The Hillbilly Soul Surfers ride a wave into Culver City

CROSS WAVE—The Hillbilly Soul Surfers, are from left, Sherman LeRoi, Hampton Flanagan and Steph Traino. (Photo by Jeff Hanson)

The Hillbilly Soul Surfers will be celebrating the start of 2023 with a show at the Cinema Bar. Expect a riotous blend of surf rock, rockabilly, soul and blues, and a great time to be had by all. The CCN spoke to band member Sherman LeRoi about what to expect on the night…

When did you start playing and performing? 

The band’s [live] debut was at the Whiskey A Go Go in 1992.

Describe your sound/style?

[We play] instrumental surf/rockabilly/blues/soul/lounge.

What are your career highlights so far?

Backing Evan Johns on the Moontan CD. Backing Don and Dewey at the Foothill club in Signal Hill. Recording originals with Preston Epps. Playing everywhere from the House of Blues to the middle of a go-kart track. 

What recorded music is available?

The Hot Damn Bobo!! CD [is out now]. We are recording a new CD and hope to finish soon.

Have you performed at Cinema Bar before?

Yes, it’s always a fun time.

What can we expect from the set this time?

Including our mix of originals and covers, we will be playing songs from our CD as well as new originals we have not yet played live. Also, look out for a Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired version of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin Alive.”

What else do you have coming up?

Again, we have been working on a cd and hope to finish soon.

The Hillbilly Soul Surfers perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at

the Cinema Bar. Go to for more information about the venue.

Elsewhere this week

The Culver Hotel will be hosting the likes of Sylvia & the Rhythm Boys and and Scotty Bramer. Go to for more info.

The next concert at Boulevard Music is on Jan. 14, when Jim Curry will present the music of John Denver. Go to for more info.