I have read this morning, comments telling one of the greatest beach music bands of all time, to stick to beach music. What does that mean?.. Stick to Beach Music? Beach music to me is a lot of things. I go to the beach music clubs and hear r&B, country, blues, soul, hip hop, jazz, and even rap. Guess what! The people don’t leave in droves and many times you see the dance floor fill up for most of these songs. I think people forget that beach music is not really a genre. At least, it is not an official genre that is recognized by the big associations in the music industry. I think Jim Quick may have been one of the first to define Beach Music as a culture.. more so than a genre. People come to the beach to listen to this music and enjoy time with friends. The clubs that are not located at the beach that play this music create an atmosphere that gives the beach music fan the same feeling they get at the beach.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE BEACH MUSIC. I love the music that we typically think of when we say Carolina Beach Music, but I also like that we hear new songs that are popular outside of what is typically heard from the beach music bands and played by the beach music DJs. These crossover songs are typically what brings new fans and friends into the beach music community. It also expands our library.
You may disagree with me, but I personally like to see these songs played and welcome these new tunes to the beach music station playlists and band set list.