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



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



Is Kinky Friedman ‘The Loneliest Man I Ever Met’?

UPDATED WITH VIDEOS Notorious Texas Troubadour Wraps Coast-to-Coast ‘Bi-Polar’ Tour at McCabe’s Dec. 5-6 By Stephen K. Peeples The night after Kinky Friedman finished recording “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” between the epic floods of spring 2015, the Texas-based singer-songwriter, humorist, entrepreneur and raconteur played the rough mixes for a couple of visitors. Friedman Read More

Joe Nick Patoski Q&A on Doug Sahm Film

Totally true tall tales from Texas about Biblical floods, Doug Sahm, Texas music, Texas Tornados, rednecks, cowboys, hippies, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Huey P. Meaux, Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, the Sir Douglas Quintet, “She’s About a Mover,” sneaky British Invaders from the Lone Star State, Bob Dylan, the Corpus Pot Bust, San Francisco, Bill Graham, the Read More

Groovin’ Doug Sahm Film Premieres in L.A. July 30

UPDATE: Now-closed Kickstarter campaign to pay for music licensing surpassed $75,000 goal by $15K By Stephen K. Peeples “Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove,” the film documentary about Texas music icon Doug Sahm that premiered to a packed house and universal acclaim at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival in Austin in March, will Read More

Waylon Jennings: Ramblin’ Man – Cash Box, July 12, 1975

Country music outlaw Waylon Jennings spoke with Santa Clarita journalist Stephen K. Peeples at RCA Records in Hollywood for a Cash Box magazine feature published July 12, 1975. By Stephen K. Peeples Many artists project a schizophrenic split between their music and their personal lives; not so with Waylon Jennings. Waylon’s personal life is his Read More



Willie Nelson & Family Rolling to Santa Clarita

American Music Icon Adds Santa Clarita Valley Stop to 2014 Tour April 5 Willie Nelson & Family make their first-ever Santa Clarita Valley appearance when they headline the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons Saturday night, April 5. Having a superstar artist like Willie Nelson in Santa Clarita will likely raise Read More