“The holy grail of modern surf guitar albums” – Ride The Wave Magazine
“A high water mark of the late 90s surf guitar genre” – Surf Or Bust Digest
Surf-N-Burn – the bodacious 1997 debut album by the classic surf trio Blue Stingrays – has rocked, rattled and rolled since its original release on Epitone Records. Twenty-four years later and long out of print, Epitone is re-releasing the album on vinyl today.
Upon its original release, the members of Blue Stingrays were touted as iconic yet anonymous surf rock pioneers. Now, after decades of whispers and speculation, the identities of these mysterious musicians have been officially confirmed as guitarist Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers/Fleetwood Mac/The Dirty Knobs), bassist Ron Blair (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers) and drummer Randall Marsh (Mudcrutch).
Two outtakes from the original ‘Surf-N-Burn’ recording sessions were recently unearthed and are being released digitally alongside the vinyl re-release. “Grits and Eggs” keeps a steady, low key vibe while “Dawn Patrol” will inspire you to boogie to the beach with your board.
Like those who roamed the globe and found the perfect wave, Blue Stingrays nailed the perfect sound when their first twang rang ‘round the world on their now legendary debut. To quote the original Surf-N-Burn vinyl jacket sleeve: “The most profound expression of the human condition ever communicated through art, the passion in man’s soul expressed through surf guitar and captured on record!”