Surf and turf

Austin's Teisco Del Rey resurrects the lost art of the twang

That group, Cowabunga, became a popular Bay Area surf-instrumental outfit. By 1987, Del Rey had relocated to Austin, the perfect place to mix his surf chops and blues roots. To wit, 1994's critically acclaimed The Many Moods of Teisco Del Rey featured guests like Jimmie Vaughan and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as original Ventures drummer Mel Taylor.

"The surf stuff was part of my genetic makeup, if you will. But it would never occur to me to just do a surf album," concludes Del Rey. "I just do stuff I like, and if you're playing all instrumentals, you've got to mix things up.

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