A Postcard From California: A Must Have For Beach Boy Fans

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Photo: Michael Hixon

Photo: Michael Hixon

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I was fortunate enough to attend the Al Jardine concert at The Roxy. Al was (and still is) one of the original Beach Boys.

[pullquote quote="It is such a thrill for us to release the first ever solo CD, from someone who is a Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame member, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient...and genuinely a nice guy." credit="Rob Christie of Robo Records & Waterfront Entertainment Group."]

Al was joined by an excellent band, plus his two sons Matt and Adam for a rousing 90 minute jam that also included Billy Hinsche of another 1960’s Los Angeles based act: “Dino, Desi & Billy.” They opened for The Beach Boys at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965. I have some rare records by those guys, and Billy was impressed by that. A longtime friend (and member of) The Beach Boys, Billy is Al’s musical director and still plays a great keyboard. High praise was given by Al to Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, whose garage is where it all began over 50 years ago. In addition to sounding great, Al is truly one of the nicest artists I have ever met during my long, strange trip in both radio and the music business.

Al’s new CD A Postcard From California is an excellent tribute to the harmonies we have all enjoyed since The Beach Boys first iconic record, “Surfin” hit the singles charts on radio station KFWB the last week of 1961. It was less than a year later that “Surfin’ Safari” made The Beach Boys famous all over America. The new CD released by Robo Records & Waterfront Entertainment Group  features the voices of original Beach Boys Brian Wilson, (the late) Carl Wilson and Mike Love. They are joined by (still current) Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, Glen Campbell, (who actually WAS a Beach Boy for awhile in 1965), and rock royalty David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Steve Miller, America and Al’s neighbor Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea and Miller join Al for the new version of “Help Me Rhonda.”

Al told me his new album is “giving back” to the source that made The Beach Boys so popular, the beautiful Blue Pacific Ocean. The first single  ”Don’t Fight The Sea” has a strong environmental message. It begs everyone to respect our surroundings. Obviously all of these artists love  and respect Al as much as we do. Popular Actor John Stamos joined the band for the encore “Barbara Ann” as did “The Honeys” and many members of the extended Beach Boys family. Someone on Facebook claimed they saw Joni Mitchell at this show. The guy standing to my right looked just like Glen Campbell. I guess everyone loves The Beach Boys.

You can download Al’s new music on Amazon today. The official CD is coming out in April.Tickets for The Beach Boys Hollywood Bowl concert June 2nd  sold out immediately. A second show is scheduled for June 3rd in Irvine. This lineup includes Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, and the rocking surf guitar of early Beach Boy, David L. Marks.The Beach Boys plan to do at least 50 concerts for their 50th anniversary. They wrap up their tour in Japan this August.

Listen to my interview with Al Jardine below:

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