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Dick Dale King of The Surf Guitar

Dick Dale        King of The Surf Guitar


Story and pictures by Joseph Martinez / River City Attractions

It was a pleasure and honor to listen to a living legend of rock and roll Dick Dale.  

At Sam’s Burger joint just off Broadway on Grayson Street. Dick played his unusual stringed left handed guitar with ease. During the evening he did a little bit of drumming and played the bass in a very different and strange way.  (Look the pictures to see what I mean)

The audience was a mix bag. From teenagers, to guys in there 50’s it was standing room only. This was not a week end performance it happens during the middle of the week. Dick fans are a die-hard group.

The performance mostly was original songs but Dick did covered other songs he liked as well. One was from a friend of his. The Man in Black.. “Johnny Cash”.

Of course he closed his show with that famous song, “Miserlou” the song feature on “Pulp Fiction”. A Quentin Tarantino’s film that brought his career back to the lime light.

The show ran about an hour. I wish it ran a little longer but all good things must come to an end.

A young teenager with gig bag in tow was standing next to his father all night long. I follow him after the show ended. He was waiting to meet Dick in person. Open and friendly; he gladly signed the guitar for the young man. I bet that’ made his day.

To see a father take his son to listen the originator of surfer music is like seeing your kid riding a bicycle without training wheels. It’s a step to better understanding and appreciate of music. What a great way to spend the evening.

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Story and pictures by Joseph Martinez / River City Attractions