DarielB – Flying Under the Radar

Chucktown’s Annual Beach Music & Shag Fest Set for August 25 & 26

Posted in Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on July 9, 2012

The seventh annual Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival will be held on August 25 and 26 in the ballroom of the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, which is connected to the Embassy Suites, organizer Harriett Grady has announced.

The two-day event will feature six powerhouse acts, shag workshop and deejays: on Saturday, brush up on your shagging at a workshop with Jerry and Barbara Wade, 1 p.m.; Rickey Godfrey Band at 3 p.m.; the Castaways at 5:30 p.m.; and Carolina Soul Band at 8 p.m. Deejay Gerry Scott will spin tunes for shaggers in between performances.

On Sunday, deejay Betty Brown begins at 1 p.m. and returns between acts. The Fantastic Shakers start at 2 p.m.; the Johnny Rawls Blues Band – with Rickey Godfrey sitting on guitar – takes the stage at 4 p.m.; and the mighty Tams close out the entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Betty Brown returns to the deejay booth at 7 p.m.

The Festival is being presented by The Beach Music & Shag Preservation Society of South Carolina (BMSPSSC) along with Big Mamma Entertainment of Charleston, S.C.

The mighty mighty Tams.

In a telephone interview, Grady said she formed the BMSPSSC back in 2006 at the urging of Diane Pope, manager of the original Joe Pope Tams and wife of original member Charles Pope. “She [Diane Pope] talked to me for several years asking me to have a beach festival in Charleston,” explains Grady. “She said there was not a beach music festival here and she thought there should be. She said she had been thinking about it over and over and she thought I should be the one to do it. So about that same time an investor came along and said every one in Charleston pointed at me to help get a Beach Festival going.

“Well, with two strong people coming at me I decided to try it. I coined the name Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival that first year and it stuck. That was in 2006 and I have continued every year on my own having the Charleston Beach Music and Shag Festival. The Joe Pope Tams have been in all but one of them.”

Festival sponsors include Strom Altman Suzuki of Charleston; Coast magazine and Alternatives NewsMagazine (myrtlebeachalternatives.com) of Myrtle Beach; music blog DarielB-Flying Under the Radar (darielb.wordpress.com). According to Grady, she is still seeking and accepting sponsors for the event.

BMSPSSC is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote, preserve and perpetuate the S.C. state dance, the shag, and South Carolina’s most popular music, beach music. Festival tickets are $20 per day for BMSPSSC members and $25 for nonmembers. Two-day tickets are $35/members and $45/nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.bmspssc.com or http://www.pivotsbeachclub.com. Special Festival rates are available at the adjoining Embassy Suites. For more information, call 843-814-0101.

What a week!

Posted in Music Stories by darielb on March 10, 2011

Victor Wooten's slapping and thumb-picking bass techniques was something to see!

The Grand Strand was the place to be this past week. Bass extremists Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten performed two awesome shows at Coastal Carolina. Whoa! South By Southeast brought the rockin’ Randall Bramblett Band back for another SRO crowd. I’m surprised the Train Depot is still standing. Green Dot Records had its CD release party for the Holiday Band’s latest recording, Sweet Love, and it was sweet. I love these guys.

Up at Ocean Drive there were two big deejay events. The Association of Beach and Shag Club DeeJays held its annual DJ Throwdown. Sure wish I could have made their James Hunter show on Saturday night!  Duck’s Beach Club held its first annual DJ Appreciation party – four days of partying, that is, including a show by the mighty, mighty Tams of Hotlanta! I managed to catch the final set for Jim Quick & Coastline at Fat Harold’s on Sunday. Stay tuned for more news about this bad boy.

Myrtle Beach's own Steve Bailey is the master of the six-string fretless.

Randall Bramblett rocks with the best of them!

The legendary Davis Causey working his Strat.

The Holiday Band at their CD release party: Bob Martin, sax; Duane Neese, vocals, horns; Bill Ward, drums; Mike Taylor, vocals, keyboard, guitar; Doug Neese, vocals, bass guitar; and not shown, MIke Neese, vocals, guitar.

Frontmaniac for the Coastline band, Jim Quick

CBMA Nominations: Surprises, Kudos, Glaring Omissions

Posted in Music Stories by darielb on October 30, 2008
(Top to Bottom): Albert Rogers' 'Satisfy My Soul' has been nominated for Smoothie of the Year; Duane Neese, a strong addition to Holiday Band; and Redd Cottle, the dynamic frontman for the mighty Tams. (Cottle Photo by Hany Hosny)
(Top to Bottom): Albert Rogers’ ‘Satisfy My Soul’ has been nominated for Smoothie of the Year; Duane Neese, a strong addition to Holiday Band; and Redd Cottle, the dynamic frontman for the mighty Tams. (Cottle Photo by Hany Hosny)
The nominees for this year’s Carolina Beach Music Awards have been sent out to industry and associate members, and as always they’re causing a stir. I love the ladies noted in the female vocalist category. I think before long, though, they’ll be making way for Belinda Owens from Subway and Becky Fox Baldwin. These two powerhouses won’t go unnoticed for long.
Butch Barnes is deservedly included in this year’s entertainer category, but where is Redd Cottle from the mighty Tams? Think about it folks. He should be there and maybe in the male vocalist category, too.
I was surprised, too, that Mark Roberts wasn’t on the list for male vocalist. If anything, he’s grown stronger since forming Mark Roberts & Breeze, which was nominated for new band.
There’s one other omission I have to mention, and maybe it’s just that enough folks haven’t heard the CD. But the production value on Let My Peoples Dance by Reverend Bubba D Liverance is topnotch. Rev. Bubba produced and Billy Decker was the engineer. I’m floored that it’s not included in both categories.
I asked Willie C if he thought there were any big surprises.”I was happily surprised that Calabash Flash was included in the solo CD category,” he said, “His singles have been charting and people love him.”
I’m glad Albert Rogers’ “Satisfy My Soul” is nominated for smoothie of the year. He’s such an integral member of Coastline that we don’t often acknowledge his individual strength as a vocalist and bass player.
I’m also happy to see Holiday Band getting some notice. Duane Neese has proven to be a great addition to the band – as both a performer and a songwriter.
One last thing, kudos to Jim Quick for declining King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers’ nomination for new group of the year. I think it was the right thing to do.
The major awards ceremony and performances will take place at the Alabama Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 9. Tickets must be purchased at the Alabama Theatre in Barefoot Landing, and run from $38 to $58.
Industry awards will be given on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach. Admission is $5 or free with a CBMA weekend ($50) or day pass ($20). For more information visit http://www.cammy.org.
If you haven’t seen the whole list, check it out for yourself. Here are the nominees.
People’s Nominees
Female Vocalist: Molly Askins; Karen Clayton; Rhonda McDaniel; Pam Russell; Susan Trexler.
Male Vocalist: Butch Barnes; Chuck French; Clint Horton; Jim Quick; Craig Woolard.
Favorite New Artist: Fabulous Hot Dog Daddy O’s; Hip Pocket; Legends of Beach; Mark Roberts & Breeze; Wallstreet.
Song of the Year: Fool If You Think It’s Over (Holiday Band); Mama’s Drinking Liquor Again (King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers); Shadow Shaggin’ (Tommy Black & Blooz); Walk Away From Love (Sea-Cruz); Why Am I Crying? (Rhonda McDaniel).
National Dance/Shag Song: Cupid Shuffle (Cupid); Do That Thang Again (Archie Bell); It Only Hurts Me When I Cry (Raul Malo); Hey Mr. DJ (Lonnie Givens) There Goes My Baby (Kenny Vance).
Group Album: Come Get To This (CWB/Sisbro); Got It Bad For You (Holiday Band/ Ripete); King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers (self titled/KHP); Let My Peoples Dance (Rev. Bubba D Liverance & the Cornhold Prophets/ Ain’t Bad Records); Nothing To Lose (Magnificents/KHP).
Solo Album: Beach Walking (Tim Cashion/Beach Cottage); Nu Soul Stew (Angel Rissoff/ Angel Music); Rhonda McDaniel (Rhonda McDaniel/ KHP); Flash Flood (Calabash Flash/B&F Records); Under One Roof (Gary Brown/KHP).
Internet Radio Show: Beach Music Café (Willie C); Carolina Sounds (Butch Halpin); Simply Shaggin’ (Kyle Beam); Southern soul.com (Keith Houston); Way Down South (Neil “Soul Dog” Furr).

Entertainer: Butch Barnes; Scott Fine; Jim Quick; Bo Schronce; Little John Thompson; Craig Woolard.
Smoothie: Callin’ (Jim Quick & Coastline); Forever Is As Far As I’ll Go (Gary Bass); I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Magnificents); Satisfy My Soul (Albert Rogers); Shadow Shaggin’ (Tommy Black & Blooz).
Compilation: Coast To Coast (KHP); Forever Summer II (KHP); Keep On Shaggin’ (Ripete/KHP); This Is It (KHP).
Blues Song: A Little Meat On the Side (Sea-Cruz); Mama’s Drinking Liquor Again (King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers); Motor Under the Hood (Holiday Band); Sure Cure For the Blues (Miranda Louise); That’s My Story (Cracked Ice).
Industry Nominees
Producer: Keith Houston & Julian Fowler (Coast To Coast CD / Various); Marion Carter, Keith Houston, Julian Fowler (Forever Summer II CD /Various); Keith Houston (It’s You/Fabulous Hot Dog Daddy-O’s); Keith Houston (Why Am I Crying/Rhonda McDaniel); Keith Houston & Julian Fowler (This Is It CD/ Various).
Engineer: Keith Houston (Coast To Coast CD/Various; Jeremy “Big Jerm” Thomas (Nothing To Lose CD/ Magnificents); Keith Houston (Forever Summer II CD/Various); Keith Houston (Rhonda McDaniel CD/Rhonda McDaniel);Keith Houston (This Is It CD/Various).
Collaboration or Duo: Memories and Souvenirs (Donny & Susan Trexler with Mark Black); Stop Look and Listen To Your Heart (Rickey Godfrey & Rhonda McDaniel); Like To See My Baby (Angel Rissoff & King Tyrone); The Boys Are Back In Town (Young Guns); Over At Mary’s Place (Cliff Ellis & Oscar Toney Jr.).
Songwriter(s): Kim Todd (Baby There’s Something/ Magnificents); Mike Taylor & Duane Neese (Got It Bad For You/Holiday Band); Jim Quick (Mama’s Drinking Liquor Again (King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers); Duane Neese (Motor Under the Hood/Holiday Band); Tommy Black (Shadow Shaggin’/Tommy Black & Blooz).
Michael Branch Award: Julian Fowler (Ripete/KHP); David Hicks (Different Drummer); Keith Houston (KHP ); Willie C (Beach Music Café); Mike Perkinson (Behind the Music).
Instrumentalist: Mark Black (Sax/Legends of Beach); Glen Tippett (Keyboard, Sax, Various) Jim Quick & Coastline; Dino Fair (Keyboard/Sea-Cruz); Jimmy Matherly (Bass/Magnificents); Donny Trexler (Guitar/Donny & Susan Trexler.