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  Mike Little is a member of the Electric City Shag Club in Anderson, South Carolina.  He is also a member of the Association of Beach & Shag Club DJ’s and the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Deejays.  He hosted for 3-1/2 years The Saturday Morning Beach Party on WANS, 1280 AM in Anderson, which was rated by Arbitron as the highest rated AM show listened to and number three overall for that time slot.  In 2004, he was awarded the Rufus Oates Award by the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Dee Jays for his writing contributions.  He now serves on the Board of Directors of the NARBDJ.

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by Mike Little


Rev. Bubba D. Liverence & The Cornhole Prophets has just release the group's new album, Haint Blues Deluxe.  Two of the tracks from the production have already been released as singles and have charted.  A Night Like This achieved great success, having spent time in the Beach Music charts' Top Ten.  The other one, What Else Could It Be, is still be played strong and is currently on the charts.  From the new album, Tender Moment is the first new single that is grabbing attention.  The number is being played by a certain number of deejays, especially around the coastal areas.  Tender Moment has also entered into Fessa John Hook's Beach Music Top 40 Chart and continues to move upward.  There is a little of something for everyone on the Reverend's new CD.  Cool With Me has that classic sound and should be well accepted.  For a little slow, smooth shag, check out Almost Mine.  For those who like uptempo songs, Bells Start Ringin' will fit right in.  Windows struck a fancy with me.  I do believe that this one may be the followup single to Tender Moment.  Haint Blue Deluxe by Rev. Bubba D. Liverence & The Cornhole Prophets.  In 2012 on the group's album, The Recession Sessions, Let The Eagle Fly appeared on the album.  As a big Auburn University supporter, Rev. Bubba has the single for purchase on the group's Website,  All of the proceeds from the sale of Let The Eagle Fly goes to Auburn University's nonprofit organization, The Southeastern Raptor Center.  The Center is an educational and rehabilitation program for birds of prey and has treated and released thousands of these birds back into the wild.


Johnny Rawls' latest CD, Tiger In A Cage, has been released by Catfood Records. The highlight on the release is a new version of Johnny's hit, Red Cadillac. This new version was recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas and carries the background vocals of The Iveys. The Iveys consists of a trio of siblings, Arlene, Jessica and Jillian Ivey. Johnny'ssss band, The Rays, are the featured musicians behind the song, consisting of Johnny McGhee on guitar, Bob Trechard on bass and Richy Puga on drums. Dan Ferguson joins the group on keyboards and accordion, and Andy Roman handles alto and saxophones, while Mike Middleton adds beautiful fills from his trumpet. Rounding out the crew are Robert Claireborne on trombone, Nick Flood on baritone sax and Jon Olazabal on percussion. Red Cadillac just might make a refreshing comeback new version. Blues vocalist and pianist joins Johnny on a rollicking sultry, soul infused Southern Honey. You also need to check out Beast Of Burden. The song has the right beat, maybe needs bumping up a bit, and could very well hit the charts. Jim Quick went to the swamps of the Ol' Santee to find his Little Lucy. Johnny Rawls went back in the woods of Georgia to find his Lucy. Lucy is another song on the album that has chart potential. Johnny Rawls was born and raised in Mississippi. He acquired his interest in music from his grandfather, a blind guitarist who played around the Harrisburg, Mississippi area. By the mid-seventies, Johnny joined O.V. Wright's band, working with him until Wright's death in 1980. Under johnny's leadership, O.V. Wright's band continued to perform his music for thirteen years. He then performed and recorded with L.C. Luckett for a number of years before forming his own band in the mid-nineties. In addition to Johnny's success in the Beach Music Arena with Red Cadillac, he has given us other hits, such as Wish It Would Rain, How Much Longer and Soul Survivor. In 1984, Johnny teamed with Carolina Beach Music Awards' Pioneer Award recipient Roy Roberts to release Partners And Friends, an album designed heavily for the Beach Music fans. Johnny Rawls' Tiger In A Cage continues to carry the Soul, Blues and Rhythm & Blues tradition of people like O.V. Wright, Z.Z. Hill and Otis Redding.

Kwik Kuts


  Here are some cuts from various artists' new or relatively new albums that should work well in the Beach and Shag markets.  Check 'em out.


 I Will Be There by Eric Clapton.  The song comes from his new album, I Still Do.  The song is rumored to feature the late George Harrison.  Vocal parts on the number is credited to Angelo Mysterioso, a pseudonym similar to one the late Beatle used on a previous collaboration with Clapton, who is not commenting on the topic



Frankie And Johnny by The Mojo Blues Band with Jimmy Anderson.  The song comes from The Mojo Blues Band's 2012 release, Blues Roll On!  The song was recorded during the 1999 sessions for Mojo's Blues Parade 2000 release, but, to my knowledge, was never released.  Of course we know a lot about Vienna, Austria's Mojo Blues Band, but few know about Jimmy Anderson.  Born in 1934 in Nachez, Mississippi, he moved to Baton Rouge Louisiana at age 16.  By the late fifties, he had formed his own band, Jimmy Anderson & The Joy Jumpers.  Anderson and his band began recording in the early sixties.  By the late sixties, he stopped recording and performing, moving back to Nachez.  Jimmy Anderson re-emerged performing in the early nineties, but suffered a stroke in 1999, which left him little use of his right arm.  However, he occasionally sings and plays the harmonica in the Nachez area.


Dancin' With Ya'll by The Mojo Blues Band with A.C. Reed.  The song comes from The Mojo Blues Band's 2012 release, The Wild Taste Of Chicago.  The album was generated from Mojo's three week stay in Chicago in 1989.  To my knowledge, the song had never been released until Wild Taste came out.  Best known for his unique sound on the tenor sax, A.C. Reed and his band, The Sparkplugs, toured extensively in the 80's and the 90's.  A.C. Reed died at his home in Chicago in 2004.


 Caught In The Moonlight by Si Cranston.  The song is part of his Modern Life album.  The song very much reminds me of The Boppers' Kissing In The Moonlight or L.U.S.T.'s Sweetness Of Your Love.  Busker Si Cranston was born and raised  in Croydin, South London, England.  In 2001 he began to focus on a solo career with material heavily influenced by Rockabilly, Doo-Wop and American Rhythm & Blues music from the 50's and the 60's.  He is dubbed “the new Jackie Wilson”. 


I Am Your Man by Big Joe Pleasure.  From his album, Boogie & Blues, Big Joe Pleasure rocks.  There are more than just this cut you should hear.  The British shouter, singer, swinger, songwriter, saxophonist and showman Big Joe and his all star Boogie & Blues Band displays the finest of Rhythm & Blues.  His all star band includes many members from The Biscuit Boys, of which he  was a founding member.


The Blues Got Me by Sammy Kershaw.  Sammy Kershew, who gave us the hit song Me and Maxine, has released his first full Blues & Rhythm & Blues album, The Blues Got Me.  The title track of the recently released album, The Blues Got Me, is the song of choice.  However, you should not overlook I'm Your Huckleberry.  It also swings.  The native Louisianian strayed away from his normal country genre to release this album with natural house rocking Blues and Honky Tonk.