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Surf Report

Hard-Driving Guitar Surf Music

Supersonic Salvation is the latest CD from the San Diego surf outfit Surf Report, headed up by guitarists Rick Wilkinson and Ruhar (no last name, perhaps there are some unpaid parking tickets). Eleven all instrumental cuts, except for some random vocalisms, sound bites, shouts, grunts and other noises, the CD shows the guitar duo capable of a solid sonic shock, supporting by the rhythmic throb of bassist Vince Mack and drummer Mr. E (no relation to Sheila). They kick things off with "Sandpaper Paddles" which could have easily made the "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack, and follow with soon-to-be-surf-classics tagged with colorful titles such as "Suckerpunch", "3 Rolled Tacos" and "Off The Richter". Ruhar is a master of the weird guitar solo, appropriately soaked in 100 percent pure, California reverb oil. If you live in the Southern California area, see if you can catch these boys live - they reportedly put on a great live show. If not, track down a copy of Supersonic Salvation or any of their other CDs and prepare to hit the virtual waves. Surf Report was originally profiled in the August-September, 2002 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Surf Report was formed in 1993 by two high school friends, Rick and Ruhar, in the garage of a Clairemont home. Insipred by influences ranging from The Ventures to Ozzy Osbourne, they came up with a unique style of up-tempo instrumental surf music. They played their first show on a rooftop in Mission Beach, California for nearly 100 people on the streets below. They recorded an album in 1994, "The Bikini Island Experiment", which was soon followed by 1996's "Inferno". "Inferno" was included in England's Pipeline magazine list of the 10 best releases of 1996. Their multimedia CD "Lavarockreverb" was released in 1999, and in 2000, the San Diego Reader's poll found Surf Report to be the Best Rock Band in San Diego.

Surf Report continues to spread the word about their music by playing all over Southern California, from hometown bars and summer street fairs, to classic automobile shows, theme parks and corporate events.

Contact Information
Rick Wilkinson
P.O. Box 178352
San Diego, CA 92177
United States

E-mail: Surf Report
Web site: www.surfreportwebsite.com

Albert Cummings

From The Heart Of The Blues

Recorded with the help of Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section Double Trouble (Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon), bluesman Albert Cumming's debut CD is entitled From The Heart. The album's title stems from the Austin, Texas recording sessions, when Shannon encouraged Cummings to just relax and play from the heart. As a result, the eleven tracks display fiery, passionate blues guitar and soulful, experienced vocals, showing that Cummings has a bright future in the blues. There isn't a bad cut on the CD, with the slow grind of "Barrel House Blues", the intertwining lead and rhythm work on "Your Own Way" and the familiar sentiments expressed "The Long Way" representing some of the many highlights. Cummings should rapidly develop a fan base among blues lovers due to the strength of his guitar playing, his superb vocals, and his excitement and enthusiasm for the blues genre. A great find. Albert Cummings was originally profiled in the August-September, 2002 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Starting on the five-string banjo at age 12, the primarily self-taught Cummings soon found himself gravitating towards the musical diversity of the guitar. "When I heard Stevie, I couldn't believe it. I didn't think it was possible to play like that! I listened to him constantly, along with other greats like Brian Setzer and Danny Gatton. The guitar was an instant obsession." A personal epiphany occurred in 1987, when Albert wandered into a SRV & DT show at Boston's Orpheum Theater. "That first time I saw them play, I was riveted. I had never experienced anything that intensely powerful in my life." Double Trouble's Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon would soon figure directly in Cummings' career, handling the production and rhythmic work on his debut CD.

In expressing his feelings about the blues, Albert says, "I love the blues because it is so real, you just can't fake it. There is something about the sound of a great blues guitarist that snaps my head around."

Contact Information
Albert Cummings
820A North Hoosac Road
Williamstown, MA 01267
United States

E-mail: Albert Cummings
Web site: www.albertcummings.com

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