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Local Musician uplifts neighbors with mini concert through his window

Posted at 11:36 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 02:43:45-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — Many across the country are finding themselves spending more time at home due to the stay-at-home order caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bakersfield resident, Billy McCombs, is looking to bring hope to his neighborhood with his musical talents, through his window.

McCombs is an Oildale resident who has been a musician his entire life.

He plays the harmonica and pedal steel guitar with local groups in the area.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, he has spent the past two weeks in the house unable to share his musical chords.

He was soon inspired to share his talents with his neighborhood.

"It was brought to my attention that a number of people in Houston were going to go out at 8 p.m. to sing America the beautiful," McCombs said. "So I thought I would do that same thing here in my neighborhood."

McCombs says he’s doing this to encourage his fellow musicians to continue to play.

He hopes this inspires others to spread musical cheer.

"The guys who play these clubs and Honk-tonks throughout the whole country have lost their gigs and a lot of them have relied on that for income, they are going through withdraws," said McCombs.

Thursday was his first night hosting his mini concert for the neighborhood.

After posting the concert on Facebook, it has received praise from around the country.

"Just have faith in God you know, hang on, and make it," McCombs said. "We will get through this as a nation"

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