Beach & Guitar
STORY/Press Release - Tim Coffman / Songwriter/Musician/Producer/Engineer CONTACT: Pam - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org News: Rolltop Music is pleased to announce that Tim Coffman had two of his songs nominated by the International JPF Music Awards for song of the year for 2006. The two songs that were nominated are "JungleWave" from his CD "Beach & Guitar" and "Fascination" from the 2005 release "Music from Beach Boulevard". Both nominations are in the surf rock category. Beach & Guitar is the latest CD release from San Diego-based, independent label, Rolltop Records. Written, arranged and produced by Tim Coffman, Beach & Guitar with it's signature sound of warm/deep tones and modern ambient production pays homage to the best in California surf and Hawaiian styles. But it's Coffman's relentless and loving attention to detail that sets Beach & Guitar head and shoulders above other generic retreads of the era. It should be pointed out that this is Coffman's third original music project in just over two years. Never content to rest on his laurels, B & G is a follow-up to the highly successful 2003 release of Nonstop to Paris which was warmly embraced by smooth jazz radio and during it's debut week scored on the list of top 10 most added radio singles. Destined to be a smooth jazz favorite Nonstop to Paris with it's mix of cool Jazz, smooth Jazz and deep grooves continues to receive international airplay 10 months after it's release. Now rewind to June 2002. Coffman began by recording This Is Fun his first personal project of instrumental tunes that he had written over a 10-year span but had never gotten around to recording. The resulting nine-track CD represents a sentimental trip back to the 60's, when melody dominated popular music - Coffman then adds just the right blend of contemporary spices and succeeds in capturing the essence of the instrumental pop music genre of the time. The result is some very fresh 'Vintage Soundtracks.' But to tell the story we need to go back to Coffman's roots in a three-decade career that has taken him from sharing the stage with rock music luminaries Steppenwolf and the Dave Clark Five to country legends Roy Clark and Jimmy Dean. During the following years Coffman performed as a front man and bassist for several West Coast bands and worked as a freelance songwriter and producer. Coffman's natural progression from performer to producer began in earnest in 1984 when he opened a small recording studio in San Diego and began building a solid reputation as a music producer and engineer. During the years that followed, Coffman produced hundreds of projects including local and national commercials, and full length CDs for Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin and Contemporary Gospel artists. In 1986, Coffman founded Rolltop Records as a way to promote the artists he was recording. Rolltop, named for the huge desk in which the studio mixing board was set, became the epicenter for many recording artists in San Diego. Coffman also enjoyed a stint in the 80's as a successful concert promoter, working with many leading Gospel artists, including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patti and others. In 1993, Coffman launched a series of CDs that eventually grew to six volumes of praise and worship music. Drawing almost solely on hometown talent, the Adventures worship series has enjoyed national airplay on over 200 Gospel stations. Now fast forward to 2004. Beach & Guitar was recorded in Hawaii and at Rolltop Studio in San Diego CA. Coffman continues his legacy of authentic tones by using a dream collection of vintage mics, recording gear and instruments. Conclusion: Beach & Guitar has the vibe. Tim Coffman was recently asked to describe his music. Here is what he had to say. 'I grew up in a beach town and my musical experience has been shaped by the beach culture. I think of my music as 'New Americana' which is an expression of surf and Island music, cool jazz, Flamenco, Roots Rock, Ambient, Folk and modern loops all blended into a new wave of Beach Music. ' What are his plans for the future? 'I have already started on another cool Jazz/ambient beach project and later this year I want to record a project with percussion and drums from around the world doing a Beach and Drum soundtrack. There is some interest in taking the band on the road and so I need to be ready for that. ' Some things never change. CD Review-Beach & Guitar / Surf and Hawaiian Style Producer/Musician Tim Coffman / © 2004 Rolltop Records Greg Wallace-Independent Music Reviews Indianapolis, Indiana When I left my 30-year home of San Diego with my Midwestern bride a few years ago, I had little idea how much my life had been given form and shape by the beach - just as C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity how a fish has no concept of 'wet.' Well, Lord knows I've tried, but all these years later and despite my half-hearted best efforts, it's still pretty obvious that, I'm 'not from around these parts,' as one kind-hearted observer once helpfully pointed out to me. Small wonder, though. I guess Sherlock's first clue could have been my bleached blonde hair, Pacific Beach Lifeguard T-shirt, well-worn harachi sandals, or maybe even my language sprinkled liberally with 'dude', 'boss', 'gnarly', and the like. I'm thinking, though, that the biggest giveaway was Tim Coffman's latest effort, Beach & Guitar, blazing from my car stereo. A little history here: Over the past two decades or so, Tim Coffman has earned a well-deserved reputation as the heart and mind of San Diego-based Rolltop Records, bringing out the very best in the numerous artists who he has produced at Rolltop Studio. However, it wasn't until the 2002 release of Coffman's delightfully retro This is Fun, that the producer/musician had the opportunity to give life to some of his own music. That was followed in 2003 with the internationally-flavored and equally compelling Nonstop to Paris. This brings us to Beach & Guitar, a collection of original tunes penned by Coffman that virtually shimmer in the hot sun and sand of Southern California and Hawaii. An outstanding effort that is, in Coffman's words, 'a product of everything I've ever heard.' The album brings together some outstanding musicians familiar to those who know Coffman's earlier work, as well as an ace or two uniquely suited to this specific project. Most notably, surf guitar ace and legend Paul Johnson (Belairs, Surfaris, Duotones) and the incomparable Hawaiian steel guitarist Greg Sardinha bring instant credibility to Beach & Guitar. In an unexpected and pleasant surprise, making a guest appearance is veteran drummer Dave Raven (Surfaris, Swirling Eddies, ad infinitum). A track-by-track review follows. Ode to My VW Bus Having once owned a '72 VW camper bus, I was immediately drawn to this tune before I even heard it. Upon hearing it for the first of many, many times, I'm convinced this evocative little paean to beach transportation represents everything right about this genre of music. This many years later, I need only to close my eyes when listening to this tune and I'm transported back to 'Rails,' a favorite haunt close to the San Onofre nuclear power plant in southern California. Warm water and consistently great waves. This is the first of three flat-out Paul Johnson rave-ups here and it sets the tone for much of the first 'side' of the album. Surfer Strut All the way through this engaging little piece featuring Johnson and Anthony Da Luz (Robert Vaughn and the Shadows) on guitars, I had something else playing in the back of my mind. There's a persistent riff through much of the song that, when complimented by Coffman's background vocals, makes perfect sense to me. Before the tune was over, it came to me: the vibe reminds me of former Eagle guitarist Don Felder's riff in 'Heavy Metal.' JungleWave Paul Johnson makes his third and final appearance on Beach & Guitar in this vintage rave-up deeply reminiscent of The Ventures classic 'Walk Don't Run.' Dave Raven drives the tempo relentlessly and leaves little room for breathing until the song fades in the stereo. I never believed surf music needed to apologize for anything. This little tune is why. Oh, and by the way, Coffman penned these first three tunes about 10 years ago and shelved them, knowing the time would come when they would be heard. They haven't aged a day. Spy Glass This is pretty much a transitional tune, though it takes a few more cuts before the album reveals it's new direction. Tony Patler's (Chaka Khan) keys and Da Luz's guitar work (again) set the tone for things. Consistently clean cymbal work and a strong right foot from Duncan Moore keep this tune in a wonderfully modest but infectious bossa nova groove. Tow-In Fast and fun. Layering guitars over the steady rhythm section of Coffman and Raven, this stripped-down-and-built-for-speed studio rave-up features some great tremelo work from Da Luz highly reminiscent of the best guitarists of the genre. E-Z Riders This is the sort of stuff spaghetti western score composer Hugh Montenegro would have done had he been fortunate enough to have been raised in Southern California. Guitarist Anthony Da Luz is complemented by subtle but critical lap steel work from Jack Butler (Private Domain). One of my personal favorites on the album. Ka Hula O N'a Niu (The Dance of the Palm Trees) The introduction of Hawaiian steel guitarist Greg Sardinna - first heard on Coffman's This is Fun - to the mix on this track marks a pronounced step into the hybrid mix of Southern California surf music and traditional Hawaiian music. If Beach & Guitar were vinyl, this delightful track would be the lead off on the 'B' side. And throughout the song (and indeed, every track on which he's featured), Sardinha skillfully and beautifully shows off the incredible dynamic range of the steel guitar. Fresh Roses II This track was something of a surprise to hear. The original version, first heard on This is Fun, left little room for improvement. In fact, remixes are very much like obligatory sequels to movies. Frequently not as good and pretty much made simply to cash in on the success of the original. That dubious observation now off my chest, this track works largely to saxophonist John Rekevics (Natalie Cole, Randy Newman), who is simply all over this thing. The unusual combination of Rekevics' sax and Sardinha on Hawaiian steel makes this effort at once unique and highly listenable. Waikiki Two-Step For a country-western surf punk like me, '...Two-Step' is a listening lesson in the unmistakable linkage between Hawaiian music and legitimate country-western. And not just because of Sardinha's dominating presence on the track. C-W is huge in the Islands. This delightful track pays genuine homage to that influence once the new listener gets past the jarring title of the tune. Sunset at Waikiki In every CD you own there's one favorite track, right? One tune that for some reason is lodged firmly in your frontal lobes and serves almost as a theme song for you when you're driving down Hwy. 101 or sitting on the front porch with that first cup of morning coffee. For me, this is it. Far and away the most gorgeous and lushly produced track on Beach & Guitar, this peaceful and visually compelling work immediately conjures up images of my childhood days in the Hawaiian Islands. Last Set The title is predictable, given it's placement on the album, but this richly textured track is anything but an afterthought. Thanks to Coffmans's determined and well-balanced production work and their collective sense of direction, Sardinha and Da Luz manage to breathe the heart and soul of the surf music atmosphere. A close runner-up to 'Sunset at Waikiki' as a tune that wonderfully captures the ethos of the surf world. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beach & Guitar by Tim Coffman Surf and Hawaiian Style Contact: Pam -Pam - E-mail: email@example.com 'BEACH & GUITAR' by TIM COFFMAN SLATED FOR RELEASE (San Diego, CA) - Beach & Guitar, the latest CD from San Diego-based indie label Rolltop Records, has just been released. Written, arranged and produced by Tim Coffman, this much anticipated CD of 'beach music' simmers in the hot summer sun, and includes plenty of 'sand, waves and suntan lotion for everyone'. Coffman's songwriting and production skills take center stage as he mixes up a new blend of California surf and Hawaiian styles into a fresh sound that will get you ready for any trip to the beach. Tim is joined by surf guitar legend Paul Johnson (Belairs, Surfaris, Duotones) along with the incomparable Hawaiian steel guitarist Greg Sardinha. Beach & Guitar delivers 11 stunning tracks as guitarists Anthony Da Luz and Beau Mac Dougall join in the fun and take Coffman's arrangements off the page. Drummers Duncan Moore, Brian Cantrell, Dave Raven and Dale Patterson provide the rim-shots and floor tom rumble... Keyboardist Tony Patler adds the sparkle and air. Beach & Guitar was recorded in Hawaii and San Diego. Coffman used real authentic vintage mics, recording gear and instruments to get the vintage tones. The result is a sound that is clear, warm and deep. Beach & Guitar is available at rolltopmusic.com, California Surf Museum, Amazon.com, Cdbaby.com and Lou's Records. Songs include: 1. Ode to my VW Bus 2. Surfer Strut 3. JungleWave 4. Spy Glass 5. Tow-In 6. E-Z Riders 7. Ka Hula O Na Niu (The Dance of the Palm Trees) 8. Fresh Roses II 9. Waikiki Two-Step 10. Sunset at Waikiki 11. Last Set.