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Guitar Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases New Sci-Fi Symphonic Instrumental Surf Album “Signals From Malibu” on Gonzo Multimedia

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Guitar Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases New Sci-Fi Symphonic Instrumental Surf Album “Signals From Malibu” on Gonzo Multimedia

Arroyo Grande, CA – Guitar legend Merrell Fankhauser has released a new Sci-Fi symphonic instrumental surf album “Signals From Malibu” featuring strange radio signals from the underwater anomaly off the Malibu California coast. A few years back UFO buffs began investigating some strange electronic signals that appeared to be emanating from a spot deep beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Malibu coast. They reported bizarre psychic phenomena in conjunction with them, and legendary surf guitarist Merrell Fankhauser was inspired to write music based on, and including them.

Says Merrell, “The song ‘Signals From Malibu’ was inspired by the odd anomaly that is off the coast of Malibu California 2000 feet on the ocean floor. The area has had many sightings of UFO’s diving into and coming out of the ocean. This has led many to believe it is an underwater base. An ex Army radio expert recorded some strange signals coming from the area. The signal recordings were sent to me by Michael C. Luckman director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research and I incorporated them into the song. After listening more to the signals I was compelled to write a symphonic song using more of the signals titled ‘Messages From The Dome’. I had the feeling the signals were communicating with me and I was inspired to keep writing the rest of the songs on this disc. If you feel tingly after listening don’t worry its perfectly natural!”

Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. He has presented a number of television programs over the years including ‘California Music’, ‘Route 66 TV Live’, and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called ‘Tiki Lounge’ that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast.

Watch the promotional video for “Signals From Malibu”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCqfIepKVo

Tracks:
1. SIGNALS FROM MALIBU 3:12
2. MALIBU USO 3:19
3. INTO THE TUNNEL 3:14
4. POINT DUME 4:23
5. ALIEN SPACE SHUTTLE 3:51
6. MOONLIGHT INTERLUDE 2:32
7. SURFMEN FROM MU 4:02
8. MYSTO SPOT 2:53
9. VOICE OF THE SEA 3:10
10. MESSAGES FROM THE DOME 4:55

Merrell’s new CD comes hot on the heels of his recently released critically acclaimed biography “Calling From A Star”, also released on Gonzo Multimedia.

To purchase “Signals From Malibu” CD:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15834/Merrell_Fankhauser-Signals.html

To Purchase “Calling From A Star” (book):
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15816/Merrell_Fankhauser-Calling_From_A_Star.html

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1908728388/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1908728388&linkCode=as2&tag=aquaradi-20&linkId=2WYL4WGLODDXPM3K

Official website:
http://www.merrellfankhauser.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Guitar Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases Critically Acclaimed Autobiography “Calling From A Star”

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Guitar Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases Critically Acclaimed Autobiography “Calling From A Star”

Arroyo Grande, CA – Merrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to California when he was 13 years old. Merrell went on to become one of the innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock. His travels from Hollywood to his 15-year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the United States and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 400 songs published and released. He is a 2011 Grammy nominee and multi-talented singer/songwriter and unique guitar player whose sound has delighted listeners for over 50 years. This extraordinary autobiography tells a unique story of one of the founding fathers of surf rock, who went on to play in a succession of progressive and psychedelic bands and to meet some of the greatest names in the business, including Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Willie Nelson… and there is even a run in with the notorious Manson family.

“I started the book in 1990 after years of friends and fans telling me I’ve had such an adventurous life that most Rock Stars don’t have.. Playing with so many music icons, moving to Maui searching for the Lost Continent of MU, and now over 400 songs published…! I kept trying to finish the book but because of my live playing schedule, writing, recording and doing a regular TV show, California Music 1990 – 1995, Tiki Lounge 2001 – to now it took years to finish!” – Merrell Fankhauser

Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 250 songs published and released. Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including ‘California Music’, ‘Route 66 TV Live’, and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called ‘Tiki Lounge’ that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast.

Official website:
http://www.merrellfankhauser.com/

For more information:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15816/Merrell_Fankhauser-Calling_From_A_Star.html

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1908728388/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1908728388&linkCode=as2&tag=aquaradi-20&linkId=2WYL4WGLODDXPM3K

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


New Re-Issue of Rare Fankhauser Cassidy Band CD ‘On The Blue Road’ Featuring Guitar Icon Merrell Fankhauser and Spirit Drum Legend Ed Cassidy Now Available!

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New Re-Issue of Rare Fankhauser Cassidy Band CD ‘On The Blue Road’ Featuring Guitar Icon Merrell Fankhauser and Spirit Drum Legend Ed Cassidy Now Available!

London, UK – Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 300 songs published and released. Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including ‘California Music’, ‘Route 66 TV Live’, and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called ‘Tiki Lounge’ that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast. In the early ’90s Merrell teamed up with Spirit drum legend Ed Cassidy, which eventually led to the Fankhuaser Cassidy Band.

Says Merrell about Ed Cassidy, “We started on the first one I think in 1994 and he and I were friends for years. We met back in 1969 in passing back stage at a concert but never really had a conversation. Then we bumped into each other again around 1990 and the band Spirit was kind of in a lull then, and he said, “Hey we ought to do some recording together.” At the time I was doing a national satellite TV show called California Music and so I had him on that show and then Randy said, ‘Oh I’d like to be on that show’, so I interviewed Randy and then I ended up jamming with them all. And then Cass decided he wanted to move further out of the Los Angeles area and he moved up here to the central coast, and I helped find him a house not even a mile from my house, so it was perfect and he wanted to do something blues oriented. So I started writing a bunch of tunes and then we did some classic covers of songs like ‘High Heel Sneakers’ and the Muddy Waters song ‘Going Down To Louisiana’ and ‘Walking The Dog’, and then I wrote a bunch of songs that were in a similar vein that was perfect for me to play slide on. I loved it.

I think in about four-and-a-half/five months we cranked out the first album, ‘On the Blue Road’ and my son Tim was singing and playing on a few tunes and we had a regular bass player Leroy Richards at the time who did all of the bass. So we finished that first album and I sent it to Alligator Records in Chicago and they loved it, but they were full up with releases and I made a deal with D-Town Records from Detroit at the time, and they put out groups like the Ohio Players and Lee Rogers, and even one on the football player Rosey Greer. And they loved it and released the CD and and it started getting a lot of airplay all over the place, even in Australia. Then it was nominated for a Memphis Blues Award which surprised me. We didn’t win but it was just great to do the nomination!”

In closing Merrell had this to say about Ed Cassidy, “Cass was my musical guru, to be able to play drums the way he did into his late ’80s was amazing! I miss his drumming and also his wit and wisdom…we were close friends for nearly 25 years until his passing a year ago. I think this release is a fine tribute to him.”

Tracks: Disc 1-1. Further On Up The Road 2. 32/20 Blues 3. Bright Lights Big City 4. Excited (M. Fankhauser) 5. Walking The Dog 6. Louisana Blues 7. High Heel Sneakers 8. Tale Of Misty Mountain (M. Fankhauser) 9. Possession over Judgment Day 10. On The Blue Road (M.Fankhauser)11. Nickys Song (M.Fankhauser) 12. Psychedelic Dreams((M. Fankhauser) , , Disc 2- 1. Hot Night In Louisville (M.Fankhauser) 2. Milk Cow Blues 3. Who Shout The Lightnin (M.Fankhauser) 4.Goin Back To Delta(M. Fankhauser) 5.Stolen Guitar Blues (M.Fankhauser & E.Cassidy) 6. Brian Berry Blues (M.Fankhauser & E.Cassidy) 7. Cosmic Lady (M.Fankhauser & T. Fankhauser) 8. Voodoo In The Jungle (M.Fankhauser) 9. Cassidys Big Beat (E.Cassidy) 10. Long Rifle ( T. Fankhauser) 11. Papa Told Me (Larry Willey) 12.Ed Cassidy Interview.

http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15609

Other recent releases by Merrell Fankhauser on Gonzo Multimedia:

Rainbow Bridge Revisited: ‘Rainbow Bridge’ was a peculiar 1972 film featuring Jimi Hendrix (who had died two years before) and a cast of local eccentrics using Hendrix’s music and a whole slew of UFO sightings to explore their spirituality. 41 years later, musician and filmmaker Merrell Fankhauser revisits the film to explore its message more fully. The ‘Rainbow Bridge Revisited’ documentary was really Maui journalist Steve Omar’s idea, and Merrell and Steve produced it together. The two had fun looking up and interviewing the original cast of the 1972 Jimi Hendrix movie ‘Rainbow Bridge’ that was filmed on Maui. It was interesting to hear what they had to say about hanging out with Hendrix making the movie. The one-hour DVD documentary also features some great surfing and music by Merrell Fankhauser, The Space Patrol and Omar and The Wavespies. The package includes a 12-song soundtrack.

http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15544/MERRELL_FANKHAUSER-Rainbow_Bridge_Revisited.html

Area 51: Now for 2013 comes a new project – Area 51. This is a collection of exquisitely produced and finely played instrumentals inspired by the UFO mythos. The title track, which features a fine video by yours truly, and which nearly got me arrested for filming outside GCHQ at Morwenstow in North Devon, is inspired by the legendary Area 51 in Nevada; a (not very) secret American military installation where – it is rumoured – alien artifacts and even bodies, including the craft and occupants from the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico incident are kept. One of the most amazing things about this collection of songs is that although it is an exercise in a genre which is popularly thought to have its heyday over half a century ago, it doesn’t sound dated, and is full of rich, vibrant and exciting music for the 21st Century and a new millennium. Merrell has done it again, and produced the latest exciting gem in a long and satisfying career full of them.

http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15182/MERRELL_FANKHAUSER-The_Return_To_Mu.html

Return To MU: Return To Mu is a seven years in the making album featuring a cast of famous guest artists including with Jay Ferguson and Ed Cassidy of Spirit, Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Nicky Hopkins, John Cipolinna both of whom played for Quicksilver Messenger Service and many others. The album is considered a masterpiece amongst friend’s critics and fans and was produced by award winning movie and record producer, William E. McEuen. Originally released in 2003 to many good reviews this album has had limited availability until now.

http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15182/MERRELL_FANKHAUSER-The_Return_To_Mu.html

The Best of Merrell Fankhauser: The Best of Merrell Fankhauser is just that the best tracks selected from Merrell’s entire career and across a two CD set and more than thirty tracks you can track the progress of Merrell Fankhauser’s career. All the tracks have been selected personally by Merrell and the album covers the period from 1964 right through to the present and covers all the bands Merrell was involved with including his early band Merrell and The Exiles. Tracks include: Too Many Heartbreaks, She’s Gone, I’m Flyin’ Home, Goin’ South and also a number of previously unreleased tracks. Merrell Fankhauser has a long and varied career and also a proven sales track record and this double Best Of compilation will act as not only a primer for new fans but also a good cross section of tracks from his career for long term fans.

http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15291/MERRELL_FANKHAUSER-The_Best_Of.html

Recently, Merrell has mastered some unreleased songs from 1964 to 1967 from reel-to-reel tape. He visited the high desert area of Lancaster, CA and acquired the tapes from Glen MacArthur Jr, son of Glenn Records owner, Glenn MacArthur senior, who passed away in 1999. The tapes sat in storage for nearly 50 years! The recordings feature several pre-members of HMS Bounty, MU and Captain Beefheart playing on them. Also included are tracks from the instrumental surf group The Velvetones, who Merrell produced in 1965. Scheduled for release in 2014, ‘The Lost Desert Tapes’ featuring Merrell And The Exiles, Fapardokly and The Velvetones, will be a must for all fans of Merrell Fankhauser!

For more information: http://www.merrellfankhauser.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Guitar Icon Merrell Fankhauser Revisits Jimi Hendrix’s Legendary ‘Rainbow Bridge’ In New Documentary

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Guitar Icon Merrell Fankhauser Revisits Jimi Hendrix’s Legendary
‘Rainbow Bridge’ In New Documentary

London, UK – ‘Rainbow Bridge’ was a peculiar 1972 film featuring Jimi Hendrix (who had died two years before) and a cast of local eccentrics using Hendrix’s music and a whole slew of UFO sightings to explore their spirituality. 41 years later, musician and filmmaker Merrell Fankhauser revisits the film to explore its message more fully. The ‘Rainbow Bridge Revisited’ documentary was really Maui journalist Steve Omar’s idea, and Merrell and Steve produced it together. The two had fun looking up and interviewing the original cast of the 1972 Jimi Hendrix movie ‘Rainbow Bridge’ that was filmed on Maui. It was interesting to hear what they had to say about hanging out with Hendrix making the movie. The one-hour DVD documentary also features some great surfing and music by Merrell Fankhauser, The Space Patrol and Omar and The Wavespies. The package includes a 12-song soundtrack.

Merrell explains, “As you know I lived on Maui for 14 years and I moved there in ‘73 just a year after the Jimi Hendrix ‘Rainbow Bridge’ film came out. And when I moved there I met a lot of people that were in the movie, and a lot of them were hippies, surfers and cosmic people that were seeing UFOs, and they said Jimi was really into the whole UFO thing, and that there were even some hovering about when they were shooting over there. So we contacted the ones that we still knew were on Maui and we went over and interviewed them and it was really interesting what some of them had to say about hanging out with Hendrix and everything. Then we went down to Southern California, because some of them lived down there, and we interviewed a few of those, so we’ve got some really interesting interviews with an insight into some of the things that were going on with that movie with Hendrix that didn’t come out. In the original ‘Rainbow Bridge’, it follows Pat Hartley the actress from the Sunset Strip over to O’ahu and then to Maui where she meets all these characters, and ultimately Jimi. And the message, because of all of her travels and the way it was put together, kind of got lost a little bit in the different scenes and things. I talked to one of the guys from Warner Brothers who was in on the editing and he said that when they brought the film over it was in all of these bags and there was sand in it and they were almost afraid to put it on their machine, and had to clean it all and they kept going through this stuff and it was just a lot of hippies talking about cosmic stuff and getting high on drugs, and everybody kept saying ‘Where’s Jimi, where’s Jimi? Where’s the concert’ You know they were afraid they weren’t going to have enough to make the movie really good, but finally they got to the ‘Concert’ footage. So what we did, we kind of condensed these interviews down and we segue into some really great surfing on big waves over there, because a lot of the people that were interviewed were surfers and we have old footage of them surfing, and then we cut to surfing footage from now. I have about ten of my newer instrumental surf songs in there with the surfing, and then it goes to a couple of band performances – there were two Maui bands featured on the soundtrack: Omar and The Wavespies and The Space Patrol – the lead singer, Les Potts, was in the original ‘Rainbow Bridge’ movie.”

Rainbow Bridge Revisited CD Tracks: 1. All Along The Watchtower, 2. Last Wave at Hanalei, 3. Wild Gyrations, 4. Surfin 101, 5. Waterfall, 6. Hookipa, 7. Mother Sea, 8. The Wind Cried Maui, 9. Monster Swell, 10. Surf Rage, 11. The Wall, 12. Calling From A Star.

Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 300 songs published and released. Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including ‘California Music’, ‘Route 66 TV Live’, and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called ‘Tiki Lounge’ that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast.

To purchase Merrell Fankhauser ‘Rainbow Bridge Revisited’ CD/DVD set:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15544/MERRELL_FANKHAUSER-Rainbow_Bridge_Revisited.html

For more information: http://www.merrellfankhauser.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Music Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases Definitive Collection ‘The Best Of’ Two-CD Set

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Music Legend Merrell Fankhauser Releases Definitive Collection ‘The Best Of’ Two-CD Set

Featuring 32 tracks – over 90 minutes of music!

4/3/2012 – London, UK – Music collectors worldwide rejoice! Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Merrell Fankhauser, who has led one of the most diverse careers in music, has released for the first time a new compilation ‘The Best Of’ two-CD set on UK’s Gonzo MultiMedia. Featuring vintage tracks, hard to find gems and unreleased material, Merrell Fankhauser’s ‘The Best Of’ is sure to please the most avid fan. Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 300 songs published and released.

“Merrell Fankhuaser ‘The Best Of’ is my first retrospective, a 2-CD set with songs from 1963 to now. It was a difficult task to pick a group of songs from nearly forty albums – I found a few unreleased gems along the way.” – Merrell Fankhuaser

Merrell Fankhauser ‘The Best Of’ features tracks spanning the majority of the music legend’s extraordinary career; featuring Merrell And The Exiles (1963-64), Fapardokly (1966), Merrell And HMS Bounty (1968), MU (1971-74), and solo (1976-2011) including several unreleased recordings. Many tracks included on this compilation are hard to find, highly sought after, collector’s items that have been out of print for many years, making Merrell Fankhauser ‘The Best Of’ the definitive collection.

Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including ‘California Music’, ‘Route 66 TV Live’, and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called ‘Tiki Lounge’ that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast. ‘The Best Of The Tiki Lounge’ volumes 1&2 DVDs feature highlights from Merrell’s cable TV show and is also available now on Gonzo MultiMedia UK.

To purchase Merrell Fankhauser ‘The Best Of’ two-cd set: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15291/MERRELL_FANKHAUSER-The_Best_Of.html

To purchase Merrell Fankhauser ‘Best Of Tiki Lounge’ DVDs: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15360

Visit the official Merrell Fankhauser website at http://www.merrellfankhauser.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@cs.com
Copies of Merrell Fankhauser’s ‘The Best Of” DBL CD and The Tiki Lounge volume 1&2 DVDs are available for review/airplay upon request. Merrell Fankhauser is also available for interview. Please contact Billy James/Glass Onyon PR


Psychedelic Surf Music Legend Merrell Fankhauser’s ‘Best Of Tiki Lounge’ Volumes 1&2 DVDs Now Available on Gonzo MultiMedia

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Psychedelic Surf Music Legend Merrell Fankhauser’s ‘Best Of Tiki Lounge’ Volumes 1&2 DVDs
Now Available on Gonzo MultiMedia

2/10/2012 – London, UK – Hailed as the godfather of surf music, legendary Merrell Fankhauser, who has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music, has released ‘Best Of The Tiki Lounge’ volumes 1&2 DVDs, featuring performances from his famed TV show ‘Tiki Lounge’, on UK’s Gonzo MultiMedia. Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 250 songs published and released.

Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including ‘California Music’, ‘Route 66 TV Live’, and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called ‘Tiki Lounge’ that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast. ‘The Best Of The Tiki Lounge’ volumes 1&2 feature highlights from Merrell’s cable TV show. Volume One features Merrell performing alongside other music artists, such as Willie Nelson, Randy California, Dick Dale and Nicky Hopkins. The DVD also includes clips from Merrell’s Birthday Boogie with Mary Ramsey of 10.000 Maniacs, Fito De La Parra of Canned Heat, Ed Cassidy of Spirit and many others! Joined once again by former Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy, along with John Cipollina, Mark Tullin and others, the ‘Best Of The Tiki Lounge’ Volume Two features new original songs by Fankhauser, including “The Whole Day Ahead of Us”. Also in this volume, Merrell takes an expedition into the Nevada desert to the edge of the secret airbase Area 51 in search of UFOs.

To purchase Merrell Fankhauser ‘Best Of Tiki Lounge’ DVDs http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15360

Visit the official Merrell Fankhauser website at http://www.merrellfankhauser.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@cs.com