Spring '08: ANOTHER RARE HOT MONT
ALBUM HAS BEEN UNEARTHED!
Everyone involved in the Hot Mont world
remembers that Mont was quite the athletic fellow. A great
water sport competitor in his school days, Hot continued this
passion during his recording / touring years.
There are numerous stories of midnight body
surfing in Peru during the Hot Ta-Montle Tour, meetings with
the Beach Boys in California, and even some attempts at
"river-surfing" the rapids in Montana's Boulder River, But the
most notorious of his water passions was surfing in his
hometown on Lake Erie.
Hot's love of true American sports & culture
led him to start writing "surfing music" as a sort-of-tribute
to one of his favorite bands:
The Beach Boys. The wrinkle in this rarely-heard release was
this: the songs were about surfing on the Great Lakes!
This album, like his bluegrass "Hot N Pappy"
, was only a local release in Western Pennsylvania and parts
of Ohio. Probably only 500 of these vinyls were pressed,
making it little wonder that it took all of these years even
to locate one!
The title cut is included in it's entirety
here: "Hangin' Ten on Beach Eleven". This really
captures the surf era of The Beach Boys music perfectly, and
drops it squarely on Presque Isle Beach (right off of Erie,
Beach 11 is the furthest-out beach on
the seven-mile peninsula that juts into Lake Erie, and was the
consummate summer hangout for youth in the sixties and
seventies. This is Hot as he stepped back from his own
politically charged world
into a simpler era of innocent fun ...just for a moment ,