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Johnny Rock Band




Encinitas, California, United States



Growing up in Encinitas raised on music, art, surfing and tacos. Tate Sanderson aka.

Johnny Ale Rock, “if you knew him, you never saw him without a guitar or with a haircut”. He

would attend surf P.E. in the morning then turn in a song he wrote for credit in English class

later in the day. His surf-punk band The Pumps played all the wildest weekend parties in the


Graduation day he rolled out of town Hollywood bound. A dream, a guitar and a lot of

ambition tossed him onto the highway of life, touring the U.S., Mexico and over in Japan as

guitarist/songwriter for Saints We Ain’t rock group. MTV used to play music videos back in the

day and there was Tate on Head-Bangers Ball in rock group Dirty Looks on Sony/Rockworld

Records. The video “One Bad Leg” was filmed in Encinitas and Del Mar.

Tate has played, performed and recorded with amazing musicians from band including;

Iron Butterfly, Black Flag, Tesla, The Motels, Lizzy Borden, Flock of Seagulls, Fishbone, Beebs

Money…it would take a whole page to mention all. Johnny Rock endorses and has support from

Dean Guitars, Orange Amps, Jim Dunlop, Trust Me Vodka, Anvil of Hope, Alesmith Brewing Co.

and Encinitas Surfboards whom provides us with plenty of swag for the fans.

The Johnny Rock Band line up now is William Fullwood– guitar & vocals, Jesse Arzate –

bass & vocals, Brian Fowler – Drums & vocals, Marc Adam – flute & harmonicas, and Tate

Sanderson aka Johnny Rock – lead vocals, guitars, mandolin, ukulele, song writer.

Johnny Rock Band has over 50 videos now playing on YouTube, Vimeo and Daily Motion

etc. and a large list of songs out on the many on-line radio stations and music stores with new

singles and videos being released monthly. Go discover the music you have always loved but just

don’t remember where you heard it. Including the New movie/Rockumentary now out @ bringing the book to life… Tate wrote a book about his

adventures as a musician Johnny Rock – Tales From The Road available on Amazon.

Contact: Michael Hornsman 1-808-313-9607 [email protected]


Tate Sanderson aka. Johnny Rock has been in the music scene for decades. The Johnny Rock Band sound was created from a beach-party life style writing songs around that old ring of fire, inspired by family, friends and the good times you have. New album Holiday Rockin has a variety of original songs for all occasions ie. Christmas, Halloween, New Years, etc. and a mix of genres from rock to ska to blues and everything with a touch of that surfy beach-party rocking sound… You might remember this band for their singles: “Hotdog on a Stick Song”, “Big Island Blue Van”, or “Back In Encinitas.”



Press Quotes

“The Hotdog on a Stick Song’s video is hilarious and the tune really rocks with an


exceptional guitar solo,” Michael Hornsman (freelance journalist).


Press Releases









[email protected] — The book “Johnny Rock-Tales From The Road”

released in 2016 by Musician/Author Tate Sanderson aka. Johnny Rock is a biography of his life

as a musician, about having a dream and following it through the unbelievable moments and

hardships as a musician, living, writing, recording, performing, touring, interviews and the

fans…Now in 2020 the movie has arrived and it’s FREE on YouTube #NowPlaying.

Subscribe to the channel or the website

“The Hotdog on a Stick Song’s video is hilarious and the tune really rocks with an

exceptional guitar solo” said Michael Hornsman (freelance journalist)

Promotions: current singles include; “Hotdog on a stick song”, “Back in Encinitas”, and new

release “I Need Another Alesmith” are receiving applaud, thousands of views on YouTube, and a

growing fan base on select commercial radio and all internet radio, including Spotify, I-Tunes,


etc… and the E-Book is available on Amazon/Kindle with a 5 star rating.



Interview for online

1. Where did you grow up? Encinitas,California

2. What inspired you to get into music? My parents put me in piano lessons when I was 3 years old, my neighbor had a guitar he let me play but I had to be good at piano before I could play an instrument of my choice. About 8 years later I got a guitar and it was a life of rock and roll from there on.

3. Tell us about the story behind the Hotdog On a Stick Song.
I own a music school for students with special needs, across the street from me at an American Legion hall they put a Hotdog on a Stick stand in their parking lot to keep profit coming in during the Pandemic of Covid 19. I saw a line of people waiting for food and went out on my porch with my guitar to take advantage of this audience. I was improvising and made up the Hotdog on a Stick song on the spot. The commander of American Legion came over and said He loved the song and so did everyone else and told me I should record it. I did and made a video and now it is one of my most popular songs.

4. What is a songwriting session like for you? I usually get an Idea playing in my head, then I’ll write down a few lyrics and start playing some chords putting together a melody. Once I have a good base for the song I write down a lot of lyrics then star putting them into the groove. when I have it all together I start trimming the fat and get rid of parts that don’t flow and fine tune the components. I next play it live a couple times and see what I might change, then take it to the studio and make minor adjustments to make it all sound good together.

5. What inspires you to create? So many of lifes ups and downs fill my head with inspiration and sometimes I will be watching the news and a song hits me about the issue so I start writing. Most of my music comes to me naturally so I make it into something I like.

6. What is your local rock scene like? The local music scene here is getting better more venues want live music but they don’t pay well. Our best gigs are out touring the USA, especially the College towns.
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Yes, I am currently writing a song together with BEEBS MONEY including members from FISHBONE and I have a project in Hawaii, Magic Dogs of Honokaa and one in NorthCarolina, G 2 Cowboys.


8. Before Covid19, did you perform live often? I had been playing out once every couple months locally while working on our new album that was just released HOLIDAY ROCKIN Johnny Rock Band.

9. Tell us about your latest project. I have started a partnership with ALESMITH brewing for some festival touring together.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?         

I have new videos out monthly on Youtube, a new song coming out “I Need Another Alesmith” and some big surprise for the world as soon as we get back to normal.