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Featured Artist – Loren Davidson

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As an “escape artist,” Loren’s art inspires and encourages people to escape from whatever is bringing stress and distress to their life – job, traffic, rude people and frightening headlines – by helping them imagine life as it could be, sitting on a warm beach with a cold drink, even if only for a little while. Seen from this perspective, the problems of the moment don’t seem so bad anymore.

Loren’s fourth and current album, Island Standard Time, was released in November 2010 by Renaissance Island Music. Produced by Kevin Johnston, this album is already on several “best of” lists, and his song “Worst Day Sailing” was named to the all-time Trop Rock Top 40 on BeachFront Radio in May, 2011. The ten original songs on this album will take your escape to a whole new latitude!

Loren performs regularly in and around the San Francisco Bay area, at county fairs, art & wine festivals, yacht harbors, tiki bars, wineries, coffeehouses, and house concerts. He has also performed in other locations around the country including Los Angeles, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Key West.

Loren currently lives, works, and plays in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Great Article from Examiner.com

Grab your favorite boat drink and get ready to live on “Island Standard Time” with the latest release from Trop Rock crooner Loren Davidson. His likeable style, a cool a mix of contemporary folk and acoustic music with a good splash of tropical attitude, takes you on a virtual tropical vacation no matter what the season or where you actually are.

“Island Standard Time,” contains ten new original songs about enjoying life in a laid back way that makes him a popular choice of island loving Parrot Heads and Trop Rock fans everywhere. Loren sings about work, life, Mondays, the beach, sailing, and love …in other words…enjoying living life on “Island Standard Time.”

This CD is appropriately named because this is exactly how Loren lives. Making his home on the ‘left coast,’ near sunny San Francisco, CA. Loren pegs himself as ‘an escape artist’ as he entertains audiences with his engaging performance that gives folks a chance to escape for a few hours from their everyday stress and routines.

Every song on the new CD immediately transports you to a scenario that is played out in your daydreams and memories of time spent with good friends, in happy tropical places, with your favorite boat drink…just living on ”Island Standard Time.’

My personal favorite, “Beach Front Day”, where waves wash my cares away, is a salute to the ever popular need to take a mental day and head for your favorite shore! Loren actually wrote this song for the crew at Beach Front Radio, recently voted Trop Rock Radio Station of the Year at theAnnual Trop Rock Music Awards.

I really like the title track, “Island Standard Time” as well. I particularly like the story behind Loren’s inspiration for the track. Loren says he was inspired by a friend who told him that we need to remember what’s important. The sun rises in the morning and sets at night…and everything else is relative! Pretty profound, huh? Loren also received a watch as a gift that contained some sand and a piece of slate with the word ‘Now” written on it. So Loren’s inspiration is simple: It’s always now and we’re always here…and it’s always Island Standard Time…at least between our ears.

I could go on and on about Loren’s new CD about palm trees, pirates, parrots and boat drinks. It’s a virtual vacation where you can “dress down” for that island vacation you never seem to get around to taking or that you’re looking forward to next month.. It’s about a chance to make friends and hang out with people who know how to have a good time and aren’t afraid to live life on“Island Standard Time.”

Check out Loren’s video on the left of this article to get you in the island mood. You can buy “Island Standard Time here! I proudly salute Loren’s new CD and give it 5 out of 5 coconuts!

ALSO, due to release his Newly Designed Website designed by Coconut Networx this week.

Featured Artist – Hugo Duarte

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Like good Cuban food, Hugo’s music is a combination of a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lot of down-to-earth ingredients that come together in an adventure of the senses. You can’t really describe it; you just have to try it in order to understand and appreciate the flavors and subtleties of whatever it is that you’ve just been presented.”

Such are the elements of this remarkably talented Singer/songwriter/storyteller. Duarte blends of a bit of Country, a pinch of Bluegrass, a handful of Southern rock, a cup or two of Blues, a dash of Island music, occasionally sprinkled with some American history, or tales of the sea, to form an eclectic style that doesn’t fit into the traditional definitions of the Rock and Roll world, the Tropic/Island sound, Blues, Country or any other particular genre.

Born of Cuban, Chinese, and Scotts-Irish ancestry, Duarte’s music is as diverse as his origins. His early childhood years were spent in Tigerville, South Carolina, an extremely small community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was there he came to understand the basics of life in that close-knit, rural community where life was simple, where everyone’s parents parented everyone else’s kids, and music and song were an integral part of everyday life.

Somewhere along the line, Hugo’s family moved to North Carolina where Duarte’s musical influences drifted away from the native Bluegrass and traditional country music that had been so much a part of his life and began to take a new direction. He began to focus on the Allman Brothers, the Marshall Tucker Band, Poco, the Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pure Prairie League, the Outlaws, Loggins and Messina, and many others. And that focus didn’t stop there. It also included Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Led Zeppelin, Glen Miller, John Phillip Sousa, Aaron Copeland, and other equally divergent styles.

A defining moment in Duarte’s young life occurred when his long-time friend, Darrell Stafford, loaned him a guitar; an old Stella that had once belonged to Stafford’s grandmother. At a formative time in a boy’s life, when dreams take root, when idealism is at its strongest, when words and melodies trigger the search for self, the loan of that old Stella marked a pivotal point on the compass in Hugo’s young heart and mind.

Visualize a 14 year old boy, with that loaned Stella, sitting by the radio or dropping LPs onto a turntable and teaching himself to play along. This is the point where Hugo began developing his own brand of music, a style he dubbed “country music” because it wasn’t that big a departure from what he’d grown up with. It was also during this time period that Hugo wrote his first song called “Dance For Me”, a song about a ballerina.

As Duarte continued to develop his music skills using various music styles as his guide, whether it was Soul, Country, Beach music, Rock ‘n Roll, Classical, a unique blend emerged and began to meld together into his brand of “All Music”. Hence the origins of Hugo’s eclectic style… a style that really began to surface while at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Growing increasingly serious about his music, Duarte left college and began playing clubs in Charlotte, North Carolina and then on the road in places like the ‘Tween Waters Inn in Captiva, Florida and Crow’s Nest in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It wasn’t long before he realized he could make a living doing what he loved the best.

A few years later as he drifted down that music highway playing gigs with his ever expanding group, The Full Sail Band, he found himself as far south in the US as one can go. Searching for a connection to his Cuban heritage, he arrived in the Florida Keys and fell immediately in love with the area.Hugo and The Full Sail Band strummed and sang at Rick’s, Sloppy Joes, the Hog’s Breath Saloon, Turtle Kraals, The Bull, The Top, and Casa Marina. Name it, Key West fans, and he’s most likely played there.

It was in those early Key West years that Hugo met and developed a professional friendship with the Calypso Poet, Jimmy Buffett. Over the years Buffett would call or stop by when he was in town, often sitting in with Hugo and the band. They occasionally shared the stage at a locally owned bar called Del Rios, which today is the site of the original Margaritaville Bar and Restaurant.

Sometimes other friend-musicians stopped by as well. Anyone happen to be there on New Year’s Eve when Hugo Duarte and The Full Sail Band made room on stage for Jimmy Buffett, Steve Winwood, and Steve Cropper. Other Key West on-stage collaborations have included the likes of Sam Clayton, Russ Kunkel, Billy Dean, Fingers Taylor, Michael Utley, Robert Greenidge, and Larry Michael Lee. Larry Michael Lee is also the producer of Hugo’s CDs, Another Day In ParadisePlaces Along the Road, and Don’t Be Fooled By The Hat.

Yes, Hugo Duarte’s music is unique. It demands something of the listener, especially if the listener really wants to “get it”. Yes, you can put it on in the background and it will sound great, or you can choose to listen closely and that’s when a door to a truly unique awareness really begins to open.

So……Why settle for standing outside and peering through the window? Open that door and step inside…really inside, where you will hear, see, and feel the magic.

All Information is from Hugo’s website: HugoDuarte.com

Featured Artist of the Week – Michael J Weiss

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Michael J Weiss is a Florida-born musician best known for his live performances that feature instantly-memorable original songs paired with an entertaining mix of well-known and surprising cover tunes that span nearly every decade and genre. Michael is the embodiment of the singer/songwriter. His combination of engaging storytelling, powerful vocals, versatile guitar and stellar songwriting, make him truly unique and memorable. He seems equally at home in a concert environment singing one of his beautiful ballads as he does in a raucous bar with patrons screaming “Wilma!” (one of his most popular live songs). His ability as a musician combined with an engaging and interactive entertaining style make him an instant crowd favorite. If you can’t have a good time at one of Michael’s shows, you might not be able to have a good time! Michael plays hundreds of shows every year as a solo act and with a number of talented musicians.

Michael currently has five albums, “One Take Live,” “Songs & Stories,” “Gonna Be A Good Day,” “Live in Your Living Room” and “Paradise For Me.” The two most recent albums were a way of capturing Michael’s live show. “Songs & Stories” is a live solo album that captures exactly what it is that makes Michael unique, including stories behind the songs and audience interaction. “One Take Live” features brand new songs along with new versions of some favorites performed as a full trio with Michael J Petrantoni and Jeff Rubin. Both of these albums were unedited, unadulterated and uncut. They offer a real representation of Michael’s song All albums are available in hard copy and online through iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and other online merchants.

 

What Others Are Saying:

“I knew right away after hearing Michael perform for the first time that I wanted him to be part of our film “The United States of Autism.” It is often rare that you come across a musician with such a unique style and big heart. He connects with the crowd in a positive and intimate way. His original works are strong in meaning yet still retain his postive personal touch. I am looking forward to more and more music from Michael J Weiss”

– Dan Sokola, Executive Producer,
       The United States of Autism
(usofautism.com)



“To craft a song that will move an audience is one thing… to do that and entertain them at the same time is something totally different. Michael Weiss has a way of hitting you from all angles while staying true to his easy going personality. His music stretches both ends of the spectrum from light and humorous tunes like “Dear Wilma” and “Waffle House” to more deep and hard hitting pieces like “Knowing Smile,” “Little Bit of You” and “Smile On.” Still I find myself in a relaxed frame of mind regardless of the material at hand. Always a smile, always entertaining and always on top of his game.”

– John Kelly, Owner,
Hideaway Studio & Cafe
(hideawaycafe.biz)


Michael J Weiss brings a breath of fresh air to the music scene. His unique gift of superb and witty storytelling is evident in Michael’s original music as well as his ability to entertain his audience while on stage. His strong vocals and guitar skill paired with his masterful songwriting, allows Michael to bring the complete package and give his all to every performance. Michael has the uncanny ability to read his audience and engage them from start to finish knowing just when to step it up from soft love ballad to his more humorous sing-a-long fan favorites.

Always a pleasure to work with, Michael is sure to enjoy a long and successful career as he gains popularity daily. I’m looking forward to more and more from Michael J Weiss!!

– Shurl Gates, Owner
Gates Music Management
(GatesMusicManagement.com)


“Michael J Weiss is a great young talent! It’s so refreshing to hear a new voice on the music scene that, instead of making you want to kick a puppy dog like most of today’s music, makes you want to take the furry guy down to the beach.”

– DJ Jeff Allen, Beachfront Radio (BeachFrontRadio.com)


“Michael is a singer/songwriter just coming into his own and has been performing a mix of cover tunes and original music. Dove-tailed with his storytelling, he keeps the crowd enthusiastic and listening. Quickly becoming a popular and sought-after local musician. A true awesome performer, not to be missed.”

– Jim Tizzano, Owner (BackstageMusicEntertainment.com)

Story Copy from Michael’s Website

Featured Artist of the Week – Harbor Knights

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Harbor Knights

(TPM) Hi Dave, We are looking forward to seeing you here in SW FL. You are new to many of us, how do you describe your music?A fun enthusiastic mix of anecdotal mischief with a Classic Rock/Trop Rock feel. If it’s not fun music, we won’t do it. Sometimes the people that hire us want a lot of Buffett, sometimes they want Classic Rock, and sometimes they want Originals, it all depends on who we’re playing for. (TPM) IF MORE THEN 1 MEMBER PLEASE INTRODUCE THEM We are a three piece band right now: Myself, Jim (Mr. Jimmy) Scriven, and Bill (Billy Mon) Moran will be the line up for our little vacation/ South Florida Mini Tour. Then Jim will be leaving the band. He is retiring down in Punta Gorda to live the good life and pursue his dreams. He is a founding member and has been with the band from the very beginning. He’ll will be missed. He’ll be replaced by Kris Buryta; we don’t have a nickname for him yet, but we will soon. (TPM) Where are you based? We are based in Western New York State, Chautauqua Lake Region.

(TPM) How did you end up performing in SW Florida?I must give credit where credit is due: Steve & Debbie Johnson are two of your biggest fan/advocates and are known well through out the Trop Rock circles. A year ago they “convinced” Nancy Kirk at the Nav-A-Gator to give us a try and the gig went great. So we’ll be back there this year on March 15th as part of our Farewell to Mr. Jimmy Mini Tour. They also helped us with a show for the Charlotte Harbor Parrotthead Club. “Thanks to them both”

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We do as many Originals songs as we can get away with and still keep the crowd in the fun zone.

TPM) How long has the band been together? band been together? I guess we’ve been playing for about five years now. I don’t remember for sure, but it’s been a long time (longer than most bands I hear). (TPM) (TPM) Do you have original music or mostly covers? We do as many Originals songs as we can get away with and still keep the crowd in the fun zone. (TPM) You have an interesting name Harbour Knights, what is the story behind it? My wife, Charlene, came up with the name. When Jim and I first got together, we were planning to market ourselves as a Jimmy Buffett Cover Band. We had a whole list of names that just didn’t seem to convey the right idea. It was getting down to print time for our first posters and we still hadn’t decided yet. That’s when my wife said “Harbor Nights. We live here by Lake Eire and you’re out all night”. Then a light in my head went off and I thought “Sure we’ll spell Harbor like Buffett does (Harbour) and make a play on the word Night. Thus. Harbour Knights”. I’m glad we did; the spelling is unique enough that when you Google it, we’re actually the first thing you find.

 

(TPM) Do you travel much?? As much as it takes to keep this crazy thing we do going to the next Tiki bar. That old adage “Have guitar will travel” fits now more than ever. I’m going to become a snowbird for the first time this year and I hope to expand the musical adventure to the tropics for five months out of the year.

(TPM) What do you do in your down time? CATCH FISH!! CEAN FISH!! EAT

(TPM)TPM) Do you have a CD out? If so what inspired it? 2009, “Everything’s Alright” featuring twelve new original songs. 2010, “Pink Fingernails” with the single “The Lawn Chair Song” and the title track “Pink Fingernails”, inspired by a friends battle with Breast Cancer.

(TPM) What is your favorite part of being a performer? I’d have to say meeting new friends and playing for old ones. I feel very fortunate to be able to play and sing my songs and have them appreciated. Life is Good!

 

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Featured Artist of the Week – Young Rebel Goombas

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Young Rebel Goombas hail from Long Island, New York. Tropical rockers, their sound is not so easily pigeon-holed. Each member brings a rich and varied musical background to create the luscious Goomba sound.

Richie Saccente plays guitar and shares lead vocals with his cousin Cosmo Mallardi, who also plays bass guitar. Brian “Uncle Bee” Johnson sings backup vocals and shares percussion duties with Randy Knudsen, also on vocals. Kevin McCann plays guitar and sings backup. Special guests on their debut album include Richie Cannata (sax player for Billy Joel, Elton John, The Beach Boys, etc.) and Bob Cassera on trombone.

Filmmaker Jake Gorst first met Saccente as a student in his guitar studio. Over the years they have worked on many projects together. For the Young Rebel Goomba album, Gorst assisted the band in the production of the CD.

Goomba means family. Like a big family, they share songwriting duties, and sometimes they bring friends into the mix. Gorst wrote lyrics for “Feather,” “Cajun Band,” “Summer Whine,” and “You Must Love Me.” Mallardi penned “All Day” and “Daydream Smile.” Bob Seng, who wrote for trop-rockers The Mangos, contributed “Library Book.” Saccente was responsible for the rest. Saccente attributes most of his success as a musician to his affinity for Duane Allman and Dicky Betts. Young Rebel Goombas even brought their family members into the studio to sing on “Sing-A-Long.”

Knudsen and Johnson have been playing together for approximately 15 years. It is safe to say each knows what the other is going to do musically even before he does it. This is why their set up really works with the two percussionists. The easiest way to describe their roles is the following: Knudsen has the hand drums and Johnson has the percussion instruments played with sticks, but along with that they split up a drum set, as well. Knudsen sits and plays which allows him to include a bass drum in his rig. Johnson incorporates the hi-hat and snare drum, and both have a multitude of cymbals in each of their set ups. This allows the band to have a fuller sound, like having a drum set and two percussionists with only two players. The interesting thing is they don’t step on each other musically, each having his specific role as percussionists.

The percussion Goombas are a bit comical because when they are playing together, they are having a great time. They poke fun at one another only because they are all enjoying what they are putting together on stage. The audience picks up on it at times and will feed off of it. If the Goombas are having a good time, their audience does the same.

Mallardi, Saccente, and Gorst received an Emmy® award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2007 for composing and arranging the soundtrack for the PBS documentary Farmboy.

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Featured Artist of the Week – Key West Chris

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Chris Rehm started actively writing songs in 1996, with his song “Titusville!” having dabbled in the process in the years prior. At this point he was playing with a Country band in Miami “The Chubby’s Bar B. Qued Band”, which played around what today is the Pincrest – Homestead area of southern Miami-Dade County, in southern Florida. In 2000, six of his songs were picked up by McClure and Trowbridge Publishing Nashville at which point, he became a BMI associated writer. Chris’s unique style combines sophisticated chords in a non-sophisticated format. His passion is blazing new trails, in an easy to listen to format of songwriting. It’s a very unique, yet easily acceptable style of writing.

In 2001, expanding his songwriting horizons and reach, he formed a Blues band, “Chris Rehm and The Rabble Rousers”, focusing on the Harley-Davidson market. In this idiom, his focus was on both motorcycles themselves, as well as the Biker life-style. With songs such as “Fat Boy”, “Electra Glide”, “Sportster”, “Road King”, The Rabble Rousers were quite popular, not only with the Biker crowd, but also with those who appreciated a progressive direction they were taking the Blues to. So much so, that they were invited to play the main stage at the 2002 Sound Advice Ft. Lauderdale Blues Festival.

At the same time, Chris Rehm never lost touch with the acoustic based singer/songwriter that he is. Throughout his time playing with the electric based Rabble Rousers, he always continuously played solo acoustic gigs. As he puts it, “As a writer, it was so refreshing working in two, very diverse medians. If I was writing something in the acoustic median and it stalled, I’d flip over to the electric Blues thing and everything was fresh, once again! It was akin to shifting into another gear. Needless to say, it worked visa-versa as well.” Chris writes in Country, Blues, Rock, and Bosa Nova styles.

In 2008, Chris moved to Key West, a place he’s always dreamed of living. His words say it best: “I appreciate all I’ve done and that has been awarded to me and I have no regrets whatsoever, about anything from the past.” He says with an easy smile. “However, I kind of wish I moved here years ago! I love this town and have no intentions of ever leaving!” Chris is a believer that there are certain geographic regions which stimulate the arts and creativity, more than others and Key West is one of them. “Here, sometimes the ideas come so quickly you can’t take them all in.” He may have something here. We know of a few writers over the years that felt the same way. Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams are two that come to mind. There really must be something in the air down there.

Featured Artist of the Week – Swim Skinny

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A Note from Swim Skinny

I was recently asked to be interviewed for a book being written about Trop Rock singer/songwriters and their music…I was asked to talk about my background and where some of my songs originated…this is what I had to say!!

 

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My life as a nationally recognized “Trop Rocker” began with a simple song….

 

“Hippy Farm” – This is the song that penned the name “Swim Skinny” and tagged me with it for life. Hippy Farm is a song about the transition from my childhood living “hippie” in rural Midwest communities to my suburbanite life as an adult in Indiana. It talks about how we “used to swim skinny in the hippy pond on the hippy farm”. After singing the song for crowds at shows throughout the Midwest, people would yell out to me on stage upon my return…”play that ‘swim skinny’ song”… Eventually it grew into a trademark song and the name alone has made me famous…Swim Skinny. The song remains the pivotal point of my music career, taking me from local singer/songwriter to national performer. The song is plainly about missing the simplicity of my youth as a hippie kid.

 

“Drunken Parrothead Blues” – Upon gaining regional notoriety under the name “Swim Skinny” as an acoustic performer and singer/songwriter, crowds began to grow as did my reputation for having FUN on stage (and selling lots of booze). Requests for me to play were pouring in from lakeside bars and island party events around the lakes of Indiana where I grew up. So, on the weekends I’d pack up the kids for the weekend, go to our tiny cabin on Lake Freeman, and I’d make some extra cash playing music in the evenings. One particular party I was invited to play was this annual Jimmy Buffett gathering at a bar near my hometown the week after Jimmy played in Indianapolis. Having been a fan for years, but never having seen a live Buffett show, I decided to get tickets and take my oldest son…he was 16. The week prior to the concert I was putting together my stuff for the parrothead party back home – people often brought gifts and I would display them on stage with me – and one of the items was this parrot I was trying to mount on my mic-stand. The problem was, everytime I’d move, the parrot would fall upside down hanging from the stand…staring right back at me. After a few times trying to fix the problem, the parrot fell upside down AGAIN and found it’s final resting place. My guitar was sitting there and with a big grin on my face I strummed a chord and said “like a drunken parrot hanging upside down, I’ve got my tail in the air and my beak on the ground”. By the time I made it to the Buffett concert and party on Lake Shafer, I had written the song “Drunken Parrothead Blues”. I played it at the party 3 times by request over the course of the 7 hour show. The song was video taped and released on YouTube and I quickly became a part of the Parrothead nation. A video with pictures portraying the lyrics was later released, solidifying “Swim Skinny” as a household name in the minds of parrotheads worldwide. The song talks about the debaucheries of a day following a Buffett concert and depicts the likes of my own brother crawling from my hammock by the lake after a much-too-wild night with friends.

 

“My Banana” – After being recognized as a ‘Trop Rocker’ by my fans, a term I didn’t know at the time, many of my other water-based party tunes began to be noticed…at which time the making of a CD arose. In collecting my original songs that fit the genre bill, I found myself writing more along those lines and people started labeling me as “tropical” and other similar terms. One night while answering my then hundreds of weekly emails, I was surprised by a chat box opening a conversation with an old high school girl friend…we were talking of meeting some day on a boat in the islands where we’d co-habitate, her braiding hair and me playing guitar. At the same time my youngest son, who was 14 at the time, was laying next to me in bed playing his new ukulele. Noticing the email that was on the screen at the time, and partially blocked by the chat box, my son looked at me and said out loud….”Dad look, she likes your banana”. Behind the chat box was an email where the sender had written…”Dear Swim Skinny, I like your Banana Republic style of music…”. As my son read the message to me, the chat box covered the words “Republic style of music…” leaving only the words “Dear Swim Skinny, I like your Banana” to be seen by my son. Needless to say we laid there with his uke and wrote my most popular and most requested song to date….”My Banana”.

 

“I’m Alive” – Over the course of my adult life, I have had great success and great challenges. I’ve been married twice, I have three children, and I am now single raising my two younger children at our very small lake cabin. I have accumulated great wealth, for a ‘hippie kid’, and have walked away from it all to gain inner peace. The choices and decisions have been hard at times, sometimes even putting me through what many would call a ‘living hell’. However, I have always remained positive and have tried not to count my loss…which has been tough…at least it was until just a year or so ago. In the midst of some of my hardest times, reminders of how fragile life is have crossed my path helping keep my mind clear and focused on living life free of false truths and drama. A couple years ago a close friend’s son was diagnosed with cancer at age 17 and pulled through after huge fights with the disease. At the same time another friend, acquaintance, and fellow trop rocker Troy Allan faught cancer eventually losing his battle at the end of last year…BUT, not before inspiring me and SO many others to live life to it’s fullest and to be thankful we are alive. With Troy on my mind and hope for my new freedom, I wrote “I’m Alive” as an anthem for my life. In the first verse I reference my relationship with someone very close to me when saying “you put your hands upon my chest and rescued me from cardiac arrest”….it describes also my relationship with God and the impact Troy has had on me. In the second verse I am talking to the many fans who have written me saying they wish they could be ‘more like me’ when I say…”sometimes you gotta close your eyes to see, reach down pull something out and show the world what you’re all about, raise your hands, raise ’em high, touch the clouds and feel the sky…say I’m alive and I’m free, there ain’t no place I’d rather be…’cause I’m alive”. If only my fans knew for themselves what it is that has brought me to this point in my life, maybe then they too would feel more ALIVE!! This song says it all for me….where I’ve been, where I am, and where I want to be.

 

“I’m Alive” is one of my favorite tunes from the new Swim Skinny double disc project that is to be released this summer titled “Naked & Wet”. The “Naked” CD has a very acoustic feel with very little production work…the CD is a look deeper into the person I really am and not just the SWIM SKINNY image…it is soft, soulful, ornery, and real…it’s “Naked”!! The “Wet” CD is a continuation of my first CD titled “At Your Own Risk”…the CD is filled with tropical sound, feel, and trademark Swim Skinny innuendo…”Booyah”, “Walking to New Orleans”, and “Too Drunk to See Jimmy” are sure to be hits in their perspective crowds…the soulful jazz sound of “The Roosters Call” and “Mallory Square” make you long for sultry nights in Key West… And “Back to Belize” just feels SOOO damn good….You’re gonna love this project!!

 

People often ask me what it is like to be a “Trop Rock Star”….and I never really know what to say….what I can say is this: You know, I am really just another guy who happens to play guitar…I’m a dad, a brother, and a son…I’m a friend to many and am lucky to have some great friends…right here at home and around the world…if there is one thing about me that makes me special, it’s that I follow my heart and keep trying where others might stop…I love my life and I wouldn’t trade it for any life around…my wish for you is the same!!

 

Peace and Love,

 

Swimmy

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Until Next Time… Trop On!

Featured Artist – Brent Burns

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Brent Burns was born in Oklahoma, raised in Arizona and arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1972.  This son of the desert has become the poet laureate of the beach.  In 2006, Burns was named “Official Music Ambassador of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.”  In 2008, Burns won three awards in the first ever Trop Rock Music Awards.  Burns won “Entertainer of the Year,” “CD of the Year (for “Ragtops and Flip Flops”)” and a special WAVE award for his charitable work.  2010 brought more Trop Rock Music awards, CD and Song of the Year for “I’ve Got A Beach in My Backyard” and Songwriter of the Year.

Burns was all over the national scene with his songs and videos, “Pain At The Pump” and “Drill, Drill, Drill.”  After the videos were posted on You Tube, CNN interviewed Burns and used “Pain At The Pump” in their special “4 Bucks!  What’s Next?  America’s Fuel Crisis.”  When the BP oil spill struck his beloved Gulf Coast in April 2010, Burns took the oil giant to task with his song, “Drill, Drill, Drill.”  The song and video were featured on CNN’s Headline News.  Burns first tapped into the American public’s anger over rising fuel costs in response to the oil shortages of the 1970s and 80s.  Burns wrote the hit song, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food.” The song sold 200,000 copies the day it was released and climbed the Billboard Charts after radio commentator Paul Harvey played it three times.  It is the first and only song ever played in Harvey’s nearly 50 years of radio broadcasting.  

Burns’ fame continued with appearances on Real People, The Mike Douglas Show, and Hee-Haw.  Burns was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Entertainment Section, as well as in articles appearing in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Arizona Republic, Newsweek, US Magazine, and Billboard Magazine. Besides his Top 40 hit, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food,” Burns has had five other nationally charted records. 

A twice wounded, Purple Heart winning combat veteran, Burns also has the distinction of being the first American entertainer to perform for troops overseas after the tragedy of September 11, 2001.  Burns’ musical career has taken him to Italy, Australia, Mexico and coast to coast in the US.

Burns’ philanthropic projects have continued throughout the years.  A portion of his CD sales goes to charities including the American Cancer Society, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and Habitat for Humanity.  Burns’ Habitat tribute song, “Build Them A House,” is available for free download on his web site, www.brentburns.com.  

Brent’s impressive CD sales and songwriting skills continue to make him a highly sought after artist and performer.  His schedule includes over 200 dates a year at corporate events, concerts, festivals and clubs.

For more information about Brent Burns visit his website, www.brentburns.com.

2010 Trop Rock Music Award Winner
for
Songwriter of the Year
CD and Song of the Year
(“I’ve Got A Beach In My Backyard”)

AND
2008 Trop Rock Music Award Winner
 for
ENTERTAINER of the Year
CD of the Year – “Ragtops and Flip Flops”
WAVE Award for humanitarian efforts
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