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The collaboration of guitarists John Blair and Marty Tippens began in 2005 with their contribution to The Fireballs' tribute CD, "Quite A Party" (Ace Records CDCHD 1065). Both guitarists are veterans of Southern California's long-established and dedicated surf music subculture, each having played lead guitar for well-known performing and recording surf instrumental bands - Blair with Jon & The Nightriders and Tippens with The Fabulous Planktones. However, their track on the Ace CD, "Clink Clink Classic," was recorded with only acoustic guitars instead of a fully amplified band.




From the liner notes to the Ace Records CD "Quite a Party":

Guitarist John Blair kicked off the surf revival of the eighties with his Southern California band Jon & The Nightriders. Blair has released several fabulous albums including 1980's bold "Surf Beat '80" and one of the best live surf recordings ever, "Live at the Whisky," recorded at Hollywood’s famed Whisky A-Go-Go. This acoustic version of "Clink Clink Classic" was recorded in Los Angeles for this tribute with Marty Tippens of The Fabulous Planktones on bass and guitar.


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Working with acoustic guitars proved to be such an interesting departure from the usual approach to rock instrumentals that it inspired more recordings over the next few months in the same "unplugged" style. By May 2007, Blair and Tippens had finished an eclectic set of recordings that reflected their different musical backgrounds and influences. The tracks range from the exotic and laid back "Adventures in Paradise" to a rousing, near-bluegrass arrangement of The Ventures' "Gandy Dancer"  and acoustic guitar arrangements of original compositions recorded by the pair's earlier surf bands. The sound of the production varies from the use of only two guitars and bass to multiple overdubs involving different stringed instruments and light percussion. The tracks are currently being considered for a CD release.



John Blair is a BMI songwriter (Wet Song Music, administered by Bug Music); Marty Tippens is an ASCAP songwriter (Tippytunes Publishing).