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New local music, interview show debuts on SCVTV tonight

Guests Kounterfeit Change, Shay Astar join host Stephen K. Peeples

Posted: September 2, 2010 3:30 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2010 3:30 p.m.

Actress/singer Shay Astar and reggae-funk band Kounterfeit Change are the first guests on the premiere broadcast of SCVTV's new weekly half-hour television program "House Blend" tonight at 10 Pacific time.

The show runs on SCVTV via Time Warner Cable Channel 20 in the Santa Clarita Valley and AT&T U-Verse 99/Santa Clarita and streams live at  

Hosted by Stephen K. Peeples, Signal online editor and Escape entertainment columnist, and produced at the SCVTV Media Center in Newhall, "House Blend" is set in an intimate coffeehouse motif. Each show presents live in-studio performances and interviews with fast-rising musical talent from the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond.

"We're mainly interested in artists who create their own material, from solo acoustic singer/songwriters to rock bands to jazz ensembles and more -- no tribute bands or cover acts," said Peeples, who co-produces and books talent for the show with "House Blend" co-creator and producer Megan Mann, SCVTV's production manager.

"We may also occasionally welcome an established artist who's visiting the SCV, or talk with a behind-the-scenes industry type who has a fascinating, compelling story and some killer video," Peeples said.

The premiere "House Blend" show's first half spotlights actress, singer and songwriter Shay Astar. Accompanied by her band, she sings "Resign," a new original song from her now-available debut EP and imminent full-album, both titled "Blue Dream."

Astar, whose acting credits include "3rd Rock from the Sun" (four seasons as Tommy's girlfriend August), "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "China Beach," "E.R." and more, has pursued a tandem musical career since the mid-1990s. She is joined during her interview segment by Grammy-winning producer and musician Gary McGrath.

SCV- and San Fernando Valley-based reggae/rock/punk/funk band Kounterfeit Change performs a special acoustic version of "Welcome," a brand-new song not yet released, but soon to be recorded for the group's second album.

Fronted by Kamren Chase "KC" Neal, Kounterfeit Change has built a following among SCV teens and young adults through performances at Yes I Can's annual Summer Meltdown festival (last two years), the Third Fridays concert series at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, The Vu in Newhall, and other Southern California venues.

"House Blend" show No. 2, premiering Thursday, Sept. 9, features SCV-based singer/songwriter/artist Kayrn Swanson and the four-member folk/rock/classical quartet The Shoemaker Brothers.

"House Blend" episode No. 3 debuts Thursday, Sept. 16 and presents Western music by the Crosstown Cowboys trio plus a hit rock single by The McGrath Project, which just earned a gold record for its second album, "Love is a 4-Letter Word."

In the wings for upcoming shows: The Feaver, Slo-Motion, Jesse Barish, Johnny Strat & Project Wavelength, Fentruck and more.

Following the Thursday night premieres, SCVTV will broadcast each show several more times in the week that follows, and shows will be available to view on-demand 24/7 online at

"House Blend" segments will also be uploaded to SCVTV's YouTube channel, and to The Signal's website and YouTube channel.

"'House Blend' will provide exposure for aspiring Santa Clarita Valley not only here at home, but also worldwide via the Web," Peeples said.

Artists who would like to appear on "House Blend" should send e-mail links to sites and music online to

Local music fans who would like to be members of the "House Blend" audience may request tickets by sending an e-mail to

More information including a show schedule is available at

About the host
Media veteran Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer ("Monterey International Pop Festival," 1992), award-winning radio writer/producer ("The Lost Lennon Tapes," original 128 shows, 1988-1990), and longtime record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum and Rhino, more than a decade between them).

A 22-year resident of Canyon Country, Peeples has written about the SCV music scene for The Signal and its website since 2004. He has been Online Editor of The Signal since October 2007, and was recently honored with the "Best Website of 2009" award for daily newspapers The Signal's size from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

A jazz and rock drummer since age 12, Peeples was a member of notoriously underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. He now plays with a new SCV-based jazz quartet, to be named later.



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