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Available now! Susan's new EP The Magician


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Pete Roche reviews the new EPThe Magician in The Examiner:

"Susan acquits herself splendidly for her first-go behind the pop filter; her vocals remind us of '80s-era Deborah Harry...There's mischief and mirth to Susan's sun-kissed plectrum prowess...no one else today can do twangy, ocean-spray instrumentals like SurfTone."
Read the full review here.

Here's Ginger Coyote's review of The Magician in Punk Globe:

"Another winning Ep from one of the industry's most under-rated surf/rockabilly guitarists the one and only Susan Surftone. Susan put her heart and soul into this new release and every track shows her immense talent. Of course the stand alone track has to be Bill Monroe's Blue Moon Of Kentucky... Close your eyes and listen to Susan Surftone paying homage to The King...... Elvis" Check it out here.

Winnie McCroy reviews The Magician in Edge Media Network. "...Critics compare her sound to Debbie Harry meets Chrissie Hynde, and SurfTone is definitely a product of her time...Her steady rock guitar always comes through in the clutch. She shreds up and down the scales in the instrumental tracks "Rumble," and gets go-go-licious in "Sunburn." Just try not to do the wipeout dance to this one!... she finishes an excellent EP with "Blue Moon of Kentucky," giving the full country treatment as she entreats, "Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining, shine on the one that's gone and left me blue." There's some fast-moving acoustic plucking going on here that will leave you with no doubt to SurfTone's prowess." Read the full review here.

Click here to get your copy of The Magician from CDBaby.

Susan has an OpEd in The Advocate on Hillary Clinton.


Read it here!


Here's a new interview in National Rock Review with Ashlee Krawczyk.


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I'm honored to be selected by Go! Magazine as one of their "100 Women We Love" for 2016.

Read the article here!
Be sure to visit Go! Magazine and see the full list here.


Susan is featured in the July 2016 issue of "Lesbian News". Click here to read the online article
and order the downloadable issue with the full article here.

The first of a two-part article on Susan by Gillian Kendall in Curve magazine is out now. Read it here in Gillian's "Long Lived Lesbians" column.


Video on YouTube!

Here's Susan's new video for "Little Bit Lied To" from her EP "The Magician"


"The former FBI Agent turned singer/songwriter who plays a mean guitar has arrived and is definitely here to stay."
- Studio City Lifestyle Magazine


Susan has tracks on several new compilation albums from Bongo Boy Records...


"Little Bit Lied To" is included on Out of the Garage, Vol 2, "Green Light" is on Gnarly Wave, Vol 1, and "Subduction" is on Gnarly Wave Vol 2. Click on the links below for all the details.

-Gatemouth Wighat reviews Out of the Garage, Vol 2 in Music Industry News Network: "I love my car, I love my guitar, I love you but you broke my heart when you took me to the beach and didn't give me what you promised - the story in a nutshell in A Little Bit Lied To from Susan SurfTone. A rock-blocked engine drop on love's lost highway, with heartache in the rearview."
And, in Steel Notes, Sept. 2016, he writes: "Casting our fishing pole back into time when life was good and America was in its golden age - the 1950's. That's the vibe "Little Bit Lied To" by Susan SurfTone provides (and it's a head-bopping good time (even if the song it about being lied to (just a little bit.). Thank goodness love never goes smooth or we'd never have little musical gems like this one. We've all been A Little Bit Lied To and now we have an official theme song to celebrate the occasion. Bravo! Susan SurfTone!"

Also from Music Industry News Network and Steel Notes, The Grouch from Sweden reviews Susan's track "Green Light" on Gnarly Wave, Vol 1: "I know Susan's music from Bongo Boy's Out of the Garage Volume 2 album. I really liked her work on that LP, so it was with a Grouchy smile that I listened to this track. Man, this woman can play! I challenge anyone to tell me that women can't rock. All you have to do is listen to Ms. Surftone to realize women absolutely can rock! Hands down, this is one of the best tracks on the album. I love that massive rockabillyesque jam. Listen to this song! What would a show with both Susan SurfTone and the Gore Gore Girls be like? I can only dream."
And in Steel Notes he reviews "Little Bit Lied To": "The bio sheet says that she is out of Beaverton, Oregon, but I would not have been surprised if she came out of Texas. This track has Buddy Holly's influence all over it. I really like this song. The guitar is good. The rhythm is infectious and the vocals sound good. You cannot really ask for anything more in a pop song. Well done Susan."


New single release

Susan's single "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," from her EP "The Magician," is now available from CDBaby.
Click here to get it now.
Click here to read some more about "Blue Moon of Kentucky" on The Edge Media Network.

"Susan and The SurfTones come up with yet another energetic, foot-tapping song with Blue Moon of Kentucky. With fantastic vocals and lively, engaging guitar work and a very memorable tune, this song wrapped itself around my head. I've been humming this song ever since I heard it." - Ricky Kej, 2015 Grammy© Winner - Best New Age Album "Winds of Samsara" - Amazon review


Podcast interviews:


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Susan joined Dr. Frankie Bashan on her radio show "Queer and Dear" on August 28.
Here's a link to to the podcast: "Listen in as she shares her rich lesbian story of success through patience and dedication,
during an era when opportunities were tight and lesbians weren't out."

Susan was a guest on Ken Schneck's weekly radio show "This Show Is So Gay" on May 25.
They discussed Susan's upcoming EP release, The Magician, the pre-release single Blue Moon of Kentucky,
upcoming new video, leather jackets, Elvis, and much more.
Click on the show title above to visit the site, sit back and listen to the whole show.

Susan was interviewed by Jen and Michelle of "The Girls Hour"
live on JOY94.9 in Melbourne, Australia.
Visit the Girls' page here, and look for the archived show on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Click here for Susan's YouTube channel.

Go on a behind-the-scenes video visit with Susan
during the making of The Magician at Hell's Half Acre studio.


Those cool boots Susan wears in her "Little Bit Lied To" video are from Madcap England, and they love the video too.
Check out their blog post (and the boots) here.


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New song, "Little Bit Lied To" (with vocals!) Now available!
Click here to get "Little Bit Lied To" on CD Baby.


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"Susan SurfTone, the reigning queen of instrumental surf rock, makes her singing debut on her new song, "Little Bit Lied To," a perfect anthem for this presidential election." writes Mary P. Lowry in HuffPost Entertainment.
Read the full article here.

Pete Roche writes in The Examiner:

"Little Bit Lied To" sees Surftone stepping out of her instrumental-rock comfort zone to personally deliver the deeds-not-words missive on mic; it's her debut vocal performance. Think Debbie Harry (Blondie) meets Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders), and you'll get a sense of Surftone's easygoing, too-cool timbre...More than merely a great surf guitarist or great female guitarist, Susan's a terrific player, period, possessed of singular tone and slight-of-hand string prowess. Like many legends who develop their own "voice" on the instrument (B.B. King, Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc.), Surftone's got a style all her own. After minimal exposure to her music, one can hear a new solo (like the one on "Little Bit Lied To") and instantly know it's Surftone wielding the pick and working the whammy." Read the full article here.

"Little Bit Lied To is a fun single with its true elements of Surf Rock with overtones of the glorious 60's rock music. The vocals are very ably helped along by the foot tapping drums. I loved the overall vintage feel of this track. Very very exuberant and lovely." - Ricky Kej, 2015 Grammy© Winner - Best New Age Album "Winds of Samsara" - Amazon review

Kevin McGovern reviews "Little Bit Lied To" and "ShadowLand" in Fear/Loathing:


"Brimming with a mysterious musical sexuality and grooving in a hot cold trance, 'Little Bit Lied To' is an exceptional single. Combining the suave grit of Mink DeVille and the earnestness of Broken English era Marianne Faithful, this surf-wave pop bomb keeps the melody flowing with a rocking staccato backbeat. Susan's vocal performance on this number is instantly memorable with its sweetly detached and punky delivery..."ShadowLand" kicks out the jams with an unapologetic Thunders style six-string aggression that rides a rockabilly wave of bouncy percussive bashing. Spastic and fun, this titillating track flies by way too fast. A nice and volatile slice of surf-garage finesse combined with punk purist simplicity. Both of these singles complement each other by accentuating the different dimensions that always make any Susan Surftone release a required listening experience. These singles are now available on her official site. Support independent music and check out her unforgettable live show when she comes through your town." Read the full article here.

"This single from Susan and the SurfTones has simply superb guitar work. The highly energetic and attention grabbing guitar is wonderfully accompanied by an infectious groove. It is all about the creativity and artistry of fantastic musicians who have come together for this outstanding piece.Truly wonderful music." - Ricky Kej, 2015 Grammy© Winner - Best New Age Album "Winds of Samsara" - Amazon review

Susan's second new single of 2016, "ShadowLand" is now available here at CD Baby.


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Mary Pauline Lowry has a great new interview with Susan in Huffington Post Arts & Culture:

"SurfTone remains legendary for her ability to create instrumental albums loaded with songs that each carries its own unique influence and sound. "Blue Light" holds to SurfTone's tradition of creating original songs that are "one part surf [rock], one part garage [rock,] and one part something else." Like all great surf rock, "Blue Light" evokes sunshine, waves and sand, but SurfTone also uses her understanding of iconic guitarists like Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry as a launching pad to generate her own signature sound steeped in 1960s culture. She digs into a rich history of American guitarists for influences and adds her personal spin to create a completely fresh take on a beloved genre."

Read the full article here:
Susan SurfTone on Surf Rock, Gender, and Taking Things "Too Far"


Reviews of Susan's 2015 EP, Blue Light at Midnight:

Pete Roche reviews Blue Light at Midnight in the Examiner: "Blue Light continues Surftone's tenacious tradition of distilling '60s culture into engaging, economic bytes (and blasts) of sand and sunblock-friendly rock." Read the full review HERE.

Ginger Coyote reviews Blue Light at Midnight in the June, 2015 issue of Punk Globe Magazine:
"Seven killer tracks from the amazing Susan Surftone..... She will leave you wanting more. I loved the surf guitar on all the tracks but am most impressed with the tracks Blue Light At Midnight and Night Waves... If you want some heavenly sounding surf guitar buy this CD... It will put a big smile on your face!"

Click here to purchase Blue Light at Midnight at CDBaby.
Click here to listen to a preview track, "Blue Light at Midnight."

 



Visit Susan's Reverb Nation site here
to hear some tracks from her releases.


Susan SurfTone's CDs are available from CDBaby. Click here to purchase.


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Shore - 2011

Click here to purchase Shore from CD Baby.

Click here to purchase Shore from iTunes.

"Susan, indeed, is one of the late masters of old-style, pre-psychedelic surf guitar."
- Ron Garmon, SF Weekly

"An instrumental album, Shore is a wonderful melding of both a familiar surf rock sound along with a less expected garage punk/trash rock sprinkling on some tracks, so that the album lifts everything a leap away from the predictable, becoming something that sparks my ears which always love a well worked fresh juxtaposition of genres."
- Robert Jaz, Forces Of Geek

"It's a modern take on the '60s surf music legacy, with elements of punk, rockabilly and classic rock thrown in for good measure, as a fine time was had by all. SurfTone's guitar timbre is liquid, crystal-clear and succinct, an alluring combination of such practitioners of the form as the Ventures' Bob Bogle and Don Wilson crossed with jazz "lounge" players Charlie Christian and Johnny Smith."
- Roy Trakin, Hits Daily Double

"She's the undisputed queen of immersive, garage-influenced, instrumental third-wave surf-rock, delivered with all the velocity of a punk show and a swaggering stage presence that has more in common with the lineage of bad-ass lady guitarists SurfTone's clearly embedded in than it does with the puka-shelled passivity you might typically associate with surf guitar."
- Ellen Cushing, East Bay Express (San Francisco)

More reviews here.

 

Reckoning - 2014

Click here to purchase Reckoning from CD Baby.

Click here to purchase Reckoning from iTunes.

Listen to "Mojo Junction" from Reckoning here on Susan's Reverb Nation page.


"In her new six-song EP "Reckoning," surf guitar icon Susan SurfTone takes surf rock to a haunting and beautiful place it's never been before. With characteristic mastery, SurfTone gives each song life and depth. From the album's hypnotic opener "Mojo Junction," to its closing "Mystery Train"--a skillful homage to one of her earliest influences--SurfTone shows once again that she's not just the reigning Queen of Surf Rock, but that she could topple any Surf Rock King from his throne."
- Mary Pauline Lowry, Huffington Post (Read the full review here.)

"...her intricate guitar work and good ear for melody certainly distinguish her in the surf guitar world and suggest just how talented she is on the instrument."

- Jeff Niesel, Whopperjaw

Read the full review here.

"She's the real deal...Her guitar playing is so impressive. Reckoning... just brings her to the top in her field..."

- Ginger Coyote, Punk Globe

Read the full review here.

"Top-ten material in this reviewer's universe, with its notably sharp and slick pop/rock collisions."

- Kevin McGovern, Fear and Loathing in Long Beach

Read the full review here.

"Reckoning is twenty-five minutes of intimate, authentic surf rock bliss whose DIY methodology and deliriously accessible tunes celebrate how far SurfTone has come - and hint at where she may go next."

- Peter Roche, Cleveland Music Examiner

Read the full review here.

"The Ventures of the new millennium are here! Great guitar tone and tuneful melody, structured and arranged in fine detail will revive the kind of music. The title track Reckoning, Vortex with the tremolo guitars, Mystery Train - a racy tune, a cranky tune, capturing every mood; brilliant go get a copy for yourself."

- Ricky Kej, 2015 Grammy© Winner - Best New Age Album "Winds of Samsara" - Amazon review

 


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Too Far - 2013

Click here to purchase Too Far from CD Baby.

Click here to purchase Too Far from iTunes.

"With Too Far she's delivered an instrumental album in which none of the songs sound the same, and one that will be as appealing to dedicated surf guitar fans as it is to those less familiar with the genre...As a whole, Too Far stands as both a revival of the genre and a testament to the fact that a woman can bring extraordinary talent and contemporary creativity to the classic, traditionally male world of surf rock."
- Mary Pauline Lowry, The Huffington Post (Read the full feature article HERE.)

"Susan Surftone is no stranger to our proceedings here. Her new album "Too Far" redefines surf guitar for a new generation with a sexual bombast of guitar slinging and Watusi beats that makes one hunger for a dangerous and lustful summer."
- Kevin McGovern, Fear and Loathing in Long Beach

"SurfTone evinces such a mastery over her instrument, it's hard to believe there's anything she can't do. In fact, Too Far is an album that's so alive with style, verve and innovation, it may very well singlehandedly revive the genre."
- Alex Green, Caught In The Carousel

"...Her music will one day be as classic as those artists of the past that have influenced her."
- Robert Jaz, Forces of Geek

More reviews here.

 


Susan is interviewed by Ginger Coyote in the June, 2014 edition of Punk Globe.
Read it here.

Susan plays the blues...
Susan has released a single, Reconsider Baby.
Click here to listen and buy at CDBaby.


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Susan was a guest on "Women Who Rawk" on Whatever68 Radio on July 6, 2015, with hosts Nikki Palomino and Ginger Coyote, and guests Lisa PunkrPrincess, Arika Kaosa, and Anne Marie Perry. You can listen to the archived show here.


Want to see the video of "Rock Candy" featuring Seana Steele? It's on Susan's ReverbNation page HERE.


Mary Pauline Lowry interviews Susan in Huffington Post on Reckoning and more. Read it here


Susan was a guest of "the Tiki Bar" with Jim McCabe on WGXC radio, Hudson, NY on July 20, 2013.
Click HERE for the link to the archived show.
(Susan's interview is towards the end of the program.)


Pete Roche reviews Susan's EP Reckoning. Read it here in the Cleveland Music Examiner,
or here in the North Coast Voice Magazine.


Jeff Niesel reviews Reckoning in Whopperjaw.
Read it here.


Kevin Mc Govern in Fear and Loathing in Long Beach
has an interview with Susan and a review of Reckoning.
Read it here.


Have you ever wondered about the spooky images on my EPs? Well, I wrote a book about it, "Mojo Junction: A Walk Among the Spirits." My pen name is my real name, go figure.
Click here to buy it on Amazon in print or e-book.
(If you are into e-books, the photos really pop in the e-book format.)

Roy T. James reviewing for Readers' Favorite writes: "...Each image being more than what it is, people exploring nature for inspiration would find in each image new thoughts supplanting one's original thought. Someone who is in a happy mood or someone forlorn need not see the same image appearing in a column of mist. Or, what inspiration one finds in these images may be vastly different from what is shown. This book makes a practical demonstration of this phenomenon; the feelings one gets by looking at these images will differ based on the nature, temperament and mood of each reader."


Click here to visit Susan's page on IMDB.com



 
Susan is featured in an article titled "Lesbian Bands, Hear Them Roar" by Ari Karpel
in The Advocate's June/July, 2012 issue.
Read it here.

Kevin McGovern interviewed Susan SurfTone and Seana Steele about "Shore," go-go dancing, and more, for Fear and Loathing in Long Beach, online now.

For these and more interviews, visit our INTERVIEWSpage.

Susan SurfTone is a Random Portland Music Scene fact! Read the Willamette Week cover story here:
"Portland Rock Trivia - Twelve absolutely random things you didn't know about the Portland music scene."

"Rock n' Roll High School 101: Assignment: Surf" features an interview with Susan, and a live performance taped on our tour in March, 2012. This program is currently being broadcast on Time-Warner Cable Channel 16 and Verizon Channel 38 in the Riverside-Moreno Valley-Perris area of Southern California. Watch it on YouTube here.


Daisy Rock Guitars welcomes Susan SurfTone to its Artist Roster!
Click HERE for a press release.
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