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The Turfers are responsible for creating an entirely new genre of music, called “Turfin,” which has taken Texas by storm since the release of the group’s first single, “Wipe Out 2005” (Citizens Records). More than just a band, The Turfers are a musical concept given life by three enormously talented artists fondly known as The Big Cowhuna, Bandera Bob and Moon Dog. “Turfin’ is really a mindset,” says The Big Cowhuna. “Surfers and cowboys have more in common than you’d think: a surfer faces off against the ocean with only a board, while the cowboy faces the elements with just a horse. Each might occasionally fall – but they will always climb back on the board – or up into the saddle again.” Like the surfer and the cowboy, these three friends have a lot in common: a wealth of talent, artistic vision, determination and an all-encompassing love of music.
The Big Cowhuna (who is known in real life as the gifted singer/songwriter and visual artist Lore Orion) began his musical career in the surf-proud California of the 70s. Long, tall and handsome (and sporting a killer mustache), Lore eventually made the move to Nashville, where he enjoyed success both as a solo recording artist, and with the group Bandera. However, his true fame would come as a songwriter, with cuts by Tim McGraw, Waylon Jennings and the late Chris LeDoux. Art, his other love, also brought him near-cult status. He counts among his fans New Riders of Purple Sage, Billy Joe Shaver, Tim McGraw and most recently, Big & Rich. A 23-year resident of Bandera, Texas, The Big Cowhuna now takes center stage as the co-producer and maniacal voice featured on the intro and outro of “Wipe Out 2005.”
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Fellow Turfer Bandera Bob, while based in Music City, is still a cowboy at heart. “I’m on the fifteenth year of my fourth trip to Nashville,” he says. “But Texas is in my blood.” Country music fans around the world would more easily recognize Bandera Bob by his nom de plume, Bobby E. Boyd. As the writer of hits for Martina McBride, Alabama, Aaron Tippin and Rascal Flatts, he helps ride herd on the creative spirit that drives The Turfers. “Lore and I co-produced the single,” he adds. “Lore originally wanted to produce the record on another band from Texas that played riffs from ‘Wipe Out’ during their warm-up. When he came to me with the idea that The Turfers should cut it, I was blown away. We’re cowboys and the idea of taking this classic song and making it into something that would speak to the cowboy country soul was inspired. This record is a great meld of who and what we all are.”
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“The concept of The Turfers really took on a life it’s own,” says Moon Dog. A world-class photographer and occasional guitar-player more commonly known as Jamie Eisman, Moon Dog’s history is studded with diversity. “I’ve logged more miles in my Land Rover, chasing after the perfect shot, than most people will drive in a lifetime,” he says. Eisman applies the same approach to his music as he does to his outstanding photographs. “I want it to be ‘right’ – always,” he adds. Moon Dog plays an important role in The Turfers – acting as Vice-President of Citizens Records, offering up some hot licks and sound advice. “This is a whole new genre of music,” he says. “For some there will be a nostalgic appeal stemming from the original record; for others the appeal will be in the uniqueness of our sound. There is definitely more to The Turfers than this one track.”
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