'I wanted to make an album that would recapture my upbringing,' says Rudy Guess, the driving force behind RUDY AND THE SURF KINGS. 'Having grown up in the '60s and '70s, I love the retro sound that comes from that period.' Released on his own record label, Righteous Rude Records, EL SURFEADOR is a great blend of the beaches of South, the deserts of the Southwest, and the inspiration of a lifetimes of sights and sounds. Michael Leroy Guess was born in Florida, and his family moved to Arizona before he was in the fifth grade. (The name 'Rudy' came about later in life.) An impressionable boy, the first thing he noticed about Arizona is 'That it was hot and dry,' Guess muses. 'When I first saw a cactus, I thought 'They really do look like they do in cartoons.'' Cactuses and cartoons aside, Guess was bit by the musical bug at an early age. After joining his elementary school's music program as a trumpet player, he continued into high school as a member of the concert band and the marching band-despite the ribbing of football-playing friends. After seen a double bill of the Beatles' movies 'A Hard Days' Night' and 'Help!' Rudy bought his first guitar at K-Mart, having saved enough money from his paper route. He was just fourteen years old. Rudy started playing garage bands right away. By the age of eighteen, he was playing at High School dances in a band called Oedipus. They played Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, and Hendrix-the popular music at that time. After high school, Rudy went to college at Arizona State University, majoring in Music. He quickly realized that the curriculum was geared strongly towards teaching music as a profession. 'I wanted to play music, not teach it,' says Guess. He soon left college and went on the road with several professional touring bands. 'These Top 40 bands played James Brown, 'Sweet Home Alabama' and Tony Orlando-all in a nights' work.' Playing six nights a week for five hours at a time helped refine his musical chops. It was one of these bands, The Team, that gave Michael Leroy Guess the nickname that he goes by today: Rudy. In the mid-70s, Rudy moved to California with a Top 40 band called Poppeye. As the soundman of the band, Guess learned how to set up the microphones and operate the mixing console. 'I taught myself engineering and began recording all of the band demos.' A few years later, Rudy worked with producer Bill Motley in San Francisco, making disco records for Moby Dick Records. Together with friend and fellow Arizonian Denver Smith, Rudy wrote, arranged, recorded, produced, and remixed countless disco singles. Rudy joined with Sylvester and Patrick Cowley to develop a San Francisco sound known as NRG. The records that they made under the name 'Boys Town Gang' went gold in many countries. During the '80s, Rudy played clubs and recorded demos, albums, and radio jingles at his home studio: Rude Stude. In the late 80s, Rudy began to record demos for Carole King, and the two hit it off. They have been working together ever since-Rudy is not only a producer for her, but a guitar player and her musical director. 'Working with Carole is one of the highlights of my musical career,' says Guess. Rudy has produced several of King's albums and has toured with her all over the world. He has also appeared with her on such television programs as Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. For most of 2004, Carole and Rudy have been doing fundraising events in support of Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry. Guess says, 'I really hope that our efforts pay off come November.' In addition to the work that he has done with King, Rudy is involved with his own band, Rudy and the Surf Kings. Part 'Pulp Fiction' and Part Rock and Roll, the Kings' music has appeared on TV shows such as Friends, The Practice, Law and Order, The Osbournes and Oprah. In addition to the Surf Kings, Rudy orchestrates and creates music for various commercials, TV shows, and movies, which appear on MTV, Lifetime, NBC, CBS, and ABC Family Channel. His cosmopolitan recording and composition 'Mr. Lucky' can currently be heard in a nationwide television campaign for the Home Shopping Network. 'Although writing and recording music is fun, there is nothing more exciting than playing the guitar for a live audience,' says Guess. 'Nothing than compare to seeing people enjoying a show and having a good time-it doesn't matter if it's an audience of ten people in a club or ten thousand at a festival...the same thrill is there.' 'Getting to play every night with Rudy is one of several reasons why I decided in favor of going on tour this year,' added Carole King. 'He makes my musical life better, easier, and more fun.' After the dust settles on Carole King's 'The Living Room Tour', and the Presidential Election in November, Guess is planning to tour with Rudy and the Surf Kings, in support of EL SURFEADOR.