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:

(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?


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  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 …..



Sail On, Gordon Price 02/27/49 – 01/30/12

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The answer to this age old question is that I started out as an amateur musician at age 9 or 10 playing the drums and piano in grammar school ! As a teenager growing up in Atlanta Ga., I moved to St.Petersburg Fl. at the ripe young age of 15 and took up the 6 string guitar in that time frame. I played the drums in the high school band and the guitar after school until my mother would scream! I only had a Sears acoustic Silvertone guitar and got my first electric guitar just before going to college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where I played for part of one year in the “GATOR MARCHING BAND”, until I discovered the finer aspects of college life, women and beer and frat parties!

My first really good guitar was purchased around 1971 and it was an Italian EKO, which is not made anymore. I struggled with it for 10 years until I bought and Ovation wide body “Balladeer” 12 string in 1981. Musically, I started picking up speed about that time. I don’t really remember exactly when I performed in public the first time, but it was probably around a camp fire at Lake Tiger near Lake Wales Florida with 10-20 drunk redneck mothers sprawled out under the live oak trees after a long day fishing for bass and specks. Those were the days and that is how music should be played in my opinion, with friends!

As the eighties progressed, I touched bases with some great neighbors on Tierra Verde, and one old fraternity brother from college, Bob Carter, and we tried to get together and play once a year for the “BEACH BUM’s ANNUAL LABOR DAY PARTY”, at my house. The saying, “the more you drink, the better we sound”, was truly coined by these events. As it goes, Bob Carter and Pat Best and Rob Hough and Wayne Goodwin, could never get our timing together, and the “AVERAGE BEACH BAND” died a miserable death in HELL.

Well these were the good old days, and I remember them with fond memories. I started playing solo beach parties somewhere around 1990 from St.Pete to Key West, depending on where the winds blew us, and started getting a little more serious and intent on becoming a better musician of sorts. I worried if I would always be an amateur, or was I good enough for the big leagues? The thought that has carried me forward is “some day I will”.(Thanks Jimmy Buffett!)

In the mid nineties, you would find me playing with Jack Rigsby and Lonesome Dave Dubouis at the Wharf on Pass-A-Grille Beach, on certain Friday and Saturday nights, when I was not out diving on the “CABO WABO”, my boat. These were impromptu events but the crowds sometimes approached Mike Anderson’s structural dock limits on rare occasions.

I remember doing a wedding on my boat, “CABO WABO”, in Key West in the pouring rain, for my good friends Cindy and John Pike, on New Year’s eve, 1995?? How could a marriage survive such a strange start?? God bless you both! “Love Will Keep Us Alive”, was the only thing I could come up with that seemed appropriate.

My sister Carol and her husband Jon started getting back into music in the nineties also and started a band called the “DOUBLE COUPLE BAND”, with Mike and his wife. They still play in St.Pete with my dad. Jim Ponder, who is also an accomplished musician from the fourties.

Other beach type venues I performed ranged from Frenchmen’s Reef and Lattitude 18 in St. Thomas USVI, Negrill Jamaica, Grand Caymen, Loretto Mexico (Baja), and most recently, San Diego CA. In 1999, I founded a website for independent musicians named “BARMUSIC.COM”. This is my current passion in life, beyond scuba diving and flying and electronic engineering.

For the last 12 years I have been producing radio shows for BARMUSIC.COM and Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville on lucky occassion. Steve Huntington, the station manager/director, has been kind enough to air the shows on Radio Margaritaville from time to time. I have done shows with greats such as: GARY SEILER, JERRY GONTANG, TAYLOR HARVEY, JOE RATHBURN, DAVE ZOBL, HUGO DUARTE, MEXICO MARK MULLIGAN, STEVE WHITE, RICK STEFFEN, KELLY McGUIRE, T.SCOTT WALKER, BOB KARWIN, PATRICK FOY, CAPTAIN JOSH, and STEVEN YOUNGBLOOD. I have also done live shows in Key West from 2002-2004 at the Key West Hyatt during MOTM with countless impressive musicians, too numerous to mention.

In the summer of 2006, I was lucky enough to join up with Jason Webb of the CARIBBEAN CHILLERS, and played with them at many major shows from Homestead Florida on the 4th of July to Tampa and Minneola in the fall of 2006! The CHILLERS experience has had a profound impact on my musical career and I still play with them from time to time, especially the annual Palm Harbor Parrot Party every June

I bought a house back in Florida in 2005 and transitioned living from San Diego to Port Richey over the next 3 years. I now live in Port Richey Florida full time. I currently play around Florida as both a solo and band performer. I have a local band known as the STORM CHASERS. I also manage BARMUSIC.COM and produce internet radio shows for the station. I have made a big transition over the last 6 years from an amateur to a professional musician. I have had a very active professional career for the last several years.