Various Artists

This Is It! Beach & Shag Hits - Carolina's Calling Me

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Fifteen soulful hits, some smooth and soaring, others stomping, and all staples of the Southern beach music scene. The title track, "Carolina's Calling Me" by Mike Stewart, makes for a rousing opener, while Taylor Manning's romantic "Piece of Your Heart" sets a romantic contrast, and we get into stomping, swamp rock territory with Gary Bass' "Fresh Coat of Paint." Most of the acts here are known on the southeastern beach music scene and not too far beyond -- but they're pretty much all worth discovering, with a few delightful surprises in the mix, such as the elegant sound of the Fabulous Hot Dog Daddy-O's on "It's You."