Review – Willie Tee Anthology

As long as Willie Tee’s music has been a staple of Carolina Beach Music, it’s hard to believe that he only found out how popular his music was in “Beach Music Land” 2005! Thank the Good Lord he was able to be honored for his many contributions to our music in 2005 at The Carolina Beach Music Awards, before he passed away on September 11, 2007 of cancer. The folks at Ripete Records have assembled an outstanding collection of twenty-two tracks of his music. Of course there are the Beach Classics like “Thank You John”,

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Review – Rhonda McDaniel

From her formative years to today, music has been an integral part of Rhonda McDaniel’s life. A veteran of the road, performing with different bands, she has just released her debut solo CD on KHP Music. This self-titled project contains several previously released, well known songs as well as some new ones for your discriminating musical tastes.

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Review – All Under One Roof by Gary Brown

Calling all Gary Brown fans! Calling all Gary Brown fans! Eighteen songs ranging from previously released hits to newer tunes is now available from KHP Music. OK, here’s the lowdown on this project. First up is “Let’s Dance”, which has already proven popular since it’s release on the “Coast To Coast” CD compilation earlier this year.

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Review – Got it Bad For You

The latest release from The Holiday Band on Ripete solidifies why they have been a fan favorite for several years. This CD shows off the writing talents of Mike Taylor and Duane Neese as well as the vocal talents of their four lead vocalists. If that’s not enough, their interpretation of the covers found here are noteworthy.

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Review – Island Soul

Man, I like Rick Strickland. He is one talented guy. He recently sent me a copy of his newest CD and then called to talk to me about it. Island Soul was released on KHP Records on April 5, along with all the other “just in time for SOS” singles and discs. He had a CD release party at JB Pivots in Charleston. “We tried something a little different,” he said, “and played the whole album during the first set. I was a little nervous about it, but there were several standing ovations during the set and the dance floor was packed.”

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Review – King Tyrone CD

King TyroneThe long awaited and anticipated self-titled debut CD from these nocturnal swamp dwellers has finally been emancipated and available on KHP Music. Of the ten songs on this CD, nine are originals. “Mama’s Drinkin’ Liquor Again” starts this thing off with some top-shelf guitar work, get down drums and rock gut vocals. This one has received a lot of pre-release publicity and was one of the hottest songs of this Spring SOS. With a touch of rockabilly

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Review – Legends of Beach

What do you get when you take five former members of one of Beach Music’s legendary bands, The Embers: Embers co-founder Jackie Gore, veteran members Gerald Davis (who was The Embers musical director for many years) and Johnny Barker (producer, arranger, song writer, and who performed two stints with the band) and former

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Review – Coast to Coast

Just in time for SOS, KHP Music in association with the great members of The National Association of R&B Dee Jays has released his fourteen track compilation for your dancing and listening pleasure. “Hey Mr. Dee Jay (Spin A Tune For Me)” is first up. I know I have used this line before in other reviews, but this Bill Ballard penned tuned, sung by Lonne Givens is the perfect choice to kick things off. This song should be one of the hottest breakout songs at Spring Safari. Up next is one of the smoothest guys I know, Gary Brown, on “Let’s Dance”. This one should get a lot of attention

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Review – Let My Peoples Dance

From the State of Alabama come Rev. Bubba D Liverance & The Cornhole Prophets with this collection of original tunes than range from reverence to irreverence. First up is the title track, a horn laden tune that the dancers can shag to, but is really suited for a good Tush Push line dance. The radio friendly “That’s What You Do” comes up next followed by the upbeat jump tune “My Baby’s A Seafood Platter”. No reason for the radio DJ’s who may want to spin this one to fret, as there is also a radio edit of this fast stepper included on the CD. The rocking “Ain’t No American Idol” is next, followed by “Didn’t We Love”,

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Review – Island Soul by Rick Strickland

One of the most talented artists in Beach Music today is Rick Strickland. Not only did he write every tune on his second solo CD, he also produced, arranged, engineered and mixed this project on KHP Music. “Bubba White’s” leads off this twelve-song ensemble of melodic poetry. This driving dance tune is sure to be one that will find favor on radio and in the clubs. Next, you can slow it down a bit with “Love The Night Away”, a nice smoothie. “I’m Happy” starts off with a testimony of love then gets into a nice dance groove. Some great guitar work greets our ears in “Best Love”, another smoothie.

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Review – Forever Summer II

Not being a company to rest on their laurels, KHP Music has released this fifteen-track compilation that has some of the best beach, boogie and soul music these ears have heard. I don’t have a crystal ball, but it’s not hard to predict that this CD could easily spawn several Top 10 and possibly #1 tunes. “All The Good Times” is the latest from Lia and The Wave and it kicks off this project. “That’s My Story” from Cracked Ice, featuring shared lead vocals of Brent Carter (formerly with Tower of Power) and Susan D has started making it on the air waves and in the clubs. The Holiday Band

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