House Blend | Episode 24b: T.J.Sullivan
ABOUT THE ARTIST
A resident of the Burbank area since 1976 and a member of the SCV Blues Society, Thelonius James “T.J.” Sullivan’s career has been filled with projects and bands known to the Southern California night club scene. Sullivan has worked with The Fever, Billy and the Burnouts, Sky Blues Band, The Mudcats, The Hunters, The Deluxe Rhythm Masters, MotherBlues Band, The Paramours, Dr. Lozelle’s Blues Contenders, The Meatwhistles Blues Review, and most recently, The Superstitions.
Over the past 25 years, he has performed with stars such as Big Joe Turner, Joe Houston, Delaney Bramlett, Paul Butterfield, and industry-standard professionals like Yamaha’s Phil Bloch and Ken DaPron.
In an interview in Vintage Drummer Magazine, Preston Ritter of the Electric Prunes hails TJ as one of the hardest grooving guitarists and great songwriters he knows.
Anytime you listen to his originals you hear them showcase T.J.s rich, powerful voice, and a tasty palette of guitar sounds — Taylor acoustics, Dobro Duolian slide sounds, the T-bone of the Gibson 175, the chunky hot sauce of the Telecaster and the bright sting of the King Bee Stratocaster.
ABOUT THE HOST
“House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when The-Signal.com was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.@2011SCVTV