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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

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