returned home on June 16 after performing a series of out-of-state shows only to realize someone had broken into her northeast Bakersfield home and stole some of her jewelry and, worse, much worse, two of her prized guitars.
There was an acoustic Sterling Music Man Cutlass a mint blue Seagull. She had left them behind this time and brought a new guitar – just to break it into performance condition, show it some life on the road.
“In the middle of that, my house was broken into,” she said.
Heartbroken and outraged, she wrote about the loss on social media. Two weeks later, a Houston, Texas fan she had never met, a man named Nathan Martin, reacted to her message with sympathy. She was thrilled to have a fan in Texas and even more so when a friend and fellow musician, Lauren Appleton of husband and wife band Appletons, opened a GoFund Me account in her name to help buy replacement guitars.
“And I had an incredible response from friends, fans and family members who donated,” she said.
It was then that Martin reappeared in her life. He was coming to California and would be at his July 7 show at a club in Los Angeles.
“And that’s where I met him,” she said. “He showed up after the show and told me about this crazy plan he had to replace my guitar and I was left dumbfounded and speechless, like, ‘What are you talking about? You’re from Texas and you m bought a guitar? Like, who does that?
At 7 a.m. on Saturday, as Martin drove through Bakersfield en route from Los Angeles to the Bay Area, he stopped — on 30 minutes’ notice — to deliver the mint blue guitar.
“And I didn’t even know until that morning that he was going to be there that day,” she said. “And I just felt like I had to wake up early and check my messages.”
It’s not just about the guitar, of course. The instrument is beautiful and appreciated, but Martin’s gift makes positive statements in several respects. The gift says good things about the giver, about a side of human nature that sometimes gets lost in the chaos of our unstable world, about the healing power of appreciation and gratitude, and about the power of music by Crimson Skye.
“Not only did it give me back my guitar which I need to do what I do,” she said, “but it also affected my soul, you know?”