Inside the Music February 2022
I don't know about you, but I am certainly ready for this cold weather to be out of here! The little bit of snow we received in the Upstate was nice and pretty, but after about a day, I was ready for it to be gone! I am certainly ready for the warm weather to return and am longing for those long summer days spent on the beach! In the words of Darius Rucker, give me "Beers and Sunshine!".
There are a couple of opportunities coming up where you can definitely have some beers, and hopefully a lot of sunshine in North Myrtle Beach! They happen to occur on back-to-back weekends in March, so March is going to be an epic time to be in North Myrtle Beach! The first event is DJ Throwdown "Back To Basics" which will be held March 3-5 at Fat Harolds Beach Club and will feature 60 DJ's spinning tunes in both the front and back rooms of the Fat Man's house throughout the weekend! This a FREE event with the music beginning at 6PM on Thursday March 3rd, and the club will open at 11 AM on Friday and Saturday. On Friday and Saturday, there will be a Back Room Vinyl Party that will be held from 12-6, with DJ's spinning tunes on vinyl that will definitely get your feet moving! Saturday also features a DJ Shag contest from 2-3 PM and Free Food from 3-5 PM. This promises to be an epic event, so make your plans to be in North Myrtle Beach to support all of these fabulous DJ's playing this great music we all love!
The second event is the 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, which will be held on Saturday March 12th, from 9AM -4PM on Main Street Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach! The St. Patrick's Day Parade is the largest on the Grand Strand with over 100 parade entries! The parade begins promptly at 9AM, so be sure to set up your "viewing station" by 8:30 AM with friends, family, beach chairs, blankets, and golf carts. After the parade, the fun continues with the street festival where you will find over 100 vendors displaying their crafts, and food vendors and Main Street businesses will have a variety of treats for everyone to enjoy!
Three stages of live entertainment will keep you in the Irish spirit all day with Irish Pipe Bands, Irish Dancers, and many other live performances! The Beach Music comes in to play with live performances on the day from Mark McKinney and Co., The Southside Saints, and The Tonez! You can find the full entertainment schedule at St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival | North Myrtle Beach, SC
This festival brings one of the largest crowds of the year to Main Street, and many of the Beach Clubs are gearing up for this epic weekend! In addition to the live entertainment featured during the festival, there will be plenty of entertainment in the clubs along Main Street! Deckerz Bar and Grill will have Ray Scott's Wild and Crazy Deck Party on Friday, and Jim Quick and Coastline will be there on Saturday from 3-7. Make your plans now to be in North Myrtle Beach for one of the best weekends of the year!
Now let's take a look at some of the new releases that have hit the Beach Music airwaves this past month. Let's go Inside The Music shall we!!
Summer's Gonna Last - Terri Gore
The Original Carolina Girl Terri Gore is back with a single release that is certainly fitting for this time of year! With the cold wave we have all been enduring, I hope that "Summer's Gonna Last" all Winter long! I reached out to Chris Biehler of Forevermore Music for the story behind the song and Chris had this to say:
"Summer's Gonna Last" was recorded in 2010 but never had a proper release as a single. It was included on the Forevermore "YBF" release without making much noise, but it was always one of my favorite recordings. We were really trying to capture the feeling and energy of arguably Terri's biggest hit "Finders Keepers". In fact, 90% of the musicians were the same as were used on "Finders Keepers" ten years earlier. Even the backing tracks were recorded live in the studio with all of the musicians playing at the same time.
Terri came to visit New York a few weeks later in February during a snowstorm to record her vocals. It is interesting to note, that Terri is singing all the vocal parts on this song - backgrounds and lead! Of some interest too, is the way in which we found the tracks, when my Engineer and I were organizing some tapes and digital files in the studio. After listening to what we found, we thought it was a perfect song for this time of year, especially considering the kind of temperatures everyone has had to deal with.
I think what really caught our ears and is so very impressive is that on "Summer's Gonna Last", Terri Gore sings with the kind of commitment, dynamics, and vibrancy her fans hadn't heard from the artist known as the "Original Carolina Girl" in a long, long time! And now it is getting a proper release for 2022".
Well said Chris! I couldn't have said it better myself! I will add that I agree with Chris whole heartedly. Terri Gore has never sounded better than she does on "Summer's Gonna Last"! Coupled with the ever-present tip of the spear production from Chris Biehler and the team at Forevermore Music, this is Terri's best release in years! The song was recently featured as the Lighthouse Look Out Song of The Week on Eric Bowman's New Beach Music Countdown and is currently # 30 on that chart. It has also cracked The Beach Music Top 40 and currently sits at #38 on John Hook's chart. Look for this song to move up all the major Beach Music charts in the coming months! Call your favorite DJ and request "Summer's Gonna Last"! It's the perfect cure for the Wintertime blues!
Don't Let The Sun Set (On A Broken Heart) - Debby Dobbins
Debby Dobbins has released many songs into the Beach Music market including "Be My Baby Tonight", "Can't Hold Back", "Fallin' So In Love With You", "Glad I Found You", and most recently "Love Thief", and "Take Me Away". She is back now with a brand-new release entitled "Don't Let The Sun Set (On A Broken Heart) released on the Spirit Records label. The song was written and produced by Bill Bradford and was remixed, remastered, and fortified by blistering harmonica work from Sandy Bell. This song features a smokin' vocal performance from Debby, the aforementioned blistering harmonica from Sandy Bell, and impeccable production from Bill Bradford. It also happens to be right in the pocket for the dancers! This song was released a few weeks back and was featured on Eric Bowman's New Beach Music Countdown as the Lighthouse Look Out Song of The Week. The song currently sits at #21 on Eric's chart and I expect it will move up nicely in the coming weeks. The song should be available for download on I Tunes soon, so add it to your collection as soon as possible. You will be glad you did!
Sand Dollar - Carolina Blue Dots
The Carolina Blue Dots burst onto the Beach Music scene in 2020 with their album "Those Summer Days". The release featured several charting songs including "Shaggin With My Baby", "I'm In Love With You", and the title track "Those Summer Days". The release was also nominated for Group Album Of The Year by the Carolina Beach Music Awards. The group followed up with the release of "Senorita", which stormed up all of the Beach Music charts and finished #1 for 2021 on Mitch Harb's Top 25, and #6 for 2021 on John Hook's Beach Music Top 40. The next release for the group was "Cruzin' Down The Boulevard" which we reviewed in last month's article. "Cruzin'" finished at #20 for 2021 on Mitch Harb's Top 25 and is currently #18 on The Beach Music Top 40! Whew! That is a lot of charting action for this group! In fact, in the last year and a half of the band's existence, they've had four number one songs!
Clay Lee writes and produces all of the songs for The Carolina Blue Dots and he has penned another original tune entitled "Sand Dollar". The song was written in response to many of the Blue Dots fans wanting Clay to write a smoothie. Clay wrote the song to feature the Blue Dots amazing horn section and boy does it deliver the goods on that front! The song also features a smooth vocal performance from Dawn Barnes, the groups female vocalist. "Sand Dollar" is the title track for the Carolina Blue Dots new album which they expect to be released soon. If this tune is an indicator of what's to come, I can't wait to hear the rest of the album from this talented group!
When You Groove - Reverend Bubba D. Liverance
Reverend Bubba's latest album "Void Outlaw Dark Lion" has already produced one major hit for the right Reverend of Beach Music. "All About You" stormed up all of the Beach Music charts this past summer and hit #1 on The Beach Music Top 40 the week of June 5th! Rev Bubba is back at it with his latest release entitled "When You Groove". This is a super smooth groove that features, in my opinion, one of Bubba's best vocal performances to date! Couple that with outstanding horns, superb instrumentation, and tip of the spear production, and folks you have a winner on your hands! This song is destined to head to the top of the charts! It is that good! The song was released a few weeks back as The Lighthouse Look Out Song of The Week on Eric Bowman's New Beach Music Top 40, and in just a few short weeks, the song has already climbed to #15 on that chart! Look for this song to make a full-frontal assault on all of the Beach Music charts in the coming months! "When You Groove" is available for download on I Tunes as are the rest of the songs on "Void Outlaw Dark Lion". You may as well download the entire album while you are there! It is that good. Preach on Reverend Bubba! Can I get a Hallelujah!
I thought I would mention a couple of songs this month that I found from the Southern Soul market that I think would work well in The Beach Music world:
Special Lady - Rico C
Rico is a native of Greenwood, S.C.! He became interested in music at an early age. During his intermediate level of schooling, he began singing in the church choir. As he reached his teenage years, he realized he could do more with his voice than most people and had tremendous voice control. His listeners were astounded at the development of this young man's voice. Rico has had the chance to perform with many artists such as Big Mucci, Theodis Ealey, Sir Charles Jones, Lenny Williams, Con Funk Shun, Whoudini, Mel Waiters, Calvin Richardson, Brian McKinght, and many others, Rico was also a contestant on American Idol, where he competed in Las Vegas.
His latest release "Special Lady" is a smooth groove that I think is right in the pocket for the Beach Music market. Coming in at a great time of 2:44, it is perfect for both the dance floor and radio. "Special Lady" is available for download on I Tunes. Give it a listen and add it to your collection today! You will be glad you did!
Juke Joint 2K - Nelson Curry
Nelson Curry is best known in the Beach World for his time with the Klass Band Brotherhood, which gave us the hit "Sugaa Shack". Well Nelson Curry has become a mainstay on the Southern Soul circuit, and as the Sugaa Shack Man releases his new album "The Evolution Of Soul", he drops another hit! In classic Sugaa Shack style, he gives us "Juke Joint". This is an up-tempo groove that the dancers who like it a little on the "fast" side will love. The new album "Evolution of Soul" is available for download on I Tunes, and you will find "Juke Joint 2K" there! Add it to your collection today! You will be glad you did!
News and Notes:
2021 CBMA Rising Star Deb Browning and The Six Piece Suits from Pensacola, Florida have been working on a collaboration that will be released in the coming weeks! The Six Piece Suits are an energetic, fun party band that plays a variety of Funk, R&B, and Pop hits from the 60's to today. Led by the vocals of Kyle Hooks, they have two songs, "Dangling On A String", and "Matter of Time" that have recently charted on Beach Music charts, with "Dangling On A String" coming in at #10 for 2021 on John Hook's Beach Music Top 40.
From her announcement on her website, Deb said "I am just beyond thrilled for this opportunity!". I met Nicky Hooks, bass player for Six Piece Suits, in June 2021 at Riptide Radio's Countdown party. A couple of months later, Nicky Facebook messaged asking if I would be interested in recording a duet. He sent demos of two songs he'd written, and though I love them both, one in particular has stolen my heart. I can hardly wait to get to their Florida studio and start recording!".
Well folks that day has come as Deb traveled to Pensacola in late January, and the song "Take My Hand" was recorded on January 27th! I cannot wait to hear this new tune from one of Beach Music's most talented female vocalists, mixed with the high energy that the Six Piece Suits bring! I know it is going to be outstanding! I will review the song right here as soon as it is released. I can't wait!
Here are a few more Year End charts for your information and comparison. These were released after we published last month:
2021 Smokin’ 45
1. Got to Be You - Dr. Victor
2. Start It Up - Rickey Godfrey
3. Buzzin' & Swingin' - Jim Quick and Coastline
4. A Little More Love - Lesa Hudson & Mike Taylor
5.Dusk til Dawn - The Heaterz
6. Hello Stranger - Main Event Band ft. Sharon Hyler Woodruff
7. You Can't Fall Up - Steve Owens & Summertime
8. Blowin' Me Up - Jim Quick
9. Coolin' Out - Band of Oz
10. Ain't Leaving Mississippi - Jaye Hammer
11.All You Get From Love Is a Love Song - Band of Oz
12.I Can Change Your Mind - The James Hunter Six
13.Whispers - R.Mark Black
14.Stop Messin' With My Man - Deb Browning
15.Who's Gonna Baby You - Rhonda McDaniel, Phil Wilson, Mark Black
16.Drifter's Medley - Entertainers
17.Dream Come True - Rick Strickland Band
18.Bluemonia - Carolina Coast Band ft. Rhonda McDaniel
19.I Wanna Go Back - Too Much Sylvia
20.Freight Train - Koffee ft. Lomax
21.Ain't Nothing Better - Cat 5 Band
22.Make It With You - The Entertainers
23.Shag Shack - R Mark Black
24.Which Way to the Beach - Bo Schronce
25.Old Love Song - Zac Brown Band
26.Further on Up the Road - Castaways
27.Dancin' By the Ocean - The Uptown Boys
28.Something Said Love - Cat 5 Band
29.Since I've Been Lovin' You - Embers feat. Craig Woolard
30.Dance With Me - Rick Strickland Band
31.Ocean Drive - Archie Bell
32.Extraordinary - Andy Swindell
33.You to Me Are Everything - Craig Woolard
34.Let's Have a Good Time - Terence Lonon
35.Lotta Love - Tonez ft. Laura Kepley
36.Sunny Days -Lesa Hudson
37.Just Like Falling In Love - Gary Lowder & Smokin hot
38.Workin' on a Groovy Thing - The Catalinas
39.Beach and the Boulevard - Cat 5 Band
40.I'll Find a Love - Mike Taylor & Julius Pittman
41.Satisfied - Soul Pak ft. Mark Black
42.Get It Get It - Ms. Jody
43.Fool for You - Jim Quick
44.Sho 'Nuf Do - Tim Cashion
45.Blowin' Smoke - Teddy Swims
Congratulations to Dr. Victor for holding the top spot in The Smokin' 45 for virtually the entire year of 2021!
Jim Quick and Coastline's "Revival" CD is the CD that just keeps on giving; #1 hits that is! "Fool For You" topped The Surf chart for 2021!
Another chart topper for 2021 from the "Revival" CD! This time it's "Buzzin and Swingin" from Jim Quick and Coastline topping John Williford's chart! Congrats guys! Also, congrats to Cat 5 as they shared the top spot with their smash hit "Beach and The Boulevard"!
As mentioned previously in the article, The Carolina Blue Dots topped Mitch Harb's 2021 chart with their hit "Senorita"! Congratulations guys!
Well, that's it for this month! I hope the weather continues to warm up and I hope to see you in North Myrtle Beach when things start to heat up with DJ Throwdown and The St. Patrick's Day Festival!
Until next time.....
See ya at the beach!