The 42-year-old father of two has been juggling singing and surfing careers for two decades, traveling the world alternately in search of waves and concert crowds.
"It's complete chaos," Frankenreiter said with a laugh. "Actually, they help each other out in a lot of ways. Surfing never takes away from music. It all works out great together. Surf all day and play music all night."
His laid-back surfer lifestyle is often reflected in surf music, from the mellow harmonies of the Beach Boys to the sunny acoustic riffs of
The two were surfing buddies who played similar music. Then, Frankenreiter signed with Johnson's Brushfire Records label and put out his first self-titled solo album in 2004.
The move jump-started his career, which now spans five studio albums, including 2010's "Glow" and 2012's "Start Livin.' "
"('Start Livin') is completely unlike anything I've ever done before, in that we skipped the basics and went for a whole lot of different instruments," Frankenreiter said. "We never brought in a drum set; instead there's handclapping for percussion ... (and) banging on pots and pans. We were using everything from bells to singing bowls to
Frankenreiter also released a live album at the beginning of the month called "Live at the Belly Up," a best-of compilation of songs that capture the mellow vibes of his shows.
Those vibes will be on display
Before his performance, Lowcountry Current asked Frankenreiter about his new music, his surfing career and how he spends his days at home in
Question. How would you describe the overall feeling of "Start Livin' "?
Frankenreiter. It's pretty mellow. I'd say it's one of my more laid-back records. We went in and didn't really know what was going to happen. I recorded with my longtime friend and bassist
Q. You and
Frankenreiter. Yeah, I really enjoyed the tenor banjo. I didn't even know they made those.
We used things we just had around the studio. A
Q. What is your day-to-day life like at home in
Frankenreiter. I love it. I get to be a husband and a father when I'm home in
Q. How old are your kids, Ozzy and Hendrix? Are they into playing music and surfing too?
Frankenreiter. They are 11 and 7. They love music. They have a little drum set, guitars and ukeleles. I'm not pushing anything on them but rather laying it out there for them. I didn't pick up a guitar until I was 16, so right now I'm just giving them the exposure to music. As for surfing, they've been surfing since they could walk.
Q. Are you still surfing professionally?
Frankenreiter. I still do it. I have great endorsements and work with a lot of brands. Right now I'm working on a really neat thing with MasterCraft Boats to essentially create an endless barrel wave behind a boat. I can't talk too much about it, but I'm really excited.
Q. I always thought it was so cool how you and
Frankenreiter. I see him quite a bit. Sometimes in
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