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Guitarist/archivist celebrates West Texas music

November 23, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 23--Curtis Peoples, a 1985 graduate of Plainview High School, will return to his roots when he plays at The Broadway Brew starting at 8 p.m., Saturday.

Peoples started his music career on the bass guitar at the age of 13. "I played in high school bands there in town, and in various bands in Lubbock," he said.

Peoples graduated from South Plains College with a degree in sound technology and later earned a Ph.D. in history from Texas Tech University. He is now curator of the Crossroads of Music Archive at the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech in Lubbock.

The archives focus on Texas musicians, especially West Texas musicians. "We have photographs, songbooks, posters, pictures -- all kinds of things," Peoples said. "It's important to preserve the legacy of West Texas musicians."

Although archival materials may not be checked out, the public can come in, look and do research, Peoples said.

"We're starting to put up more on the Internet now," Peoples said.

From now through Feb. 9, 2014, Crossroads is partnering with The Buddy Holly Center on an exhibit called West Texas Guitar. Presented in the Foyer Gallery, the show features the guitars of notable musicians and songwriters from West Texas, including David Box, Joe Ely, Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, Sonny Curtis, James Maines, Charlene Hancock, Pete Orta and John Sprott.

In the course of his work, Peoples said he gets to meet a lot of great musicians, including Charlie Phillips, the composer of "Sugartime." First published in 1958, the song was recorded by artists as diverse as The McGuire Sisters and Johnny Cash.

Peoples said his own influences include Pink Floyd and classic rock musicians.

"I've worked some of their styles into my original music. Lately, I've listening to a lot of American folk, like Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly, and doing some of their songs my way," he said.

Peoples' program at The Brew will include original music, blues, rock, folk, "a little bit of everything," he said. "I'm kind of getting out there and playing music again."

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