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Dale Peterson

Rock * Blues * Honky Tonk * Surf * Rockabilly

Root 66 recording company Proudly Presents

Los Angeles Roots Rock Veteran: Dale Peterson

Since the early 1970s, Dale Peterson has been blurring the lines between Blues, Country, Rock and other forms of American Music. Honing his skills in the trenches of Hollywood bars and Orange County honky tonks, he served as a sideman, backing up several singer/songwriters such as RB Greaves (“Take A Letter Maria”) and Don Harrison (Atlantic & Mercury recording artist) as well as dozens of bands ranging in various musical styles.

After 15 years working as a sideman, Peterson formed the Rhythm Lords in 1988 and toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. This hard rockin’ blues-a-billy outfit recorded 4 titles with Rebecca Records. Starting with a three-song self titled demo/EP in 1990, six-song EP, “Evil” in 1992,  plus two full length CDs “Happy Hour” 1994 and “Lone Wolf” 1996. In 1999 Peterson launched his solo career with “Full Circle“. This final release for Rebecca Records delivered eleven Peterson compositions that show a much more rock / pop sensibility than the blues heavy Rhythm Lords.

In 2004 he and partner, John Valenzuela started up Root 66 recording company and VP Studio where they recorded and released “Bandera” in 2005 and “Son Of Harry” in 2007. These two honky tonk releases are a tribute to Dale’s songwriter/musician father, Harry Peterson and both releases feature a sampling of his father’s music.

As a songwriter Dale has placed several of his recordings in major motion pictures and television programs like Tyler Perry’s 2009 blockbuster movie, “Madea Goes to Jail” (Scorpion) and most recently songs placed in the hit television programs, Breakout Kings (Java Headed Woman) and Nate Berkus Show (Gonna Ride).

In 2011 he recorded and released “Time Machine” with the band, Trouble No More. The eleven original tracks (all written by Peterson) are described as a swampy, beatnik style infused with, blues, twang, Latin and surf.

Peterson is also an artist, painter and published photographer and poet. He released his first poetry chapbook, “Do Not Stop In The Red Zone” in 2008 and is currently in production of his second book of poetry titled, “Out of the Game”.

In 2012, he wrote an article about his musician father, Harry Peterson which was published in the winter 2012 issue (#99) of Blue Suede News and later published in The Echols County Echo [newspaper 8/28/2013].

His first nonfiction book is titled “Why In The World Would You Want To Start A Band?” c2015 which is a guide for young musicians on how to get started in the music business. This is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Over the last few years, Peterson, John Valenzuela and Stephen Traino have been working on a project titled – “Rhythm Lords – The Early Days (1988-1992)”. There will be an audio CD and DVD documenting the first four years of the Rhythm Lords and where the band got its start. This project is dedicated to Richard Dover (RIP) former drummer for the Rhythm Lords and is due for release in 2015/2016.

Peterson is also currently writing new songs and recording demos with the Rhythm Lords (Re-Loaded) featuring Eric VonHerzen on harmonica, Kip Dabbs on drums, Steph Traino on bass and Dale Peterson on guitar and lead vocals.

For more information contact John Valenzuela


P.O. Box 181 Pico Rivera, California 90660


Dale Peterson is a vintage amp and guitar junky but he also plays G&L Guitars, Fryette/VHT Amps, D’Addario Strings and accessories, Shubb capos and slide bars

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