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

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

Waylon Jennings – ‘Are You Ready for the Country,’ PUTT, 7-7-76

The Texas country outlaw’s bid for a wider audience with ‘Are You Ready for the Country’ gets a closer look By Stephen K. Peeples The following is a feature album review first published in Picking Up The Tempo on July 7, 1976. Sometime during June (1976) word reached me that Waylon Jennings’ new album was 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