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

Trump-Pena Nieto Mexico Summit – First (Fake) News Dispatch

Breaking News: Trump Earns Illegal Alien Status, Detained in Mexico By Stephen K. Peeples Businessman and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto were to meet privately in Mexico City Wednesday afternoon, August 31, just a few hours before Trump will be in Phoenix, Arizona, to deliver what he has billed Read More

Ken Sharp ‘New Mourning’ – Bright Power Pop with a Dark Side

New Album by Musician-Author Who Wrote the Book(s) on the Genre; Troubadour Debut September 2 By Stephen K. Peeples With melodic, hook-filled power chords, layers of jangling guitars and stacked vocal harmonies, and dark lyrics borne of a good relationship gone bad, “New Mourning” by singer-writer-guitarist and author Ken Sharp is not your typical indie Read More

Buddy Guy & Quinn Sullivan Playboy Jazz Q&A, June 2011

By Stephen K. Peeples Chicago blues legend, Grammy-winner, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy returns to the Hollywood Bowl August 10, 2016, five years after the Stratocaster blaster and then-12-year-old Strat-slinging protegé Quinn Sullivan blew away 18,000-plus fans at the Playboy Jazz Festival. Guy, who just turned 80 on July 29, is co-headlining a Read More

‘Strat Cats’ Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy Tour U.S., Rock Hollywood Bowl Aug. 10

By Stephen K. Peeples Grammy-winning Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame icons and Fender Stratocaster-playing “Strat Cats” Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy hit the road this week on a co-headlining tour of the United States, kicking off Tuesday, July 19, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. An August 10 performance with the Los Angeles Read More

Tom Waits Interview with Stephen K. Peeples, 9-4-80

With the appointment made to conduct a Tom Waits interview on the Zoetrope Studios lot in Hollywood on Sept. 4, 1980, I listened to my advance pressing of Waits’ “Heartattack and Vine” a few times at my Elektra/Asylum office on La Cienega, and focused my questions. Ironically, I had left Capitol Records at Hollywood and Vine Read More

Roadshow Revival a Ripping Roots-Rockabilly Rave-Up

8th annual festival inspired by former Ventura-area rockabilly raconteur Johnny Cash 2016 Roadshow Saturday Photo Gallery By Stephen K. Peeples The 8th Roadshow Revival rocked seaside Mission Park in Ventura, California Saturday and Sunday, June 25-16, 2016, as several thousand roots-rockabilly-punk-outlaw country music fans of all ages converged for a killer rave-up featuring more than Read More