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Local band names itself after radio personality.

SAN DIEGO, April 28, 2001 Inspiration came from the airwaves for one area group. Local rock band, Bedhead Blonde, says its name is a tribute to radio personality Laura Cain of KFMB-FM, Star 100.7.

"She was quite the party girl in college" said lead guitarist John Risser. "Many a morning, I’d be heading to my first class and who would I see doing the walk of shame? Ms. Cain. Of course that wasn’t her name back then because she wasn’t married yet. Far from it."

According to Risser, Cain’s hair would be all dishevelled and clothes in one big wrinkle. "My band had been throwing around all kinds of names but nothing seemed to fit. Then one day, I was listening to the Jeff & Jer Showgram and Jeff referred to Laura’s wild days" Risser said. "Back before she was Mrs. Cain, wife and mother. And I remembered the nickname we had for her – Bedhead Blonde. And I thought, ‘That’s perfect!’"

Risser and his fellow bandmates – lead singer Dave Eilert, bassist Erik Fritsvold and drummer Gino Salerno – say the name usually gets a chuckle. "Everyone relates to it. We’ve all either seen or experienced the walk of shame" Risser said. "Some more than others."

The band’s first studio album, Seven Shades, is a self-produced effort recorded in San Diego and mixed at Paramount Recording studios in Hollywood with twelve songs ranging from radio-ready ballads to bluesy jams. "We try to mix it up" Eilert said. The diverse influences on songwriters Eilert and Risser have resulted in an eclectic mix of funky rock with soulful vocals – sometimes drifting more to the pop side, other times feeling a little more folk. "We love it when the masses can sing along" Eilert said. "But we maintain a solid musical integrity as well."

Seven Shades is available at San Diego Music Trader stores. Bedhead Blonde will be appearing at local venues in the near future with regional touring scheduled down the line. "We like the fact that people hook up at our shows, then re-live our name in the morning" Risser said. "Just like Laura used to."

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