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Here are my favorites and the icons of instrumental music and surf guitar.
The artists and bands of surf guitar and instrumental rock.
Al Caiola's Tuff Guitar album was one of my favorite albums as a kid back in the late 60's when I first got into guitar. I would love to record my versions of these songs.
(from Wikipedia) Al Caiola (born Alexander Emil Caiola, September 7, 1920, Jersey City, New Jersey) is a guitarist who plays jazz, country, rock, western, and pop music. He has been both a studio musician and stage performer. He has recorded over fifty albums and has worked with some of the biggest stars of the 20th Century, including Frank Sinatra, Percy Faith, Buddy Holly, Mitch Miller, and Tony Bennett. During World War II Caiola played with the United States Marine Corps 5th Marine Division (United States) Band that also included Bob Crosby. Caiola served in the Battle of Iwo Jima as a stretcher bearer.
(Ed. I discover the band Friends of Dean Martinez when I purchased the DVD Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea. A great documentary by Tilapia Film
(from artist's site) - Here is what Richie Unterberger said about Friends of Dean Martinez at AllMusic.com
A Southwestern alternative rock supergroup of sorts, Arizona's Friends of Dean Martinez features past and present members of Giant Sand, Calexico, and Naked Prey. Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb, though not a member of the group, plays guest keyboards on their debut album, The Shadow of Your Smile, a surprisingly retro set of guitar-based instrumentals inspired by instrumental and surf rock of the late '50s and early '60s. With plenty of lounge music and desert country guitar twang thrown in, it's certainly retro in feel, but not revivalist; with Bill Elm's keening steel guitar at the forefront and occasional insertions of found sound and experimental bits, they evoke open dusty landscapes ...
More information available on artist's web site.
YouTube: Johnny A. Open Forum
(from artist's site) For Johnny A., the guitar has held a lifelong fascination, her six strings exerting a powerful influence and addictive beauty since the first time he held them. The pursuit of this musical lady with the perfect shape has driven his years - shaping the course of his life – taking him places he never could have imagined. Through inspiring moments of ecstatic improvisation, deep contemplation and inevitable gaps of frustration it has been a stormy affair with a tempestuous hollow-body lover, but the marriage has been nothing less than remarkable.
Gibson Custom Shop Johnny A. Signature with Bigsby
Johnny A. is widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists. Gibson thinks so – their Custom Shop designed a Signature Edition guitar per his specific requests which, when it was marketed in 2003, placed him in an exclusive club that included legends like BB King, Wes Montgomery, Chet Atkins, Joe Perry, Pat Martino and Les Paul himself. The public thinks so too - Johnny A.'s latest works have sold many thousands of copies as well as being his personal best. The most recent CD's - 2004's Get Inside and 1999's Sometime Tuesday Morning, are the critically acclaimed solo culmination of a lifetime of learning, sharing and bonding in a long parade of bands and players.
Brian Robert Setzer (born April 10, 1959) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He first found widespread success in the early 1980s with the 1950s-style rockabilly revival group Stray Cats, and revitalized his career in the late 1990s with his Swing revival band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
( from artist's site ) - Laika & The Cosmonauts was founded in 1987 by Mikko Lankinen (guitar), Janne Haavisto (drums), Matti Pitsinki (organ and guitar) and Tom Nyman (bass). The Finnish instrumentalists' first album, C'mon Do The Laika, was released in 1988. Since then, the band has released five more studio albums, all with the same line-up.
Booking for Los Straitjackets:
Mongrel Music 743 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, California 94930
( from artist's site ) - Los Straitjackets, America's #1 Instrumental Combo become known as frequent collaborators, recording Sing Along With Los Straitjackets with a number of different artists. They were nominated for a Grammy Award for their collaboration with blues singer Eddy Clearwater, Rock 'N' Roll City. As time goes on, their stage shows have become more elaborate. Shows frequently feature choreography, guest vocalists such as Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Kaiser George of the Scottish band the Kaisers, Big Sandy, and burlesque dancing troupe The World Famous Pontani Sisters.
( from listing's site ) - Group Captain and the Mandrakes are an instrumental surf band based out of Fredericksburg, VA. Made up of veteran local musicians, their collective r&eacute;sum&eacute; places their members in a variety of Surf, Punk and Funk bands ranging from The Amazing Coconauts, in the Phoenix area, to Swingin’ Utters in Santa Cruz, California, to The Cave Men and Nancy Katz &amp; The Stray Dogs, in Northern Virginia, as well as Richard Greens Showtyme Band in Fredericksburg. Matt Lentz, the lead guitarist, has performed with national acts like The Fireballs (#1 Billboard hit Sugar Shack in '63, Bulldog), Deadbolt and Laramie Dean as well as with a wide variety of local bands, and is now delighted to be fronting Fredericksburg's premier Surf Rock Party Band.
( from artist's site ) - Slacktone is widely recognized as America's best surf instrumental band. Their sound is a hyper-kinetic mix of melody, speed and jaw dropping technical skill. Formed in Los Angeles in 1995 from a group of surf band veterans, they have since released four albums and toured Europe eight times. Slacktone's music is featured in TV shows like the WB's Summerland, MTV Real People, Fox Sports Network, Boardwild, and they were the house band for the MTV's "Rock N Jock Superbowl Party". They wrote and produced music for 5 Slim Jim extreme sports commercials, and also worked with Subaru for the release of their new sports vehicle, Baja. They have played at numerous outdoor sporting events including the US Open and OP Pro surfing events, NORBA mountain bike races, and several snowboarding events.
(from artist's site) The Surfaris began their forty plus year career by recording Wipe Out, one of the most popular songs recorded in a generation. Wipe Out, Surfer Joe and others captured the sound of the early 1960’s. Initially catapulted by the California surf culture, The Surfaris transcended the local scene into international stardom.
Since then, Bob Berryhill continues to play the music and tell the amazing story behind the music of The Surfaris.
( from artist's site ) - THE ELIMINATORS have lead the way in the resurgence of instrumental surf music that was popular during the early 60's by staying true to the sound while giving the music and their show a 90's twist. Their fast rising popularity is due to their incredible live performances and their T.V and radio sound waves. You know them their sounds from the Bud-Light "Left coast right beer" commercials, guest appearances on "Beverly Hills 90210, bumper music and record review on 95.5 KLOS "Mark and Brian" show, a guest band appearance on the popular talk show "The View" and supplying music for the hit T.V drama "Providence". THE ELIMINATORS have had great national exposure by performing on a 25 city tour sponsored by Bud-Light and opening for superstar Jimmy Buffett. THE ELIMINATORS are five California longboarders who live the lifestyle of the music they play.
( from WidipediA ) - Tom and Jerry was the name of a guitar duo of the early 1960s in the United States, consisting of Tommy Tomlinson and Jerry Kennedy.
They recorded instrumentals on the Mercury label. Their best known single was "Golden Wildwood Flower" in 1961.
They released four albums, with a general rock and roll theme:
More information available on artist's web site.
( from artist's site ) - Canada's East Coast instro-nuts, URBAN SURF KINGS, play surf music, 1960’s style. Think the beach blasts of Dick Dale, the leather jacket rumble of Link Wray, and the biker fuzz of B-movie heroes Davie Allan & the Arrows.
(from artist's site) In 1958, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, formed the nucleus of the original music group, The Ventures. The duo was joined a few years later by Nokie Edwards to record “Walk, Don't Run”. The song hit Billboard's Singles Chart on July 18, 1960 and peaked at #2. The band was prolific during the 60’s with touring and recording albums.
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