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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.


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.


2022 CBMA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Thursday, April 28 2022

On April 28, 2022 at 11:0AM on WVCO 94.9FM The Surf the Carolina Beach Music Academy announced the 2022 Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame Inductees. The awards ceremony for the inductees listed below will be held November 11th during Cammy weekend in N. Myrlte Beach, South Carolina. We'd like to say congratulations to each of the inductees! CBMA logo is property of the Carolina Beach Music Academy!


  • Dwight Nichols
  • Barry Duke
  • Gary Hardy
  • John Tomlinson
  • Tony Davis
  • Hugh Blanton – (Posthumous)


  • Johnny Draper


  • Charlie's Place (Pioneer Award)


  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Sixty Minute Man – Dominoes
  • Carolina Girls – General Johnson
  • Ms. Grace – The Tymes
  • Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
Coastline Announces New Drummer
Thursday, April 07 2022

On March 25, 2022, Coastline announced a new member to their lineup. The announced George Sluppick as their drummer referring to him as a " literal soul and blues machine" We look forward to hearing George perform with the band and we've included the band's original post below. 


Are You a Member of the CBMA?
Monday, April 04 2022

Have you joined or renewed your membership with the Carolina Beach Music Academy? Everyone within the industry contributes and supports the music and lifestyle that we love and they do so in many different ways. By joining the CBMA, it enables you to help recognize the groups, individuals and professionals during the annual awards weekend in N. Myrtle Beach while also providing you with discount Cammy weekend passes, discounts at select vendors, discount awards show tickets and more.

You can view the new membership levels by visiting the CBMA Official Website which includes: Industry Members, Academy Members and Associate Members. Please note that "All Industry professionals or organizations must be a member of the academy to be nominated for an award or to participate in the Awards

Let's make 2022 the biggest year yet by inviting a few friends and/or family members to join the Beach Music family and show them why we love it the way we do. Sign up on the CBMA website today and if you have any questions, the academy can be reached by calling: (910) 281-4400  Be sure to download the Flip Flop Live mobile app to receive deadline updates etc for nominations and voting and once you join watch for your membership card and newsletters.

CBMA Logo Property of the Carolina Beach Music Academy.

Coastline Launches Swamp Swag
Saturday, April 02 2022

Jim Quick and Coastline have launched a new merchandise store, "Swamp Swag" that currently has the new Jim Quick and Coastline logo shirts, swamp soul shirts, single posters, their Revival album and a special victrola record player package. In a Facebook post the band advised: " We will be adding more new merch as it rolls in" so be sure to check their website for new items as they become available.


Rivermist Releases New Single
Wednesday, March 16 2022

On March 15, 2022, Rivermist released their new single, "Pucker Up" on Daxwood Records. The song was written by Allen Pier and produced by Doyle Wood. We've included a copy of the song below. Be sure to support your DJ's, radio stations and Rivermist by calling and requesting it on your favorite stations. If any DJ does not have a copy, you can send an email here!


Jim Stoudemire Health Update
Monday, March 14 2022

March 14, 2022 - In a Facebook post on March 12, 2022, Jim Stoudemire updated everyone on his recent medical procedures and his current condition. We've included the post for you below along with a link to a GoFundMe that has been setup to help with medical bills not covered by insurance. We send our well wished to Jim and we look forward to your return to the stage.


Update March 18, 2022 - Judith Shea shared the following on Facebook
Update on Jim: Due to some more complications, Jim has been admitted to the hospital again. At this time he does not have to have another surgery, hopefully it stays that way. We would like to thank everyone for being so generous with us, through the GoFundMe, the cards, and especially the prayers. I ask for Jim to be kept in your thoughts and prayers a little longer, he really needs it! Love to you all!

Update March 21, 2022 - Judith Shea shared the following on Facebook
Update on Jim: Still hospitalized, they are trying to get an infection under control. Hopefully he will only be here for a day or two more. Thank you for all the prayers!

Update March 25, 2022 - Judith Shea shared the following on Facebook
Update on Jim: He is home again! Hopefully for good this time. He will have some IV therapy at home over the next few weeks, but it is so much better home than the hospital. Once again, we cannot express our gratitude enough for everyone's generosity, cards and prayers. We are truly blessed to be able to have such an amazing group of friends! Thank you all and we love you!

Gary Alexander Releases New Single
Friday, February 11 2022

On February 5, 2022, Gary Alexander released a new single, "You're the One I've Been Dreaming of" and it's currently available on all of the major streaming platforms and available for purchase for $0.99. We've included Gary's original post below along with the video from YouTube. Great job Gary, we've been looking forward to hearing more from you since your previous release. Be sure to call you favorite Beach radio stations and DJ's to request it!



Original Post

Mark Black to Debut New Single
Monday, February 07 2022

On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Mark Black shared that he would be releasing his new single "Let Me Make Love to You" on Saturday, February 12, 2022. You will have two chances to hear it on Beach Music radio Saturday morning. Your first chance will be with Justin Rouse around 10:40AM during his show "On the Boardwalk" on Beach, Boogie and Blues. and then again with Eric Bowman on his show around 11:30AM on WDZD The Wave countdown. We've provided the links for both shows below along with Mark's post and a preview of the song.

Stream Justin's show

Stream Eric's show

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Konnection Band Adds New Member
Monday, January 31 2022

On Sunday, January 30, 2022 Mike Brooks of the Konnection band announced the addition of the newest member of the band. Mike's announcement stated: "The Konnection would like to officially welcome Micah Berman to the band! Micah will help out on lead/backing vocals, guitar, and trumpet. We invite you to come check out the new guy soon!"

Photo property of The Konnection Band

We'd like to say welcome to the band Micah and we look forward to meeting you at a Konnection show soon! Be sure to stop by the band's Facebook and website and watch our calendar for their upcoming events.

Cat5 signs with Brio Live Entertainment
Sunday, January 30 2022

On January 26, 2022, Cat5 announced their new partnership with Brio Live Entertainment. The band said: "Cat5 is excited to announce our partnership with Brio LIVE Entertainment.The future has never looked brighter."

On Brio Live's Facebook page they shared the following: "Brio LIVE Entertainment is proud to announce the exclusive signing of Cat5live! We are eager to take over the booking and scheduling for a band that has taken the Carolina music scene by storm!  Cat5 took home five Carolina Beach Music Awards in 2021: Group of the Year, Song of the Year, Smoothie of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Instrumentalist of the Year. With Camron's "Slow Steady Groove," Glen's ability to play multiple instruments, Tim's keyboard skills, Jerry's unique voice, and Allan's smooth bass rhythm, this band is the perfect blend for any event! Whether it's yacht rock or beach, soul or party, Cat5 can do it well and bring the party! To book Cat5 for your festival, private party, corporate party, wedding, or other event, please email us at or give us a call: 704-467-5397."

Brio Live Entertainment represents numerous entertainers and/or bands including several that you'd be familiar with in the Beach Music industry. We'd like to congratulate the team over at Brio along with the guys with Cat5 nothing but success going forward and we appreciate what both groups do for our industry.

Temptations to Release 60 Album
Monday, January 24 2022

The Temptations announced the release of their new album celebrating sixty years titled: "Temptations 60". The scheduled release date is January 28, 2022 and UDiscoverMusic reports: "The album consists of nearly all-original songs that are both modern and classic in feel and sound, and features the track “Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No,” written and produced by and featuring Motown superstar and longtime Tempts collaborator Smokey Robinson. As well as showcasing tracks produced by members of the “Emperors of Soul,” the album brings their modern-day line-up together with another key producer/collaborator in their unmatched history, Narada Michael Walden. The Grammy-winning Walden, who produced their last platinum-selling album, 1998’s Phoenix Rising, oversees the biographical “When We Were Kings.” The celebratory track is available now and sums up the Temptations’ legacy to this point, namechecking many of the group’s members. “Breaking My Back,” meanwhile, is a new love song evoking the sound of their classic catalog. The song was released as a lead single in September." You can pre-order the album via the band's link!

Track list:
1  Let It Reign
2  When We Were Kings
3  Is It Gonna Be Yes or No (feat  Smokey Robinson)
4  Time For The People
5  Elevator Eyes
6  My Whole World
7  You Don't Know Your Woman (Like I Do)
8  How Do You Spell Love
9  Calling Out Your Name
10  I Want It Right Now
11  Breaking My Back
12  Come On

Watch the album trailer below:

Pat Gwinn Announces
Wednesday, January 19 2022

On January 18, 2022, Pat Gwinn announced the "Legend Award" in which each month throughout 2022 he will name a new legend. The very first legend to be named was Johnny Barker of the Catalinas and we've included the original post below.

Kool Winds Entertainment Group
Pat is co-owner and partner of Kool Winds Entertainment Group and general manager of Kool Winds Radio. A weekly syndicated radio host of Pat Gwinn At The Beach ™, Gwinn is heard in over a dozen states and around the world. From a small town beginning to being heard in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and more, Pat recently celebrated his 40th year in broadcasting. Pat has co-hosted with Billy Scott on television, appeared with TJ Lubinsky on Public Television, and voices many stations around the country.


Pink Slips to Release New Single
Tuesday, January 11 2022

On December 28, 2021 the Pink Slips Band announced they would be debuting a new song on 94.9FM The Surf on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Be sure to tune in as they join Harold Ballard on the morning show. You can listen locally in the N. Myrtle Beach area by tuning your radio to 94.9FM and of course streaming on their website or app. The song is titled "We Could Teach the World"

If you happen to miss the debut with Harold you can head over to the Beach, Boogie and Blues network and join Justin Rouse on the Boardwalk. The Pink Slips will be joining Justin during his show around the lunchtime hour. Justin's show airs each and every Saturday from: 10:00AM until 2:00PM. You can listen locally on 105.9FM in Greenville, 102.9FM in Kinston/Goldsboro, 101.1FM in Jacksonville, 95.7FM in New Bern and streaming on their website.

Band member Townsend Link stated: " This is an incredible original song written by the talented David Howard Faircloth that I am lucky to have the privilege to sing lead on. After the debut we will play it live for the first time at Ducks Night Life during our show that same day"

They also shared a teaser on their Facebook page that we've included below:

Ginger Thompson Releases New Album
Monday, January 10 2022

On January 7, 2022 the Ginger Thompson Band announced on their Facebook page the release of her new CD titled: "Straight from the Heart (Good for the Soul) and also had an on-air interview with Craig Woolard during his radio show on Sunday, January 2, 2022. The album includes the following thirteen songs;

  1. More Today Than Yesterday
  2. Baby, I Love You
  3. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (feat. Craig Woolard)
  4. At Last
  5. See Saw
  6. Baby, It's You
  7. 634-5789 (feat. Jeff Grimes)
  8. Dr. Feelgood (Love is Serious Business)
  9. Chain of Fools
  10. Fool in Love
  11. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
  12. Respect
  13. Life Happened

The songs are currently available on Spotify and Amazon Music and you cani take a listen below!


Want to own a piece of Beach Music history?
Tuesday, December 21 2021

On Sunday, December 19, 2021, Dotte McKenzie (daughter of the late Paul Craver) shared a post in an online Beach Music community group offering Paul's trumpet and trombone for sale for anyone interested. Paul passed away on January 14, 2020 and a memorial service with military honors was held January 22, 2020.  Paul was a 2002 CBMA Hall of Fame inductee and known for his time with the Fabulous Kays, Shagtime, Men of Distinction among other bands and throughout his solo career.

Her post reads; "Hey y’all! Many of y’all knew my dad, the late Paul Craver. He was a beach music legend….aka The Emperor! I am selling his valve trombone and trumpet that were given to me when he passed away almost 2 years ago. Would anyone be interested? All proceeds go to the American Heart Association. My Daddy would still be here if he had a new heart so I want to raise money to help others. I know this is what he would want. I watched him play these instruments plenty of years while growing up. My favorite was always the 4th of July week at the Myrtle Beach boardwalk with his band The Men of Distinction.Attached are photos and the amounts they are worth. They need a good cleaning. While I know I probably won’t receive that much for them, I am sure the lives you touch will mean so much more. To me they mean so much more but the pain of looking at them hurts. I just want to help other people!  Please let me know if interested. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!"

We've included the original post below if you'd like to inquire on the availability of the items as you would need to contact her directly because we're not involved in the sale of the items but we thought some of our visitors would be interested.



Video about Paul from WBTW

Castaways to Celebrate 60 Years!
Wednesday, November 24 2021

Recently the Castaways received great news as Karen Clayton was voted 2021 Female Vocalist of the Year by the Carolina Beach Music Academy and they also have another reason to celebrate. On Sunday, December 5, 2021 the band will celebrate sixty years and a special event will take place at Roxboro Moose Lodge in Roxboro, North Carolina. In a recent social media post the band said they hoped to see a lot of the former members that they call  "Castawuz".

The doors will open at 2:00PM and music from 3:00PM until 7:00PM and there will be a $5.00 admission fee that will be donated to local charities. Mike Brooks and Big Allan D. from Carolina Ocean Drive on WLUS 98.3FM will be on location broadcasting from 3:00PM until 7:00PM. Light food and and drinks will be available for purchase along with Castaway's merchandise. The address for the event is: 480 Burlington Road, Roxboro, North Carolina 27573.

Congratulations to all of the band members (past and present) on sixty years of great music and entertainment and we look forward to sixty more.

Sea-Cruz ends after a 20 Year Run
Sunday, August 01 2021

On July 29, 2021 Dino Fair announced on his Facebook page the end of Sea-Cruz. His post reads:

"IMPORTANT!!! After twenty years I am closing the book on Sea-Cruz. I have re-injured my right arm lifting band equipment. For those that remember, I injured my neck, shoulder, elbow and hand two years ago just before “The Making Waves Cruise” with “Craig and The Embers”. I’m sure they remember me sucking on their stage. I opted not to have surgery because I was not ready to leave the stage. I dealt with my issues long and hard and now I have added a possible detached retina in my future. This decision breaks my heart. You that really know me will realize that this decision does not come easy but it is one that I alone have to make. I have had the honor of working with the best, first 19 years in “The Fantastic Shakers” and lately 20 years with “Sea-Cruz”. I will cherish my memories for the rest of my life. Thanks to Molly Askins Ford and Allie Privette this transition will be somewhat easier because they both want the best for myself and my recovery. Molly and I have been through so much together and I am going to miss backing her as well as Allie. They both “ROCK”. I want to thank all of our clients from all the past years especially “Creek Ratz” who kept us every week for twenty years. I would also like to thank all of you that came to see both bands do our thing. You included us in your families. You invited us to your homes. We played your weddings and you invited us when a loved one passed away. In other words you appreciated us not just by your presence at a performance but you included us in your lives. While I recover know that I am surrounded by friends and family but especially Debbi Bridges Fair, Megan Croft, my two Grandaughters, my Mom and my best friend “Cruz”. On a good note “Mental Case” is recovering nicely and I hope to spend more time with the company and I plan on studio time at home and at “Mental Trax” in Nashville. I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet because of my experiences with all of you and I look forward to an Incredible future with Debbi and Cruz. I love you all and wish you all the brightest of futures. Dino"

We wish him all of the best in his future endeavors as well as his health and we've included his original post below if you'd like to comment on it to send him your well wishes.



From the Sea-Cruz website:
"ProSound Entertainment proudly presents THE SEA-CRUZ BAND. This group has received numerous nominations and awards from the Carolina Beach Music Award Association.

This dynamic group features the advantages of modern technology, years of stage experience and a BOAT LOAD of personality!

SEA-CRUZ is a sequenced group, consisting of heavy keyboards and two or three lead vocalists. This combination gives you a big band sound without the big band PRICE and promises to deliver a complete and fun entertainment experience.

SEA-CRUZ musical menu includes the best of 60’s Oldies, Classic Rock, 70’s Disco, Carolina Beach and today’s hottest new songs. All of this flavored with Pop, Country, Rhythm and Blues and Standards gives you and your guests the Itinerary for a SPECTACULAR VOYAGE.

SEA-CRUZ has become one of the Southeast’s top entertainment groups so ALL ABOARD for a fun filled SEA-CRUZ. "

Little John Thompson Releases Music Video
Wednesday, July 28 2021

Little John Thompson has released a video for his new song, "No Matter (Cause Life Has Never Been Better)" that was released previously with Forevermore Music. According to the President of Forevermore (Christopher Biehler), John produced the video and what a great job he did! We've included it for you below and be sure to call your favorite DJs and stations and request the song and to view more music offerings, visit the Forevermore website.



Did you receive your ballot?
Sunday, July 25 2021

Did you receive your ballot email from the Carolina Beach Music Academy? If you didn't receive it, be sure to contact Bo Gilbert by email or by calling: 843-280-9000 and let him know. The deadline to submit your nominations is August 13, 2021.

**Please note at the bottom of this page the venues, people and/or entities listed below that are not longer eligible to be nominated"


Below you will find the categories available for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards along with their descriptions!

- Engineer of the Year
This award goes to a person who is responsible for engineering recording sessions that yield a specific single or album. This award is also based on final sound quality. You MUST list song title/ project, artist and engineer:


- Producer of the Year
This award goes to the person who is responsible for the style and/or arrangement of a specific recording, either single recording or album.
You MUST list song title/ project, artist and producer:


- Michael Branch Award
This award is presented to a company or individual who has made a significant contribution to the promotion and advancement of Carolina Beach Music. Recipient can be a booking agency, agent, personal manager, paid-promoter, record label, label promotions person, or music distributor


- Song Writer of the Year
This award goes to the person or persons who write songs targeted at the beach music industry. You MUST List writer and song title:


- Female Vocalist of the Year
This award goes to the individual female artist based on her recording or in-person performance.


- Male Vocalist of the Year
This award goes to the individual male artist based on his recording or in-person performance.


- Entertainer of the Year
This award goes to the individual that goes above and beyond to promote and entertain the public as best he/she can during live performances.
You MUST list artist name and group affiliation if any:


- Song of the Year
This award goes to a group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production and engineering.
You MUST list song and artist:


- Group of the Year
This award goes to a group that exudes excellence and pure love for Carolina Beach Music during performances. The group must consist of three or more persons that normally perform live or record together.


- Rising Star Award
This award goes to an individual or group, involved in Beach Music for “5” years or less, that has recorded a song that has been verifiably played in regular rotation “AND” charted on our Beach Music Air Force and/or individual Beach Music charts or compiled charts like Beach Music


- Smoothie - Ballad
This award goes to a group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production and engineering. A smoothie is classified as a "shag" song that has a "soft" edge to it and ranges from 90-110 beats per minute (bpm), but not limited to such. A ballad is classified as a slow dance song.
You Must list Song Title & Artist:


- Collaboration of the Year
This award goes to the artists (male, female or group) who have collectively recorded an album or single release, featuring at least two artists that normally do not record together. This award is based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production, and engineering.
You MUST list song title and artists:


- Group Album of the Year
This award goes to a group of performers based on vocal and/or instrumentation, performance, song selection, production, artwork, liner notes, and engineering for a Compact Disc / DVD release of five songs or more. You MUST list title and artist:


- Solo Album of the Year
This award goes to an individual based on vocal and/or instrumentation, performance, song selection, production, artwork, liner notes, and engineering for a Compact Disc / DVD release of five songs or more. The primary artist must be featured individually on 60% or more of the tracks. You MUST list title and artist:


- Compilation Album of the Year
This award goes to the company for the release of a specific Beach Music compilation containing songs from at least three different artists or groups. You must list CD title and Production Company:


- National Dance Song
This award goes to the group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, production and engineering. The award goes to a song that has been released nationally and received national airplay. You MUST list title and artist:


- Live Production Award
This award goes to the individual that shows outstanding service in the Live Performance area. This award can go to a Sound Tech, Light Tech, Road Manager or any other live support staff. You Must List Name & Band Affiliation


- Instrumentalist of the Year
This award goes to the individual that has perfected his or her ability to play an instrument above and beyond others in their chosen field
Please list name, instrument played and band


- Music Video of the Year
This award goes to a group or individual based on vocal performance, instrumentation, song selection, video production and engineering.
You MUST List Song and Artist


- Event of the Year
This award goes to the promoter of a single show or concert that includes three or more acts performing live with a band or music tracks.
You must list event name & City:


- Shag Club Event of the Year
This award goes to the "Shag Club" or promoter of a single event dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the dance, “The Shag". Please List Event, Club & City:


- Concert Series of the Year
This award goes to an organization or event that presents a series of live beach music concerts. The series must consist of at least 4 concerts in a calendar year. Must List Name, Location & City of Series


- Club/Mobile DJ of the Year (Richard Nixon Award)
This award goes to a DJ who is known primarily for playing or supporting Carolina Beach Music in a club setting or during mobile performances.


- Club of the Year (Bill Griffin Award)
This award goes to the club that primarily uses and promotes Recorded Music and DJ’s throughout the year
Must list Entire Club Name and City located


- LIVE Music Venue of the Year (Cecil Corbett Award)
Formerly Show Club of the Year
This Award goes to the club that primarily promotes live artists and bands throughout the entire year. Must list Entire Club Name and City located:


- Radio Station
This award goes to the FM or AM radio station that has or is providing airplay of Carolina Beach Music in a regular rotation or with specialty programming.
You must list station frequency and City:


- Radio DJ (Ted Bell Award)
This award goes to the radio DJ that best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general on a daily or weekly broadcast.
**This award is for DJ’s that originates from a terrestrial broadcast, streaming of the DJ and/or Show is not a factor in consideration for this award You must list DJ name, station frequency & City


- Syndicated Radio Show of the Year
This award goes to the DJ that is featured weekly on more than one radio station with a single or multiple recorded or live produced program(s). Simulcasts are not eligible. You must list Name of Show and Host:


- Radio Show of the Year (Steve Hardy Award)
This award goes to the DJ & Radio Station for the best produced weekly terrestrial Radio Show. This show can be simulcast and streamed but must be done simultaneously on all stations. You must list show title, station and host:


- Internet Radio "Show"
This award goes to the “Internet Only” Individual Radio Show that runs on a schedule and best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general. This award does not apply to shows that are also broadcast terrestrially. You must list show title, host:


- Internet Radio "Station"
This award goes to the "Internet Only" Radio Station that streams 24/7 - 365 days a year and best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general. This award does not apply to shows that are also broadcast terrestrially. You must list full station website address:


- Internet Radio DJ
This award goes to the “Internet Only” DJ that best promotes Carolina Beach Music and the industry in general. This award does not apply to persons that also broadcast “terrestrially”. You must list DJ Name & Show or Station Name:


**The following people venues or entities are NOT ELIGIBLE for nomination due to withdrawing their names or because of a Hall of Fame induction.**

Fat Harold's - Withdrew

Show Club
Fat Harold's - Withdrew

Club/Mobile DJ
Gary Bass - Hall of Fame
Chad Sain - Withdrew / HOF
Ray Scott - Withdrew / HOF

AM Radio DJ
Charlie Brown - Withdrew

FM Radio DJ
Ray Scott - Withdrew
Charlie Brown - Withdrew
Ted Bell - Withdrew

FM Radio Station
WRDX 106.5 FM - Hall of Fame
WVCO 94.9 FM The Surf - Hall of Fame
WNCT 107.9 FM - Hall of Fame

AM Radio Station
WLWL 700AM Big Waves - Hall of Fame

Event of the Year
Carolina Beach Music Awards - Withdrew 1996

Male Vocalist
Craig Woolard - Withdrew 2019

Internet Radio DJ
Ray Scott - Withdrew 2019

Internet Radio Show
Ray Scott Live - Withdrew 2019

Syndicated Radio Show
Carolina Sounds Beach Show, Butch Halpin - Withdrew 2019


CBMA Deadline is Here!
Tuesday, July 13 2021

if you were planning to join the Carolina Beach Music Academy and you'd like the opportunity to nominate your favorites in the various categories, time is running out. Thursday, July 15, 2021 is the final day to join in order to be eligible to nominate for the 2021 Carolina Beach Music Awards. You can join online by visiting the CBMA website and we also have links setup on the CBMA page here on our website.

Let's make 2021 one to remember and invite your friends to join. Introduce them to the various events throughout the industry and of course the one and only Cammy Weekend in November. Last year was tough for so many within our industry so let's bring everything together for 2021 and have the largest membership to date. We look forward to seeing everyone soon and we thank you for supporting Beach Music and the Carolina Beach Music Academy.

Lesa Hudson Releases
Sunday, June 20 2021

On June 3, 2021 we told you about an upcoming release from Lesa Hudson titled: "Sunny Days". On June 18, 2021 they hosted a preview party at Duplin Winery early in the afternoon. At 7:00PM they presented the world premiere on the Rick Strickland Facebook page. We were tuned in during the premiere and we have to say we thoroughly enjoyed the new song and so far it looks like it's receiving a great response from those in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for SOS Spring Safari. We've included the premiere video below along with a couple of others. Congratulations Lesa!


Cat5 Adds New Member
Sunday, June 20 2021

On Sunday, June 20, 2021 Cat5 announced the addition of a new bassist starting July 1, 2021. We'd like to wish Billy all of the best in his future endeavors and we'd like to say congratulations to the newest member, Allan Royal, II.

Their post reads:
"Important update!

Last week we had the opportunity to audition three very talented and capable Bass Guitar players for the Cat5 Band. All three bring characteristics with them that are unique to the position. And we want to Thank each one of these guys for taking time out of their schedules to share their musicianship with us. It was an honor and a blast to play music with each one of you.Each one was very capable of filling the Bass Guitar Position with Cat5.
But a decision has been made.Storm Chasers, We are truly excited to welcome the newest addition to the Cat5 Band.Mr. Allan Royal II. Allan comes to us from the triad area of Winston Salem.Some of you might remember Allan from his days with Allie Privette in Midnight Allie or on stage with Gary Lowder and Smoking Hot.
His expertise in the studio and on stage brings a new dimension to Cat5 and we are very happy to have him on board. In my opinion Allan is one of the most underrated Bass Players on the East Coast and also a very talented guitarist and singer. Allan’s first show with Cat5 is July 1st so be sure to welcome him into the camp when you see him. We know you are going to love him.For more information on dates near you, check out our Website at Thank you for your continued support of the Cat5 Band. We truly appreciate you.Tim Sidden"
We've included the band's original post below and be sure to like/follow them on Facebook and you can also join their private Facebook group: "The Storm Chasers"

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!


Photo property of Wayne Kessinger

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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