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Book the Trop Rock Junkies for 2014

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Dear Booking Agents, Promotors, Event Planners, Friends:

2014 is the year to book the Trop Rock Junkies for your event or at your club.   After being nominated for 4 Trop Rock Music Awards in 2012 and 3 in 2013 by the Trop Rock Music Association, the band has become one of the hottest acts around among Trop Rock fans and Parrot Heads.  From the Southeast to the Midwest they have performed at the Atlanta Jimmy Buffett Concert tailgate party, Music On The Bay in Tampa, Phins Gumbo Festival (2011), in Jacksonville, FL, Fin Fest in Columbia, SC, theTrop Rockin’ 4th of July in Anderson, IN, where they headlined a show to over 10,000 concert goers (see video) and most recently Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club’s annual “One Particular Harbor” Birthday Bash and the upcoming Atlanta and Tampa Bay Parrot Head Clubs Christmas Parties. They are already booked in 2014 for Stars Fell On Alabamawhere they are the headline act on Saturday Night, Music On The Bay andSarasota Bay PHC Birthday Bash.

The band is followed by thousands of trop rock fans across the country and they have a large following throughout Florida and the Southeast. Their blend of original high energy tropical themed rock with a mix of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, will be sure to please your event goers.

Below you will find additional information about the band.

Please contact me at your earliest convenience at 727-729-1549 or e-mail to book this band for your next event.

Steve Tolliver
Island Man

2013 Trop Rock Music Award Nominees

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Congratulations to This Year’s Nominees:

(Due to a tie in the top five vote getters, there are 7 nominees in this category.)

Brent Burns
Howard Livingston
James “Sunny Jim” White
Jerry Diaz
Kelly McGuire
Paul Roush
Rob Mehl

FEMALE VOCALIST: (Due to a tie in the top five vote getters, there are 6 nominees in this category.)

Brittany Kingery
Cindy Walsh
Dani Hoy
Heather Sneeringer of Tropical Soul
Michelle Becker of Latitude
Sue Kittredge of Coconut Radio


Coconut Radio
Conch Fritters
Tropical Soul


Boat Drunks
Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef
Jimmy & The Parrots
Jimmy Parrish & The Ocean Waves Band


Brent Burns
Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
James “Sunny Jim” White
Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef
Jimmy & The Parrots


Brent Burns — “Baby Boomer”
Howard Livingston & MM24 — “6 Pack and a Tan”
Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef — “On a Beach in Mexico”
John Friday — “Coastal Cowboy”
Mark Mulligan — “Back to Laidback”


Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef– “Beer In The Cooler”
Howard Livingston & MM24 — “Magic in Key West”
John Friday — “Beachfront”
Mark Mulligan — “Too Much Wishing, Not Enough Fishing”
Steve Tolliver/Trop Rock Junkies — “Top Down Kind of Day”


Dani Hoy
Dennis Davis
John Friday
Mike Nash & Southern Drawl
Trop Rock Junkies


Colin Ward (Lead Guitar) / Trop Rock Junkies
Dusty Barber (Lead Guitar) / Conch Fritters
Jimi Pappas (Drums) / Jim Morris & the Big Bamboo Band
Mark Mireles (Steel Pan) / Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef

Radio Station (Mid Size):

Beachfront Radio — Internet
Conch Republic Radio — Internet
Trop Rock 1290 — Panama City Beach, FL

Radio Station (Small):

Island Dreams — internet
Latitudes and Attitudes Seafaring Radio — internet
Trop Rock Radio — internet
Southernmost Radio — internet
Songwriters Island Radio — internet


Amish Beach Party — DJ Jeff Allen (Beachfront Radio)
Trop Rockin’ Live — DJ Fred McFarlin (Beachfront Radio)
Big Burrito Radio — Mad Marty (WLRA — Romeoville, IL / Syndication)
Island Time Radio Show — DK the DJ (WBWC — Cleveland, OH / Syndication)
Pyrates Behaving Badly — Capt’n Cali & Cheeto Gyrl (Beachfront Radio)


Lulu’s Homeport Marina — Gulf Shores, AL
Nav-a-Gator — Lake Suzy, FL
Smokin’ Tuna — Key West, FL
T-Bone Tom’s — Kemah, TX
Tropical Isle — New Orleans, LA

House Concert: (Due to a tie of the top 5 vote getters in the first round nomination, there are 6 nominees in this category)

Fred & Sara Guerrero / Isla Bella — Floresville, TX
Mark & Sharon Leverett / The Yard — Tampa, FL
Tami Tower — Port Charlotte, FL
Ed & Wendy DeVries / Limin’ Place– Stuart, FL
Tom & Jill Melendez / The Batcave — Shiloh, IL
Norm Kaiser & Cheryl Scanlon / Laughing Parrot Tiki Bar, Naples FL


Stars Fall on Alabama — Gulf Shores, AL
Music on the Bay – Tampa, Fl
Parrothead Rendezvous — Panama City Beach, FL
Phins to the West — Laughlin, NV
Pardi Gras — New Orleans, LA



Your chance to vote for your favorite artists, radio stations, venues and events will begin on September 1st.

All new or renewal membership applications must be received by September 25th in order to vote in this year’s awards.

If you are not a current member, and would like to join or renew your membership, Click Here:

Featured Artists – The CalypsoNuts

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The CalypsoNuts – Entertainment Without a Net

For years, people have begged for entertainment- not just music, but entertainment. Since 1998, The CalypsoNuts have delivered just that. Audiences from Key West to Put-In Bay, and all along the Caribbean itineraries, have been delighted by the duo with the island twist.

“Sure it’s steel drums,” says Robbie Meade, “but we look at them a little differently. We take the drums where we want them to go instead of allowing the drums to force our musical hand.”

Sponsored by Corona Extra, Corona Light, and Kokomo Island Traders, The CalypsoNuts are more than just a steel drum act. The “Entertainment Without a Net” approach guarantees that each show is custom tailored to fit the event. With no shows identical, The CalypsoNuts have the freedom and flexibility to switch gears in the middle of the show and take the audience in a new direction and to a completely different mood.

The nightly menu consists of Pop and Rock, Reggae and Soca, Acoustic and Electric; all different, but all the perfect ingredients to a great bowl of musical gumbo.

“So, pack your bags and let The Nuts’ music take you to your favorite island”

Mike Lindsay, past President
Washington Area Parrothead Club

At 11 years, The CalypsoNuts are the longest running act at “The Meeting of the Minds”, the week-long National Parrot Head Convention held every November in Key West, Florida. As of March 2009, The Nuts are now Musical Alumni of the Atlanta Parrot Head cruise, a 7 night, annual caribbean cruise to benefit cancer research.

In 2008 and 2009, 4 contracts with Disney Cruise Lines were packed with shows that were said to have raised the bar for any subsequent duos that sail with them. Meade says, “More than a just feather in our caps, the time spent with Disney taught us the important lessons of how to “Do it right…every time!”

The CalypsoNuts CDs “Six More Weeks” and “No Lifeguard on Duty” and rare live shows receive regular air play on Radio Margaritaville and several other internet and sattelitte radio stations. Numerous local and regional “Best of” awards further confirm The CalypsoNuts’ ability to take you to the sunshine of the islands no matter what the weather is like outside. Fondly known as The ‘Nuts by friends and clients, these two entertainers have a way of making the whole crowd feel special and connected to the event.

“Robbie and Lynley are superb entertainers. Fun, talented, wacky and a taste of the islands – they’ve got it all.”
Cindy Ely
President, Parrothead Club of Richmond

Booking and working with The CalypsoNuts may very well be the easiest thing you’ve ever done.
Call or Email for more information and availability
Lynley Tolls
Phone: 757-583-7646

Recent Article about their show at LandShark Landing at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel


News from The Trop Rock Junkies

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Florida, South Carolina and Indiana Shows Equal Festivals, Fireworks and Fun

The Trop Rock Junkies have a busy schedule coming up in June and July starting off June 1st with the Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party in Palm Harbor, Florida.  This day long street festival takes place in the Old Palm Harbor Main Street Historic District.  Festivities start at 2:00PM and last until10:00PM.  The Trop Rock Junkies will play from 2:30PM until 4:30PM.  Admission is free so come on out and join the fun.  On June 8th we will be at the Nav-a-Gator in Lake Suzy, FL from 2-5PM performing for our Southwest Florida friends and especially our Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club friends who have always shown their support.  Admission is just a canned good for charity.  On June 15 we head to Parrish, FL for a fun evening at the Higgins’ (Mostly Bar) & Grill. This is always a fun house concert hosted by one of Trop Rock’s biggest supporters, Terry and Marrianne Higgins.  The following week we are off to Columbia, SC for the annual Fin Fest, put on by the Palmetto Parrot Head Club.  The event is held June 21st and 22nd at the Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC, 630 Assembly Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. You can register for this event at  It’s two days of music and fun with the Tsunami Wave Riders  kicking things off Friday night, entertainment poolside all day Saturday and the Trop Rock Junkies will headlining Saturday nights festivities starting at 7PM. If you are in the Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina area you will want to be a part of this event. After Columbia, SC, it’s off to Indiana for the big Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks Celebration held at Hoosier Park Casino in Anderson, Indiana.  They have a huge, state of the art, outdoor concert venue with seating for over 5,000 and a 10,000 plus capacity. They regularly host acts such as Huey Lewis and the News, B52’s, GoGo’s, Willie Nelson and the Beach Boys.  We are thrilled to be in that mix.  If you are in the Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky or Illinois area, we hope to see you at this event.  Parrot Head Clubs, check with Hoosier Park for group packages and special incentives for your club.  The concert is free and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show.  Details will soon be available at

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.  In the mean time….
Fins Up,


Trop Rock Music AwardsNomination ballots will be sent out to all Trop Rock Music Association members on June 15th.  Last year the Trop Rock Junkies received 4 nominations including “Song of the Year” Steve Tolliver’s song Take Me Back To Havana, “Songwriter of the Year” TRJ’s Steve Tolliver, “Musician of the Year” Colin Ward and the “Horizon Award”.  Colin Ward is probably one of the best musicians in Trop Rock and deserves this nomination again.  Steve Tolliver’s new CD “Ode To The Sun” is eligible and the song (and video) off that album that has been getting a lot of buzz is “Top Down Kind of A Day” If you are a Trop Rock Music Association member please consider the band and it’s members in your voting.  If you are not a member you can join for as little as $10.00 by going to .  We will e-mail you a free MP3 download of the song “Top Down Kind of a Day” just by visiting the website  You can order the full Ode To The Sun CD there as well or download it through I-tunes.

New Backdrop/banner for the Junkies 
This new 8′ wide by 6′ high banner can be seen at most upcoming TRJ shows.  The scene is a typical tropical beach sunset.  In fact those markers and light in the distance kind of reminds me of the Sand Key light in Key West.

New Trop Rock Junkies Merchandise 

Available from the TRJ Trading CompanyNew embroidered high quality “Adams” hats are now available along with men and women’s long and short sleeve Tees.  Check out the full line at

Fin Fest
June 21st & 22nd
Columbia, SC

Two days of music and fun sponsored by the Palmetto Parrot Head Club.  Featuring the Tsunami Wave Riders, Trop Rock Junkies and many more artists.  Details at

Trop Rockin’
4th of July

Hoosier Park Racing and Casino presents their annual 4th of JulyConcert and Fireworks Celebration featuring the Trop Rock Junkies. Concert starts at 7:30. Fireworks at 10PMimmediately following the concert.  Admission is FREE.  Look for additional details soon Hoosier Park’s Music Center is the Indy area’s newest and most thrilling outdoor concert venue. Featuring more than 4,200 seats, giant LCD screens and countless dining and drink outlets, there’s no better place to catch the summer’s hottest shows!
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
4500 Dan Patch Circle
Anderson, Indiana

Featured Trop Rock (Contributor) of the Week

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Mayor Gonzo Mays

Honorary Mayor Key West, Florida Keys USA

Most people try to break out of prison but this crazy not so demure Southerner actually broke into one! Sammie Mays earned rank as a gonzo reporter when commissioned by the notorious editors at the National Enquirer to snag a picture of baseball’s fallen bad boy, Pete Rose, while incarcerated in the infamous Marion, Illinois SuperMax Penitentiary. The lure of $100,000 proved too much for her to resist. The plan was only concocted after some dirty low-life broke into Sammie Mays’s saloon in the Navy shipbuilding town of Pascagoula, Mississippi and stole her blind. “The thieves didn’t only steal the money, liquor, and beer…they stole the pool table, barstools, cash register and even the air conditioning unit!” Mays then joked, “I’ve always heard a bad artist borrows and a good artist steals. I wonder what they named the new bar???” Sammie’s Key West Bar n’ Grill was the only bar in town deemed “resort” status which meant she had the only bar licensed to remain open after the 2am curfew for all other bars. A twenty-four hour hell raising honky tonk, it was the location where Jimmy Buffett played to his first audience (refer to his song Pascagoula Run). A regular at the bar was Jimmy’s one-legged Uncle Billy Buffett who struck a deal for his underage nephew to sweep and mop spilled swill from the floor in exchange for stage time. “Clever Uncle Bill drank for free!” The burglary devasted the saloon-keeper. Left flat busted and desperate for a quick fix, Mays weighed her options and briefly considered posing nude for Hustler but instead decided to take the lower road. A weekend entertainer in her own bar, Mays posed as a musician, hiding two identical 35 millimeter cameras inside an old worn-out speaker cabinet and sweet talked the warden and herself right into, at the time, the nation’s toughest penitentiary. It was literally through hook n’ crook that she managed to score the coveted $100,000 photograph of baseball great Pete Rose in the Pokey!

Meanwhile back at corporate headquarters in Lantana, Florida, National Enquirer marketing gurus aggresively worked through the night leaking word to the Associated Press of the beer-slinging reporter’s espionage operation. The media was primed and Hollywood’s curiosity peeked! Back in Marion, Illinois, the humiliated warden was being dismissed of his duties but didn’t step down until he issued this final statement to the press, “Where Sammie Mays is going she’s not going to be able to spend a dime of that money!”Trouble was beginning to mount for Mays. The morning after scoring the infamous prison shot she pulled into Denny’s for a quick bite of breakfast and from a row of newspaper vending machines bold black headlines screamed, “Pete Rose In Prison / National Enquirer World Exclusive!” Sammie’s immediate response was that she had been hung-out to dry and left to her on demise. Her personal photo and private information were being used by the tabloid to sell papers. Suddenly she began to fear for her own freedom and soon went underground. Long story short, when the smoke started to clear Sammie’s “Pete in the Pokey” photo had been named as Best of Year by Sports Illustrated. And when she finally thought it was safe to come out of hiding, British tabloid peers had begun referring to their new hotshot celebrity reporter as The Gonz. When the Coconut Telegraph first read the story I Shot Pete Rose and watched the remake on the t.v. series Tabloid, rumors of a big screen movie by the writers Of Mice and Men began to surface with Ellen Barkin playing Mays’s character. The Gonz homeport is Key West, Florida, USA where she hails as the Honorary Mayor Gonzo Mays and is celebrated by both locals and tourist for overtly giving as many free political favors as humanly possible and accepting all bribes, no matter how insignificant. And, yes, even the Keys county Sheriff carries one in his wallet. The Gonz eventually tired of the yellow journalism gig and of the tabloid prankishness and crazy Hollywood celebrities who “believed their own press” but, still, you can sometimes see the adventures of Mayor Gonzo Mays on Comcast Tourist Television, in the local newspapers and travel magazines.Note: At sunset you can usually catch the honorary mayor bellied-up and holding court with the locals at the tiki bars. Just look for the cigar, straw hat and sunglasses – even at night! Mayor Gonzo tells us that living in the islands and writing sordid adventures and drunken tales of characters she encounters along the way sure beats the hell out of working for Southern Bride Magazine. Says the famous writer and photojournalist, “Nothing, but nothing, is as bad or as painful as that gig with the bridal magazine. To this day I hate pink chiffon!”

When we probed into Mayor Gonzo’s 1982 arrest on corruption charges which resulted in her being deported from the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten (yet another entertaining adventure) she claimed to have only been trying to help enlighten the islanders. And, on that particular night, the law simply rounded up all high-profile locals because they were pissed off for having missed intercepting a substantial load of Jamaican Lamb’s Bread being distributed. “I unfortunately received none of it!” Mays said. Mays is a survivor of unconventional sorts, a prison break, deportation from a third world country, survivor of two direct-hit Category 5 hurricanes and thus far has managed to dodge a death threat from an old editor in chief at the National Enquirer. The Honorary Mayor of Key West is like no one you’ll ever encounter. When she showed up at the Pilot House Bar for this interview her presence was undeniable. She strolled in chomping on a real Cuban stogie and offered me a smoke. I politely declined which prompted the response, “Well why not? You probably smoke everything else!!!” When asked what first brought her in 1974 to Key West, in a charming offbeat Southern-ease she was quick to blame it on “that smugglin’, gun-runnin’, womanizin’, Captain Tony Tarracino!” And then added, “it’s as good a place as any to lay low while things cool down!” In a final question the Coconut Telegraph’s wrapped up the interview by asking what she had planned to do next. Without hesitating she declared, “Not a damn thing but sit right here and have another cold one!” However, to be more accurate, I do believe she had more than one. But then who’s counting.

Be Sure to check Mayor Gonzo’s Website

(Taken from the Coconut Telegraph interview)

2nd Annual Music on the Bay

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2nd Annual 
This is a one of kind Trop-Rock festival! The event will start Thursday evening, February 28th 2013! The music will keep on playing on Friday, March 1st with the last note ending just after sunset on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013.
MOTB 2013 is hosted by: The Tampa Bay Parrot Heads in Paradise Club, Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club, The Villages Parrot Head Club, Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club, Key West Parrot Head Club, Parrot Heads of Central Florida and with the generous assistance of Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar in Tampa, FL
We have once again assembled some of the best Trop Rock
musicians on the planet to be a part of this PHenomenal event!
More than 20 musicians & bands that will take to the
outdoor beach stage at Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach, located right on the waters of beautiful Tampa Bay.
We’ve got a complete weekend planned for you, with partying each night well past the green flash at sunset.
All those who registered by Midnight February 11, 2013 EST will receive a limited edition Music on the Bay Tervis Tumbler.
For questions email us:

As always we are partying with a purpose! All charitable contributions will benefit

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children !


MOTB 2013 Line up is Phenomenal!
MOTB 2013 Emcee

James “Sunny Jim” White

Music on the Bay 2013 Schedule
Thursday February 28, 2013
6:30 – 9:30 John Frinzi/James “Sunny Jim” White
Friday March 1, 2013
10:30-11:00 Emcee James “Sunny Jim” White
11:00-1:00 Jim Hoehn
1:00-1-:30 Bry Harris & Parrot Island Band
1:30-3:30 Trop Rock Junkies
3:30-4:00 Bry Harris & Parrot Island Band
4:00-6:00 Frozen Gringos
6:00-6:30 Bry Harris & Parrot Island Band
6:30-8:30 Jack Mosley Band
8:30-9:00 Bry Harris & Parrot Island Band
9:00-11:30 Jimmy & the Parrots
Saturday March 2, 2013
10:30 – 11:00 Emcee James “Sunny Jim” White
11:00-1:00 Tropical Soul
1:00-1:30 Mike Miller
1:30-4:00 Sauce Boss
4:00-4:30 Mike Miller
4:30-6:30 Jim Asbell & the Tropiholics
6:30-7:00 Mike Miller
7:00-9:00 The Boat Drunks w/Mike Miller
9:00-9:30 Mike Miller
9:30-11:30 Howard Livingston & MM24 Band
Sunday March 3, 2012
9:30-11:30 Capt Josh & Banjody
11:30-12:00 Dani Hoy
12:00-1:30 Jimi Pappas
1:30-2:00 Dani Hoy
2:00-4:00 Mr Myers Band
4:00-4:30 Dani Hoy
4:30-6:30 Jim Morris & the Big Bamboo Band



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




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

Just a quick note from the Tropigal

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I know I just sent you an email and I hope this isn’t too soon but I just wanted to let you know a couple of things:

First, my final installment of my MOTM adventure in my blog is done. You can read about it here:

Second, I’ve been nominated for, thanks to you, some categories in Beachfront Radio’s Top of the Trops. This is the final vote and you can vote for me for Female Vocalist, “TropiGal” as album of the year and either “TropiGal” or “Drunk on Mallory Square” as song of the year:

You may vote once per device, so you can vote on your home computer, work computer, your phone, your tablet and it all counts! The final winners will be announced on Beachfront Radio December 26 and 27 each day between the hours of 2pm-4pm during the Amish Beach Party with DJ Jeff Allen. You can listen on your computer and via a phone app such as Tune-in or Live 365. Thank you for voting for me and helping me promote my music!

While you’re visiting Beachfront Radio, you can download the CD “TropiGal” for only $7.99 from the Music Hut.

Music makes a great gift. If you want to order “TropiGal” the CD and not the download, visit my

Well, that’s it for now! In about a month I’ll be heading to Southwest/Central Florida for a short tour.

Thanks for your support again and see you at the End of the Road some day,


Loren Davidson – Back from Key West

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Well, I had a magnificent time in Key West. You’re shocked and surprised, right? The header picture on this email was taken on our catamaran cruise on Halloween morning. Well worth being up at Oh Gods O’Clock. 🙂 I played four shows plus a couple of guest appearances, and it was all wonderful. Got a little bit “overserved” on Thursday, for which I did penance on Friday. But it’s all good, and I even wrote the first drafts of *two* new songs while on the island.
First Reviews In on “Of All the Rum Joints”


Sales have been brisk on the new album, and a lot of people are listening who’ve never had their hands on one of my CDs before. Not only are people loving it, they’re listening two, three, or more times. Dianne says, “You have leapt forward as a songwriter! I really love this CD.” Tony says, “What a great way to start the day!”


This tells me it’s time to spread the word further. So I’m running a sale, because the holidays are here and, well, you’ve got people you want to give presents to, right? When you go to my online store and enter the code HOLIDAY2012, you’ll get 30% off on all orders from now through Christmas.


Click here to get to my store and save money on your holiday shopping!


2013 – Coming Soon!


Well, unless you’re a pessimistic Mayan, you know we’re about to get into a brand new year. I’m starting to book next year’s shows – looking to spend more weekends on the road, playing house concerts and Parrothead club events, as well as doing more special and fun stuff here in the Bay Area. If you’d like to have me come and play in your home, for your charity, or other group event, call or email and we’ll work it out. House concerts are a fantastic way of getting up close and personal with songwriters, hearing the stories behind the songs, and making you the social king of your town. It’s easier than it sounds, and I’m ready to help you make the event a success.


Bonus Drink Recipe


Root Beer Float with a Kick: In a tall glass with ice, pour in one jigger (1.5 oz) Pinnacle Whipped Vodka. Fill with root beer. Stir. Tastes just like a root beer float, but with alcohol.


If you’d like to suggest a better name for this, let me know. Free swag to the best name suggestion.


Thanks for listening,



“Every Loren Davidson album should come with the warning “Prepare to Set Sail”. While some artists “grab” your attention, Davidson captures your very imagination and takes you to distant shores as you listen to his well crafted songs.” — Island Radio .Net

“Every song on the new CD immediately transports you to…happy tropical places, with your favorite boat drink…a virtual vacation where you can “dress down” for that island vacation you never seem to get around to taking.” — Vicki Shivers, Jimmy Buffett Examiner

“Your songs are Trop Rock exemplified, and the writing and production are both superb.” — Dick Williams, Southernmost Radio