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Archive for March, 2010

An Unforgettable Laugh - The Man Behind Wipeout's Intro

Sacramento News & Review recently ran an article on Dale Smallin, the manager of The Surfaris who provided the unforgettable intro-laugh to "Wipeout".

"The fast-paced day-to-day of musician Dale Smallin, who recorded the wild cackle at the intro of the classic Surfari’s hit ‘Wipe Out,’ now is a slow-paced life in downtown Sacramento."

Thanks to JetBlue for posting the link our forums.

Ramblin' Ambassadors to release 7"

The Ramblin Ambassadors are all set to release their brand new 7" on Eat Shit and Die Records out of Edmonton. Containing one original "Pine Beetle Express and two Shadows covers (The Savage/FBI) this little platter is pure dynamite!

For ordering info contact:

Also look for the Ramblin' Ambassadors touring Western Canada in April!

There is more to this story, continue reading ...

Eddie Bertrand Interviewed on Spanish Radio

Surf guitar legend Eddie Bertrand (Belairs, Eddie & The Showman) recently traveled to Spain to play a festival. He was interviewed on El Sotano (The Basement), a program hosted at Spanish National Radio. Check out the whole interview here. It's a very interesting interview interspersed with Eddie's music, and don't worry, the interview is in both Spanish and English. Well worth a listen!

Monthly Surf Night at Mahogany's

In an effort to build a stronger audience for surf music and the bands that have been performing the Midwest Surf Spy and Spaghetti Syndicate, Dave Davies of the AmpFibians and Don Schott of Don't Fear the Reverb have teamed up with Bob, the owner of the Mahogany's (formerly known as Lucille’s - the blues club) in LATONIA SPRINGS KY. The monthly SURF NIGHT will try to feature a minimum of 3 performance groups per night with one of them being "friends of surf" vocal groups. This would include Rock- A - Billy and Link Wray style bands. The SURF EXPLOSIONS need to be better attended and this is one way of consistently increasing audience awareness in the area, we have BIG plans. Right now there is minimal money on the table to be able to get groups in from other cities that are not direct "neighbors" to the area. We plan to keep the invitations open though, as the SURF EXPLOSIONS have had groups like: Roger and the Wraybands, The Surge, The Madeira, The Volcanos among the local favorites. We want to continue having great regional talent appear as well but because MAHOGANY'S is a small capacity family owned establishment, we intend to keep it as a home base for "fans" of surf in the area. These show's happen at 8 to 8:30 right after the WAIF 88.3 ROCKIN' & SURFIN" SHOW (6-8 each Saturday) and streaming here.

We hope to get an area fan and festival base going here not unlike the Blues Society (that Don had a part in).

Our next show is :

27 MARCH 2010

cover charge - minimal (3-$5)

featuring: (so far - see updates at )

  • the AmpFibians
  • Don't Fear the Reverb
  • TBA - a third group OR email :
for involvement and booking of shows on this event :
Mahogany's - 3715 Winston Avenue, Latonia, KY 41015 · (859) 261-1029

The Svens on My Space

The Svens have joined the E world. Check us out on MySpace.

Give us a listen, find out what Cowboy Surf Poetry is all about. Enjoy

Surfrider PSA by Scott Pilgrim

Hey, I just produced a national spot for Surfrider's "Rise Above Plastics" initiative. This PSA is getting lots of attention. Take a look here.


Official Announcement for 2010 SG101 Convention

The third Annual SurfGuitar101 Convention is confirmed August 5-8 at various location in Southern California. The main event is planned for Saturday, August 7th at The Starting Gate in Los Alamitos. Please save these dates, and make your plans now to come to California for this celebration of Surf Music! Details about the events surrounding the convention will be posted soon.

Venue: The Starting Gate
5052 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2802
(562) 598-8957

here is the link to the Facebook that Kristena is doing for it.

and here is the myspace:

8 am- Open for Breakfast
9 am- Vendors begin
10 am to 8 pm - Live Music

Line up:
Space Cossacks (Washington D.C.)
Frankie and the Pool Boys (SF Bay Area, CA)
The Wadadli Riders (Antigua/Italy)
The Insect Surfers (Los Angeles, CA)
The Space Rangers (Germany)
Atomic Mosquitos, Washington D.C.)
The Surfside IV (Phoenix, AZ)
Men of Mystery (L.A. County, CA)
myspace coming soon.

  • A "60's Legends of Surf" Jam and The SG101 Members Jam.
  • Huge back room at The Starting Gate will host the Vendors area.
  • Meet and greet SG101 members from around the world
  • Meet legendary Surf Musicians
  • Many more shows planned around the main convention show.

I hope many of you can come out to California to soak up the sun and reverb of this ongoing tradition of shows.
- Your host Jeff "Big Tiki Dude" Hanson

A few notes about each band:

The Space Cossacks– Originally from Washington D.C., The Space Cossacks are widely recognized as one of the most popular and influential bands of the 1990's great surf revival, if not all time. We are honored that The Space Cossacks, with their original line-up intact, will appear at the SG101 Convention as part of their 10th anniversary reunion tour.

Frankie and the Pool Boys- This Bay Area group was never supposed to perform live, but agreed to come together for the SG101 Convention. Featuring Ferenc Dobronyi from Pollo Del Mar with Danny and Tony from The TomorrowMen, Karen of Meshugga Beach party, and Naotaka Seki from Japan's Surf Coasters on drums with several special guests.

The Wadadli Riders- The Surf Music Kings of the Caribbean! Lorenzo Valdambrini, the leader of the band is also the founder of the hugely successful Surfer Joe Festival in Italy. This will be the Wadali Riders second tour of California.
(Along with the Space Rangers from Germany, we are pleased to have The Wadadli Riders as our first international bands at the SG101 convention.)

The Insect Surfers- Planet Earth's longest running modern surf bands has been preforming since the Summer of 1979. They have released 3 CDs, and a best-of album, with appearances on about 30(!) compilations. The Insect Surfers strive to bring you the best in modern surfadelic sounds.

The Space Rangers- From Ulm, Germany, The Space Rangers' stomping beats and bass lines are the solid reef on which the delayed guitar riffs break, topped with whitecaps of organ harmonies. If Godzilla had a favorite band, it would be the Space Rangers.

The Atomic Mosquitos- From Washington D.C., The Atomic Mosquitos are led by the twin reverb guitars of Joe Marencic and Paul Carson with Stephen Blickenstaff adding theremin touches and driven along by Sean Rush on bass and Craig Stang's drums. They deliver a full-on, uptempo surf assault. They have released three CDs.

The Surfside IV- With fans numbering in the dozens, these surf rockers from Sonora, Arizona have managed to thrill themselves and audiences alike, despite their willingness to don a fez. Never afraid to make a true spectacle and always providing an ample target area for empty beer cans, a Surfside IV show is a veritable reverb-soaked cavalcade of high-speed guitar, bass and drum acrobatics.

The Men of Mystery- A tribute to England's legendary Shadows, this group features members of The Detonators, joined by Marty Tippens (The Planktones, The Trespassers), and Abdel Khineche (a long time Shadows devotee.)

The Legends of Surf Jam - We have asked members several First Wave groups to join a fantastic, all-star backing band, to perform the music we cherish. This a very rare opportunity for you to see the songs performed by the people that first recorded and wrote them.

Starting the day's music will be the very popular SG101 Members Jam.
I am thinking of trying something different to organize it this year.
Look for a separate thread on that later.

Please plan on coming 4PM, Thursday, August 5th to a BBQ at my place, followed by a show in nearby Anaheim.
Monday, August 9th will be a day of sight seeing and field trips.

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support over the years.