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Featured Artist Interview with Jim Hoehn

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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – Jim Hoehn

 

(TRB)Where are you based these days?
(JH) Brookfield, Wis. (suburban Milwaukee)

(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(JH) No regular gigs. On the road one weekend per month as work, family, life permits. Augment with local gigs and opening act slots.

(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(JH) No current project. Released latest CD, “Silhouette of a Fool,” in April.

(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(JH) Jerry Jeff Walker

(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(JH) Was always a writer (career journalist), but not a musician. Won a songwriting contest. Listened to all kinds of music, but major influences were storytellers – Jerry Jeff; early Jimmy Buffett; John Prine; Steve Goodman: Gordon Lightfoot.

(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(JH) Guy Clark

(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(JH) Ryman Auditorium, Nashville.

(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(JH) Most memorable performance – first public appearance. Winning a songwriting contest and walking out on stage at Milwaukee’s Summerfest armed with 9 original songs, an acoustic guitar and a bad case of nerves in front of several thousand people.

(TRB)What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(JH) I don’t have a fan club. However, I have a lot of friends I’ve met through music. Best is my website at www.jimhoehn.com or right here via Facebook.

 

Featured Artist Interview – Steven Youngblood

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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – Steven Youngblood

 

(TRB)Where are you based these days?
(SY) Home on the gulf of mexico , close to the greatest oysters in the world and the best scallops , and great fishing panama city ,fl.  This is home ! My roots are here .

We travel all over florida ,al. , ms, ga., Tn. And the tropic’s

(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(SY) We book gig’s all the time but regular gig . I would have to say Gracie Rae’s bar and grill  , Panama city , fl.  We play there pretty much 2 times a month almost year round according to the weather …   check website too: www.stevenyoungblood.com

(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(SY) Current projects : We are working on a few new songs which we are already playing live , but are recording and laying them out too:  We are also still working with our first c.d. “ guitars and fishing poles “ The title track is # 4 on the country charts

And we might still promote some of the other songs.

(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(SY) Well after listening to Jimmy Buffett  , Eric Stone , Brent Burns, Gene Mitchell , and Barefootman who I listen to when I was 14  …  still got the barefootman song book.

(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(SY) Wow , getting started  jimmy buffett , lynrd skynrd , 38 special , molly hatchet , ARS , Al Demioloa ,  plus in high school I played Jazz Band for 4 years , and also playing with cover bands and show bands in the 80’s , then after some time off , I came back to my roots. When a friend of mine in radio got me back into writing music , and then my true salt water soul came out and is influencing  my music .  I have also join with Nashville songwriter as  as a coordinator and helping other songwriters , which I was interduced to in 2003  when I was working the C.M.A.’s that year with my radio engineering gig thanks to Debra Allen , The N.S.A.I. has also help me meet and make some great friends like Charlie Black  .

Charlie has become a true friend and jerry  * bill  and so many more . I also learn Music is my love and stress relief but you got to understand the music business to make it work for you.

Thanks to all my friends in the music industry who have help me . I am still learning …

(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(SY) Well I love one day to perform with jimmy buffett .

I got to sit in  with The Barefootman last year .

Life has been good !  anything is possible now!

(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(SY) Wow : Hard question .  got one of them in the bag just got to get back to Nashville , Barbara at the Blue Bird has put me on the list of writers to play the blue bird just got to get back up there soon ,  I would like to play the Key West Songwriters Festival ,

We are playing the Pensacola songwriters festival Oct 2012

And the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival Nov. 2012

I would like to play some tropical islands gigs , resorts and all.

(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(SY) Wow there been some many , The lone palm airport was a cool gig , lu lu’s in gulf shores for frankbrown songwriters festival , landshark bar and grill in Pensacola , I do think the best is yet to come , with a song on the main country charts the offers are coming in , gonna be a cool ride and live with guitar and steeldrums now the sound is there …   lots more to come …. For sure!

(TRB)What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(SY) www.stevenyoungblood.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/steven.youngblood?ref=tn_tnmn

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-Sandra-Youngblood-Duo/135401846512217?ref=hl

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trop-Rock-1290/421768088641?ref=hl

 

Steven Youngblood trop rocker

Songwriter , artist , Broadcaster

Live Duo Steven & Sandra Youngblood

Take me back to the water tropical style.

Steven & Sandra do this perfectly. Their music brings to life the visions of umbrella drinks on the beach soaking up the sun without a care in the world.   Steven & Sandra have achieved what they set out to do with their music.

 

Steven & Sandra want people to listen to their music and just relax. Their lyrics are fun and so true. Each song shows us their personality.  Writing fun loving music that fits their lifestyle. Steven is comfortable playing his guitar, beach side, while he breathes in the salt air that pumps through his veins and Sandra on the steel drum add’s that island flavor

 

Steven has had a great year , With his hit on  The New Music Weekly Country Charts as a Songwriter and Artist with “Guitars & Fishing Poles” , #8 july 15thweek , and Aug 7th week #4 , plus # 4 on the new music weekly indie charts. …

In the top 10 for weeks on the NMW Country.

Steven songs also hit the Roots music charts world wide exposure .

 

Steven & Sandra are working as a songwriting team with a few new songs to hit the charts soon , who knows a #1 could be on it’s way…

Check steven & Sandra out , @ Pensacola songwriters festival oct 2012  or the Frank brown songwriters festival in nov 2012

 

Steven also been busy promoting trop rock music , He partnered with magic broadcasting and took a A.M.  signal and created the first 24/7 trop rock radio station. which also can be heard over the internet on www.tunein.com  wpcf . The station is trop rock 1290 in panama city beach , fl. There also plans for a F.M.  station soon too.

Trop rock 1290 , has bridge the commercial air ways as a marketing format that is gonna help all trop rockers and hopefully start trop rock as a format world wide on commercial radio.

Trop rock 1290  is mix of all the trop rock artist along with Reggae and the Newest country songs. Mainly trop rocks indie artists .  trop rock 1290 has listerns all over the world and growing everyday. Steven has been busy help carry the format forward into the main stream world …..

 

 

Featured Artist Interview with Don Middlebrook

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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – (Don Middlebrook)

(TRB)Where are you based these days?

(DM) East Lansing, MI –  Saugatuck, MI –  Mt. Dora, FL

(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(DM) Every Wednesday at Reno’s East in my home Tiki Hut (see attached pic), except when I’m touring the country.  See www.donmiddlebrook.net for schedule.

(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(DM) *Just finished up the “1st Annual International DRESS FOR PEACE DAY”  This event is held on the first Sunday in August.  This year we hosted a standing-room-only inaugural celebration at The Bulter in Saugatuck, MI.  Dress for Peace Day parties were held all over the country and in 17 foreign nations.

*Solidifying my new song “Advice from an Old Sailor” and new album by the same name.  The Discovery Channel will be featuring this song on a special on the USS Keewatin. Watch for it in January of 2013.

 

*At the moment I’m negotiating a song for ________, (a company, whose name I may not disclose) that specializes in water sports.

 

*Finalizing the ~ Fall Talespin Tour 2012 ~  We will be stopping in Kentucky,  Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, and all over Florida, down to Key West.

(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(DM) Jimmy Buffett, and his life in Key West.

(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(DM) Dan Fogleburg, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett (see below for more from online bio)

(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(DM) James Taylor

(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(DM) Meeting of the Minds – Trop Rock festival.

(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(DM) Had a great show before the Jimmy Buffett concert in Detroit this last July.

(TRB)What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(DM) My Facebook pages.

Don Middlebrook: https://www.facebook.com/donmiddlebrooksings

Band page:  https://www.facebook.com/DonMiddlebrook.sing

Talespin CD page: https://www.facebook.com/TalespinCD.DVD

 

Listen to my music at:

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/donmiddlebrook

 

Purchase CDs:  CDBaby.com, Amazon, Itunes, and www.donmiddlebrook.net

 

My PR girl, Shelley, does a great job keeping everything updated.  There are new event pics and video going up every week.

Also the website has just been revamped. You can sign up for my “Email of the Week” on the home page. Check it out: www.donmiddlebrook.net

Bio from Facebook band page:

 

About

CDs available at www.donmiddlebrook.net Visit our 2012 sponsor: www.boatdrinkradio.com

Biography

Don Middlebrook has performed on Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy’s, national radio shows. He toured and recorded for three years with Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Jimmy Buffett’s harmonica player of twenty-six years.

Don has opened for nationally acclaimed acts such as: Reba McEntire, The Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oats, Jefferson Starship, Meatloaf, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

PBS recently featured Middlebrook on their national series “The Backstage,” and in 2004, he had two original compositions in a Showtime movie. Don is honored to be the only artist invited to play every year at Michigan’s premiere music festival, Common Ground! Ten of past eleven years, Middlebrook has performed at Michigan’s, “Cheeseburger in Caseville,”one of the largest Trop Rock festivals in the country!

 

Description

Singer/songwriter Don Middlebrook has released a new CD/DVD entitled Talespin. The 12 song CD from this Michigan artist is his 10th release in the Trop Rock genre. Talespin is unique in this download world as it is a CD as well as a DVD that can play in your computer/DVD player and send you through a visual musical journey. This pictorial covers over 500 pictures from 21 years of touring and another 500 pictures directly from the fan base. It is an Americana and Parrotthead journey that takes you from Saugatuck, Michigan to Key West, Florida and many ports in between.

 

Band Interests

Ever hear the story behind “Luckyville” from Beach Bar Serenade?

In 2005 I had the privilege of playing the Laid Back Attack in Seattle, Washington, an annual fundraiser put on by the Seattle Parrottheads. During my stay, I was treated royally by my host family. I never quite got over their name. It was Fred and Kay Lucky. It truly felt like a sitcom to stay with people I didn’t know with the name of Lucky. We had a ball and I told them, one day, there would be a song about their happy homelife. I would call it Luckyville. Fast forward to 2008. It’s crazy how these things go. Luckyville had always stayed in my head, but boom, three years later the song all came together. In early July, Roger, a buddy I’ve known for years in Saugatuck came up to me with that big smile and that great, I love life, attitude and said to me,” need a hand? ” I recognized the voice and turned, then laughed because I knew it was Roger, someone that has always kept that humor even though he has lived his life with one arm. This time he was wearing a t-shirt that said, Caution, I Swim In Circles. A bulb went off in my head and I said, Roger, you live in Luckyville. The next day I saw on his Harley, just getting the most out of a summerday, and life. It wasn’t two weeks later, my buddy, Paul from Wisconsin who has a contagious spirit of life surprised me by visiting the Luau Lounge in E. Lansing. He was compelled to show me pictures on his laptop of he and his friends and their wives during one of my shows three weeks prior. He asked me,” what do you see here?” It was he and four of his buddies, all smiles and their beautiful wives, prepped for music and a good fun night. I replied “that you guys and your wives are all having fun.” He said,” it’s more than that, it’s a photo of us at your show this last July and notice all the girls are in their halter tops.” “When you’re in town, Don, we call it a halter top Saturday Night and all of us guys get lucky.” He looked at me and said, “Halter Top Saturday Night”‘ sounds like a song. And Luckyville was taking form. Throughout the summer, my buddy Jerry from Livonia, was bugging me to listen to Alan Jackson’s Tropical Depression. When I finally did, I shook my head, said, “Jerry we don’t need no stinking depression, I need to get you to Luckyville.” But thanks Jerry cause now I had my bridge. This CD, Beach Bar Serenade , covers three of my favorite artists, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor and Kenny Chesney. One that I wanted to honor and could not in a song was Dan Fogelberg. As you listen to Luckyville and I sing, “Everyday’s a Souvenir” that’s for Dan. Souvenir was the title of his early breakthrough album and my college mutt was named Souvenir in honor of my high respect for his music, Dan was a great singer who stopped singing too soon. And I would be remiss if I did not dedicate Luckyville to one of my favorite singers, Rusty Higgins. My eyes and ears of Jackson, MI. I’d also like to dedicate this song to my cousin Mary Hinkle, who in 2008, changed her zip code.

Starting in 1991, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul began a musical quest up and down the west coast of Michigan with little idea of where it might lead. Always directed by a new song, a new adventure, and an occasional cold beer, what began as fun and frolic has turned into thirteen years of travel and musical bliss. Looking back over those last thirteen years, eight CDs have been recorded and over 150 dates played each year. Airplay has becomecommonplace, like that found at WCSX FM in Detroit, and internet web play has had international activity. Don and the band have performed on national radio with Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy, and the last three years, they have toured and recorded with Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Jimmy Buffett’s harmonica player for twenty-six years. In 2004, Don had two compositions in a Showtime original movie.Have you heard the legend of how Don stole Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide?While performing at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, Florida, Saugatuck’s local musician, Don Middlebrook and a friend thought that they would take a moped ride around the island. What started out as an innocent joy ride soon became a hunt to find Jimmy Buffett’s house. Based on local information they had gathered, they thought they were close, but were not convinced. That’s when Don peeked into the mailbox and spotted Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide. Contradictory stories exist as to what happened next. Don wrote a song to apologize, claiming he found the TV Guide on the ground. Witnesses say that he stole it out of the mailbox. Years later Don recorded and toured with the most famous Coral Reefer of all, Greg “Fingers” Taylor. Greg claimed that Jimmy was aware of the theft and wanted his TV Guide back. Don’s song of apology claimed that he did not have it. Friends say it is in his house. No charges against Don were ever filed and the existence and/or the whereabouts of the TV Guide that inspired this song have never been validated. Jimmy Buffett has since moved from that home in Key West and now has a P.O. Box. As the song goes, you can always steal from a pirate.

 

 

Featured Artist Interview – Steve Tolliver from The Trop Rock Junkies

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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – (Steve Tolliver)

(TRB)Where are you based these days?
(ST) I along with my band Trop Rock Junkies are based out of St. Petersburg, FL but play regularly throughout Florida and the Southeast.  We expect to expand our travels next year as we are starting to get inquiries from Parrot Head Clubs around the country.

(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(ST) We have been playing pretty regular at the Nav-a-Gator in Lake Suzy, FL.  The Nav-a-Gator has been voted top Trop Rock venue in the country several years in a row.  We have been playing there once every month or two.  We also play pretty regularly at Whiskey Joe’s usually for the Tampa Bay Parrot Head meetings.

(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(ST) I am currently in the studio working on my latest album tentatively titled “Ode to the Sun”.  I expect it to be released prior to Meeting of the Minds.  I also just finished shooting a music video called “Top Down Kind of A Day”.  The shoot took place all the way from Key Largo to Key West.  It was a lot of fun and you can see it on you-tube just search Steve Tolliver or the name of the song.

(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(ST) I guess you could say Jimmy Buffett.  After years of traveling back and forth to Key West and listening to Buffett, I started writing songs about Key West and naively thought Jimmy might want to record one of them. He may still.  You never know.

(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(ST) From a songwriter’s perspective it would have to be Bob Dylan, John Lennon.  Originally I was swept up in the Beatles craze.  After seeing them and all the screaming fans I decided that was the life for me.  I immediately went out and bought a guitar.  The songwriting came 35 years later.

(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(ST) I have always dreamed of Jimmy Buffett recording one of my songs and calling me up on stage to perform it with him.

(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(ST) Any major arena, amphitheater or stadium opening for Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown or Buffett.

(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(ST) A couple of performances come to mind.  One was playing the Jimmy Buffett pre concert on stage B at the 1-800-AskGary amphitheater in Tampa, FL in April of 2011 and the other was Jacksonville Landing.  This was a venue that treated us like rock stars.  They paid well, put us up in nice hotel rooms, fed us and brought cases of beer and water to our bus.  Bands should be treated this way everywhere.

(TRB)What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(ST) If you are on facebook either friend up with me, www.facebook.com/stevetolliver.5 or go to the Trop Rock Junkies website, www.troprockjunkies.com and click on the “Subscribe to our Mailing List” link.

 

Trop On!

 

Featured Artist Interview – Key West Chris Rehm

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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – (Key West Chris Rehm)

(TRB)Where are you based these days?
(KWCR) I’ve been in Key West now since 2008. I always tell people the same story, because it’s true: I only moved 138 miles (From Cutler Bay, Fl.) but I might as well have moved 13,800. It’s a whole different world here. The Conch Republic (The Dry Tortugas – The Last Chance Saloon in Florida City) is truly a country unto itself, with an entirely different state of mind. I’m very fortunate to live in the Capital of the Conch Republic, Key West.

(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(KWCR) At the moment I bounce around Key West and some of the other southern Keys, like Stock Island at The Hog Fish, or Geiger Key, which are six and ten miles up from Key West. It’s funny because sometimes I’ll hear out of towners calling other Keys “Key West”. Every Key is unique however. Like my friend Richard Van Der Mude said after he moved to Stock Island  “Stock Island is NOT Key West!” and that’s just the next Key north. Stock Island does have one of the most fascinating bars in the area however, The Hogfish Bar and Grill. I’m fortunate that I get to play there!

(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(KWCR) Yes. I’m currently writing for my next release. We recorded one song already, Island Blue, featuring Misty Loggins on vocals. Other songs slated for it are: Marvin Key, Yippie Cayo Hueso, Happy Hour, Key Western Swing, Waves, … maybe a few more from the archives, or if something suddenly pops out, which always happens as a songwriter! HA HA HA!

(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(KWCR) I’m kind of an oddball in this regard. I’ve always enjoyed Jimmy Buffett and I actually play two of his songs (Havana Daydreaming and Son of a Son of a Sailor), however on a scale of one to ten, I’d have to say he’s around a seven or an eight as far as influences go. The thing I like about the Trop Rock genre is that there is so much room for growth! That’s what I focus on. For instance, my song “The Beach!!!!” is based on an Afro/Cuban rhythm and tosses in a Motown type bridge. I also tossed in Marty Stonley on clarinet.  DJ Jeff always tells me how that cracked him up because no one had ever used a clarinet on a Trop Rock song. However, as the song is Afro/Cuban based, the clarinet is quite common there.  On my song “Sailing” I used South Pacific influence. I often use chords that others don’t use, or perhaps are not familiar with. On “Sailing” the chords used are a Bb6/9 and aD6 and I use a very unusual inversion of a G Maj7. Also a Bm7+4.. not the usual chords you find around the block, but it gives with so little constraints and that’s what I love about Trop Rock and Conch Rock music!  I’m working on one song now that’s influenced by “Quintette du Hot Club de France”, which was Django Reinhardt and Stefan Grappelli’s  French jazz swing band from the thirties, forties and early fifties. I’ll change it around a bit with feel and instrumentation. Maybe a clarinet/jazz violin/ and … steel drum. But there is just another example of the open blank pages waiting to be written in the genre. There are so many new, uncharted paths available and I’m going after them!

(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(KWCR) No doubt after I’m done I’ll think “How could I have forgotten So and So???” The Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead were major influences when I started playing guitar. To this day I play a lot of their songs. Frank Zappa was also an influence before and after that. Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, naturally! My folks used to listen to a lot of Martin Denny, so I had that influence early on, subconsciously even. Antonio Carlos Jobim and all the offshoots from Brazil that played his music were huge influences for me. The Band, Dylan, Miles Davis, James Taylor, Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Albert King.. The list goes on and on!

(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(KWCR) I did get to play with Dickey Betts, of Allman Brother’s fame; in 2004.That was a big thrill as he was always one of my guitar heroes. As I’m first and foremost a writer, for me it would be great to write with some people! Misty Loggins and I have plans, and there are superb writers within the genre as well. C.W. Colt is fantastic, as well as Howie, both of those guys are local too, so it’s convenient. Sunny Jim White is a word magician, Don Middlebrook, Swim Skinny, and John Friday all impress me too. I’ve always been a lone wolf as far as songwriting goes, so it would be a new adventure for me.

(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(KWCR) Here’s the thing about Key West and Barry Cuda put it best: Unlike most musicians who travel touring from gig to gig, in Key West, not only do you have the finest venues to play, but also, it’s the crowd that is doing the touring. Venue’s? Do they get any better than the Green Parrot, Smokin’ Tuna,The Hog’s Breath, Schooner Wharf, or The Hog Fish?  Of course the drawback is I miss out on the camaraderie that musicians share when playing events and consequently, I don’t get to know many Trop Rock artists personally. But the bottom line is I live in a town which is loaded with fantastic venues. Places that people who don’t live here, actually write songs about! HA HA! If I bubbled up and died tomorrow, my bucket list of venues to play has already been completed! I can check that one off.

(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(KWCR) I was playing a regular weekly bar gig in Key Largo in 1996. I got there early, set up and had about forty five minutes before I was scheduled to play, so I sat at the bar, had a beer and talked to a friend. It was about 4:30 and the regulars had already arrived. One guy, who had lost both hands in Viet Nam asked me “Hey Chris! When are you starting to play?” I smiled naturally and mentioned in about a half hour, then continued my conversation my friend at the bar. About five minutes later, the guy comes up to me with about twenty bucks that, unbeknownst to me, he collected from the other patrons at the bar, in his hook hands and said “Will you start playing now?” . I got all choked up, but within fifteen seconds, you better believe, I was off that bar stool and cranking out my first song! That ranks as my highest compliment I’d have to say. Bumping right there with that though, was being invited to the Key West Songwriter’s Festival the last two years. I am a BMI writer and have been published in Nashville for over a dozen years. This is basically a BMI/Nashville event, with about 140 Nashville based songwriters who are the ones writing so many of the songs you hear done by the stars. So to be invited is a distinct, very, very big honor. This year only four local writers were in the show.

(TRB)What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(KWCR) Facebook is certainly a great tool. I have both a regular page and a fan page. Search “Key West Chris” and you’ll find me there. I also write a blog called Key West Music and Happenings that covers both Music and what’s going on in Key West. It’s amazing all the hits I get from all over the world on that page. I also have my website, where we’re trying to cover some unbroken territory. With music downloads becoming the norm, consequently the listener no longer gets the information. Well, what I’m doing is putting art, lyrics, personnel, and a story behind how the song was written with every song on the website. Some songs even have the song with them.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/ChrisRehm09

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Key-West-Chris-Music/130142130370276

http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/

http://keywestchris.com/

 

Trop On!

 

Featured Artist Interview with Howard Livingston

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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – Howard Livingston

Howard Livingston

(TRB)Where are you based these days?
(HL) We live in the fabulous Florida Keys

(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(HL) We play many festivals and have concerts at several venues in the Keys and across the country.

(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(HL) Yes, we are just finishing our new CD project “Six Pack And A Tan” which will be released October 13th.

(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(HL) I all started when I started visiting the Keys and the Caribbean, I realized that I wanted to live in the tropics. It took a while but I left the corporate world and picked up my guitar. Best choice I ever made.

(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(HL) I have a ton of folks that have influenced me. Hank Williams, Elvis, The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Lyle Lovett, and the list goes on and on. I love all types of music and appreciate great songwriters.

(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(HL) I have been so very blessed to play with so many wonderful performers that it is difficult to say who would top the list of folks I have not played with. I would loved to have played with Bob Marley. I think he was probably a pretty cool dude.

(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(HL) I want to perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, so much history there.

(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(HL) That is a tough one because we have played at so many wonderful venues. If I had to decide on a couple it would be The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. This was the last show that Buddy Holly did and his signature is in the dressing room along with everyone you can imagine. Yes, I had to put my John Henry there too. Quite an honor. The second place would have to be a concert we did on an island in the Keys. We were on a house boat and a couple thousand of our friends brought their boats out and joined us. Impromptu moments are the best.

(TRB)What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(HL) You can reach us on Facebook “Howard Livingston and The Mile Marker 24 Band” and our website is www.milemarker24.com

 

Trop On!

 

Featured Artist Interview – Southern Drawl Band

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Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – Southern Drawl Band
(Nashville Mike Nash)

(TRB) Where are you based these days?
(SDB) We’re based in Knoxville, TN

(TRB) Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(SDB) We play every weekend somewhere, but not usually the same places. They can always find our schedule on FB.

(TRB) Do you have any current projects in the works?
(SDB) As a matter of fact, we just finished working on our special edition Trop Rock cd to be released in a few weeks (this one’s a suprise though, so keep it hush hush  We decided to do a Trop Rock only cd since we’re getting a lot of requests for more island music. We even brought in Tall Paul to co-sing/write on a track and Quincy Yates from Ramajay is playing steel pans. We’re very excited to get it out there special for our Trop Rock fans!

(TRB) What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(SDB) Jimmy Buffett of course! Plus I’ve always been inspired by the beach life and love of the water. I guess that’s where a lot of my writing points of view come from…the laid back and silly/not so serious side of life.

(TRB) And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(SDB) My influences are as vast as the Pacific Ocean. I started out playing Heavy Metal in the 80’s (Motley Crue, Metallica, Ozzy). Then progressed to Southern Rock/Classic Rock (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Black Crowes) Then I found Jimmy Buffett (I love Mac MacAnally’s style too) Recently (like the rest of the world) I’ve been really into what Zac Brown Band does. Not as much their radio hits, but their “b side” stuff…really great band. Also I’ve always loved Alabama (the band, NOT the football team!)

(TRB) Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(SDB) I would love to rock with Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett or even vocally with Sara McLachlan. I would love to sit in with the Coral Reefers sometime.

(TRB) What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(SDB) All of them! I’ve been fortunate to get to play a lot of amazing places along the way, but there’s no where I could say in particular other than every venue I can play!

(TRB) Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(SDB) So far I’d have to say opening for Eddie Money. He was such a great guy and awesome performer. He completely rocked the stage and the whole time we thought he was going to have a heart attack! We called him “sweaty Eddie” because he was wearing a white shirt (the gig was in FL) and he was completely covered head to toe in sweat…but he still rocked the stage!
A close second would be opening for Uncle Cracker. The guy was a complete arrogant douchebag. Backstage he was ranting about sound issues and that he was “too big for this venue”. I took offense to that because it was one of my regular venues and I happened to like playing there. He had everyone coming up and kissing his ass….just an arrogant prick. Anyway, our band got up and blew the doors off the place. So when we finished and walked off the stage, and as the crowd was screaming for us, I not so politely told him as I walked by him “top that mother****er”. You should have seen the look on that guys face! I’m not conceited and I don’t mean that to sound that way…I just really get a kick out of putting assholes in their place. There’s no place in music for arrogance.

(TRB) What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(SDB) Facebook of course! I don’t really promote myself/solo shows much anymore. I’ve put everything into the band. Just send them to our Facebook: www.facebook.com/southerndrawlband

 

Trop On!