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Flem Whitt Beach Music Tickets
Tuesday, May 31 2022

Get your tickets for the 20th annual Flem Whitt Beach Music Festival starting, Wednesday, June 1, 2022 for only $20.00. You save $5.00 per ticket if purchased between June 1, 2022 and July 10, 2022. After July 10th you'll be looking at $25.00 per ticket which is still a great price for an afternoon of the best Beach Music which includes; Too Much Sylvia, Band of Oz and Jim Quick and Coastline and emceed by WLUS 98.3FM and Carolina Ocean Drive DJs Mike Brooks and Big Allan D.

The event will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 6:00PM until 11:00PM at 205 Pointer Dr, Semora, NC 27343 - Gates open at 5:00PM and tickets will be available online by visiting ETIX. This event is brought to you by The Roxboro Jaycees, Total Tire, and Person County TDA.


Brushy Mountain Shag Club 2022 Dance Schedule
Monday, May 30 2022

The Brushy Mountain Shag Club 2022 dance schedule for the remainder of the year. The events will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at 1700 Winkler St., Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697. You can call the hotel for special BMSC rates at: 336-838-1800. We've included a copy of their dance schedule below and please note this is subject to change without notice and we encourage you to contact the Brushy Mountain Shag Club to confirm event information prior to attending. Visit their website for contact information!

  • Saturday, June 4, 2022 - "Big Daddy" George Ward
  • Saturday, July 16, 2022 - Andy Barney
  • Saturday, August 6, 2022 - Curtis Treece
  • Saturday, September 3, 2022 - Don Stanley
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022 - Johnny B.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 - Donnie "Fish" Meadows
  • Saturday, December 10, 2022 - Mike Worley (Christmas Dinner Party)
  • Saturday, Decmeber 31, 2022 - Buck Crumpton (New Year's Eve Party)


Click the photo to enlarge - Photo is property of the Brushy Mountain Shag Club

KHP Releases New Compilation Album
Sunday, May 29 2022

KHP Music released a new spring 2022 compilation album titled: "Another Day On Ocean Drive" and it's available for purchase now at Buy Beach Music. The album features fourteen songs and was produced by Keith Houston, Julian B. Fowler and Jay Jenkins.

Songs and Artists:

  1. Start It Up - Rickey Godfrey
  2. Can't Get Enough - Devin Dove
  3. Exactly What I Need - Tim Cashion
  4. Poor Side of Town - The Main Event Band
  5. Hey Baby - John G. Franklin
  6. Wait For The Thunder - Andy Swindell
  7. Flying Solo - Lafon
  8. Let Me Be The One - Terri Gore
  9. The Real Deal - Freddy Tripp
  10. Lovin' Arms - Salt Luvs Pepper
  11. Let Me Make Love To You - R. Mark Black
  12. Break Up To Make Up - Chris' Keaton
  13. I'll Always Love You - Blackwater
  14. I Quit - Andy and Onieda & The Last Ride

Click here to purchase the album from Buy Beach Music!

Virginia, Beach Music Cruise-In
Saturday, May 28 2022

WTKR News Channel 3 in Norfolk, Virginia ran a story on the three day cruise-in Beach Music festival on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Entertainment for the weekend included: The Swingin’ Medallions on Friday May 20, 2022, Main Event Band, The Tams, Chairmen of the Board and the car show on Saturday, May 21, 2022 and Bill Deal's Original Rhondels along with the Embers featuring Craig Woolard on Sunday, May 22, 2022. We were fortunate enough to be there on Friday and we must say the Swingin' Medallions put on a great show! Below is the video from WTKR and for the full story you can visit their website.


Randy Smith Gives Notice to the Castaways
Friday, May 27 2022

On May 24, 2022, Randy Smith announced that he was now a "Casta-was". His announcement included: "I'm just getting older, we have a grand-daughter on the way, and have just reached a place in my life that I wanted to slow it down a little, and enjoy other things". Such a huge talent and a nice person we'll certainly miss seeing him with the band and we know the members of the Castaways are saddened to lose him. Randy, we send you the very best wishes going forward, enjoy more time with your family and we look forward to seeing you on the road. We've included his original post below along with a video that recorded during an event last August in Clarksville, Virginia.

Randy's Original Post on Facebook:
"Well, the word was sorta out before it was official, but anyone that saw The Castaways this past weekend in Louisburg or Efland may have noticed something different. I am officially a "Casta-was". I've been playing music all my life, and have worked with travelling bands almost constantly since 1992. As hard as I fight it, I'm just getting older, we have a grand-daughter on the way, and have just reached a place in my life that I wanted to slow it down a little, and enjoy other things. I'll definitely miss my band family, the stories being told on hours-long trips in the van, the folks who come see us, the friendships I've made with a LOT of those folks, and just being on stage watching the smiles of the crowd dancing and having a good time. It's been one heck of a ride! I will be sitting in with the Castaways from time to time I'm sure. Seems like all former Castaways members do! The Castaways will continue to bring you the best in beach music, so keep an eye on the calendar and come see them somewhere this summer! Love you guys!!!"


Wayne Free Releases New Single
Thursday, May 26 2022

Wayne Free released his new single which is available on the new compilation album  by Patman and Robin. "Happy Go Lucky" The song titled "Tequila on Ice" was officially released on April 22, 2022 and written by Jaxson Free and Wayne Free. The song is now available on your favorite streaming service and it's making noise on the Beach Music charts. Call and request the new song while you sit back, relax and enjoy a little Tequila on Ice. We've included a YouTube version below courtesy of


Bill Lester Announces Retirement
Wednesday, May 25 2022

On the "Saturday Afternoon Beach Party" Facebook page it was announced on May 14, 2022 that after "50 years in radio and 46 years with a beach music show. Bill has decided to retire".The post went on to read: "He wants to spend sometime just having fun and enjoying life. He will air his last beach music show at WKRX 96.7 Roxboro May 28th. He has been at the station for 30 years and will always cherish the wonderful memories of his listeners and sponsors. He has enjoyed spending Saturday afternoons providing years of beach music to his many fans that have listened for all those years. Feel free to call him at the station and wish him well. 336-599-0266. He will greatly appreciate it. I have a feeling that you will be hearing from him in the near future. Don’t believe he will ever give up his beach music. He has mentioned also of bringing back our oldies show somehow also."

We'd like to wish him all of the best and thank you for dedication to the Beach Music industry, to radio and to your listeners.

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Blackwater Releases New Single
Tuesday, May 24 2022

Blackwater has released their new single " I'll Always Love You" featuring Doug Winstead and as always they never disappoint. Call your favorite stations and Djs and request it today and you can also find it on the brand new KHP compilation "Another Day on Ocean Drive". We've included a clip for you below courtesy of CSBM Guy's YouTube channel.


Carolina Ocean Drive Adds Two More Hours
Monday, May 23 2022

On May 15, 2022, DJ's Mike Brooks and Big Allan D. announced their Sunday show would extend from its regular time of 3:00-7:00PM. Starting this coming Sunday, May 29, 2022, their show will run from 1:00PM until 7:00PM every Sunday on WLUS 98.3FM and their Saturday show on WKSK Rewind 101.9FM will remain at 3:00PM until 6:00PM. Carolina Ocean Drive has now been on the air for twenty-one years and their following continues to grow.

Be sure to like/follow them on Facebook and you can listen online on 98.3FM and 101.9FM along with the Tune-in and IHeartRadio apps. If you've never had the pleasure of listening, we encourage you to check them out as they have a great show. Congratulations to Mike and Allan, we're looking forward to it guys!

2022 CBMA Deadline is Here!
Sunday, May 22 2022

Be sure you remember the new deadlines to be eligible to nominate and/or vote this year for your favorites within the Beach Music industry. Below you will find the dates along with the membership guidelines to help you determine which level you should join. You can print a paper application but you can also join electronically by visiting the Carolina Beach Music Academy Official Website and click "Join CBMA Today". Please note: "No one person may hold multiple memberships levels in the same year"

June 1, 2022 - Deadline to be eligible to nominate - DON'T DELAY!
June 1, 2022 - Nomination ballots will be sent on/around this date
August 1, 2022 Deadline to be eligible to vote
August 1, 2022 - Voting ballots will be sent on/aorund this date
November 10th - 13th 2022 - Cammy Weekend in N. Myrtle Beach, SC

The following information was taken from the CBMA website and is subject to change at any time without prior notice.

To be an Industry Member you must be an Industry Professional with legitimate ties to Carolina Beach Music (Artist, Band, DJ, Record
Company, Booking Agency, Sound & Lighting Technician, Promoter...etc.

See membership benefits and perks for this level

This level is primarily for the "Hard Core" beach music fan that wants to participate in the “Nominating & Voting processes of the awards.
Requirements for becoming an Academy Member is the payment of the $70 annual dues or $120 for couples and you must be at least 16 years of age.

See membership benefits and perks for this level

This level is primarily for the "Hard Core" beach music fan that wants to participate in the Voting Only process of the awards. The only
requirements for becoming an Academy Member is the payment of the $60 annual dues or $100 for couples and you must be at least 16 years of age.

See membership benefits and perks for this level

This level is primarily for the "Hard Core" beach music fan that wants to participate in the “Nominating & Voting processes of the awards. The
only requirements for becoming an Associate member are payment of the $35 or $60 for couples annual dues and you must be at least 16 years of age.

See membership benefits and perks for this level

This level is primarily for beach music fans that want to participate in the Voting process of the awards. The only requirements for becoming an
Associate member are payment of the $25 annual dues or $40 for couples and you must be at least 16
years of age.

See membership benefits and perks for this level

Beach Community Remembers William
Saturday, May 21 2022

The Beach Music community recieved the sad news about William Raby "Bill" Sumner who passed at his home in Ahoskie, North Carolina on May 20, 2022. A great ambassador and friend of beach music for many years and he will certainly be missed. We could always find Bill and his brother C.L. standing at the stage near the speaker stack enjoying every minute of any band that was performing. We send our thoughts and prayers to C.L. Sumner and niece Virginia LeighAnne Sumner. Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 11:00 am at the Sumner Family Cemetery, 450 Highway 561 East , Ahoskie, NC.

To send your condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home website and we've included the full obituary for you below.

Obituary from Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service

William Raby "Bill" Sumner
June 23, 1964 - May 20, 2022
AHOSKIE, NC – William Raby Sumner, age 57, passed away on May 20, 2022 at his home.

Mr. Sumner was born in Ahoskie, NC, on June 23, 1964, a son of the late Cecil Lawrence and Alice Ray Sumner. William was a graduate of Ahoskie High School and earned his Associates degree in business from Roanoke Chowan Community College. He worked as a Manager for James River Equipment Company. He was an avid Wolfpack fan and devoted member of the Wolfpack Club. Bill enjoyed listening to music, especially live, and enjoyed a wide variety of music, from Bluegrass to Beach Music. He was a lover of animals as was evident in his love for his feline friend, Smooth. Bill was a friend to many and will be missed by all who knew him. Left to cherish his memory is his brother, Cecil Lawrence “C.L.” Sumner, Jr. of Ahoskie, NC; and his niece, Virginia LeighAnne Sumner of Eure, NC. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 23, 2022, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie, NC. A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 11:00 am at the Sumner Family Cemetery, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Jim Skipper officiating.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made directly to Hickory Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 531 NC 561 East, Ahoskie, NC, 27910 or online by clicking here or to PAWS of Hertford County, 231 Mt. Moriah Rd., Ahoskie, NC 27910; or you may donate online by clicking here. Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Sumner family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Mitch Harb Celebrates 18 Years
Tuesday, May 10 2022

We'd like to congratulate Mitch Harb who is celebrating eighteen years online with Mitch Harbs Beach Party since May of 2004. You can visit his website for his radio stream, photos and his top charts from previous years. Whether you call him the "Godfather of Bad", "The Ancient One" or "Shag Master" head over to his Facebook page or leave a comment here and congratulate him.

Listen to Mitch's stream!

Visit his website

Like/Follow him on Facebook

Deb Browning Releases New Single
Monday, May 09 2022

Deb Browning announced the debut of her new single "3 More Minutes". The song was written by the artist and it was " inspired by a chance encounter " that she had while at Fat Harold's Beach Club in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She will also be releasing a video for the single that was recorded at the club. The song debuted on Saturday, May 7, 2022 WDZDwith Eric Bowman and later that evening on WTOB with Don Mark.

The video is scheduled to debut at 6:30PM tomorrow, May 10, 2022 so be sure to head over to her Facebook page and like/follow so you don't miss the debut. Also call your favorite Beach Music djs and radio stations and request the new single.


The Tonez Release New Single
Sunday, May 08 2022

On Thursday, April 21, 2022 the Tonez released their new single "Me and My Music" LIVE on the air with Johnny B on Riptide Radio. They also later released the song with Justin Rouse and Eric Bowman. Reach out to your favorite DJs and radio stations and request the new single because they've done a great job!

In the release notes it states: "Me and My Music is the newest single from The Tonez!!! An awesome tune for all music lovers, and timed just right for the shaggers. We are pleased to bring this "lost gem" back to the radio waves" The song was originally released by the Spinners in 1977 on their Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow album.


Timmy Ray's Oyster Roast Raffle Items Announced
Thursday, May 05 2022

Timmy Ray's 15th Annual Oyster Roast is coming up later this year on November 26, 2022 in N. Myrtle Beach. They have a great lineup which includes; Cat5, Jim Quick and Coastline and Southside Saints. (Bands are subject to change without notice)

Some of the raffle items for the 2022 event were announced April 28, 2022 on their Facebook page. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase on May 7, 2022 at the 5th Annual Ocean Drive Beach Music Festival. Raffle items include;

  • 48" Liberty Scag Lawn-mower
  • 2019 Club Golf Cart
  • CBMA VIP Weekend Package
  • Weekend vacation package at Ocean Drive Resort
  • plus more to be announced

So far the raffle items total over $15,000.00!

If you'd like to purchase admission tickets, if you'd like to donate or to learn more, visit their website for full details. TR's Cancer Fighters is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization and a South Carolina Public Charity ID P35796

Riptide Radio Turns Five!
Wednesday, May 04 2022

On Sunday, May 1, 2022 Riptide Radio turned five! They were awarded "Internet Radio Station of the Year" in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by the Carolina Beach Music Academy. Head over to their website and listen to the great programming each day which is also available on their mobile app and on TuneIn. Be sure to also like/follow them on social media. Congratulations to everyone over at Riptide and happy anniversary!

SOS Parade Winners Announced
Tuesday, May 03 2022

Another SOS Spring Safari is in the books and the annual parade was held Saturday, April 30, 2022 in N. Myrtle Beach. The winners for the 2022 parade were announced and we've included the list below along with the original post on the Society of Stranders Facebook group by Vickie Harrison. Congratulations everyone!

Best Shag Theme

  • First Place - Burlington Shag Club
  • Second Place - Palmetto Shag Club
  • Third Place - Boppers Shag Club

Most Original

  • OD Shag Club
  • Bass Lake Shag Club
  • Camden Lugoff Area Shag Club

Shagging Troop

  • Society of Brunswick Shaggers
  • Capital Area Shag Club
  • Northern Virginia Shag Club

Best Club Vehicle

  • Rock Hill Shag Club
  • Lancaster Shag Club


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Lesa Hudson to Release New Single
Sunday, May 01 2022

On April 26, 2022, Lesa Hudson announced the upcoming release of her new single "Breathless" which is being produced by Rick Strickland. She plans to release it on May 2, 2022 during Rick & Lesa's Happy Hour from 7:00-8:00PM on the Rick Strickland Band Facebook page. We're looking forward to hearing it and we'll surely be tuned in!

Cat5 Releases New Single
Sunday, May 01 2022

On Friday, April 22, 2022 Cat5 released their new single "Want You in My Life" The song debuted on WVCO 94.9FM The Surf earlier in the afternoon. Later that evening it was heard on RipTide Radio with Ray Scott, Satrday morning during the Wave Countdown with Eric Bowman and again during "On the Boardwalk with Justin Rouse" on the Beach, Boogie and Blues network.

The song was written and produced by frontman and guitarist Jerry Thomas West and featuring Camron Dudley on drums, Allan Royal, II on bass guitar, Jerry Thomas West on guitar and vocals, Tim Sidden on keyboards, strings and vocals and Glen Tippet on vocals.

We'd like to say congratulations to the guys for another great song and we've already seen chart action around the industry. Be sure to call your local stations and Beach Music DJ's to request the new song and we've also included it for you below from their YouTube release.


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