The Beach Boys appeared on Collin Raye's Christmas album, backing him on “Winter Wonderland.” (12/11/96)
Mike Kowalski, Beach Boys drummer since 1968, has a new album out entitled The Backsters Live. It's an amazing blues CD which features Kowalski's long time partner Joel Peskin. Joel is a studio musician who has played on several Beach Boys alums. His most famous Beach Boy contribution is the sax solo on “Kokomo.” Mike is one of the best drummers around and he shows it off in The Backsters Live. (12/11/96)
The Beach Boys' new album, Stars and Stripes Vol. I, teams the group up with country artists. Tracks include Willie Nelson's “The Warmth of the Sun,” Lorrie Morgan's “Don't Worry Baby,” James House's “Little Deuce Coupe,” Toby Keith's “Be True to Your School,” Junior Brown's “409,” along with tracks with Sawyer Brown, Timothy B. Schmidt, Kathy Troccoli, Ricky Van Shelton, Collin Raye, and Doug Supernaw. The recording is on the River North Nashville label.
The Beach Boys (including Brian Wilson), joined by many of their co-stars on S&S, played Nashville's Fan Fair on June 14, 1996. This show was recorded for a DVD, Nashville Sounds: The Making of Stars and Stripes, released later in the year. (8/17/96)
The Sub Pop record label has released a three-track vinyl single of the material from The Pet Sounds Sessions — A 30th Anniversary Collection. It includes versions of “I Just Wasn't Made for These Times,” “Wouldn't It Be Nice,” and “Here Today.” (8/17/96)
Jan & Dean's Golden Summer Days by the Legendary Masked Surfers is a new collection of surf/hot rod songs. Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, and The Honeys are heard on the CD. (8/17/96)
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