RSM History:

The Rhythm Surf Monkeys hail from Eldersburg, Maryland and came into existence when founding members Jim Hiltz and Kyle Reitz entered a recording studio on April 9, 2012 to record “Where Were You When My Dad Became a Hero”. Little did they know that journey into the studio that fateful day would result in the song ending up on The 9/11 Artist Registry. And what a journey followed in the last 6 years!


The Rhythm Surf Monkeys continued as a studio project with Hiltz and Reitz bringing into the studio such seasoned artists such as local Maryland legends Rob Fahey and R. Lee Townsend of The Ravyns, Tony Sciuto, Mike Pope, and the talented Megan Wheatly-Shurman to name a few.


The Rhythm Surf Monkeys have produced 3 CD’s from 2013 through 2016.  Highway 9 was released in November of 2013.  Reinvented was released in December of 2014 and contained music that won multiple songwriting awards.  Reinvented had three tracks earn Nashville’s  NSAI's “Ones to Watch” for songwriting.  "Reinvented", the title track, was winner of the Mid Atlantic Songwriting Contest Songwriter Award, along with Akademia Award for Best Song, March 2015, in the Hard Rock Category.  “Prospect Avenue”, a song about growing up in the 1970’s, won another Akademia Award for Best Rock/Americana June 2015.  “Pen of Cowards” won yet another Akademia Award for Best Rock Song in September of 2016.  Lastly, “Reinvented” became a number one single for KXRL Radio in Los Angeles in June 2015.


In 2016 Rhythm Surf Monkeys released their third CD titled Roll On.  This project had both Jim and Kyle thinking of transitioning the band from a studio band into a working band for the purpose of playing live.  The band brought in Scott Wilson from local super group Awaken. They also brought in Jeff Bober and Tom White from Rob Fahey’s legendary group “The Pieces”.  Scott brought in talented female vocalist Sherry V, veteran of many of Baltimore’s top bands, and the lineup became complete when Prescott Studios owner Dave Prescott joined the group to fill the bass position.

The newly formed rock group debuted at Maryland’s famous two-day rock festival, Stanstock, and quickly won over fans and organizers.  The band, while playing live shows in 2017, was also writing and trying out new material.  The culmination of their efforts produced Rhythm Surf Monkeys fourth CD, RSM.  The CD was released to a sold out house at historic Club 66 on November 4, 2017.  The CD marked the 4th in just 5 years for this Maryland area powerhouse.

The early reviews of the new CD RSM were outstanding. A sample of this can be gleaned from a portion of the response given by legendary Baltimore radio personality Stash ,from 100.7 FM, The Bay, regarding the CD: “This band can’t be limited to local exposure. People should hear this record everywhere! Love it because you don’t sound like somebody else.” 

"RSM"  was named one of the top rock albums released internationally in 2017 by Music Through the Times magazine.  A huge honor for the band to be recognized internationally.  Modern Rock Review made "RSM" CD one of its Albums of the month for July 2018.  Lastly, The Rhythm Surf Monkeys were nominated for TWO prestigious Maryland Music Awards for 2018.  Category 1, Best Rock Act, and Category 2, Best Breakout Artist for 2018.  The Awards took place on December 15, 2018.

In 2019 RSM, Dave Prescott our good friend on bass has moved on to Atlanta to open a brand new state of the art recording studio.   Mike Hamilton, bassist.  joins the other Monkeys for this concert season of 2019.  Mike grew up in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Throughout the 1970s, Mike toured as a solo act performing his original music at concerts, festivals and clubs. In 1978 Mike moved to the Washington, DC area and played in bands throughout the years, including DESIRE, NO DOUBT-CRYPTO, TORCHERS, BLUES ATTITUDES and MIKE HAMILTON BAND. He has engineered and produced many mid-Atlantic regional acts. Mike has 6 CDs of original music and numerous live Videos to his credit.

2019 saw our performance schedule shortened due to a major Health issue with one of our members.  RSM has also decided to make a change on vocals and have begun preparing their 5th CD project at Mission Road Studios in Jessup Md.

2020,  like so many other things affected,  has seen Covid-19 change the music scene.  We hope everyone is staying safe.  We were honoreed to add vocalist Robyn Bingham to the band.  What a performer and consummate pro she is. (See her bio on website main page) Robyn brings professionalism and great work ethic to the band.  We are so honored to have her aboard.  Robyn will be recording our 5th CD with us, and we feel this may be our best work yet.

Stephen Hancock has joined  RSM in November  2020 as our new male lead vocalists.  Steve brings his professionalism and talents to us in time to place a couple tracks on our new and upcoming CD "The Great Behind"  Please check out Steve's bio on our home page.



terrry Hawkins

terrry Hawkins

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