Trop Rock Music Association

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10th Annual Trop Rock Music Awards
Friday, November 3, 2017
Casa Marina Resort, Key West, FL  



Thom Shepherd

James "Sunny Jim" White

Donny Brewer

Jesse Rice

Jack Moseley

Paul Roush


Dani Hoy

Heather Vidal of Tropical Soul

Michelle Becker of Latitude

Brittany Kingery




The Detentions

Tropical Soul

Highway 1


Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef

Jimmy and the Parrots

Trop Rock Junkies

The Boat Drunks

Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24


James "Sunny Jim" White

Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24

Donny Brewer

Bob Karwin

Thom Shepherd


Thom Shepherd - "Saltwater Cowboy"

Donny Brewer - "Winnebago Tapes, Vol 1"

Jimmy Parrish & The Waves - "I Need a New Island"

Don Middlebrook - "Guitar Island"

Keith Sykes - "Songs From a Little Beach Town"


Keith Sykes - "Come As You Are Beach Bar"

Thom Shepherd - "Saltwater Cowboy"

Donny Brewer - "Rum and Somethin'" (with Reggie Starrett)

Cory Young - "Life Looks Best"

Don Middlebrook - "Pure Trop Rock"


Cory Young

Steve Hopper

Jesse Rice

Bill Cockrell

Donald James


John Patti (steel pan) - The Big Bamboo Band

JD Edge (fiddle) - Southern Drawl Band

Mark Mireles (steel pan) - Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef

Jimi Pappas (drums) - The Big Bamboo Band

Melanie Howe (Percussion) - Multiple Artists

RADIO - Mid Size

Beachfront Radio - Internet

Radio A1A - Internet

Shore Life Radio

RADIO - Small

Radio TropRock - Internet

Songwriters Island Radio - Internet


Big Burrito Radio - Marty Kuklinski/Dan Muellyer (WLRA) - Romeoville, IL (syndicated)

Weekdays with Wilson - Lyle Wilson - Radio A1A

Trop Rockin' the USA - Eric & Gina Babin - Radio TropRock

The Pirates & Poets Podcast - Jon boy & Dammit Earl (syndicated)

The Weekly Trop 40 - Harry Teaford - Radio A1A


Hurricane Charley's - Punta  Gorda, FL

The Nav-a-Gator Grill - Lake Suzy, FL

Smokin' Tuna - Key West, FL

T Bone Tom's - Kemah, TX

Tropical Isle / Top of the Trop - New Orleans, LA


Diablo Creek / Diana Christ & Pablo Heins - Englewood, FL

Isla Bella / Fred & Sara Guerrero - Floresville, TX

The Yard / Mark & Sharon Leverett - Tampa, FL

Port of Indecision / Dan & Sharon Mueller - Mazon, IL

The Habitat / Ken & Heather Settlemyer - Bradenton, FL


Laidback Attack - Olympia, WA

Meet Me in the Keys - Key West, FL

Music on the Bay - Tampa Bay, FL

Pardi Gras - New Orleans, LA

Riddles in the Sand - Galveston, TX

Lone Star Luau - Marble Falls, TX

Last Year's Winners of the 2016 Trop Rock Music Awards

Radio Station- Mid size: Radio A1A

Radio Station- Small Market: Songwriters Island Radio

Radio Show-“Pirates & Poets Podcast” – Jon Burns & “Damn It” Earl Sanders

House Concert Venue: The Yard Tampa Fl /Mark & Sharon Leverett

Live Music Venue: Smokin’ Tuna – Key West Florida, FL

Event: Music on the Bay – Tampa Bay, Fl

Musician: John Patti

Horizon: Donny Brewer

Duo/Trio: The Detentions

Band: Jim Morris & The Big Bamboo Band

Female Vocalist:  Brittany Kingery 

Male Vocalist: Donny Brewer       

Album: "Rum Shoes", James “Sunny Jim” White

Song: "Palapa Joe”, Donny Brewer

Fan of The Year: Debbie Hess

The “I CAN” Award: Thom Shepherd 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Morris     

Songwriter of the Year: Jim Morris       

Entertainer: Bob Karwin

What is Trop Rock?

Tropical Rock (or Trop-Rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements and influences of Rock and Roll, Country and Caribbean  themes with an island style that represents a laid-back way of life.

Instrumentation is usually acoustic guitar-based, and often includes steel drum, congas, marimbas, vibes or other percussion instruments to create an "island sound".

While Country and other musical styles focus on "Falling in Love" / "Falling Out of Love" themes, Trop Rock's main focus is on "Escapism" -- a laid back lifestyle, tropical places, boating, simplifying life and having fun.  

Jimmy Buffett is often referred to as the "Pop of Trop Rock".  Other Major Label artists include:  Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and Bertie Higgins.

Independent singer/songwriters are a major force in Trop Rock music.  

Trop Rock fans travel the country attending events featuring their favorite Trop Rock artists.  The largest Trop Rock event, "Meeting of the Minds", is held each November in Key West, Florida.  This event features dozens of Trop Rock artists and attracts close to 5,000 fans.

History Lesson

Originating in 2005, the Trop Rock Music Association  -- formerly known as the Margarita M.A.F.I.A. (Musicians, Artists and Fans In Alliance), is a community of Artists, DJ's, Club Owners and Music Lovers coming together to support and promote Trop Rock music. 

By bringing the Trop Rock professional community and listening audience together, we are able to increase awareness of Trop Rock Music, elevate the genre and bring the music to a larger audience.

We've made some MAJOR progress over the past several years, with more Artists, Radio Stations, Venues, House Concerts and Events than ever before!!! 

Now, with members in 48 states, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, we are taking Trop Rock music worldwide! 

Become a member and be part of the Trop Rock movement!