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 Tyrone

The 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 … Read more

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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Review – This is It! Carolina's Callin' Me

Released in the nick of time for Mid-Winter, KHP Music has kicked of 2008 with an outstanding collection of fifteen original and cover tunes for your dancing and listening pleasure. Mike Stewart kicks things off with his own “Carolina’s Callin’ Me” that is delivered in his usual laid back style The youthful and talented Taylor Manning is next with a song written by her and her dad, Doug, “Piece of Your Heart”. She sang this one during CBMA weekend to great responses from the audiences. DJ, vocalist, harmonica player and auctioneer Gary Bass follows with “Fresh Coat of Paint”, one that is sure to keep the dance floor occupied. The Holiday Band is well

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Review – Locals Too

The follow-up to “Locals Only” arrived in high musical style. Fifteen tracks adorn this compilation and several are already on play lists all over Beach Music Land. There is no “one or two” songs here that are the pick of the litter. Take a listen to The Pat Carpenter Band’s version of “Lucky Lucky Me”. I love Jimmy Ruffin’s & Marvin Gaye’s versions of this tune, but PCB takes it to another level. It’s THAT good. The upbeat “Like To See My Baby” from Angel Rissoff and King Tyrone is another jewel in this musical crown. One of the hottest groups in the “up and coming” category, The Magnificents, score big time

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