News and Reviews

News and reviews about music, concerts, events, technology and more by Stephen K. Peeples.

Jim Hagen and Rod Bennett work out a few changes before a gig.

Rod Bennett Tribute – Hagen Jazz Leader Jim Hagen

Bennett and Hagen Were Musical Collaborators for More Than a Decade By Stephen K. Peeples Santa Clarita jazz vibes and percussion ace Rod Bennett, who died...

Mark Lewisohn Beatles Bio Makes Others Obsolete

Review of 'The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1 — Tune In,’ First Installment of Lewisohn's 3-Part Biography The latest book by world-renowned Beatles expert Mark...
Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock, Aug. 17, 1969. Photo: Henry Diltz. Used with permission.

Woodstock 50: A 1969 Flashback with Michael Lang, Henry Diltz

Fifty years ago this weekend, on Friday, Aug. 15, 1969, the three-day Woodstock Music & Art Fair finally got underway on farmer Max Yazgur's...
Legendary cowboy band New West on SCVTV's House Blend with Stephen K. Peeples

Cowboy Band New West Guests on SCVTV’s ‘House Blend’

Santa Clarita cowboy music trio featuring Mike Fleming, Raul Reynoso and David Jackson celebrates the West, past and present By Stephen K. Peeples Legendary California cowboy...
All Strings Attached - The Shemanski Family Bluegrass Band

All Strings Attached – Shemanski Family Plays ‘House Blend’

Bluegrass Quintet from Leona Valley Makes TV Debut with High-Lonesome Classics By Stephen K. Peeples All Strings Attached, the all-acoustic vocal-instrumental quintet featuring members of the...
Eagles: Their Greatest Hits, with cover art by Boyd Elder.

Boyd Elder Skull Art Featured on Eagles’ Best-Selling Album in US History

Texas artlaw Boyd Elder's eagle skull art for Eagles' best-selling 'Their Greatest Hits' album is owned by 38 million US music fans who don't know his name.
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Jackson’s Beatles ‘Get Back’ Film Doc to Debut on Disney+ Nov. 25-27

Disney+ will premiere “The Beatles: Get Back,” a Disney+ original documentary series directed by Peter Jackson on November 25, 26, and 27, The Walt...
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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...
Walk of Western Stars Veluzats unveiling

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...
Bob Dylan on the Never-Ending Tour, Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2011. Photo: Francisco Antunes / WMC 2.0.

Cohen’s Spotify Playlist: The Ultimate Bob Dylan Chronology

American songwriter and performer Bob Dylan has been relatively prolific in a creative life that's spanned almost 60 years. Since his eponymous debut album in...
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