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Rhythm Guitar & Keyboards
“Cadillac” Sally West has been playing the Drums just about all of her life and earned her reputation with The Fendermen (Mule Skinner Blues) and The White Sidewalls, plus many other bands over the years.
She’s also been known to sit in with a lot well known musicians in various venues around the country, most recently in New Orleons and has been in groups that have opened for Bobby Vee, Carl Perkins, and Eddie Rabbitt to name just a few.
Sally’s reputation as a great drummer is well known in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. She and Zippy Caplan go way back but she hadn’t seen him for a few years so when, in 2001, Zippy was looking for a drummer for the new Instrumental group he was forming, a mutual friend told her about it and she came in and nailed it. What really made the difference was her love for this kind of music going all the way back to her early years. Sally is a real expert on the early Rock and Roll music styles of Buddy Holly, Bobby Vee, The Ventures, Ricky Nelson and most of the 1950’s and 60’s artists. It is this enthusiasm and knowledge that enables her to authentically play the drums in that style which is fast becoming a lost art. But don’t underestimate her abilities to play modern Rock music as expertly as she does the vintage music, as evident on Beat It (Michael Jackson) and Lightning Strikes Twice (a Hard Rock original song) on “Unleashed”, The Surf Dawgs latest CD.
“Cadillac” Sally West was inducted into the Mid America Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 with a Life-Time Achievement Award and has the unique distinction of being the first Female inductee, and was inducted again in 2005 with The Fendermen.
Steve “Beaver” Carlisle has been a professional musician since the early 1970’s and really made a name for himself as not only a good, but a creative Bass player in an offshoot band of The Litter called Straight Up. The bands single, a cover of Arthur Brown’s “Fire” made the local charts in Minnesota and brought in several offers from Major record labels to promote the band nationally. Unfortunately due to politics within the band none of these deals came to fruition. This, however, didn’t stop Beaver from continuing to play, and thanks to his reputation he was able to get on a rotating circuit for years with a whole bevy of different 1960’s recording artists including Del Shannon, Johnny Rivers, Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, The Crystals, Dee Clark, and Herman’s Hermits to name just a few.
Eventually he tired of the constant traveling and settled down into club gigs in Minneapolis. In 2006 he was asked to play Bass with The Litter for their 40th Anniversary Show and when The Surf Dawgs lost their Bass player, Zippy called Beaver and he was offered the job with the band.
Beaver went on to record 4 albums with the band adding his special touch to the songs. Since he had actually played with some of the artists whose songs The Surf Dawgs were covering, he had important input for the instrumental renditions of those classic Rock songs.