"The King of Beach Music" Clifford Curry and ACM Award Winner Jellyroll Johnson
Ground Quake is proud to release the new Christmas single titled "Christmas Ain't No Time for the Blues". CBMA Hall of Fame Member Clifford Curry's performance delivers this positive message exceptionally well. He is joined with Ashley Townsend on the duet version first released in 2018. Ashley grew up with music. Her mother was with the Motown Soul group Menagerie and her father was a minister. At an early age, Ashley was a Disney singer. Before embarking on her full-time musical career, she was a minister.
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What Billboard says about Clifford Curry:
"Clifford Curry is a true soul survivor" "Galbraith hookup with Buzz Cason enabled Curry to cut a song Cason held the rights to, entitled 'She Shot a Whole in My Soul.' "
"Cason produced and issued the record on Elf Records, which was distributed by Bell Records. Curry's biggest hit.” "Curry's success as an entertainer spread to the Carolina Beaches, where the baritone became a prime showman for their musical events and a solid purveyor of Beach music, which is anything you can shag to and look cool doing it."
What the 18th Annual Blues Festival Announcement says about Clifford Curry:
"One of the Southeast’s storybook singers, Clifford Curry has deep history in R&B, blues, gospel, shag and beach music. Born in Knoxville, TN, he first cut for Savoy Records, while still in high school, with his group The Five Pennies – spectacular recordings prized by collectors to this day. He later waxed for Elf, Excello and other labels, getting airplay on some of Music City’s most powerful radio stations, pushing his music to the Atlantic coast where “beach music” was exploding – he had a whole new audience.
In 1967 Clifford had his biggest hit, “She Shot a Hole in My Soul,” a beach music classic still packing dance floors. Now more than ever, this beloved artist is a force to be reckoned with, having won numerous CAMMY Awards (beach music’s “Grammys”) and still on the charts (his latest smash is “Beach Music & BBQ”)."