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

Monterey International Pop Festival: The Book – Summer of Love 1967

The Monterey International Pop Festival Boxed Set Rhino/MIPF, October 1992 Boxed Set Co-Produced and Book Written by Stephen K. Peeples, Grammy Nominee, and Co-Produced and Designed by Geoff Gans, Grammy nominee Backstory Prologue, Jan. 1, 2009: The Monterey International Pop Festival — June 16, 17 and 18, 1967, in Monterey, Calif. — earned its spot in American pop 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

Del Shannon on Tom Petty, ‘Drop Down and Get Me’

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Del Shannon of “Runaway,” “Hats Off to Larry” and “Little Town Flirt” renown in the early ’60s – and the first American artist to cover and chart with a Lennon-McCartney song when he recorded “From Me to You” in 1963 – had been off the charts for several Read More

Klaatu Interview with Stephen K. Peeples – May 1980

Editor’s note: This transcript of a May 1980 Klaatu interview with music journalist and Capitol Records Editorial Manager Stephen K. Peeples was first posted online at http://klaatu.org/. What follows is the transcript of an interview I conducted in May 1980 with the then-mysterious rock band Klaatu, named after the human-like alien visitor to Earth played Read More

UPDATED: Lewisohn Beatles Bio ‘Tune In’ Paperback Out October 2016

By Stephen K. Peeples Beatles Historian Provides Inside Look at Best-Selling First Installment of 3-Volume Fab Four Biography Exclusive VIDEO Interview w/ Stephen K. Peeples The long-awaited 944-page paperback edition of renowned Beatles historian, expert and author Mark Lewisohn’s “The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1 – Tune In” was published October 11, 2016 by Read More