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Pounding Surf DVD Now Available!

Image Head on over to and order yourself a copy of the new DVD "Pounding Surf", a combined instructional surf drumming DVD and a documentary on surf music, from the drummer's perspective!

From the website:

"...75 minutes of tips and lessons in The Art of Surf Drumming™ from four great drummers, plus the full-length documentary film A Drummers Guide to Surf Drumming. The project is dedicated to the new torchbearers that are out there every night pushing the boundaries of instrumental surf music  and features talents of some of my favorite Musicians: Tracy and I are joined by drummers Lee Kixx (from the cutting-edge Reventlos) and the incomparable Dusty Watson (of Dick Dale and Slacktone). The all-star live band features classic performances from Paul Johnson, Dave Wronski of Slacktone and Dick Dale bassist Ron Eglit."

See also this forum thread, started by Matt Quilter of the Reventlos, and one of the contributors to this project.

Sundazed Releases for August, 2008

Head on over to Sundazed Music and check out new releases for August 2008 including:

  • Gary Usher - Barefoot Adventure: The 4 Star Sessions
  • Link Wray - White Lightning: Lost Cadence Sessions '58
  • Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Surf Age
  • Davie Allan & The Arrows - Cycle Breed
Read more for all the details...

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New site offers drum loops just for Surf!

Home recording and surf music enthusiasts ... here's a cool new retro-website made just for you:

Steve's Springy Surf Drums

There are four different packs for $4.99-$9.99 that offer reverb/non-reverb loops in Apple/AIFF formats, so that both Mac and PC users can create some fun surf songs at home.  If you don't have access to a real drummer or quality surf drum loops, then these are perfect for you.  Or even if you're a drummer, in a band with a drummer, or have access to a studio and drummer ... these loops are still great to have on hand to build everything from demo songs or complete albums. 
Spring on over!

Jerry Cole 1939 - 2008

This is from a broadcast email from 3 Balls of Fire guitarist Mike Vernon:

Our dear friend, Jerry Cole died Wednessday night at his home in Corona, California. Jerry's wife, Gale, was with him when he suffered a massive heart attack. Jerry was 68 years old and is survived by Gale and their daughters, Monique and Katrina, and son, Cane. Jerry's other son, Keith, died just a year earlier at the age of 28. Funeral services are still pending but a public memorial is also being planned for the near future.
Jerry Coletta was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1939. After moving to Chicago with his mother, he started cutting his musical chops in the gritty Chicago blues scene of the fifties. It wasn't long after that he found himself in the Champs and had his first hit, "Tequila". He and Glen Cambell shared guitar duties with the group and eventually both landed in Los Angeles where they began to get studio work. It wasn't too long before they were in the thick of it and with a loosley knit group of steller musicians became known as the Wrecking Crew. Jerry was probably one of the most recorded guitarist in history and appeared on an impressive and diverse list of who's who in American popular music including virtually all of the Phil Spector groups, many of the Beach Boys records including "Pet Sounds", Gene Vincent, B.B. King, The Byrds, Roger MsGuinne, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood, Ricky Nelson, Paul Revere and the Raiders and Roger Miller. And as Jerry liker to say, "and that was just the first day!" He also did a stint as band leader on Shindig where he performed with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Jerry Lee Lewis. He also led the band on The Sonny and Cher Show and was even in Elvis Presley's back-up band in "King Creole".

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The Trashmen/The Chantays

Greetings Friends,

I was just informed that THE TRASHMEN/THE CHANTAYS Proposal was not  accepted, at the Venue in Southern California. All of us on the Management Team are disappointed of course, but this will not deter us. I can speak for all of us involved, that we totally believe that  this package show---was one of the best Entertainment Events around.

If any of you have  "Contacts" that you think might help get this  Show off the ground, let me know. I will then pass on the information to the others.

Thanks for all your support.

John Eckert

Talent Agent/Coordinator,

The Trashmen,The Chantays

direct email:

Photos of the Krautsurf Release Party June 3rd, 2006

I have added some fotos of the Party  to my Picasa webalbenfor your enjoyment.

surf rocking regards from Germany


Final Issue of The Lance Monthly

Received via Reverborama -- BN

Hey Compadres,

After ten years on the Internet, it's time to give it a rest:

IN THIS FINAL ISSUE: Up Close with TLM Editor, Dick Stewart (Lance Monthly’s tenth anniversary; let the hiatus begin); Tenth Anniversary Comments (from TLM’s most ardent fans); Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender (A report by Sonny West – Rockabilly Weekenders growing in worldwide popularity); A Chat with Tinker Carlen (Was he an original Cricket? – interview conducted by Dick Stewart); Paterson’s Jump, Jive, and Harmonize (Reviews of releases by The Liverpool Five; 3 Balls of Fire); MuzikMan’s The Lance Monthly Album Pick of the  Month [“010110001 (Limited Edition)”- Ayreon]

For a final read, go to


Dick Stewart
Editor - The Lance Monthly

MSL on

The Mighty Surf Lords have been out making new friends this past week.

One is local DJ Max Volume for KOZZ Radio. Max has taken me under his wing, and has been promoting our new album on this local classic rock station.

Max LOVES surf music, and is really helping to spread the word around Reno, Carson, and Tahoe.

Then yesterday we were apporoached by Buzz, who did a small interview and has made our music available, anytime, at

There are many people in this area  who are discovering surf music, and they are really diggin' it! This is good news for all surf bands!

The Ventures Inducted into Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

The Ventures have finally been inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame! VH-1 Classic will broadcast the ceremony live on Monday, March 10th at 8:30 PM Eastern time. In addition, a special two and a half hour highlight edition will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, March 22 at 11:00 PM.

Congratulations to The Ventures from!!!

laramie dean out with agent orange!

besides the fantastic news of agent orange releasing a live dvd from hamburg germany, surf guitar axe man laramie dean is now on tour with the boys and has been sitting in with them on select instros for their encore. if they are coming your way good. if not, then i suggest you go to them.