Your TRMA Academy Members

Academy Member: Pup Morse   Music has always been my first passion.  From the time I was a small child singing along to tunes in the car or trying to impersonate Elvis in the shower, I always knew I wanted to sing.  Of course, sometimes life sends us on a little sidetrack before we get a chance to chase…

Academy Member: Del Suggs Del Suggs is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from the beaches of North Florida. He has appeared in concert at colleges, universities and festivals across the United States and the Caribbean. Del has appeared at over 700 colleges and universities across the US.  He’s also performed  at such prestigious venues as the World Music Festa (Shirahama, Japan), Kerrville…

Academy Member: Johnny Doo (Musician)

Johnny Doo is the bass player for Thom & Coley Shepherd, Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers, as well as other Trop Rock artists.

Academy Member: Beth Travers   Beth Travers was born to adventurers and sailors—she was sailing Nantucket Sound before she could run— Her first instrument was a baritone ukelele …She immediately buried it in the sand and stole her mother’s guitar… As a kid on sailing trips, Beth listened to Harry Belafonte and steel drum bands from the West…

Academy Member: TJ Walsh

TJ Walsh, Dubbed Music Ambassador by the Tampa Bay Parrot Head Club, has been in the business of entertaining audiences for his entire life. Starting with a Regional Rock Band in the 60’s then to a 30 year career in broadcasting from morning show DJ to Stints on the Matlock TV Series and the final…

Academy Member: Joe Downing Middletown, Ohio born and Nashville, Tennessee bred, Joe Downing is a Tropical Americana Recording Artist and Songwriter that knows how to Rock & Roll. Downing has released 3 EP’s over the last decade and has over 7 singles circulating on over a dozen Trop Rock radio stations. Joe plays all over the country:…

Academy Member: Fred Quistgard (Musician)

Freddy Quistgard is a percussionist in the “tropics of Maine”. A musical childhood filled with piano and guitar lessons took a back seat to a long professional ice hockey coaching career. He began his trop rock adventure as guest percussionist for Maine’s Corona Brothers Band in the early 2000s. Freddy then became an integral part…

Academy Member: Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band

Johnny Russler has been Trop-Rocking with the Beach Bum Band since 2001.  Along the way Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band have been throwing beach parties to enthusiastic crowds to venues from Nebraska to Rhode Island, from Minnesota to Key West, from community festivals to college campuses to Parrothead gatherings and even at Alpine…

Academy Member: Jeff Brewer

I grew up in Atlanta and played in bands since early high school. After doing the corporate ladder thing, marriage, and kids, I started playing solo again in the late 90’s.  When I was laid off from my job after 9/11, that kicked me in the butt a little and had a role in building…

Academy Member: Flip Flop Dave

Originally from the Tampa Bay Area, Dave grew up a 20-minute bicycle ride from St. Pete Beach.  Southern rock had an early influence, but the sound and style of Jimmy Buffett really spoke to him. Growing up in a musical household, Dave originally started singing for just for his own enjoyment but soon discovered that…

Academy Member: COPA Reefers

The COPA Reefers consists mainly of members of COPA (the Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association). The COPA Reefers play Trop Rock, Classic Rock, Blues, Pop, Country & their own Trop Rock Originals. In the summer of 2012, a group of individuals decided to pursue their passion and follow their dream of making music with their friends.…

Academy Member: Scott Kirby Singer, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller, sailor and road warrior are all words that aptly describe Scott Kirby. Writing songs for a new CD, performing 150 live shows a year throughout the US and Canada, and holding down the stage at his own club—Key West’s Smokin’ Tuna Saloon—keep the barnacles off this modern-day troubadour. A creative…

Academy Member: Paul Overstreet Paul Overstreet is a Grammy Award winning, country music singer-songwriter. Not only writing hits for himself, Paul has also penned songs for fellow country acts, including Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Keith Whitley. In 2018, Paul released his latest album, Somewhere in the Caribbean. As a songwriter, Overstreet has written and co-written…

Academy Member: Tall Paul (Paul Bobal) Tall Paul (Paul Bobal) was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, where he played keyboards in “garage bands” from the age of 11. After seeing Doc & Merle Watson perform for freshman orientation at Appalachian State University, he taught himself to play acoustic guitar and started playing the college circuit…

Academy Member: Todd Trusty As a long-time Parrot Head, Todd has been influenced by the tropical laid back styles of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Trop Rock artists such as Kelly McGuire, John Frinzi and Jim Morris. Performing for people, however, was not exactly something Todd dreamed of doing since his teen years and it never seemed like…

Academy Member: Tim Campbell Born and raised in Virginia he embraces the Margaritaville lifestyle and loves to perform trop rock music every chance he gets. A singer/songwriter, his songs “Island Time” and “Welcome to Paradise” are currently playing on several trop rock radio stations.

Academy Member: Randy Moore “Mister Roy (Acuff) had one of the finest bands I’ve ever played with. We did a goosed-up version of my record, ‘Mountain Dew’ and it was just so much fun. An amazing experience for a kid of 18.” He made the move to Nashville to attend Belmont University to learn the modern recording arts…

Academy Member: Jonas Lorence The Jonas Lorence Band is a party band that specializes in Texas Trop Rock with a blues edge but we also cover lots of fun classic rock and original tunes. The goal for our show is fun, we love audience participation and to keep the party going. If you enjoy jamming to Jimmy Buffett…

Academy Member: Tiki Thom Starkey From Key West to Waikiki Thom (Tiki Thom as known by his fans) has entertained audiences across the country. A favorite at Parrothead Festivals, Tiki Bars, Corporate Events, Campgrounds and Local Watering Holes. His unique blend of original hits, classic favorites and downeast humor is guaranteed to leave you smiling. Thom’s original songs have…

Academy Member: Danny Rosado Born and raised in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, Danny Rosado is a Trop Rock, Sandgrass, and Americana singer / songwriter from Huntsville, AL. Danny released his debut solo album, “Beach Boy Coming Home,” in May 2017, and currently performs as one half of the Trop Rock duo, Danny Lowers the Boom. As…

TRMA Award Winners


12th Annual TRMA Winners

1. Male Vocalist

2. Female Vocalist

3. Duo/Trio

4. Band
This award recognizes bands with 4 or more members and primarily perform in this configuration.

5. Entertainer of the Year
This award recognizes the best LIVE performance by an independent Trop Rock solo, duo, trio or band.

6. Album
Nominees in this category are TRMA Academy members and have released an independent CD of new original Trop Rock music in 2018. Compilation CD's do not qualify.

7. Single

8. Song
This category is open to ALL Trop Rock artists who released an original Trop Rock song in 2018. They do NOT have to be Academy members, and the song does not have to be part of a qualifying album. The song qualifies if it was only released as a "single".

9. Horizon Award
This award recognizes a Trop Rock solo, duo, trio, or band who shows the most promise for contributing to the Trop Rock genre through performance, songwriting and recording of their original music.
Previous winners are not eligible.

10. Musician
This award recognizes outstanding musicianship, and is intended to recognize band members, not individual artists or band leaders, but the other musicians in the band or musicians who play with various artists.

11. Songwriter The final ballot for Songwriter of the Year will be voted on by the TRMA Academy members and Board of Directors.The nominees on the final ballot based on the nomination round voting are: Donny Brewer, Jack Mosley, Jesse Rice, Thom Shepherd, and Cory Young.

12. Album Artwork & Design

13. Video

14. Radio Station

15. Radio Program - Live

16. Radio Program - Prerecorded

17. Live Music Venue
This award recognizes the owners of a for-profit live music venue that features Trop Rock artists.

18. House Concert Venue - Small
This award recognizes the host/hostess of a non-profit concert-style shows featuring Trop Rock artists. It is broken into small & large venues.

19. House Concert Venue - Large  TIE!!!

20. Event of the Year - Small
This award recognizes events/festivals who feature multiple Trop Rock artists. Meeting of the Minds is not considered in this category because it is a National Convention. It is divided into small and large based on registered attendees at the 2018 event, and an award will be given for each category.

21. Event of the Year - Large

22. Fan of the Year
This award recognizes a Trop Rock "fan" for their support and promotion of Trop Rock music. It is meant for an individual and not a group. Previous winners are NOT eligible.

23. Music Business Professional