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Some Pirates performing at MOTM

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Frankendread 10/29/2013 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Southern Drawl Band 10/29/2013 7:00 PM  12:00 AM Schooner Wharf
Frankendread 10/30/2013 3:00 PM  5:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 10/30/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 10/30/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Frankendread 10/30/2013 10:00 PM 11:00 PM McConnell’s Irish Bar and Grill
Steve Tolliver with Frankendread 10/31/2013 1:30 PM  2:15 PM Koz’s Green World Gallery
Frankendread 10/31/2013 3:00 PM  5:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 10/31/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 10/31/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Jerry Diaz 11/1/2013 10:00 AM  12:00 PM Casa Marina Pool Bar
Frankendread 11/1/2013 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Southern Drawl Band 11/1/2013 3:30 PM  5:30 PM Margaritaville Street Fest
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/1/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/1/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Jerry Diaz 11/2/2013 8:00 AM  10:00 AM Salute Restaurant
Frankendread 11/2/2013 2:00 PM  4:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/2/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/2/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Frankendread 11/3/2013 4:00 PM 6:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/3/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/3/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville


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

Photos from Southern Drawl Band’s Invasion of Clearwater, FL

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Photos from Southern Drawl Band’s Invasion of Clearwater, FL – October 2012

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Melanie “Djembabe” Howe Departing Southern Drawl Band

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Melanie “Djembabe” Howe Departing Southern Drawl Band



Knoxville, TN – Melanie “Djembabe” Howe has announced that she will be leaving the Southern Drawl Band as a permanent member.  Howe, the percussionist, who has been a member of the group for a little more than a year felt like she was restricting the band’s direction as she finishes up her music degree in the next few months.


“I want to thank SDB for everything over the last year, we have accomplished so much in just one year and I know those guys will continue to grow and gain popularity. It has been a great opportunity to play with the band and I will always cherish the experience,” Howe said.


Southern Drawl Band released their debut album, Against The Grain last year and an EP, “Another Day In Paradise”.  The band flashed onto the Trop Rock scene winning Trop Rock Band of the Year, Trop Rock Album of the Year, and Trop Rock Song of the Year, with “Another Day In Paradise”.  The band also released a version of “Rocky Top” as it reached charts on CD Baby and Tennessee radio stations.


She added, “This was a hard decision for me, but one that was the right move for both Southern Drawl and myself. I want to thank my great fans and their undying support, it means the world to me how much energy and love they give. I am thankful for several current opportunities ahead of me and I look forward to the next music adventure.”


Howe may still appear with the Southern Drawl Band as a special guest on select shows.



Date: March 13, 2013            

Melanie “Djembabe”

Twitter: @DrumNDance


Knoxville Musicians Win Trop Rock Music Awards – Southern Drawl Band

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 Knoxville Musicians Win Trop Rock Music Awards

 Music Awards from BeachFront Radio out of Southern California

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


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

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

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

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

Other Tennessee Bands and Musicians that were honored:

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

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

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

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

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

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

About & Trop Rock

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


Twitter: @BeachfrontRadio

How to find the winners

Tall Paul: Facebook-   Twitter- @TheTalPaul

Southern Drawl Band:      Twitter- @SouthernDrawlTN

Ramajay Intercoastal:    Twitter- @RamajayIntercoastal

Melanie “The Djembabe” Howe:   Twitter- @DrumNDance

Mike Nash:

Kristie Bobal:

Andy Wescott:

About DownHome Records Inc.

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

Phone: 865-771-1821




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:


Trop On!


Featured Artist of the Week – Southern Drawl Band

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Southern Drawl Band was formed by lead vocalist Nashville Mike and guitarist Rich Killingsworth in Febuary of 2011. Mike & Rich have been playing on and off together for more than a decade with their previous band “Krank” (a high energy, alternative rock band) and other projects. Playing as a duo under the name “Nashville Mike” for several months in early 2011, they added drummer Larry Dunsmore in May of 2011 and changed the name to Southern Drawl Band. They added keyboardist Lonnie Miller in June and bassist Brannon McCaleb in late July. Having been together as a band for only a few months, Southern Drawl Band has quickly become one of the top drawing acts in Knoxville with their fans and club owners alike. Leaving many folks asking “where did these guys come from?” Don’t get the wrong idea though, these guys are far from an “overnight success”. With combined stage and performance experience of close to a century, they credit strong work ethic and their love for the music, as well as a heartfelt appreciation for the fans for this seemingly “fast” rise up the ladder. Southern Drawl makes every song their own and every audience member a part of the show. They believe that in this day of TV talent shows and one hit wonders, the old fashioned way of building success “one fan at a time” is still the best way to build lasting success.

“Nashville” Mike

Lead Singer/Acoustic Guitar


Mike is a guitarist, singer, and published songwriter currently living in Knoxville, TN. Mike, a Tennessee native, was born in Kingsport and raised in Nashville where he grew up playing guitar and singing in the bar scene. Moving to Cocoa Beach, FL in 2006, Mike continued building a following of fans young and old; opening for such acts as Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker and Uncle Cracker and touring with his band The Cocolocos from Key West to The Bahamas. In 2009, Mike’s original CD release of “Another Day In Paradise” led to a publishing deal with Rice Publishing/Nashville. Mike moved back home to Tennessee in 2010 after the passing of his father and began building yet another resume of success, earning a position among the top acts in Knoxville. Mike has opened for such acts as Eddie Money, Uncle Cracker and Marshall Tucker Band.

Rich Killingsworth

Lead Guitar/Fiddle/Vocal/Utility

Born in october 1966, I started playing guitar at 12 yrs of age. I learned by ear from my grandma, Bea Green, and mom, Janis Killingsworth. Mom taught me how to sing all the spectrum’s of all the vocal line’s. Thats why singing harmony is natural for me. Mom also taught me how to play the banjo. I still have my great grandpa “Poppy”s banjo. My granpa “Doc”, taught me how to play harmonica, though I still need a lot of practice. Both sides of the family have musical talent. My sister ” Bobbie Kaye”, sing’s better than me. My great grandpa, “Uncle John Milligan”, was well known for playing fiddle in the area back in the day. He played over his head, between his legs, behind his back. I never met him, but that would have been something to see. I learned how to play the fiddle when I was 17, via mandolin. It’s tuned the same, but you have to use a bow instead of a pick. I never liked the way it sounded when I was learning, because when you mess up on a fiddle, man doe’s it make the dog’s howl! lol. I put it away until feb. 2011, when Nashville Mike asked me if I knew how to play any of Zack Brown Band’s stuff. I said, who’s Zack Brown? So I started learning fiddle this year, and my dog’s have settled down. I must be getting better, lol. I played in northwest indiana until I was 19, and was lucky enough to be the opener for “Mickey Gilley”, in Chicago. I did alot of high school homework on breaks in my car at the bars. A year after I graduated, I moved to Tn. with “Razin’ Kayne” band from indiana. That band did openers for “Jerry Reed”, and others. After about a year we disbanned, and I played with “Clifford Russel” for a few months. I helped form “Silverado Band”, after that, and played as house band for “Starlight” bar and grill, which is now “Six Pockets”, for a few years.Went on the road with “The Bad Weather Boy’s” in the Chicago area for a while. The weather was bad, let me tell ya. I got an offer to come back to Knoxville and play with The “Hunley Brothers” and Sister Ruth poolside at the “Grand Hotel” in Pigeon Forge, so I took it. They were great people, and had an all Dollywood cast of player’s except for me. I had alot of fun with them. We even Ended up playing with Their older brother, Capital records recording artist, “Con Hunley”. We did New years at the grand, and opened up the “Eagle Mountain” music theatre, with Con as headliner, and Johnny Counterfiet, opposite Jim Ed Brown and Jeanie Sealey. I loved playin’ with Burton Acres on bass, and the great “Herbie Wallace”, on steel guitar. Those guy’s could really play! I moved to Myrtle Beach in 95, and played 10-15 shows a week on “The Grand Strand”. I met my son Ryan’s Mother Jenny Beck while she was on vacation, and knew I met the love of my life. We got busy with starting a family, and I moved back to Knoxville to do auto collision repair with my father Tom Killingsworth. I did that for 15 years, and when my dad died in 09′ I didn’t like to do it anymore. He was truely my best friend. I met Mike in 2002 when His wife and Jenny were enrolled in South College. When I heard him sing, I had the itch again. We started an alternative band called “Krank”. Volume, not the drug. We played LOUD. Mike and I had alot of fun with that music, then he moved away, and I continued to do auto collision. Besides filling in for a few bands here and ther, I figured the best was behind me. But now, with the “Southern Drawl Band”, I have a new love and outlook on musical possibilities, and want to ride this train as long as I can. They are a great bunch of guy’s and we have alot of fun. You can be yourself. I play from the soul and the band fit’s me perfectly. I am excited to see what the future holds.

Larry Dunsmore


Larry Dunsmore has been performing & recording drums & percussion in and around knoxville for over a decade playing with the best musicians in the area. playing nearly 1,500 live performances, 200+ recording hours, and more broken drum sticks then we can possible count. keeping knoxville’s rhythms tight & clean, striving for perfection, we are the weight that holds down the rhythm section!



Zac Brown Band, Alabama, Allman Brothers, Toby Keith, Blackberry Smoke, Alan Jackson, Marshall Tucker, Billy Currington, Doobie Brothers,Tim McGraw, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Strait, Lynard Skynard, Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, Charlie Daniels Band, Old Crow Medicine Show.

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