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New Music from the Catalinas
Tuesday, May 25 2021

On March 15, 2021 The Catalinas released their new single: "Just a Little Misunderstanding" featuring Barry Duke. It was originally released in 1966 by the Contours and composed by Stevie Wonder.  Your favorite DJ's and stations have the song so be sure to call and request it. As always, the Catalinas have done a phenomenal job on this release and you can stop by their Facebook page and drop them a note once you've heard it. We look forward to seeing all of the members of the band on the road this summer!

Catalina's Website
Catalina's Facebook


News from Archie Bell
Saturday, May 01 2021

In a recent post on Archie Bell's Facebook page, Randy Overton updated the fans on Archie. You will find the original post below along with Archie's mailing address to send him cards, lettters etc. We send our love and prayers to Mr. Bell and we look forward to hearing good news throughout his recovery.

Original Post:
"This is Randy Overton for Archie Bell. This message goes out to all of you around the world who are Archie Bell fans, and facebook friends. Back on March 11, 2021, Archie had a light stroke. We kept this quiet per family request until now. He was in the hospital for a week and then 2 weeks in rehab. He went back into the hospital this past Thursday due to an infection from a pressure ulcer/bedsore. The Dr's said his prognosis for recovery is very good. He will be going to another rehab center once he leaves the hospital early this coming week. He could be there 1-2 months until he gets back to normal. His stroke was on his right side. Dr's said this was a blessing for him. Since he is left-handed and your voice comes from the left side of the brain, he has a lot to be thankful for. He should be Tightening Up again in the near future.

I just spoke to Archie and he would love to hear from his friends. If you could send him a postcard, note, a get well card, anything for him to catch up with his fans/friends and cheer him up would be appreciated.
Please send to:
Mr. Archie Bell
PO Box 24334
Houston, Texas 77229 USA"

Like/Follow Archie on Facebook

Let’s send Archie some good vibes!

Posted by Flip Flop Live on Saturday, 1 May 2021
New Music from Christina Black
Thursday, April 29 2021

This will be Christina Black's first release since her husband Tommy Black passed away on July 17, 2019. You will have a couple of different options to hear the new single this weekend. Your first chance will be Friday, April 30, 2021 at 1:30PM on 94.9FM The Surf as Christina joins DJ Mike Worley at HOTO's in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you're in the N. Myrtle Beach area and you aren't able to catch Mike's show, you can stop by Castaway Beach Bar and Grill on S. Ocean Blvd. at 4:00PM. 

Saturday you can watch the YouTube Premiere (video below) at 10:30AM right here on Flip Flop Live. You will also have another chance at 3:00PM to catch Christina at the Marina Bar on Bridgeview Court in N. Myrtle Beach. The song was written by Charlie Sattenfield and produced by Tim Sidden and we're certainly looking forward to hearing it. Be sure to stop by Christina's Facebook page and like/follow for all updates!

You will able to play this video at 10:30AM, Saturday, May 1, 2021

Steve Owens and Summertime News!
Sunday, April 25 2021

Many people are asking when we'll see Steve Owens and Summertime on stage again. COVID has affected every aspect of our industry in one way or another and it continues to do so today. For Steve and the band this is especially true! They want you to know where they're at and what they're planning for the future. There will be an official interview released here on Flip Flop Live. Steve will sit down with our very own Andy Lucy to address the questions everyone has been asking. We will announce the exact date that the interview will be relased so be sure to watch our news feed on our website and mobile app.

Be sure to stop by the band's Facebook page and follow them to keep up with the latest news! If you'd like to see photos of Steve Owens and Summertime, be sure to visit our YouTube Channel.

New Music from The Tonez
Friday, April 23 2021

The Tonez announced they will be debuting their new song Saturday, April 24, 2021 on WDZD 99.1 "The Fun One" during the New Wave Countdown with Eric Bowman from 10:00AM until 1:00PM. You can stream the show by visiting their website.

We're looking forward to hearing the new song and we've included the band's original post below so be sure to visit their Facebook page and click that "follow" button to keep up with everything happening in the world of the Tonez!


TONEZone: TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! Make sure to tune your radio to WDZD 99.1 FM THE Fun One at 10am. It’s The Wave -...

Posted by The Tonez on Friday, 23 April 2021
Congrats to the 2021 Inductees
Friday, April 23 2021

Mike Worley and Peter Carpenter announced the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame Inductees today on 94.9FM The Surf in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. These individuals will be inducted Friday November 12, 2021 at 6pm in the Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort Ballroom. We'd like to say congratulations from your friends at Flip Flop Live to these three deserving individuals.

- Doug Winstead
- Rick Lee
- Curtiss Carpenter

Take part in the celebration in N. Myrtle Beach and support your favorite bands, artists, DJ's, shag clubs, venues and the entire industry by joining the academy today! The biggest Beach Music party of the year is coming November 11th - 14th in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Awards. For more details stop by the Carolina Beach Music Academy website.

Carolina Beach Music HOF 2021
Friday, April 23 2021

We'll be streaming the show LIVE right here on Flip Flop Live!

Today (Friday, April 23, 2021) join DJ Mike Worley and Peter Carpenter at 12:00 Noon as they announce the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame Inductees LIVE on 94.9 The Surf. Tune in and be the first to hear! These individuals will be inducted Friday November 12th at 6pm in the Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort Ballroom. Also support your favorite bands, artists, DJ's, shag clubs, venues and the entire industry by joining the academy today! The biggest Beach Music party of the year is coming November 11th - 14th in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Awards.

You can listen to the broadcast live on the Surf's website and we'll also have it available for you here on our homepage. If you're unable to listen live, we'll be sure to post the inductees afterwards here and on our mobile app.

View past inductees here

Inside The Music with Craig Fleming
Tuesday, April 06 2021

There's a new feature on BeachMusic45 that features Craig Fleming. His first article titled "Inside the Music" was released on April 5, 2021 and it focused on all of the music released thus far in 2021. Craig said he "will be providing various content which will probably vary from month to month. My main focus will be providing information on new music being released into the market, but I don't want to lock myself into a particular category of information. I simply want to provide content that is relevant and promotes this music we all love! This first edition of Inside The Music is dedicated to the memory of three of my greatest supporters of this website: Neal "Soul Dog" Furr, Paul Craver, and Bobby Simmons. I know these dear friends of mine are grooving together in Beach Music heaven! I would love to be a part of that party!"

This is great news and we're looking foward to reading the articles and if you'd like to read his first edition, you can view on their website. Congratulations to Craig and what a great job Pat and Robin have done with the recent upgrades on the website.

Update on Johnny Hopkins
Saturday, April 03 2021

We have great news to pass along about North Tower member Johnny  Hopkins. On Saturday, April 3, 2021 Larry Dean shared the following: "To all of our North Tower friends and Johnny Hopkins friends I’m happy to report that Johnny returned home from the hospital today.I’m glad to see that big smile.Keep Johnny in your prayers as he continues his recovery. In the immortal words of Chuck Berry “Go Johnny go go go”

We'll continue to keep Johnny in our prayers here at Flip Flop Live as will so many others. Such great news on Easter weekend!


To all of our North Tower friends and Johnny Hopkins friends I’m happy to report that Johnny returned home from the...

Posted by Larry Dean on Saturday, 3 April 2021
Community Mourns the loss of Jon Lee
Monday, January 25 2021

Our community received more news that Jon Lee, keyboardist of Shag Attack had passed away. We extend our deepest condolences to Jon's family and friends. One memory that we read was from his band mate, Darryl Mcdaniel that reads: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and band mate, keyboardist Jon Lee of SHAG ATTACK. It has been a pleasure and honor to have you over my left shoulder all these years. Rest in peace, brother."

Once we learn of any planned services we will be sure to update this page.

Community Mourns the loss of Bobby Simmons
Monday, January 25 2021

We read the sad news of the passing of Bobby Garland Simmons and we send our condolences to his family and friends during this time. We've read several posts about Bobby including the Carolina Beach Music Academy which posted; "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Bobby Simmons. A wonderful and talented musician and friend left us last night to be in the beach paradise in heaven. He donated the instruments that we got signed and auctioned off each year at the CBMA's. Fly High Bobby Simmons."

 Funeral Services:
 Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM
 Visitation beginning at 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM
 Dillard Funeral Home
 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway
 Pickens, South Carolina.

Easley, SC – Mr. Bobby Garland Simmons, age 62, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 24, 2021. Mr. Simmons was born in Pickens County, South Carolina and was the son of the late Garland Hudson Simmons and Lucille Parsons Simmons. Survivors include his wife of fourteen years Lynn Garrett Simmons of Easley, South Carolina and daughters Amy Britz (Luke) of Fort Mill, South Carolina and Jennifer Ables (Ross) of Anderson, South Carolina. Surviving are three grandchildren Clayton, Carsyn and Connor. Also surviving are Aunts Doris Childs and Gertrude Hughes of Pickens, South Carolina.

Mr. Simmons was of the Baptist faith. He was the owner and operator of the Music Maker in Easley, South Carolina having operated that business since 2009. He was a keyboard player, having played with several local bands throughout the Southeast. Mr. Simmons was an avid outdoorsman and had turned his home with Lynn into a hunting lodge. He was a member of the Anderson Electric City Shag Club and was known for his steps and his warm hugs. Bobby never met a stranger. He enjoyed camping and travel.

A chapel service will be held at Dillard Funeral Home on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM with a visitation beginning at 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM located at 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made on behalf of the family to the Alzheimers Association located at 4124 Clemson Blvd, Suite L Anderson, SC 29621. Phone 1-864-224-3045 or Meals on Wheels of Greenville located at 15 Oregon Street Greenville, SC 29605.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Simmons family.

Online condolences may be made on the funeral home website.


  • Garland Hudson Simmons, Father (deceased)
  • Lucille Parsons Simmons, Mother (deceased)
  • Lynn Garrett Simmons, Spouse
  • Amy Britz (Luke), Daughter
  • Jennifer Ables (Ross), Daughter
  • Clayton, Grandchild
  • Carsyn, Grandchild
  • Connor, Grandchild
  • Doris Childs, Aunt
  • Gertrude Hughes, Aunt
New Album Coming From the Castaways
Thursday, November 19 2020

Did you catch DJ Andy Lucy's interview during Cammy weekend with Karen Clayton from the Castaways? If you did, we're sure you caught the comment she made about a new upcoming full album from the band. According to Karen they originally planned to release it by the end of 2020 but with everything happening the world with COVID, illnesses and more they decided they will wait until Spring 2021 with talks about releasing it in time for Spring SOS. If you'd like to listen to the entire interview we've included that for you below and as soon as we know anything more on the new music, we'll be sure to update you.


New Music from Chairmen of the Board
Thursday, November 19 2020

2021 is already looking good! Chairmen of the Board announced on their Facebook page that we can expect new music coming in the new year. In their post (shown below) it stated "New Music from Chairmen Of The Board “Baby You’re the Melody” Written and Produced by UKs Melody Maker Nigel Lowis!!!". We can't wait to hear the new material and we included a copy of their post below.


Coming in 2021 New Music from Chairmen Of The Board “Baby You’re the Melody” Written and Produced by UKs Melody Maker...

Posted by The Chairmen Of The Board on Thursday, 19 November 2020
New Release from Wayne Free
Thursday, November 19 2020

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Wayne Free released a brand new single. The song titled "Our Paradise" debuted on Townsend Link's show, Beach Bound and Down on the Beach, Shag, Rhythm and Blues Radio Network. The song will soon be available on your favorite streaming services and be sure to call your favorite DJ's and stations and request it. We've included links below where you can read about and listen to Wayne's music.

Wayne's website
Wayne's Facebook
The Embers Band



Main Event Band's New Release
Thursday, November 19 2020

On Friday, November 13, 2020 the Main Event Band released their brand new single "Hello Stranger" featuring vocalist: Sharon Woodruff. They debuted the song on Britt Hardy’s Party for A Lifetime show on 105.9 FM. Made famous by Barbara Lewis, the song was originally released in 1963 and we must say that Sharon does an outstanding job on this classic. Be sure to call your favorite DJ's and radio stations and visit the band's Facebook page and website and add them to your favorites. We wish continued success for Main Event and we can't wait to see you on the road soon!

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

UPDATE: June 1, 2021
We came across a great tribute to Jimmy that we wanted to share with everyone. This was put together by former band members of Jimmy's with "Too Much Fun" in which he was a member for seven years. The video goes on to say: "He sure made us a better band. Jimmy was a fun guy to be around, a great musician and a very fine human being. We will all miss him. We put together a small memorial to him from his years with TMF. The song, "New Toy" was a Jimmy original, and on our first record."
View the video below:

ORIGINAL POST: October 11, 2020

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

Stream the CBMA Show!
Thursday, September 17 2020

It's hard to believe but it's time for the 2020 Carolina Beach Music Academy Nomination Show. 2020 has certainly been interesting and we've missed seeing all of our friends this Summer and we can't wait to get together with everyone. Today let's celebrate what we love, Beach Music! So many work behind the scenes daily keeping our tradition alive and this is our turn to show them how much we appreciate what they do. Once you receive your ballots to vote for the nominees announced today be sure to watch for the notification email or notice in the mail advising how to complete your ballots and the deadline for submission. Good luck to everyone!

Start time - 12:00PM - Click the button below to access the stream is live now!

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Feature Attraction's Bassist Gives Notice
Friday, September 11 2020

It was announced earlier today that  Doug Branch (bassist for the Feature Attraction Band), submitted his resignation. According to the post on their website and Facebook page, Doug was also a founding member and treasurer for the band. His reason behind leaving was due to health concerns with COVID-19. We'd like to send our well wishes to Doug and we'll miss seeing you on the road. We've included the band's post below if you'd like to read it.


Jim Quick & Coastline's Single Release Date
Wednesday, September 09 2020

In a Facebook post today, Jim Quick and Coastline announced the date for their first single release from their new studio album, "Revival". The first single to be relased is titled: "Blowin' Me Up" and you can hear it for the very first time on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Jim along with Coastline guitarist; Casey Meyer will join DJ Mike Worley on the air at 1:00PM on 94.9FM The Surf. We like what we hear from the teaser video below and we can't wait to hear the entire album.


Daniel Morris' Departure from Band of Oz
Saturday, August 15 2020

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - Photo property of the Band of Oz

Daniel Morris from the Band of Oz announced his departure from the band in a Facebook post on, Saturday, August 15, 2020. We'd like to personally wish Daniel all of the best in his future endeavors. We're proud to call you a friend and we'll especially miss hearing you perform "What does it take". We hope to see you around the Beach Music community in the future.

Read a message below from his bandmate, Keith Houston


Read a message below from his bandmate, Dustin Ahkuoi



Here's a video from the 2019 Fall Breeze

 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


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


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!


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JB and the Get Down Browns
Saturday, May 09 2020

JB and the Get Down Brown's new single, "Gonna Get Down" to hear the full recorded track tune in to Flip Flop Live Radio Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 7-11PM and we'll have the guys from the band on the air and we'll play the new song. 

New Dance
Thursday, May 07 2020

On April 22, 2020 we told you about the new single from the Randy Clay Band, "That that hat". Well the dance for the new single has been released and we have it for you below. " Dance choreographed by Bubba Carl Williams and Joy Williams featuring the Top Hat Dancers". Watch the video and comment below and let us know what you think about the song and new dance.


Beach Music Newsletter
Wednesday, May 06 2020

Distributed to our mailing list on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
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Beach Music Loses Another Legend
DJ Steve Hardy

This past year has been filled with so much news surrounding legendary Beach Music contributor and DJ, Steve Hardy. From the announcement of his retirement, to the release of the “Party for a Lifetime” CD, his final farewell during his “Thanks for Listening Christmas Party” and now to the sad news of his passing. The Hardy family members have been through a lot but the love shown throughout various areas of the industry for Steve and the family surely is a blessing. We will continue to keep them in our prayers as they move forward with the arrangements and final preparations.

We hope you and your family are staying safe during the recent health issues facing our country and the rest of the world. We know everyone is ready to get back to the clubs and events and we’re praying for the bands, artists and venues who are feeling the biggest effect of the shutdown. We’re so thankful for the connections we still have with everyone because of technology and we’re at least able to see each other online.

2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

Did you catch the 2020 Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame Inductee show on 94.9FM The Surf with Mike Worley and Peter Carpenter? Congratulations to all of the inductees and we can’t wait to see you in November in N. Myrtle Beach.


  • Wilson Howard.
  • Pat Christie
  • Steve Davis
  • Eddie Cogle
  • Johnny B Barkley
  • Fred Foxx
  • Neal "Soul Dog" Furr
  • Bob Collins and the Fabulous 5
  • Loafers Beach Club in Raleigh, NC
  • WNCT 107.9FM in Greenville, NC
  • Jim Quick

Reminder to Renew your CBMA membership
Let’s make a big push for new and renewing CBMA members. No matter your role in the industry whether you’re a fan, music lover, band, DJ, artist, venue or shag club, invite your family and friends to join. Single memberships start at only $25.00 for the year and couples start at $40.00. We have all of the information for you on our website: In order for our industry to grow and to increase votes for your favorites during the awards show it takes members to make it count. Every vote counts!

July 15, 2020 – Deadline to join the CBMA and be eligible to nominate
September 15, 2020 – Deadline to join the CBMA and be eligible to vote
November 12-15, 2020 CBMA Weekend and Award Show



Blackwater Band / Too Much Sylvia
The Boys are Back in Town

Back in March, Green dot records released “The Boys are Back in Town featuring Blackwater and Too Much Sylvia. Expect a forthcoming compilation CD, including “THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN” and other
new music from Carolina artists very soon!

Hip Pocket
Band Member Lineup Changes
Through a Facebook post on March 14, 2020, the band announced that Jaron Bradley “Breeze” was no longer with the band. No other information was offered at that time and we haven’t been notified of any further updates to their lineup. We wish the band and Breeze nothing but the best going forward.

Bands/Artists Perform Live Online
Several bands and artists are using the internet and social media to continue to entertain their fans. We’ve shared several videos on our website from these sessions and we will continue to add them as we receive the submissions. This is the dedication and creativity that we love in our industry. So many refuse to take a break and they keep the music playing and we’re loving it and so are many others.

Swingin’ into a New Website
The Swingin’ Medallions announced April 17, 2020 that they’ve launched their brand new website and they also provided updates to their upcoming shows. We have the video posted on our website news feed if you have a few minutes and would like to watch.

Rick, Lesa and Mike Debut New Music
On April 20th, Rick Strickland, Lesa Hudson and Mike Taylor announced the release of a new song “A Little More Love”. It was released on April 19th during a worldwide Facebook Live event where Rick and Lesa were joined via webcam by Mike as they discussed the details and allowed viewers the chance to preview the new track. We have more details and the video posted on our website news feed.

Randy Clay Band Release New Song
The Randy Clay Band’s new song “Tip the Hat” debuted today, (Saturday) on Eric Bowman’s show on WDZD 99.1FM The Wave. On their announcement they state; “Get ready line dancers! This is one you’ll love”. We have the full store along with links to Eric’s live stream and the band’s website. Be sure to tune in Saturday to hear the new release.



Beach Music and Covid-19
Let’s all support the industry during this period…  

On March 17, 2020, we posted on our website an article on what we felt everyone could do to help the industry continue to thrive during the pandemic. You can read the full article on our website newsfeed but some of the ideas were to call your favorite DJs and while we’re at home support their shows. We suggested how you can interact with the bands and artists online helping boost their exposure as well as buying merchandise to help support them financially. We also included shag club, venue and industry ideas. If you have a few minutes, you can the entire article that goes more in-depth.

Good News Anyone?
Firefighter helps a Virginia Beach Music celebrity

Have you ever visited the Virginia Beach oceanfront during one of their Beach Music events? If so, chances are you’ve seen or met Travis Thereault! You will usually find him announcing the bands, helping with equipment or hanging out backstage. Travis is a local celebrity and friends to all of the Beach Music bands. A local firefighter heard that Travis’ bike was stolen and he jumped into action. You can watch the heartwarming news segment on our website. We were so happy to finally hear good news for once in the past few weeks.

FFL Launches Online Station
Flip Flop Live Radio

On Thursday March 19, 2020, Andy Lucy and Jonathan “JJ” Sharpe announced the newest addition to the FFL platform, Flip Flop Live Radio. We’ve been planning to launch an online station for some time but we ushered in the idea several months early with the launch of a new website and radio show. Currently Andy Lucy is hosting a weekly show every Saturday from 7:00-11:00PM called the “Saturday Night House Party” which is an all request show playing a wide array of genres. For more information you can visit:  Last weekend we also debuted the “Flip Flop Live Radio Show” on WEVA 860AM in Emporia, Virginia. A twenty-four hour format is planned with several featured shows in the works. Thank you to everyone for your support and join us on Saturday evening where you can text your requests and join our live chat!

Johnny Draper Blasts into Saturday Nights
Host of the weekly show “Friday Beach Blast”, Johnny Draper launches a new show on Saturday on 107.7 FM The Lake based out of South Hill, Virginia. His Friday night show can also be heard on 107.7 along with WTRG 97.9FM, EARL 98.3FM based out of Weldon, North Carolina. Johnny plays a great mix of music including a weekly tribute to Charlie Byrd who was host of “The Charlie Byrd Beach Blast”. Congratulations Johnny!


Highway 17 with Ben Morris
Beach Shag Rhythm and Blues Radio

On April 20, 2020, Beach Shag Rhythm and Blues Radio announced the addition to their current lineup as they announced “Highway 17 with Ben Morris. Loving music from an early age, Ben talks about when he was around seven years old, “I was taken back by the sounds of those old Brunswick labeled records and I was hooked on the R&B music sounds.” Also he recalls “my Mom singing to Far Away Places, Washed Ashore and other songs that eventually woke me up to Beach Music.



Society of Stranders Make Tough Call
SOS Spring Safari Canceled

The ACSC/SOS Board members made a tough decision to cancel SOS Spring Safari due to the coronavirus. Nobody likes to cancel or reschedule events and surely an event like SOS that impacts so many, it makes the decisions even harder. In their release it stated: “it is our responsibility for your safety and well-being, as we are an older group and it seems to affect our group the most. Your understanding of the situation will help us get through this.” They are talking about planning for an expanded Fall Migration in which we hope the Covid-19 situation will not be of any concern.

Online Shag Lessons
Sam and Lisa West

In an attempt to bring some normalcy to the shag community, Sam and Lisa West offered online shag lessons and we think that’s a great idea! After their first lesson the response was so positive they’ve decided to continue the classes on Sundays and Thursdays and includes; Music and Warm-up, Beginner Class, Music and Break followed by an Intermediate Class. They also started a “Virtual SOS” on YouTube for $75.00 for a single and $100.00 for a couple/household. Visit their website or Facebook page for details and you can find those links on our website news feed.

Flip Flop Live Tests New Feature

We’re getting closer to the launch of a brand new feature for Flip Flop Live. We’ve been working on this feature for several months and we’re now in the final testing stages before our official launch. We hope to release more details in the next couple of weeks on the official announcement.

Lake Life / Salt Life…..does it matter? Give us water and Beach Music!
Lake Life Live and Flip Flop Live are teaming up for something special and we plan on bringing you this announcement this weekend or at least by early next week. Stay tuned!


Bands, DJ’s, Shag Clubs, Venues, Radio

We have lists organizing the various aspects of the industry by category. Now is the perfect time to make sure your organization is listed on our website and make sure we have the correct details and links. If your band, club, venue, station or organization is hosting a beach/shag event, send us the details to:  The industry is made up of so many aspects within the Beach Music community and we want your information included and all details to be listed correctly. You can also join the members in the “Flip Flop Live Shaggers” group on Facebook. Share your information, events, photos and anything else you’d like once we get back to normal.

Thank you to Skelton Speed Shop in Brodnax, Virginia, Hite’s Clothing in Clarksville, Virginia, Brian Parks with Virginia Farm Bureau of Boydton, Virginia, Butch Halpin and the Carolina Sounds Beach Show, John Hall from Johnny’s Jukebox, Scott Walker from the Thursday Night Beach Therapy and Townsend Link from the Beach Bound and Down Radio Show. They’re all sponsors of Flip Flop Live and we can’t thank them enough for enabling us to take our platforms even further.

Also to the following: Sunset Sounds Concert Series, Lake Life Live Concert Series, ECSC Fall Breeze, Cabin Fever Throwdown, Hope Abounds East Coast Shag Classic, Julian B. Fowler and the We Be Jammin’ Concert Series for allowing us to partner with you on the promotion of your events.

Submit your news!

We work hard finding the latest and most up to date information pertaining to the Beach Music industry. If you have anything that you feel our visitors would find interesting or if you have an upcoming announcement etc, we want to know about it. If you have something you’d like to include, you can contact us on our website or send an email to:
We have one goal at Flip Flop Live and that’s to be your one stop destination for EVERYTHING Beach Music. Our platform is not focused on one artist, band, venue, station, shag club or DJ, we're here to promote Beach Music in its entirety. We've built our website around the "community" and the only way we will be able to grow is with your input, suggestions, and submissions. Thank you for the emails we currently receive and we look forward to growing with all of you.

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Steve Owens to Release a New Song!
Sunday, May 03 2020

In a Facebook post on Sunday, May 3, 2020 Steve Owens posted a live video showcasing the beauty of the American flag flying proudly at the end of his driveway. During his video he mentioned a new song to be released this coming week so be on the lookout and we can't wait hear it. We've included the video for you!

Hall of Fame Show LIVE
Friday, April 24 2020



  • Wilson Howard.
  • Pat Christie
  • Steve Davis
  • Eddie Cogle
  • Johnny B Barkley
  • Fred Foxx
  • Neal "Soul Dog" Furr
  • Bob Collins and the Fabulous 5
  • Loafers Beach Club in Raleigh, NC
  • WNCT 107.9FM in Greenville, NC
  • Jim Quick
Swingin' Medallions' New Website
Friday, April 17 2020

The Swingin' Medallions announced a brand new website during a Facebook live video earlier today along with some updates on their shows that have been rescheduled. We've included the video for you below:


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