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2020 CBMA Weekend Update
Monday, October 12 2020

The Carolina Beach Music Academy updated their website on September 24, 2020 to reflect the latest schedule for the 2020 CBMA Weekend in N. Myrtle Beach and we've included this latest update below which is taken directly from their website.

**Please note**
This information below can change without notice and we're providing you the latest from the CBMA website as of today, October 12, 2020


"Alabama Theatre Show & Weekend
**Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Alabama Theatre show has been postponed until November 14th, 2021. If you purchased tickets for the 2020 Awards Show, they are good for the 2021 awards show, but you will have to update your printed tickets (If you had them printedalready) between now and November 1stof 2021. This way you keep your current seats that you have booked. You can cancel and get a refund on your tickets by calling the Alabama Theatre but will lose your current seats. (We are still giving away awards but a little differently this year See Below-2020 CBMA Awards)


Due to the restrictions in place at this time, CBMA will not have any bands playing in the clubs. The clubs however might be doing some events themselves on that weekend and will post accordingly but will not be affiliated with CBMA Activities. The current CBMA activities are posted below.

2020 CBMA Awards:
We will be giving away awards on 2 radio shows that will air Live from Hoto’s” on Saturday & Sunday November 14th& 15th on 94.9 The Surf and on the web at


**Just a note about voting ballots!
Voting ballots will be emailed and snail mailed starting on Monday September 28th with the deadline to return or cast your vote being Friday October 16th!!


(***Tentative Lineup (Times & Locations Subject To Change without Notice***)

(OD / The Surf Welcome Party)
(All Events in blue are Free & Open to the Public)

11:00AM - 3:00 PM
On The Edge Live from Hoto's on 94.9FM
w/ Mike Worley & Special Guest

4:00PM - 8:00 PM
Rayz Deck Party
Riptide Radio Live at Deckerz


10:00AM - 12:00 PM
Surf Countdown Live from Hoto's on 94.9FM
w/ Mike Worley and Special Guest

12:00PM - 2:00 PM
On the Beach w/ Charlie Brown
2020 CBMA Hall of Fame Show 94.9FM


3:00PM - 6:00 PM
2020 CBMA Industry Awards
Live from Hoto's on 94.9FM
Hosted by Chad Sain, Jim Shafer and Ray Scott
All tables and chairs to be sold inside Hoto's to support
the CBMA Scholarship Foundation
(Tax Deductible)



3:00PM - 6:00 PM
2020 Carolina Beach Music Awards
Presented by Hayes Jewelers
Live from Hoto's on 94.9FM
Hosted by Larry Sprinkle & Jim Shafer
All tables and chairs to be sold
inside Hoto's to support the CBMA"

Community Mourns the loss of Jimmy Weaver
Sunday, October 11 2020

Photo property of Monique Cunningham

We read the shocking news yesterday afternoon that we lost another Beach Music great, Mr. Jimmy Weaver from Steve Owens and Summertime. So much talent rolled up in one package, it was always great to watch him perform and he was a great friend to so many. According to his website, Jimmy was previously a member of; The Embers, The Main Event Band, The Castaways, Slowhand, Back N' Time and most recently, Steve Owens and Summertime along with the Jimmy Weaver Trio. He also recorded with many other artists and bands across a wide variety of genres.

We've included the original post from the band as well as several videos we've taken the past couple of years below along with his latest single, Runnin' Blue. At the bottom there's also an interview from Johnny's Jukebox on Riptide Radio that John Hall and Jimmy asked us to post for them. Our continued prayers are with Jimmy's family, his Steve Owens and Summertime brothers and all of his friends. He will certainly be missed by so many!




Community Mourns the loss of Ronald Watson
Thursday, October 08 2020

Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of Ronald Watson as well as to the members of Smokin' Hot during this time. In a post on social media earlier this evening, Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot made the following announcement: "No words can express our sadness right now ..Gary R Lowder and I received the worst possible news a few minutes ago about our amazing Sax player passed away last night RON WATSON . We are devastated, and heartbroken beyond words.... Please keep his wife Theresa and his family/friends in your prayers. Ron had just retired in July of this year and had recently recorded some new music he was so excited about. The SMOKIN HOT FAMILY will truly miss our RON ..he was just not our Sax player he was FAMILY ....WE LOVE YOU RON ..Fly Hi our sweet friend and brother"

Obituary and service information for Ronald can be found here!

We've included the original post below from the band's Facebook page along with a video that was shared on Gary's Facebook page.


Community Mourns the loss of Phil Laughlin
Sunday, October 04 2020

We'd like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Phil Laughlin and also to the Rick Strickland Band. In a post earlier this evening the band posted the following: " It is with great sadness to share that our long time friend, RSB guitarist and the best RSB Chaplin we've ever had, Phil Laughlin, passed away today at 3pm. But we rejoice knowing that right now he is with Jesus and is perfectly healed. Heaven has surely gained a true angel, and one heck of a guitar player. We will miss you terribly Phil. Please join us in lifting his wife Sherry and their family in your prayers today and in the coming days. Last week, Rick & I visited with Phil & Sherry, and I asked him what was his favorite performance he'd ever played. He said last year with us at the 2019 Cammys. This photo is from that performance."

We've included the band's original post below and to read the obituary and for service information please visit: Omega Funeral Service


Photo is property of FotozbyRickie

Jim Quick and Coastline Release Promo
Saturday, October 03 2020

Earlier today Jim Quick and Coastline released a promo video that was produced by Ben Brown Multimedia and Coastline guitarist, Casey Meyer. You can see the video below!  Their post stated: "Jim Quick and Coastline is so excited to bring this video to everyone! Ben Brown Multimedia and our own Casey Meyer produced this video shortly before the whole world shut down. Up until now there hasn't seemed to be an appropriate time to share it. Due to the pandemic, we miss seeing a lot of our Coastline Crazies, but we look forward to many many more years of Coastline Time!"

Promotional Video:

Prayers for Phil Laughlin from the Rick Strickland Band
Friday, October 02 2020

In a Facebook post Lesa Hudson shared the following: "Asking our RSB NATION to cover our RSB bandmates and dear friends, Phil Laughlin and Sherry Davis Laughlin, in prayer. Sherry just shared the post below on her facebook page. But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Psalm 141:8"

We send our prayers to Phil, Sherry and the entire family during this time. We've included their original posts below and please keep them in prayer at this time.


Virtual Raffle and Radiothon
Thursday, October 01 2020


We teamed up with the Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament last year and what a success it was and we're back and ready to do it again this year. With COVID, the 2020 event will be a little different but they've come up with some unique ideas. Read below about the organizers, the charity and the cause and you will find other links to their website, raffle information etc.

Who is MCCA?
Mecklenburg County Cancer Association (MCCA) has a mission to provide a channel through which the generosity of county residents, businesses and others, can financially assist cancer patients within Mecklenburg County in their efforts to combat cancer.

Their Goal:

As a local organization, MCCA has been able to provide over $500,000 of direct financial assistance to Mecklenburg County Residents.

We want to assist them in continuing to do so.

Their History:
Since its creation in 2013, The Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament has raised over $260,000 that has been given to MCCA to help local residents. We want to continue to support MCCA in any way possible.



Visit their website!

Listen LIVE on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 7-10 PM on Flip Flop Live Radio with
DJ Andy Lucy and Jonathan "JJ" Sharpe. You can download the Flip Flop Live app
and listen right on your phone or tablet. The winners will be announced throughout
the show!

Sam West steps down from the JSA
Wednesday, September 30 2020

In a Facebook post moments ago the Junior Shag Association announced that the last remaining original board member of the JSA is stepping down from his position. The announcement also mentioned that "he and his wife Lisa West will continue to be a vital part of Junior SOS."  We've included the original post for you below along with a link to their website and Facebook page. 


Junior Shag Association Website
JSA Facebook Page

NC Museum of History and Beach Music
Wednesday, September 30 2020

Back in October of 2019 we told you about a scheduled upcoming exhibit in May of 2020 at the North Carolina Museum of History. On September 25, 2020, WRAL News published a story on the now open exhibit showcasing "Beach Music". You can view the video below and we've also included links to the museum's website.


Museum Website
Museum Facebook Page

Photo is property of the North Carolina Museum of History

Fat Harolds on WMBF News
Monday, September 28 2020

Lulu does a great job in this news story from WBMF!

2020 CBMA Weekend Information
Monday, September 28 2020

Like everything else in 2020, the Carolina Beach Music Awards weekend is no exception. Below you will find information pertaining to the awards weekend November 14th and 15th. There are some planned changes also coming in 2021 thanks to requests from attendees.

Saturday November 14, 2020
Industry Awards LIVE from HOTO's
3:00 PM on 94.9FM The Surf

Sunday, November 15, 2020
2020 CBMA Awards LIVE from HOTO's
3:00PM on 94.9FM The Surf

Click here to read the entire newsletter from the Carolina Beach Music Academy!

CBMA Ballots 2020
Monday, September 28 2020

You should've received a couple of emails from the Carolina Beach Music Academy earlier today concerning the 2020 ballots. We received our first message at 1:00PM advising that the ballot links would be sent later today. We received our ballots shortly after 5:00PM so be sure to check your email account. Also be sure to check your spam or junk folders and you can also add "vote@cbmaballot" to your trusted email address list.

Good luck to all of the nominees, it has certainly been a tough year with many changes however the Beach Music community is strong and hopefully by 2021 we'll be back to normal.  

Thursday, September 24 2020

We were saddened to hear the news of  Roy "Shag Daddy" Childress as many of his friends began to share their memories throughout social media pages. We send our condolences to the Childress family, the shag community and to his friends. Once service information has been shared we will be sure to update you with that information. In a post shared on the Burlington Shag Club page, his family wrote: "Dad spend his last hours doing what he loved. He loved his shag family and you all loved our "Shag Daddy" And we thank you all for that."


CBMA Ballots Coming Next Week!
Thursday, September 24 2020

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 the Carolina Beach Music Academy announced on their Facebook page that the email ballot links would begin hitting your inbox on Monday, September 28, 2020. Good luck to all of the 2020 nominees!

Original post:

Band of Oz on WRAL
Thursday, September 24 2020

The Band of Oz was featured in a great article on WRAL, you can view the article below.

Band of Oz: How a homegrown NC high school band made music history :: Out and About at

But if you lived in North Carolina in the 1970s, you may remember a little high school band called 'The Avengers' that evolved into a nationally-known beach music band - homegrown in the soil of Greenville - known today as the Band of Oz.

2020 CBMA Nominee Information Page Added
Thursday, September 24 2020

To view all of the nominee links and information, please visit our CBMA 2020 page.
Remember you have until tomorrow (Friday, September 25, 2020) to join the CBMA in order to vote!
We thank you for supporting Beach Music! - Flip Flop Live

Prayers for the Recollections Band
Thursday, September 24 2020

We send our prayers to the Recollections Band and the family of Greg Purvis. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, September 24, 2020 they announce that Greg had passed away and also included his obituary (seen below). Their post included: " Greg was an original member of The Recollections Band and his guitar and vocals were a driving force of our sound. Our band family has lost a member and musician but more importantly, we have lost a brother and friend.We've included their original post below and we offer our condolences to the family and to the Recollections family at this time.


CBMA Deadline Extended
Monday, September 21 2020

The Carolina Beach Music Academy announced the extension of their membership deadline. You're in luck if you missed the deadline because according to their Facebook post, this is the first time they've extended the deadline after announcing the nominations. You have until this Friday, September 25, 2020 to visit their website and join.

Membership Levels:
- Academy /Associate Member $35 or $60 for couples
- Associate Member $25 or $40 for couples

You will find the difference between the two levels on the CBMA Website where you can sign up today! The nomination process has been completed but if you'd like to be able to vote for your favorite nominee, you'll need to be a member of the academy. If you have any questions, use the information below to contact the CBMA directly.

Phone: (910) 281-4400
Fax: (910) 281-0127

Original Facebook Announcement

Feature Attraction Adds a New Member
Sunday, September 20 2020

In a post earlier today the Feature Attraction Band announced on their Facebok page the addition of their newest member, James Snead on bass guitar. The post from their website states: "We'd like to officially welcome our newest member, Mr. James Snead from South Hill, Virginia on bass guitar. James started playing bass by ear at the age of eleven and even studied saxophone in school. Coming from a talented musical family, it comes natural to James and we're happy to have him join us.  If you're planning on coming to the (boat only) "Beach Music on Buggs" event on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Clarksville, Virginia, that will be his debut performance as a member of FAB.Welcome James, we're looking forward to the good times to come!"

You'll remember on September 10, 2020 we also published an article announcing FAB's bassist, Doug Branch's resignation. Previous Article

Original Post:

2020 CBMA Nominees
Friday, September 18 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 Carolina Beach Music Academy Nominees! Announced earlier today on 94.9FM The Surf with Mike Worley, Chad Sain and Peter Carpenter. They did a great job as always as they were broadcasting LIVE from HOTO's in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Female Vocalist
Deb Browning
Karen Clayton (Castaways)
Lesa Hudson (Rick Strickland Band)
Rhonda McDaniel
Sylvia Johns Ritchie
Terri Gore

Male Vocalist
Dustin Ahkoui (Band of Oz)
Gary Lowder (Smokin’ Hot)
Rick Strickland (Rick Strickland Band)
Steve Long (Too Much Sylvia)
Steve Owens (Steve Owens & Summertime)
Tim Clark (Tim Clark Band)

Rising Star
Deb Browning
Feature Attraction Band
Gold Standard Band
Sylvia Johns Ritchie
The Pink Slips Band
The Tonez

Song of the Year
"A Little More Love” Lesa Hudson & Mike Taylor
“(I’m Just Thinking About) Cooling Out” Band of Oz
“Two More Bottles of Wine” Sylvia Johns Ritchie & Dan Thomas
" Since I’ve Been Loving You” The Embers ft Craig Woolard
“Your Eyes, My Heart, Our Soul” Too Much Sylvia
“You’ve Got Me Dancing” Gary Alexander

National Dance / Shag Song
“Get It, Get It” Ms. Jody
“Got To Be You” Dr. Victor
“Gypsy Woman” Carlos Santana
“If I Hock My Guitar” Delbert McClinton
“Her Love Is Killing Me” Huey Lewis & The News
“Sugar” Maroon 5

Group Album of the Year
“Backs Against the Wall” Holiday Band
“Soul on Fire” Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
“Those Summer Days” Carolina Blue Dots
“Together” Embers ft Craig Woolard
“What We Are” Randy Clay Band

Solo Album of the Year
“Best of Rhonda McDaniel” Rhonda McDaniel
“Both Sides” Billy Bazemore
“Just Believe It” Gary Lowder
“Point of View” Keith Stone
“Til You’re Gone” Marsha Morgan

Entertainer of the Year
Craig Woolard w/ Embers feat. Craig Woolard
Dustin Ahkoui w/ Band of Oz
Gary Lowder w/ Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
Jim Quick w/ Jim Quick & Coastline
Lesa Hudson w/ Rick Strickland Band
Tim Clark w/ Tim Clark Band

Smoothie of the Year
"Dance with Me” Rick Strickland
“Florida Room” Jackie Gore
“Hold Me In Your Arms" Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
“Loving My Blues Away" Sylvia Johns Ritchie
“Your Eyes, My Heart, Our Soul” Too Much Sylvia

Compilation Album of the Year
“Cape Fear Beach Sessions Vol. #1” Cape Fear Studios
“Let Loose” Sand City Productions
“Love Never Felt So Good” KHP
“Party of A Lifetime” Fat Beat Productions
“Take A Ride with Me” KHP

Radio DJ (Ted Bell Award)
Eric Bowman 99.1 FM / WDZD Monroe, NC
Fred Rouse Beach, Boogie & Blues Net. Greenville, NC
Justin Rouse Beach, Boogie & Blues Net. Greenville, NC
Luke Vail 107.9 FM / WNCT Greenville, NC
Mike Brooks 98.3 FM / WLUS Oxford, NC
Mike Worley 94.9 FM / WVCO Loris, SC
Pat Patterson 96.5 FM / WPCC Clinton, SC
Scott Smith 91.7 FM / WSGE Dallas, NC

Internet Radio DJ
John Hall RIPTIDE Radio
Johnny B RIPTIDE Radio
Johnny Williford Jukin’ Oldies
Ray Melton On The Beach with Ray Ray
Scott Walker Beach Shag Rhythm & Blues

Syndicated Radio Show
"At the Beach w/ Pat Gwinn" Gwinn, Hicks & Benningfield
“Beach Music Top 40” John Hook
“Darin & Anita on the Grand Strand” Darin Henley & Anita Littman
“I Love Beach Music” John Hook
“On the Beach w/ Charlie Brown” Charlie Brown & Chris Beachley

Internet Radio Show
“Carolina Beach Party” Johnny B
“Johnny’s Jukebox” John Hall
“On the Beach w/ Ray Ray” Ray Melton
“Sunday Afternoon Beach Party” Johnny Williford
“Thursday Night Beach Party” Scott Walker

Club (Bill Griffin Award)
Billy’s Barn Salem, VA
Memories Beach Club Atlantic Beach, NC
Loafers Dance Club Raleigh, NC
Lynn’s Dance Club Charlotte, NC
OD Arcade N. Myrtle Beach, SC
OD Pavilion N. Myrtle Beach, SC

Show Club (Cecil Corbett Award)
Captain Archie’s N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Deckerz N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Duck's Beach Club N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Scallywag’s Bar & Grill New London, NC
Spanish Galleon N. Myrtle Beach, SC
TJ's Nightlife Raleigh, NC

Event of the Year
14th Annual Making Waves Cruise Port Canaveral, FL
20th Ann. New Year’s Eve Celebration - Galleon N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Amazingly Amazing Largetime Cruise 2020 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cabin Fever Throwdown 2020 Raleigh, NC
King's Mountain Beach Blast 2019 King's Mountain, NC
Timmy Ray’s 12th Annual Oyster Roast 2019 N. Myrtle Beach, SC

Shag Club Event of the Year
27th Annual Valentines Benefit Burlington SC Burlington, NC
Sandkicker Megafest IX Sandy Beach SC Morganton, NC
Twisters Fall Cyclone 2019 Twisters SC Cornelius, NC

Group of the Year
Band of Oz
Cat 5 Band
Embers ft Craig Woolard
Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot
Rick Strickland Band
Too Much Sylvia

Club/Mobile DJ
Eric Bowman
Johnny B (John Barkley)
Justin Rouse
Mike Worley
Pat Patterson
Scott Smith

Radio Station
Beach, Boogie & Blues Net. Various Greenville, NC
91.7 FM WSGE Dallas, NC
96.5 FM WPCC Clinton, SC
98.3 FM WLUS Oxford, NC
99.1 WDZD Monroe, NC
101.5 FM WOHS Shelby, NC
107.9 FM WNCT Greenville, NC
1150 AM WBAG Burlington, NC

Internet Radio Station
Beach Shag Rhythm & Blues Radio Shaun Lamm
Kool Winds Katy Benningfield / Gwinn
Jukin Oldies Steve Baker Mitch Harb
RIPTIDE Radio Mr. & Mrs. Scott, Henriksen & Dennis

Craig Woolard “Together” The Embers ft CW & TC
JK Loftin “Two More Bottles of Wine” Sylvia J. Ritchie & Dan Thomas
Keith Houston, Julian B. Fowler, Jay Jenkins “Love Never Felt So Good - CD” Various Artists
Matt Schwartz "I Count the Tears" Dana Jones & TBCP
Rick Strickland “A Little More Love” Lesa Hudson & Mike Taylor
Tim Sidden “In My Dreams” Deb Browning

David Rhyne “Your Eyes, My Heart, Our Soul” Too Much Sylvia
Eddie Swann / Tim Sidden "Till You’re Gone" Marsha Morgan Band
JK Loftin “Two More Bottles of Wine” Sylvia Johns Ritchie & Dan Thomas
Keith Houston “(I’m Just Thinking About) Cooling Out” Band of Oz
Matt Schwartz "I Count the Tears" Dana Jones & The Bruce Caldwell Project
Rick Strickland “A Little More Love” Lesa Hudson & Mike Taylor

Collaboration or Duo
“A Little More Love” Lesa Hudson & Mike Taylor
“The Boys Are Back in Town” Blackwater Band & Too Much Sylvia
“There’s Still Music” Gary Lowder & Doyle Wood
“Two More Bottles of Wine” Sylvia Johns Ritchie & Dan Thomas
“Stunning” Mark Bost & Jackie Gore
“Who’s Gonna Baby You” Rhonda McDaniel, Phil Wilson & R. Mark Black

Chris Jennings “Rock It Little Baby” Band of Oz
Craig Woolard & Tim Cashion “Everything” The Ember’s ft CW & TC
Phil Wilson "You Don’t Say” Phil Wilson
Rick Strickland & Lesa Hudson “A Little More Love” Lesa Hudson & Mike Taylor Roger Smith “Sweet Summertime” Roger Smith
Sylvia Johns Ritchie “Loving My Blues Away” Sylvia Johns Ritchie

Bruce Caldwell Sax Dana Jones & The Bruce Caldwell Project
Camron Dudley Drums CAT5 Band
Chris Jennings Guitar Band of Oz
Dan Thomas Drums Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
Don Leonard Drums Too Much Sylvia
Rick Strickland Guitar Rick Strickland Band

Live Production
Bob Blair Embers ft. Craig Woolard
Brian Dougherty Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
Eddie Cogle Band of Oz
Klint Ford Blackwater Band
Mike Ashworth The Castaways
Tommy Wall Steve Owens and Summertime

Radio Show
Beat of The Beach Pat Patterson
Carolina Beach Party Johnny B
Carolina Ocean Drive Mike Brooks & Alan D
Surf Countdown Mike Worley
Wave New Beach Music Countdown Eric Bowman

Concert Series
Calabash Concert Series 2019 Calabash, NC
Edge Music Series – SeaWitch Carolina Beach, NC
Lake Life Live Series Clarksville, VA
Midtown Beach Music Series 2019 Raleigh, NC
Music on Main (Horseshoe) 2019 N. M. Beach, SC

Michael Branch Award
Bo Gilbert Grand Strand Marketing / NC Webguy
Brio Live Brio Live Entertainment
Dan Summitt OD Mafia
Eric Bowman Bowties Entertainment / WDZD
Julian B. Fowler Little Peddler Productions
Pat Patterson Beach Music 45 / WPCC

The above list was compiled from the Carolina Beach Music Academy website and Flip Flop Live is not responsible for any errors!


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