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SOS Fall Migration Canceled
Monday, August 03 2020

The following information was shared on the Society of Stranders website. SOS logo property of the Society of Stranders

August 3, 2020

   Fellow Stranders,
It is with great disappointment the ACSC/SOS Board announces Fall Migration 2020 is officially cancelled. All reasoning and thought could not find a way to go forward with our SOS event. Each SOS member’s safety and health are first and foremost in making this decision.

On August 3rd the two SOS clubs, Fat Harold’s and Ducks, will re-open after being closed. The Governor’s new mandate states that these establishments (bars/restaurants) can only have 50% occupancy bases on fire marshals rating. No occupant standing or congregating in or at the bar area. Masks are required when entering the club / restaurant, must maintain safe distancing. Dancing is allowed but must wear mask and maintain social distancing. These are just a few of the restrictions that would be impossible to control at an SOS event.

Horry County is still a hot spot for the covid-19 virus. If SOS took place in September, there would be no way to control the crowd or the conditions around the events of Fall Migration. The decision made by the ACSC/SOS Board was based on your personal safety and health.
In appreciation of our SOS members, SOS will honor your 2020 SOS membership card through February 1, 2021. If you purchased a 2020 SOS membership earlier in the year, thank you. The SOS membership cards will be on sale through all the usual outlets.

Any questions can be answered by
any of the ACSC/SOS Board Members.
Robin Morley Becky Berry Ken Akin
Susan Harrell
Doris Keaton Ron Whisenant Wanda Cavin Lisa Caveny Cecil Martin Ronnie Gregory Dwayne Baggett David Galloway John Gilstrap Foster McKinney
828-443-5995 803-984-4144 803-640-3567
336-549-2582 803-371-4731 704-677-3886 803-984-4144 803-542-6517 336-213-7053 910-850-6322 252-230-9341 434-203-8944 803-622-6369

We'd Appreciate Your Nomination
Monday, July 20 2020

If you're a member of the Carolina Beach Music Academy (CBMA) and if you feel as though we're deserving of your nomination in categories below, we'd certainly appreciate your support. Flip Flop Live and our newest addition, Flip Flop Live Radio have been exciting ventures for us and we hope that you find the information that we share helpful as well as entertaining. Of course we love the feedback and/or suggestions that we receive and we do our best to implement each one to make Flip Flop Live the #1 source for Everything Beach Music.

The most important thing is that you're a member of the CBMA and that you take the time to nominate and vote for your favorites in each category because with your participation, that's what helps keep our industry in motion.

Available Categories:
Michael Branch Award - Flip Flop Live
Internet Radio Show - Saturday Night House Party

Thank you for your support!
Andy Lucy & Jonathan "JJ" Sharpe
Flip Flop Live

Community Mourns the loss of Gary Bass
Monday, July 20 2020

July 20, 2020

Saturday, July 18, 2020 we received the sad news of the passing of legendary DJ, Gary Bass. He will be missed by so many that he's touched through friendships as well as throughout his music career. It wasn't often the we'd visit Fat Harold's and not see him in one of the DJ booths or somewhere in the building. Full of life and a lot of fun we'll certainly miss the great conversations with Gary. Our prayers go out to his family during this time along with the Beach Music Community. For service information, to read his obituary and to send your condolences to the family, please use the link below!


Obituary for Gary Franklin Bass III

SUMMERFIELD - Gary Franklin Bass, lll, 69, passed away unexpectedly July 18, 2020. Gary was born in Columbia, SC, on August 29, 1950, the son of Gary F. Bass, Jr., and Gladys Lewis Bass.
Gary retired from Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Company with 34 years of service, but his true passion was Carolina Beach Music. Gary is a true “Legend” who promoted beach music and the shag dance with his heart and soul. Gary was the owner of Beach Party Sounds. The DJ business gave him the pleasure of playing all over the country, sharing his talents. He has been the house DJ for Fat Harold’s Beach Club from 1985 until his passing. He loved Fat Harold and the staff like family. Gary loved to DJ, record and entertain. In 1989, he recorded his greatest hit, “Soothe Me”. He was very dedicated to Camp Kemo, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders. For the past 30 years, he volunteered his time and talents to raise money for these children.
Gary loved his family, loved life and enjoyed a good laugh. He never met a stranger, making friends for a lifetime. Some of his greatest accomplishments include, being an Eagle Scout, a member of the DJ Hall of Fame, CBMA Club and Mobile DJ 7 years, and being inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame. Gary is a member of Greenbrier United Methodist Church, Winnsboro, SC and attended Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC. Gary is survived by the love of his life, Robin Bass. Brother, Lunceford Bass, Sr. and wife, Diane, nephews, Lunce Bass, Jr., DJ Bass, and wife Mimi and his unborn great nephew, and a loving extended family and friends.
Life will not be the same without you, Gary, but great memories of our time together will live forever.
Due to COVID restrictions, a memorial service for the family will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Greensboro, NC. Service will be conducted by Reverend Brenda Newman and Reverend Jeremy Pegram.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 11 am, at the Greenbrier United Methodist Church Cemetery, Winnsboro, SC. Service will be conducted by Reverend Walt Ballenger. There will not be a reception following, due to COVID restrictions. Memorials in Gary’s name may be made to Greenbrier United Methodist Church, 681 Greenbrier Mossydale Road, Winnsboro, SC 29180 or Camp Kemo, 7 Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 29203. A celebration of life with his beach music family will be held at a later date. Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel is serving the family. Send your online condolences on their website:
Judy's House of Oldies
Tuesday, July 14 2020

July 13, 2020 - Photo property of Judy's House of Oldies

N. Myrtle Beach and the Beach Music world will soon say goodbye to a landmark. "Judy’s House of Oldies of North Myrtle Beach opened in 1987, and was formerly known as the Beach Music Center, which opened in 1963 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina." They're family owned and they specialize in oldies, Carolina Beach Music along with rhythm and blues. Their website states: "Most of our demand is for shag dance music and west coast dancing, as well as east coast dance music."

As you will remember back in April of 2019 we lost Judy Collins,  founding member of the OD Shag Club and  co-owner of Judy's House of Oldies which was a big loss to the Beach Music community. We'll certainly miss our visits to the store during our trips to N. Myrtle Beach but we wish everyone all the best because this is truly the ending of an era. Below you will find the official Facebook post from owner Jeannie Elmore announcing the closure.



You can visit their website to purchase but we also recommend calling or visiting to inquire about availability. Store information can be found below.

300 Main Street
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 249 – 8649

 Covid-19 / The 2020 CBMA's
Wednesday, July 08 2020

July 8, 2020

In three emails shared earlier today, they've released information on Cammy weekend in November along with an extended nomination window due to COVID-19.  We have information from all of the messages below. **Please note** as of right now (Wednesday, July 8, 2020), Cammy weekend HAS NOT been canceled. They're not making the determination at this time but they do plan on announcing the plans during the nomination announcement show that will broadcast live on 94.9 FM The Surf on Friday, September 25, 2020. Stay tuned for more updates!  Also if you haven't joined the academy yet, you can visit this link for more information.


Covid-19 / The 2020 CBMA's

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, it does not look like the 2020 CBMA Weekend will be taking place due to the rising surge in the virus and the age demographic of many of our supporters.

Currently, we are still planning to do the nomination and voting process and to have some sort of either small scale event at OD Resort and/or a virtual event in November to present the awards.

We are not making a final decision at this time for the weekend but plan on making an announcement during the September Nomination Announcements on 94.9FM The Surf on Friday September 25th as to what type and kind of event we will have in November.        

We are extending the Nomination window this year until July 31st for availability for a project to be nominated due to the virus. Ballots will be mailed and/or emailed around July 20th so you can have some time to get them filled out and back in by the August 14th Deadline.

 ****There have been some changes on this year’s ballots in the following categories,

1.) All projects must now be released “and charted” by the deadline. In prior years, the project was eligible if released “and played” by the deadline on at least 3 or more shows.

2.) FM & AM Radio DJ have been combined to Radio DJ of the Year. We will allow up to 7 Nominees in this one category. This change came about as of a result of the many networks doing shows on many different formats which made the category hard to define fairly.

3.) Rising Star has changed the Eligibility period from 3 years to 5 years due to the lack of new artist entering the industry.

We here at CBMA are keeping a close eye on the Covid-19 situation and hope and pray that this pandemic will end soon and we can all get back to the Live Carolina Beach & Shag Music we love so much!!

Please support your local businesses that are struggling to stay afloat and make sure that when the time comes to patronize those establishments that keep our music and dance alive.

Last year with the help and direction of Bo "The Web Guy" Gilbert, we found out it is possible to do the Nominations and Voting online which we might have to do 100% this year due to the Coronavirus and postal restrictions.

Renew Your Membership today Online below

Click Here

You can still join online by postal mail using this link to copy and print out the form and mail in with a check or credit card info.

Click Here for Application

Industry Members can join above online or using the link below to download the application and mailing it in

Industry Application

If you have a group of individuals that love Carolina Beach Music such as a Fan Club, a Night Club, Radio Station, etc...

You can join as a group and get a discount to join by using the link below

Organization Membership App




Covid-19 / The 2020 CBMA's

Deadline to Join and be able to

"Nominate your favorites" Is July 15th!

So time is running out,

Join Today!!

You can still join the academy

up to September 15th!

and be able to "Vote" for the nominees!


Renew Your Membership today Online below

Click Here

You can still join online by postal mail using this link to copy and print out the form and mail in with a check or credit card info.

Click Here for Application

Industry Members can join above online or using the link below to download the application and mailing it in

Industry Application

If you have a group of individuals that love Carolina Beach Music such as a Fan Club, a Night Club, Radio Station, etc...

You can join as a group and get a discount to join by using the link below

Organization Membership App




2020 CBMA Not Cancelled Yet!!

We are not making a final decision at this time for Cancelling the Weekend but plan on making an announcement during the 2020 Nomination Show on 94.9FM The Surf on Friday September 25th as to what type and kind of event we will be able to have in November.

(This show is when we announce who is nominated in each category for the November Awards)


**It all depends on the Virus and the Restrictions we must follow in November!!

More info to follow in the coming weeks!!

Please check for the latest info!!

Renew Your Membership today Online below

Click Here

You can still join online by postal mail using this link to copy and print out the form and mail in with a check or credit card info.

Click Here for Application


Industry Members can join above online or using the link below to download the application and mailing it in

Industry Application


If you have a group of individuals that love Carolina Beach Music such as a Fan Club, a Night Club, Radio Station, etc...

You can join as a group and get a discount to join by using the link below

Organization Membership App


Community Mourns the loss of Hugh
Saturday, June 20 2020

The Beach Music community is mourning the loss of Hugh "Tuff" Blanton as it was shared by his band Cat5 that he passed away earlier this morning at his home. In their Facebook post the band continued: "Hugh was a staple in our industry having played for the Entertainers, Breeze Band, Spare Change, Unknown Hinson, The Embers, Jim Quick and The Cat5 Band. People will remember him more for his personality and being a great family man and good husband. That smile was always on display to help make the world a better place. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to his wife Tammy, Daughter Nicole and sons Derrick and Braden, and all the Blanton family during this most difficult time. Arrangements are still being made and will be announced once finalized. We are going to miss you Tuff. You were an inspiration to everyone you came in contact with and forever will be a Cat5 StormChaser.Much love to you our brother."

So many in our community have prayed for Tuff since it was announced in October and he certainly leaves a huge void in the Beach Music industry. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family as well as his close friends and band mates during this time. Once service information has been announced we'll be sure to include that information on our website.

Beach Music Event Reminder
Friday, June 19 2020

We do our best here at Flip Flop Live to keep our event calendar updated but of course like most bands, artists, DJs, shag clubs and venue calendars, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we do things the past couple of months. We HIGHLY encourage you to check with the venue or entertainer listed on any event on our calendar to confirm it will still be held as scheduled. While we do list/create many of the events on our platforms, the majority are hosted by others are updated on their end and we have no control over the information listed.

At times it seems as though some areas on the East Coast are getting back to "normal" but plans are changing quickly and we try our best to keep things updated daily but it's not getting any easier. Should you need the address or phone number to the various venues we have those available on our Venue Page. If you're a venue owner and you're not listed here, please contact us today so that we can add your information for our visitors.

Stay safe, keep supporting Beach Music and we hope to see everyone soon!

Andy Lucy and Jonathan "JJ" Sharpe
Flip Flop Live

Andy Swindell's departure from The Embers
Thursday, June 18 2020

Photo property of Andy Swindell

In a Facebook post earlier today, Thursday June 18, 2020, Andy Swindell announced his departure from The Embers featuring Craig Woolard. His post included: " With Covid 19, I am in a high risk group (I’m 67), and just recovered from pneumonia. The band has/had some actual live jobs, but I just don’t feel that it’s a good decision for me to play them. I wish Craig and the guys nothing but the best, and hope that they’re able to safely play a full calendar soon.My plans are to keep writing and recording as much as I am able. The creative process is what’s kept me involved and motivated my entire life, and I thank God that I have something so challenging to keep me sane and happy. It is my hope that you folks will continue to hang out with me on Facebook. And, hopefully, you will enjoy my future efforts. God bless us all!"

We wish Andy nothing but the best in his future endeavors and his talent and voice will certainly be missed on the stage and in the future recordings with The Embers. You can see Andy's original post below along with links to his social media pages and his website so that you're able to keep up with him.


Andy's Facebook
Andy's Website


JJ's Pick of the Week
Saturday, June 13 2020

June 13, 2020

JJ's pick of the week for Saturday, June 13, 2020 is Rickey Godfrey!

Each week during the Saturday Night House Party on Flip Flop Live Radio, Jonathan "JJ" Sharpe chooses a song for his pick of the week. You can listen LIVE from 7-11PM every Saturday at: or by downloading the LIVE365 app.

CBMA Nomination Ballots Coming Soon!
Monday, June 08 2020


The deadline is fast approaching if you'd like to be eligible to nominate your favorites in the Beach Music industry. It's a fast and simple application to join and you can do so by mail or for faster service you can join online today. Every vote truly does make a difference and it has even been mentioned that several categories came down to a few votes last year.

This has been a tough year for everyone and what better way to show your support then by nominating and casting your votes in 2020. Already a member? Invite your family and/or friends to join before July 15th so they too can nominate their choices.

For more information and for the links to join, visit our CBMA Page

New Release from Sammy O'Banion
Sunday, May 24 2020

On May 18, 2020 it was announced that Sammy O'Banion was releasing a new song titled "Ring-a-Ling" and it will be featured on the 25th Anniversary release of "Walk That Walk" (video below). Great song Sammy and if you haven't heard it, be sure to request it with your favorite DJ's and Stations. We're excited for Sammy on the release and for Chris Biehler from Forevermore Records.

New Release from The Pink Slips Band
Tuesday, May 19 2020

May 18, 2020

The Pink Slips Band announced the release of their new single: "Time and Place" which is an orginal and written by their keyboardist, David Howard Faircloth. They will debut the song Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:40PM on the Edge Radio Show with  DJ Mike Worley on 94.9FM The Surf when frontman, Townsend Link will join Mike on the air. The song was produced by KHP Music and it will be included on an upcoming compilation.

You can stream the show here!


SOS Fun Sunday/ Fun Monday Canceled
Tuesday, May 19 2020

It was just announced that the 2020 Fun Sunday and Fun Monday events have been canceled. The two dates originally scheduled this year were Sunday, September 20, 2020 and Monday, September 21, 2020 in N. Myrtle Beach. Due to issues beyond their control, they've announced the cancellation of the two day event and we've included that for you below!

The announcement reads as followed:

"It is with a heavy heart that we must write this note, as SOS Fun Sunday / Fun Monday has been cancelled for 2020. Due to projected revenue of our event being compromised due to Covid 19, a decision was made and agreed upon by the SOS Enhancement Committee in conjunction with SOS and the ACSC. Approximately 85% of our revenue comes from shag club raffle sales and since they are not currently allowed to hold meetings or socials and no time line as to when clubs will be able to meet, a decision had to be made, at this time. We are so sorry to have to cancel this great event but due to circumstances beyond our control, it is our only option. We appreciate all of your support in the last 20 plus years and are looking forward to 2021! - The SOS Enhancement Committee


SOS Logo property of the Society of Stranders


Beach Music's Next Top Model? hmmm
Tuesday, May 19 2020

Do we see a new addition to Cammy Weekend for 2020 on the horizon, "Beach Music's Next Top Model"? Highly doubtful but that's not stopping the glamorous Andy Swindell of The Embers featuring Craig Woolard from strutting his stuff while locked away during the Covid-19 pandemic. We're not sure what's next on his video adventures but we can assure you that we're paying close attention to his youtube channel and we'll be sure to keep you updated on the latest.  Somebody better get him out of the house before it's too late! :)

For your viewing pleasure!

Photo property of Andy Swindell ;)

New Release from the Catalinas
Sunday, May 17 2020

On May 15, 2020 the Catalinas released their latest original "Stranded" which was written by Dwight Nichols and Johnny Barker and the release features Dwight on lead vocals. Never a doubt for anything the band releases, it's true Beach Music and we think it's a great song. Be sure to call your favorite DJ's and stations to request the new song. Great job!

Listen to the New Release Here!

New Release from Chase Given
Sunday, May 17 2020

Chase Given has released his new single titled "Let's Dance" which comes to us with a 70's type soft rock or "Yacht Rock" originally known as the West Coast sound or adult-oriented rock which is becoming more and more popular. Growing up in Eastern North Carolina in which he started performing at a very early age. On his website he notes that he has performed with numerous bands including the Holiday Band and has been associated with the Band of Oz, the Embers and the Drifters among many others. Throughout his career he's had the opportunity to share the stage with national acts including: Nsync, Rascal Flatts, SheDaisy, Darius Rucker, John Mayer Gavin Degraw, Train and others.

Chase now resides in Salt Lake City, UT, and is performing regularly throughout UT, Idaho, Nevada, & California. You will find links to his website and social media below. We'd like to congratulate Chase on the release and the great job on the cut. We certainly appreciate you sending us a copy of the track! Be sure to call your favorite DJ's and stations and request his new song!

Stream "Let's Dance" below:

Tour Schedule

New Faces with The Castaways
Saturday, May 16 2020

The next time you catch a live show from the Castaways you may notice a few new faces on stage. Known widely for their music since 1961 and based out of Durham, North Carolina, they always deliver a professional show with their blend of Beach, Soul and and Rock n' Roll. It's no wonder they're Carolina Beach Music Award recipients in: 2006 for Brand New Artist, 2009 for Collaboration or Duo for "Your Love Looks Good on Me" with Bo Schronce and in 2012 for "Blues Album - I'm Just Sayin".  "With 8 members on stage, The Castaways bring a full sound that includes live horns and versatile vocals covering a variety of music. Don't be surprised if you hear some current country, Top-40, or a little southern-rock as well!  No tricks or gadgets - what you see is what you hear!"

Current Lineup
Karen Clayton - Lead Vocals
Guy Brooks - Bass
Randy Smith - Keys
Jeff Weidhaas - Trumpet
Jason Pulley - Trombone
Brady Hasting - Sax
Cole Brown - Guitar
Justin Fitts - Drums
Mike Ashworth - Sound aka "Sound Chef"

We'd like to welcome the new members and we look forward to seeing you on the road soon and we're thinking about all of you during this time. We'll all be back on the road soon attending live events.

Castaways Links:

Booking Information:
Guy Brooks - 252-432-9706


Save Our Stages
Friday, May 15 2020

Thanks to Jim Quick for sharing the post below:

" The future of our music industry is in dire straits. I understand that there are a lot of serious issues at hand today. However, when this is all over we may have a crisis in the music world. Small music venues are the foundation of live performing artists. Without them there is no musical expression. From small clubs to amphitheaters, they complete the circle that is the relationship between the artist and the music lover. We as the writers, singers, and performers have been most creative during these insane and most unusual times. But, we need to be mindful of the dormant structures that we all call home for the healing with sounds of soul. Please go to and write a letter to legislators asking them to save our independent music venues.


NEW MUSIC from Wayne Kessinger
Friday, May 15 2020

Wayne Kessinger has released a new single "The Older I Get" and we're told that it was written and recorded in memory of Ammon Tharp. Wayne has played with many bands over the last thirty years including; Bill Deal & The Rhondels, Mainstream, Elite, Fat Ammons Band, Bill Deal, Ammon Tharp & The Shieks Of Shag, Ferguson, Boomerang, Catalinas, Coolin’ Out and Ammon and the Allstars. Check out the new song below!


Photo property of Wayne Kessinger

New Relase from Andy Swindell
Tuesday, May 12 2020

On May 11, 2020 Andy Swindell posted a link on his Facebook page for his new song "When My Baby Talks" and it sounds great and he did a great job on it. His post reads: "When My Baby Talks" is a song I just finished. I came up with the hook while playing drums and just started adding stuff until it was finished. It's all me. The silly videos allow me to post to Facebook, since you can't post mp3s. What I lack in knowledge I try to make up for with enthusiasm! I hope it lightens your day! Please feel free to share!!!!"

Check out the video below and be sure to visit his website!



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