Surf Zup

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Background Information

Origin

Suburban Detroit

Genre

Surf Guitar and Instrumental Rock

Years Active

2013- Present

Record Label

VentureX Music

Members

Jack DeFranco - Guitar
Al Carmichael - Guitar
Gary Griffin - Bass
Ken Murphy - Drums

Website

http://www.surfzupband.com

About

SURF ZUP was founded in 2013 by Jack DeFranco and Al Carmichael, when the two guitar players were introduced by a mutual friend. A passion for guitar instrumentals, and a desire to share this music with others was the foundation of the band. Soon thereafter, Ken Murphy and Gary Griffin were added to the lineup. They also were seasoned pros.

The name SURF ZUP emanates from the "Surf Guitar" genre, but that is just a subset of what the band does. The band plays "Instrumental Rock". There are no vocals. A typical Setlist includes the iconic surf songs from the 1960s, along with TV Themes, Movie Themes, and other catchy tunes, with a surf guitar influence. The goal of the band has always been to pay homage to the great bands that created this music.

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Biographies

Jack DeFranco

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Jack knew that when he first heard The Ventures guitars in 1964, he had to learn to play the instrument. Soon after that, playing surf guitar in a high school band just seemed like a natural progression. Little did he know that a few decades later he would be touring with the original and guitar playing founding members of The Ventures, Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards. The Ventures would bring him in into the family and mentor him in the art of rock instrumentals. To date, being with them at the induction of The Ventures into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in March 2008, has been a highlight of a lifetime. Jack refers to it all as “a storybook tale, for sure.” The Ventures have relied on his technical and creative talents, to co-produce albums and other projects, for two decades. The Ventures are the best in music history at making recordings in that genre, so the value to Jack of that continuing relationship is priceless. Jack has taken all of that knowledge and experience and injected it into the formation of SURF ZUP. His goal was to found an instrumental band in the spirit of The Ventures, so the people of Michigan could experience and enjoy the music that he loves so much. The project came to fruition when he met Al Carmichael, who Jack affectionately refers to as “Nokie Jr.

 



Al Carmichael

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Al is the consummate musician. He began playing at age 11, played his first gig at 15, began writing songs at 16, and started playing professionally at 20. One of the founding members of the southern rock band Radar in the 1960's, his touring experience includes the national folk circuit with Peter Bowen, and country/country-rock with Bliss, the Honkey-Tonk Angels, and Bustin' Loose. His numerous industry achievements include 500 session hours at Holland-Dozier-Holland studios during the '70s and while under contract with Nashville's Shed house publishing he co-wrote the #1 national country hit "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am" with Gary Griffin, plus songs for Davis Daniel, Dawn Sears, The Smokin' Armadillos and Johnny Rodriguez. Al has been revered in the Detroit music scene for decades, entertaining people with his vocals and guitar.

 



Ken Murphy

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Ken was proud to be a student of legendary drum instructor Ray “Pankau” Parker. He started drumming at the age of 6 and in conjunction with Larry Eagan his school band director from 2nd thru 12th grade, his musical skills were honed and challenged daily. This would serve as the basis for the pursuit of a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Ken has played nationally with many groups, but his roots are deep in the Detroit Music Scene. As a member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians Local #5 for over 30 years his professional career has allowed him to perform with and be mentored by the most amazing musicians to play in Detroit and around the world. He also teaches aspiring drummers the rudiment and skills they will need to follow in his footsteps. Gary has had a long career in writing, producing and performing. He has been a member of numerous well known bands in the Detroit area. His industry achievements have included 500 session hours at Holland-Dozier-Holland studios during the '70s and while under contract with Nashville's Shed house publishing he co-wrote the #1 national country hit "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am" with Al Carmichael, plus songs for Davis Daniel, Dawn Sears, The Smokin' Armadillos and Johnny Rodriguez.

 


Gary Griffin

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While bass in most other rock bands only provides the bottom end groove, SURF ZUP allows Gary the opportunity to showcase his talents. The bass line in instrumental rock is akin to vocal harmonies in conventional rock. He delivers that element which is so essential to the uniqueness and power of the band.

 



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