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Tonight’s Schedule for KBEC Gulf Coast Cowboy Hour – 9-18-2013

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Gulf Coast Cowboy Hour!


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1 Coulda Shoulda Woulda / Geezy Joe And the Cheap And Easy Band
2 Stuck In Key West Again / Homemade Wine
3 Shrimpin’ and Skrimpin’ / Larry Joe Taylor
4 Call Me the Breeze / J.J. Cale
5 Key Largo / Bertie Higgins
6 Blue Water Bar & Grille / PHINS
7 Bama Breeze / Jimmy Buffett
8 Down In Belize / Jerry Jeff Walker
9 Sand In Her Shoes / Thom Shepherd
10 Home on the Gulf / Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef
11 Live Like Jimmy Buffett / Donny Brewer
12 She’s Like Texas / Josh Abbott Band
13 Magic Chair / John Reno & The Half-Fast Creekers


Hello and welcome back everyone!

This week we have a special featured interview on our mid-week vacation. Grab a Drink, a lawn chair, and some friends. Join us this week on Gulf Coast Cowboy. First up is Geezy Joe And the Cheap And Easy Band and “Coulda Shoulda Woulda” .  Then Homemade Wine with “Stuck In Key West Again”. Larry Joe Taylor is back with “Shrimpin’ and Skrimpin'”. J.J. Cale makes an appearance with “Call Me the Breeze”. Bertie Higgins joins in with “Key Largo”, and is followed by “Blue Water Bar & Grille” sung by PHINS. Guess who’s Back: it’s Jimmy Buffett with “Bama Breeze”. Up next is “Down In Belize” by Texas’ own Jerry Jeff Walker. “ Sand In Her Shoes ”  by Thom Shepherd follows. You’ve heard of home on the range, well how about  “Home on the Gulf ” with Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef . Donny Brewer even joins our posse with “Live Like Jimmy Buffett “. Josh Abbott Band also makes a return appearance with “She’s Like Texas ”. We end today’s rotation with John Reno & The Half-Fast Creekers everybody – and “ Magic Chair ” . If you would like to make a request or have any suggestions for artists please contact jp Thanks for tuning in with us, hope to see y’all next week!

Tonight on the Trop Rock Power Hour 9-17-2013

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Steve Tolliver
Colin Ward
Dani Hoy
Steve Hopper
Glen Mock and Tropical Dreamers
Kid Conch
Howard Livingston
John Friday
Coconut Radio
Jimi Pappas
Mike Broward
Key West Chris
Eric Stone
Swim Skinny
Jack Mosely
Mark Mulligan
Bry Harris and the Parrot Island Band
Don Middlebrook
Michael Miller
Mr. Myers Band
And as always Trop On!

Gulf Coast Cowboy Hour LIVE on KBEC 1390

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The Gulf Coast Cowboy Hour

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A celebration of making it halfway through another week!  Featuring songwriters and storytellers who have a tie to the Gulf of Mexico and long for a slower, quieter way of life without cell phones, computers, beepers, buzzers, and everyday worries.  Artists who will be featured include Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Howard Livingstone, Joe Ely, Kelly McGuire, Tommy Alverson, Sunny Jim, Jim Morris, the Boat Drunks, Don Middlebrook, the Tapwater Conchs, and any other artist we might find to celebrate the coastal life found on 642 miles of Texas shoreline!


Hello and welcome back everyone!

This week we have a special featured interview on our mid-week vacation. Grab a Drink, a lawn chair, and some friends. Join us this week on Gulf Coast Cowboy. A Regular on our circuit returns; it’s Jambo Joe Bones with “Bar On A Beach” .  Then Mark Mulligan makes a return with “Too Much Wishing Not Enough Fishing”. Our Featured Guest Dani Hoy sings “Drunk on Mallory Square”. Mark David Manders makes an appearance with “Frio River”. Texas Country and Gulf Coast Original Pat Green joins in with “Texas on My Mind”. Guess who’s Back: it’s Rob Mehl with “Waiting for Jimmy”, and is followed by “Sandy Beaches” by Delbert McClinton. “ Southwest Florida Pearl” is up next; by Sunny Jim. Now we’re “Knee Deep” with the Zac Brown Band . Don Middlebrook even joins our posse with “Wagon Wheel Gone Trop Rock “. Eric Stone also makes a return appearance and follows with “ Living It Up Down Under”. We end today’s rotation withthe legend; Bruce Springsteen everybody – and “ Born In the U.S.A” .

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Thanks for tuning in with us, hope to see y’all next week!


Quick Note From Dani Hoy

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It’s been a little while since I sent out a letter. Maybe that’s a good sign? The Summer has flown by, busy and crazy. Autumn is approaching and, happily, things are slowing down on the weekends. I’ve learned a lot this year about gigs and I’m going in a different direction next year, concentrating on events and concerts that will highlight my songs. I’ve written over 30 of them so I have plenty to play for you!

“Songs of Love & the Ocean” is doing very well having been released on August 22nd. I’m mailing out the pre-orders as quickly as I can and working on fulfilling the rewards for my Kickstarter folks. The CD Release party at the Big Owl Tiki Bar was a great success and I’m thinking the one at The Sandbox on September 14th is going to be a great time as well! I’ll be joined by Frankendread on percussion and Rudy Cox on bass. There is a a possibilty we will have a “celebrity chef” cooking for us and I’m excited about it! On September 15th we will have a brunch on The Deck on Perico Island just a short drive from The Sandbox. So, for $20 you get a night and a day of entertainment, my new CD, great food and a wonderful party! Get your tickets at this link!

This weekend I’m headed to Ohio for a house party at The No Name Yard on Sunday. Monday night I’ll be with Dennis King on Island Time Radio from 10pm-1am. Tune in for live music, songs from the CD and some giveaways.

At the end I head West for shows with Brian Fields in Albuquerque and then Sam Rainwater in Tempe in his backyard. Oh the tequila shots… &

Of course at the end of October I’m off to Key West for a week of music! I’ll be playing all over town between the last day of Fantasy Fest and the end of MOTM. I have lots of songwriter showcases and some other stuff in the works that will be coming together soon! Key West is my favorite place to be and where lots of great things happen for me. I wouldn’t miss Meeting of the Minds for the world!

Check out the links below to order your copy of “Songs of Love & the Ocean” if you haven’t gotten it already! Hope to see you down the road!

Hearts and waves,


One Particular Charlotte Harbor 6th Birthday Celebration

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One Particular Charlotte Harbor
6th Birthday Celebration

Labor Day Weekend 2013
Friday August 30
1:00-4:00    John Friday
4:00-7:00    Trop Rock Junkies
7:00-8:00    Capt Josh
8:00-11:00  Southern Drawl Band w/Dusty Barber

Saturday August 31
11:00-2:00    Capt Josh
  2:00-5:00    Wes Loper
  5:00-8:00    Jack Mosley Band
  8:00-8:30    John Friday
  8:30-11:30  Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef w/Sunny Jim

Sunday September 1

Sunny Jim’s Songwriters Showcase

Sunny Jim
Jerry Diaz
Capt Josh
Jack Mosley
John Friday
Michael Weiss
Paul Roush
Steve Tolliver

Wes Loper

The entire event will be broadcast LIVE
on Songwriters Island Radio

Jimmy Buffett’s mellow ‘Songs From St. Somewhere’ includes Mardi Gras gem

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I have a new goal in life, thanks to Jimmy Buffett: I want to spend so much time drifting from one island paradise to another that I get completely careless about which one I’m actually on. “Where are you?” folks back home will ask when I take their calls. “Ahh, Saint somewhere-or-other,” I’ll reply, fiddling with the umbrella in my cocktail.

The tropical troubadour’s brand-new album is “Songs From St. Somewhere,” and if that sounds a bit jaded, the Gulf Coast native takes pains in his liner notes to explain otherwise. He gives credit to St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies as one of the sites where recording took place. And he explains that St. Somewhere is more a state of mind. “St. Somewhere is not a place you can get to by consulting your GPS or going on Google Earth … Music is the compass that charts your course to this imaginary rock,” he writes.

Still, when you can’t even come up with a real fictional name for your imaginary rock, you’re pretty mellow. And this is, even for Buffett, a relaxed album. His vocal approach is so easygoing that on some tracks it sounds more like spoken-word storytelling set to music than singing.

But he does invest himself in the stories, and they’re what stand out about this particular collection. A classic Cadillac and the circus performer who loved it? The ne’er do-well who steals a car from a Russian mobster? This is enjoyably weird stuff.

Buffett visits all his favorite ports of call, as he’s surely entitled to do at this point in his career. Want some jokey near-novelty songs? Here’s “Too Drunk to Karaoke,” with Toby Keith, and “Einstein Was a Surfer.”

Want to travel vicariously to some exotic locales? Cue up “Rue De La Guitare” or “I Want to Go Back to Cartagena.” Want some of those philosophical numbers where he arcs from his beach-bum image to metaphysical musings? Turn to “Somethin’ Bout a Boat” or “Tides” or “Colour of the Sun,” or check in with the “Oldest Surfer on the Beach.” (The last features guitar ace Mark Knopfler.)

In the middle of it all is “I’m No Russian,” an epic about a joyride in a borrowed Lamborghini. The real marvel isn’t that the references to drone warfare, the assassination of a Russian expatriate in England and the forcible suppression of a female Moscow punk band are all so completely facetious: it’s the song’s six-and-a-half minute runtime and Buffett’s funky willingness to delve deep into a shallow scenario.

A couple of notes on local flavor:

Firstly, Mobilian Will Kimbrough, who has worked with Buffett in the past, is featured as an “honorary Coral Reefer.” He’s credited as co-writer on “I Want to Go Back to Cartagena” and “The Rocket That Grandpa Rode,” and Buffett also includes a cover of his “Soulfully.”

Secondly, the rest of the world might miss this, but Mobile-area listeners won’t: In “Serpentine,” the pirate sings with considerable heart about the impact that Carnival season had on his formative years.

Beads and confetti were littering the air

When the Queen looked at me with her Ava Gardner stare

Though tomorrow would bring ashes and penance by the ton

Mardi Gras’s where I learned to have fun

There’s a flambeaux man with a gold earring

And the cold north wind smells like kerosene

I’m still in love with the Carnival Queen

Still want to wrap her in Serpentine

Like much of “Songs From St. Somewhere,” it’s on the mellow side. You couldn’t second-line to it. But I’ll bet you could slow-dance to it. And I’ll be that here in Mobile, at least, people will.

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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.

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Clay musician finalist in national songwriting contest

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After years of writing and performing rap music in the 1990s, a Clay County singer-songwriter found a positive outlet in a genre completely opposite of rap.

Twenty years later, Michael Williams has found success in tropical rock or troprock, a blend of rock and roll, country, reggae and Caribbean music.

“In the 90s, I was a struggling rap artist in a band,” Williams said. “I felt rap had a negative vibe and now I want something upbeat.”

The 41-year old Green Cove Springs native entered a nationwide songwriting contest. Until Sept. 15, the public can vote for one of three original “tropical rock” songs including Michael Williams’ own “Balmy Palms (In an Island Song).”

“I spend a lot of time at the beach and I like the vibe,” Williams said, who will turn 42 this month. “It’s positive and upbeat. It’s feel good music.”

For at least 20 years, Williams has worked full time jobs while pursuing musical aspirations in his spare time. Entering the lifestyle clothing brand Balmy Palms’ songwriting contest gave him a deadline to complete a song and gain recognition.

“I’ve wanted to record an album in the studio but this challenge made me want to speed up the process,” Williams said. “Before the day was over, I was humming the melody during work.”

Within the next few days, the lyrics and melody were roughly complete. Strumming on the acoustic guitar, Williams produced a song appropriate for a genre of music made popular by Jimmy Buffet, arguably the most well-known trop-rock singer and musician. “It’s like you’re living in an island,” Williams said. “I’m always thinking of the beach and island vibe.”

Williams recorded “Balmy Palms” at The Music Factory in St. Augustine with producer and bassist Harley Hallett and drummer Gary Anderson. “When you play the role of producer, you make suggestions to the artist about where things should fit,” Hallett said, who co-owns The Music Factory with his wife Shery. “I suggested where to put the steel drums, what the drums should sound like and the pace of the song. We definitely collaborated.”

From the start “Balmy Palms” has a driving beat and is faster than the other two songs. Williams bought a steel drum and learned to play it, giving the song a flavor of Key West in the measures between vocal lyrics.

“It’s different when you’re at the beach,” Williams said. “That’s why I listen to tropical artists. I feel like I’m there when I listen to trop-rock.”

One of the competing artists, Don Middlebrook, is considered to be one of the founding fathers of trop-rock music. For more than 25 years, he has played more than 150 tour dates each year across the country. Middlebrook has toured with Greg ‘Fingers’ Taylor and opened for Reba McEntire, The Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oates, Jefferson Starship, Meatloaf, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The third competitor is singer-songwriter Bry Harris, leader of the Parrot Island Band, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Harris and his band have recorded one CD and been nominated three times as Trop Rock Duo or Trio of the Year by Margarita Mafia, a community of artists, DJs, and music enthusiasts obsessed with working to promote the musical sub-genre.

“His song is more upbeat,” Hallett said. “The pace is so quick and it gets the message across quickly.”

All three trop-rock songs can be heard and voted on at

Original Article

By Sarah Wakefield Rosser

Staff Writer at Clay Today

Featured Artist – Brittany Kingery

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Brittany Kingery – Featured Artist

It’s about the beach. It’s about the people. It’s about the language. And it’s about the music.

Edge of the Ocean, the debut solo recording of the Olympia, Washington based vocalist Brittany Kingery, is about all that and more. The album will pick you up by your ears and transport you to Mexico’s Pacific coast for an audio vacation with its tropical and Latin-flavored acoustic sounds and its picturesque lyrics about life at the edge of the ocean.

BrittanyKingeryBrittany and her supporting cast, vocalist Derek Harris and vocalist-songwriter Rob Morgan Hill of Game Six, have all adopted the Riviera Nayarit, a sunny coastal stretch North of Puerto Vallarta, as a vacation home away from home, and have been performing periodically in the area since the release of Game Six’s 2009 recording “God, Love and Mexico”. Brittany is slated to release “Edge of the Ocean” with a headlining performance at the 7th Annual Festival de San Patricio (St. Patrick’s Day Festival) in Bucerias, Nayarit, an event fast becoming the the largest and loudest celebration of the day South of the border. The official release party will be followed by performances in other cities in the Jalisco-Nayarit states of Mexico followed by a US release party and concert in her home town of Olympia, Washington on May 3.

“There’s nothing I enjoy more than singing and no place I enjoy more than the Mexico coast”, says Brittany. “So it’s very satisfying and exciting to be able to celebrate the release of this recording in Mexico.”

Brittany and her record company are taking their commitment to the area one step farther. All of the proceeds from sales of the disc in Mexico and a portion of sales and downloads elsewhere are being donated to Mexico-based charities. Brittany says the charities are being selected in part by the event promoters and in part selected by her and Exit 104 Records.

“Even though I am just a visitor, I feel a very strong connection to the area and want to be involved in the community,” says Brittany, who hopes one day to live in Mexico, at least part time. “We want to support the people there who are doing the important work of providing housing and education to underprivileged kids and improving the quality of life and economic opportunities for families.”

Raised in the rural Washington town of McCleary, in Grays Harbor County, Brittany received musical training as a child as a drummer but did not start singing publicly until adulthood. After studying music and performance art at Grays Harbor Community College in Aberdeen, she left home for New York City, where she completed her college education and musical performance training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan.

Not long after returning home from college, Brittany was introduced to Rob and Derek, who were then performing regularly as “Campfire Karaoke,” a performance in which amateur singers would perform with live accompaniment. After a couple of years, the trio took a year-long break from live performance to record “God, Love and Mexico”, an album on which Brittany played a supporting role.”

“We were always thinking in the back of our minds that Brittany was ultimately a solo performer rather than just one member of a trio,” says Rob. “After we did that record, we started noticing that the people coming out to hear us play live were mostly coming to see her. And we’ve been evolving since then, to the point that today, Britt sings lead on most of our songs. When Derek or I is singing lead, it’s usually just to give her voice a rest.”

Of the eight songs included in Edge of the Ocean, Brittany sings or shares the lead vocal on all but “Shamrock Bar”, a song imported from “God, Love and Mexico” and one of a few songs on the CD about the coastal village of Bucerias, the unlikely location of an Irish pub. (The pub, the song, and its YouTube video have all become icons in Bucerias.)

Although she speaks very little Spanish, Brittany sings two songs in mixed Spanish and English and two entirely in Spanish on “Edge of the Ocean”, including a hypnotizing, lullaby-ish interpretation of “Cielito Lindo”, perhaps Mexico’s most beloved traditional song, typically played in a ranchera or Mariachi style. Brittany says she was nervous about the challenge of recording the song.

“I am in love with the song,” she says, “and I hope that my interpretation of it calls attention to just how beautiful it is. But, for sure, it is a little bit scary to be singing a song that is so revered in Mexico, in a way that it is not typically heard, in a language I don’t speak.”

Brittany says she had Spanish coaches with her in the studio for the recordings of “Cielito Lindo” and “El Amor de mi Vida”, the other Spanish language song on the album.

“I told them not to let me get away with anything,” she recalls. “I love singing in Spanish, so it’s really important to me to get it right, not just as an artist, but as a matter of respect for the language and the song.”


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Cast Your Votes – Trop Rock Music Association

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It’s time to select the Nominees for the 6th Annual Trop Rock Music Awards!


With so many Artists, Radio Stations, and Events to choose from, it won’t be easy to make your selections, so make sure you’ve given yourself plenty of time!




FINAL BALLOTS will be emailed on August 15th.


For a complete explaination of the voting process go to and click the “Music Awards” tab.



Thanks for being part of Trop Rock’s future!


Good luck, everyone!


We hope to see you at the Trop Rock Music Awards in October.


The Trop Rock Music Association