Peeples' Blasts from the Past

Stories and more by Stephen K. Peeples spanning 1975-now.

Ballad of Eternal Love Brings ‘Hope’ for Mother’s Day 2017

As we prepare to honor women everywhere on Mother’s Day 2017 Sunday, May 14, a beautiful new ballad of eternal love titled “Never Let Me Go” has been released as a single and video to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater Fort Worth. “Never Let Me Go” is the first single from “Hope,” Read More

Walk of Western Stars Honors Andre & Renaud Veluzat, Bo Hopkins

Capping the 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, the city of Santa Clarita honored celebrated character actor Bo Hopkins and Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios owners Andre and Renaud Veluzat with plaques on the Walk of Western Stars in Old Town Newhall, California, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth emceed the unveiling Read More

Phantom Blues Band Toplines 2017 Ventura County Blues Fest

The 12th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, headlined by the Grammy-winning Phantom Blues Band, throws down at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California, on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The festival lineup also features performances by blues guitarist Debbie Davies; jazz-blues guitarist Chris Cain; harp ace RJ Mischo; local award-winners Crooked Eye Tommy; the duo of singer-guitarist Jim Read More

Wild Honey Orchestra All-Star Autism Benefit Rocks The Band

The Wild Honey Orchestra and an all-star lineup of guest performers including Jackson Browne, Peter Case and Victoria Williams are set to perform classic songs by legendary American rock group The Band live at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, California Saturday night, March 25. Billed as “The Wild Honey Orchestra & Garth Hudson Play The Read More

UPDATED: Jack Mack Rhythm & Blues Revue Rips Up Canyon Club

Jack Mack Review by Stephen K. Peeples Updated to include exclusive interview with Jack Mack co-founder and guitarist Andrew Kastner The soul-stirring Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns ripped it up at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, Friday night, February 17 with their “Jack Mack Rhythm & Blues Revue,” featuring three guest Read More

Lone Star Beer: Texas Music and Texas Beer Join Forces (1976)

The Backstory: In late 1975, Lone Star Brewing Co. marketing executives Jerry Retzloff and Barry Sullivan spoke with this reporter at length about the budding brew-mance between Texas musicians and Lone Star Beer. The resulting feature appeared in the February 14, 1976 edition of Cash Box, then one of the music industry’s top three trade Read More

Willie Nelson, Lone Star Jerry Retzloff & The Texas Music Conspiracy

Former Lone Star Brewing Co. district sales manager Jerry Retzloff flashed back half a lifetime to Austin and the Texas music scene in the heady mid-’70s in an exclusive interview with the author on April 20, 2015. It was the day after The Wittliff Collections’ “Armadillo Rising” event at Texas State University in San Marcos, Read More

Armadillo Rising – Wittliff Collection Rocks 1970s Austin Music Scene

Bill Wittliff and The Wittliff Collections’ “Armadillo Rising: Austin’s Music Scene in the 1970s” event attracted a standing-room-only audience of Texas music and pop culture fans to Texas State University, San Marcos’ Alfred B. Alkek Library on April 19, 2015. The special reception complemented the Wittliff Collections’ “Homegrown” exhibit of 1970s vintage music poster art Read More

Hard Six ‘Behind the Lens’ Rocks with Stephen K. Peeples

Ventura’s outlaw punkabilly trio Hard Six launched “Behind the Lens,” an exhibit of 19 photos of the band shot by 10 Southern California photographers, with a reception at Megasound Studios in Ventura on Friday night, January 28, 2017. A few hundred fans, friends and family turned out during the evening to help Fuse (guitar, vocals), Read More

Tommy Allsup on Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Texas Playboys

Guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, best-known as a member of The Crickets led by songwriter-singer-guitarist Buddy Holly, died in Springfield, Missouri on January 12, 2017, at the age of 85 – but not before leaving an influential musical legacy of his own. Born on his Cherokee mother’s allotment near Owasso, Oklahoma, the 12th of 13 children, Allsup and his Read More