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Knoxville Musicians Win Trop Rock Music Awards – Southern Drawl Band

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 Knoxville Musicians Win Trop Rock Music Awards

 Music Awards from BeachFront Radio out of Southern California

Southern Drawl Band: Mike Nash, Melanie “The Djembabe” Howe, Larry Dunsmore, Paul Wray, Tommie John and John Kunz  


Knoxville, Tenn. (December 28, 2012) –  DownHome Records Inc. is proud to announce the Beachfront Radio Trop Rock Awards have been released., the number one Trop Rock station in the United States for the last three years, has released some exciting news for Knoxville, Tennessee.  The ballots were unveiled and many of East Tennessee’s finest local musicians made their way into the nomination categories. Knoxville’s Southern Drawl Band walked away with some hardware from their first year on the scene.  Southern Drawl won best Trop Rock Album with their EP release of “Another Day in Paradise.”  They won song of the year, beating out notables like the Zac Brown Band for “Another Day in Paradise” which can be found on their original album “Against the Grain” and the Trop Rock EP “Another Day in Paradise”.  Southern Drawl also was voted the best Trop Rock Band for 2012.

Southern Drawl’s percussionist, Melanie “Djembabe” Howe finished second in the category of Trop Rock Musician of 2012, behind Knoxville’s Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley who won those honors.  Southern Drawl’s headman, Mike Nash was voted fourth in the category of Trop Rocker Male of 2012.  Trop Rock legend and Nashville’s, Tall Paul won that category for Best Trop Rocker Male of 2012.

Tropical Rock, known as “Trop Rock”, is a quickly growing music genre that seems to be gravitating to the East Tennessee area recently. With major label artists like Jimmy Buffet & the Coral Reefers, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown Band, Trop Rock is a laid back relaxing style of country music that’s growth has sky rocketed in today’s market.

Results for the awards were released December 26th & 27th to the public.

Other Tennessee Bands and Musicians that were honored:

-Knoxville’s Homemade Wine won Best Trop Rocker Live Performers of 2012.  (SDB was 3rd)

-Nashville’s Kristie Bobal was voted number three Trop Rocker Female of 2012.  Nadirah Shakoor of Jimmy  Buffett’s the Coral Reefer Band won Top Trop Rocker Female of 2012.

-Knoxville’s Andy Wescott of Homemade Wine was fifth in Trop Rock Musician of 2012

-Southern Drawl Band & Tall Paul’s feature song “Floriday” placed number thirteen in the Trop Rock Top 20

-Ramajay Intercoastal placed at number fourteen with “Mountain for Two”, right above Bonnie Raitt’s former bassist- Freebo.

The Trop Rock community gathers several times a year where many of the major label artists attend and showcase as well as up and coming artists. The number one event for the Trop Rockers was voted “Meeting of the Minds” in Key West, Florida where all of these artists have had the opportunity to showcase their music.

About & Trop Rock

Tropical Rock, commonly referred to as “Trop Rock,” is genre of music that blends other genres including Rock, Reggae, Country, Caribbean and Latin with island/tropical instrument arrangements and song themes.  Although Trop-Rock has its roots in the beach music scene from the 60’s, Jimmy Buffett is often credited as putting Trop Rock “on the map”.  Crossover music stars like Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and Jack Johnson have brought the Trop Rock music genre into the mainstream public, resulting in a growing popularity that has opened the door for a whole new generation of island-inspired musicians.  We invite you to explore our list of popular Trop Rock artists, visit their websites and listen to their music, and you just might find yourself in a “happy place” you never want to leave!


Twitter: @BeachfrontRadio

How to find the winners

Tall Paul: Facebook-   Twitter- @TheTalPaul

Southern Drawl Band:      Twitter- @SouthernDrawlTN

Ramajay Intercoastal:    Twitter- @RamajayIntercoastal

Melanie “The Djembabe” Howe:   Twitter- @DrumNDance

Mike Nash:

Kristie Bobal:

Andy Wescott:

About DownHome Records Inc.

Knoxville based company working with local band Southern Drawl Band and Gates Music Management.   Twitter: @SouthernDrawlTn

Phone: 865-771-1821




Happy New Year’s Eve!

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It has been a fun filled few days here in Destin. We heard Chef Emeril Lagasse was at Harbor Docks on Wednesday. He is getting around town during the holidays. Thursday was one of those afternoons where we decided to head to the harbor and wander around a little. We stopped at the Boathouse and grabbed a beer. We headed down the docks past the empty shell of the Tipsy Turtle. It’s sad to see it sitting empty. We stopped in at AJ’s. A guy was playing music and a beautiful sunset was in process. There were a few people in there as some tourist had found their way in.

We continued walking down the harbor and ended up at Crab Island Cantina. By now the sun was down and it was getting colder. Greg was working the bar and we chatted with him for a while. Our friend Carlos, who is one of the owners and the head chef spotted us and came over and talked to us for a while. He said they had a great first year. We are happy for them. The Cantina is well run and they have one of the best spots on the harbor. Sunshine Cindy and I then decided to stop in at the Rotten Apple. Bobby, Woody and Dave were leaving until we turned them around for one more. Matt and Mindy were playing and it was good to see them again. We had a fun time there.

Friday I had to work but Friday night the ECPHC had a phlocking at Sago Sports Bar. Most parrotheads had not been in there in years so it was good exposure for Sago to the parrothead crowd. A lot of folks showed up too. Jan played music and everyone had a fun time. When we left it was raining and blowing but some of us met up at The American Legion. The band Deep South was playing and it was a nice way to cap off the evening.

Saturday the fun continued. I had to run some errands. As I finished I ended up at Hogs Breath for a while. I saw Cam and listened to some lady talk the ear off of a tourist. He listened very patiently. I then popped in at Sago where I had a bite to eat. The rest of the evening Sunshine Cindy and I stayed home and relaxed for the night.

Sunday was a day to watch some football games. We started at Rupert’s in the bowling alley. There was a pretty good crown in there. We ran into Barry and watched some of the Falcons. We left there and headed to Landshark Pizza. The place was packed. We managed to get a couple of seats. Julie came and joined us. All the local crowd was there watching the games. Matt and Sue were running around like crazy keeping everyone in drinks and food. Then for the third day in a row we stopped at Sago again. There was also a good crowd in there. Sunshine Cindy ended up talking to girl from Memphis who was in town on vacation. That’s one of the neat things about living in a tourist town. You meet a lot of interesting folks.

Have a safe New Year’s Eve celebration tonight. See ya’ll Thursday!

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Top of the Trops from BeachFront Radio

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Top 20 Songs of 2012
1. Southern Drawl Band- Another Day In Paradise
2. Howard Livingston- Magic In Key West
3. Bob Karwin- Working On My Tan
4. Amy M w/Jambo Joe Bones- Like I’m On a Beach
5. Jimi Pappas- Parrot Heads, Together We Fly
6. The Zac Brown Band- Island Song
7. Swim Skinny- Booyah!
8. John Friday- Beachfront
9. Mark Mulligan- Back To Laid Back
10. Mark Stary- Thinkin’ About Summer
11. Don Middlebrook- Beach Life
12. Key West Chris- The Beach!
13. Southern Drawl Band- Floriday
14. Ramajay Acoustic- Mountain For Two
15. Freebo- She Loves Her Dog More Than Me
16. Kelly McGuire- King Of the Island
17. Paul Roush- I Wanna Be Howie
18. Gary PhilipS- Restore the Shore
19. Eric Stone- Time To Fly
20. Dani Hoy- Tropigal

Top Trop Rock Albums
1 Southern Drawl Band ^ Another Day In Paradise
2 Don Middlebrook ^ Talespin
3 Howard Livingston ^ Six Pack and a Tan
4 Bob Karwin ^ Life On Lotus Street
5 Swim Skinny ^ Naked & Wet
6. John Friday ^ Coastal Cowboy
7. Eric Stone ^ Time To Fly
8. Peter Mayer ^ Under Your Spell
9. Various ^ Taking Care Of Our Own
10. Mark Mulligan ^ Back To Laid Back

Top Trop Rocker – Male
1. Tall Paul
2. Sunny Jim White
3. Howard Livingston
4. Mike Nash
5. Kelly McGuire
Top Trop Rock Musician
1. Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley- Various
2. Melanie “The Djembabe” Howe- Southern Drawl Band
3. Jimi Pappas- Big Bamboo Band
4. John Patti- The Big Bamboo Band
5. Andy Westcott- Homemade Wine

Top Trop Rocker – Female
1. Nadirah Shakoor
2.Heather Sneeringer
3. Kristie Bobal
4. Lynley Tolls
5. Dani Hoy

Top Trop Rock Event
1. Meeting Of the Minds, FL
2. Music On the Bay. FL
3. Phins To the West, NV
4. Pardi Gras, LA
5. Stars Fell On Alabama, AL

Top Trop Rockers Live
1 Homemade Wine
2 Jimmy and the Parrots
3 Southern Drawl Band
4 Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
5 Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band

Top Trop Rock Band
1. The Southern Drawl Band
2. Jimmy and the Parrots
3. The Boat Drunks
4. Homemade Wine
5. The CalypsoNuts

Top Trop Rock Venue
1. Smoking Tuna ^ Key West, FL
2. Schooner Wharf ^ Key West, FL
3. The Nav-A-Gator ^ Arcadia, FL
4. Margaritaville ^ Orlando, FL
5. Tropical Isle ^ New Orleans, LA

Top Trop Rock House Concert Venue
1 The Sandbox ^ FL
2 The Batcave ^ IL
3 The Yard ^ FL
4 Cheryl & Norm’s Laughing Parrot Tiki Bar ^ FL
5 Conchy Joe’s ^ PA

Top Trop Rock Album Cover
1 Life On Lotus Street- Bob Karwin
2 Talespin- Don Middlebrook
3 Naked & Wet- Swim Skinny
4 Taking Care Of Our Own- Various Artists
5 Silhouette Of a Fool- Jim Hoehn

Margaritaville Cincinnati to Open March 2013

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The grand opening of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati will be March 4, 2013! The complex will have a Margaritaville Restaurant. The Horseshoe will have four restaurants total, with Margaritaville located on the front side of the casino site. The latest addition will offer seating for 400 occupants, with food, entertainment and themed merchandise. Visit the website for the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati.

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Winter in Destin

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Okay don’t laugh but winter has arrived in Destin. I know it has because the calendar says so. And this morning it was 37 degrees. For those up north fighting blizzards and ice this doesn’t sound like much but I can’t even put the top down on Badass. Of course the high today will be almost 60 and we will be back into the 60’s tomorrow so I can’t complain too much!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. We spent it with family. Sunshine Cindy made enough food to feed the Atlanta Falcons football team. Between her and myself we received enough booze as gifts that I think we could open our own liquor store if we wanted too. The highlight was I found her some Rum Jumbie. Sunny Jim would be proud.

Wednesday we made a Happy Hour stop at Fisherman’s Wharf. I noticed they are advertising one dollar drafts from 3-6 pm so we had to go check it out. I am glad we did. The bar was not crowded and Sara waited on us. The drafts were poured in their usual ice cold glasses so you got a good beer. We saw Jimmy from the docks there. When the sun was setting we had a perfect view through the windows of the bright orange sky. It was beautiful. The best part of the evening was the $9 tab! “My bar tabs too low. I had more fun than that!” as Jim Morris sings about.

The new Fudpucker’s on the Island is about to open. This is a big location with a traditional Fudpucker’s restaurant, a sports bar and a steam shack and raw bar. They will also have an arcade and being on the bay, they will be renting jet skis and pontoon boats. The Emerald Coast PHC has already scheduled their 2013 chili cook-off there on March 9th. It looks like Cash is going to turn the old Fud’s location into another of his ventures instead of leasing it out. I am not sure but I have heard it might become a Thai restaurant.

Get out and enjoy the weekend. It will be fun as we build up to New Year’s Eve! See ya Monday!

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Merry Christmas

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You would think that with Christmas coming up this weekend would have been quiet. Well, it was anything but quiet. On Thursday I stopped at Landshark Pizza on the way home for a few brews and some pizza. Sunshine Cindy didn’t want to go out but I needed to stop. The usual locals were in there. Matt and Sue were working and they kept everyone entertained.

Friday afternoon we went to Friday’s for happy hour. Mango Mike, Sherrie, Grady and Marianne were there. We talked to them for bit and got a table right next to them. A little later Suzanne came in and we talked to her too. Brittany was working some of the tables and was excited to be heading home to Michigan after she got off. It was funny that she was complaining about the cold as it was in the low 40’s. I told her she better get used to it as I am sure it’s going to be a lot colder up north.

We left there and headed to the Legion. Turns out they didn’t have any karaoke but a band instead. Bobby and Darla were there and we sat with them. Capt. John came in and joined us too. It turned out to be a fun evening of storytelling, dancing and drinking. 

Saturday was spent getting food for Christmas. I gave BadAss a bath and took a bike ride. Saturday night we went to KC’s Sandbar in Fort Walton Beach. We invited our Crab Island Mambo friends to come out to celebrate the fact the world didn’t end! What a fun time. They get a wide range of folks in there. There were bikers, people inked up from the tattoo parlors, old farts like us…yes, diverse group. Owners Mike and Bev were there partying with us too. They are good people.

Sunday had Sunshine Cindy preparing food for Tuesday. I stayed out of the way. I went to Landshark to watch the Browns play and they put on another pitiful performance. Oh well, it’s almost over! I did see Julie and her son there. They have heard me write about the place and wanted to check it out. Cool.

And last but certainly not least – Merry Christmas from Sunshine Cindy and I to you and your family!

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Preparing for Christmas

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This week Sunshine Cindy finished her Christmas shopping. Me? I was done weeks ago but then as a guy I don’t put the time into it like the women do. We did get out for dinner on Tuesday. We went to Johnny O’Quigley’s. I had a taste for some chili and they have some of the best in town. I was also glad to see a special on Sam Adams beer. They were selling a 25 oz. mug for just $5. I had to have two! The food was good and we were able to relax.

Wednesday on my drive home from work the traffic was heavy. It looks like the town is getting busy for the holidays plus all the holiday shoppers were out and about. Add the fact we are starting to get some snowbirds in town doing 45 mph across the island and you have a long drive home.

Each day I drive by the old Fish House and can see they are doing a ton of work on the place that will become “Boshamps Oyster House.” I have heard they are working on putting in a boardwalk behind the place that they hope to connect to the main stretch of the boardwalk farther west. The plan is still to be open by Spring.

I have also been reporting for a while the old Twisted Palm/Club Overboard building is under contract to become a motorcycle shop, pizza house/bar and indoor shooting/archery range. The deal is expected to close today and work should begin shortly afterwards. Yep, combine bikers, guns, booze and pizza for a fun time. Actually I think it will be a big hit. We will see.

The expansion at Destin Commons is in full swing. They have still not announced who the new tenants will be but they continue to say a major theme type restaurant will be one of the new anchors. This expansion, that will add up to 25 more retail locations to the Commons, is planned to open in spring of 2014.

Get out and enjoy the weekend as you prepare for Christmas. We will be at KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton Beach Saturday night. Come join us for a “World Didn’t End Party! Check in Monday for our Christmas Eve blog!

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Matt Hoggatt releases a new album

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Matt Hoggatt, the winner of this year’s American Songwriter Magazine songwriting contest with the song “Dear Jimmy Buffett,” released his album, “Hotter Than Fishgrease” this month on Mailboat Records. Recorded at several Margaritaville locations and Lulu’s, the album hosts 11 tracks including a guest appearance by Jimmy Buffett on track 11. The album is available on iTunes as well as and Matt Hoggatt is currently working on a tour to promote the record after the first of the year. For more information, visit

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To much work…

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Work…work…work. My day job is getting in the way of my fun job. We were supposed to go to a retirement party for Tonya in Pensacola on Friday but I didn’t get off till late and then had to go in on Saturday so we could not make it. I did stop at Landshark for a few minutes to get some wings to take home. I ended up talking to Brian, Kirby, James and a few other folks. Thursday I published the Crab Island Mambo Mullet Wrapper for December. You can read it here:

Saturday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I went to Fuds for lunch. We had not been there in a while. One of the managers we know, Rich, was there and he welcomed us back with hugs and backslaps. Even our server remembered us. We had a great lunch and found out this Fuds is not going to have live music but instead dancing girls that will get the crowd up and going especially the kids. I bet that will be a big draw for the tourist crowd.

Sue at a previous Parrothead meeting at Fuds

Saturday evening we went to Julie’s for a holiday party. It was a fun time. Everyone brought some food. Jan and Kenny played music. The weather was perfect with temps in the low 70’s for the evening. It was a great time with good friends.

Some of the crowd at Julie’s party

Sunday I had to go into work again for a while. The afternoon we spent it at home getting some household chores done and I cooked up a feast of spaghetti.  Also in town the new Shrimp Basket restaurant has opened in the old McDonald’s building on Hwy. 98. We have been to Shrimp Basket’s in Gulf Shores and liked it. We will have to check it out.

This is also the time of the year we have cold water again in Destin. In the summer the ground warms up so much you get lukewarm water when you turn the cold faucet on. Now that it is cooled down outside we are actually getting cold water out of the faucet. That’s a little known fact about living in Destin! LOL

Have a great week. See ya Thursday!

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Destin notes…

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The weather this week in Destin took a turn towards winter. Sunday I was walking around in shorts and the top was down on Badass but Monday morning it was getting colder. We had some rain this week and it is now more seasonable. I am ready for summer!

We only went out once this week. Tuesday night we hit Landshark Pizza. I had a taste for their pizza and it’s taco Tuesday. It’s also the night they have $2 Corona beer. There was a good crowd in there. Deana was working. She worked at the Shark Shack last season. A bunch of regulars were there. I talked for a while with a guy who was sitting next to me who was originally from the Cleveland area. He is a Browns fan too. Small world. We had a good time there as usual. The rest of the week we have stayed in getting Crab Island Mambo stuff done.

There are some more changes coming to the Island. The vacant lot next to the Gulfarium is under development. A Holiday Inn Express hotel is being built there. It is a busy site so I expect it will be coming out of the ground pretty fast. Also on the Island at the vacant lot next to the Elks lodge they have started site work. A year or two ago they announced a major hotel/resort was going to be built there but apparently the financing never was completely secured. I have not heard of anything changing but just this week I have noticed they are grading the land and staking it out. Looks like construction might be starting soon.

It also looks like the old Fudpuckers location on the Island has been leased. A new restaurant is going into that location. It is a good spot on the Island. I knew it would not stay empty for very long. With all of this development, I am not sure how everyone is going to get around. The roads are packed now as it is.

And last but not least, our friend Sami ran into a celebrity over the weekend. She met Emeril Lagasse. Yes, the famous chef. They were at Rupert’s which is a sports bar at our local bowling alley. Kind of a weird place to run into someone like Emeril. She said he was real nice. I copied a picture she posted on Facebook and here it is.

 Photo: Me  Emeril at Ruperts!!! Sweeeet!!!!

Enjoy the weekend. Get that Christmas shopping done. See ya Monday!

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