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Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul plays music locally and also is frequently on the road playing in various spots across the country. The music genre, known as trop rock, includes many original tunes, and also a variety of covers ranging from Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Bob Marley and many others. He has released six CDs.…
Grab your beach chair, your suntan oil, and your favorite drink, and get ready for a trip to the islands with the ultimate tribute to Jimmy Buffett. For more than 17 years, Jimmy and the Parrots have been playing to delighted crowds all over the United States as well as the Caribbean. Jimmy and the…
As a solo acoustic performer, Jimi provides a wonderful musical experience, with state of the art equipment and top notch musicianship. As a singer/songwriter his original tunes are a blend of Americana meets pop and brings out his love of tropical places. His covers and originals are influenced by the early 70’s singer/songwriter movement. Jimi’s…
Jim Hoehn is a career journalist/author/songwriter who has carved out a surprisingly successful niche as a performing songwriter since first stumbling out of the pressbox with a guitar. During his journalism career – much of it spent as a sportswriter – Hoehn has covered everything from plane crashes to murder trials to the Super Bowl…
Jesse Rice was reared in the historic river town of Conway, SC, about 15 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach. He moved to Music City in 2002 and began honing his songwriting skills while working at EMI Music Publishing. He would quickly network with rising artists and writers and secured his first publishing agreement in 2007…
I’ve been writing and performing my own music since I was a teenager in California. After college I decided to follow my passion for music and make it my career. After more than a decade on the music scene in Northern California, and a short stint in Nashville, my career path turned south to the…
Jack Mosley, originally from Panama City Florida, is considered by many to be one of the best “TropRock” song writers and entertainers in the country. As an entertainer, Jack has performed all over the United States and the Caribbean and has opened shows for artist such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, Phil Vassar, The Warren…
The Highway 1 Band is a Trop-Rock group based out of Melbourne Florida, Their music is very eclectic and covers a wide range of genres but they perform all of them in a Trop-Rock style. So, what is Trop-Rock, will it’s a style of music made popular by artists such as Jimmy Buffett and Kenny…
Trained classically in college, Heather, while respecting the genre, never really embraced jazz and classical music the way she had always embraced her folk rock roots. Before college, she fell in love with the singer/songwriters of the day such as Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Karla Bonoff, James Taylor, Stephen Stills, and the like. She originally…
When Dillard was growing up on a small farm in Thaxton, MS, he had limited access to a variety of music. An old vintage cabinet record player, a handful of Gospel and Elvis Presley records, and the best of Time Life’s 50’s/60’s rounded out the family collection. Perhaps the biggest musical influence, however, was the…
Donald James is a Texas Country and Beach Music, Trop Rock artist known as the Third Coast Cowboy. He loves to write songs, play music and fish. He says he’s a musician with a fishing addiction. DJ’s music is a blend of his Honky Tonk Hero’s, Rock and Roll fantasy’s and his soulful love of…
Don Middlebroook is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of Trop Rock music. For more than twenty-five years, he has blazed a trail of over 175 tour dates per year all across the United States. Middlebrook’s musical journey has taken him from Michigan to Key West, and from Ocean City, MD…
Born in Baltimore, MD, but now living the island life in Key West, FL, Dani Hoy’s mission is to create honest and entertaining ear worms about life and love in an evocative style. Carrying out her motto, “Better late than never,” Dani started her musical career around the age of 40 and has established herself…
Steve Reeths and Sue Kittredge formed the duo Coconut Radio in 2007 after playing many years in the upper Midwest with the jam band Square One. Hearing the call of the warm southern tropics the two embraced the beach music scene that was not only Trop Rock, but included many great Americana, Bluegrass and Blues…
Although only three years into their journey, the band now known as The Bubba Beach Band, is already enjoying commercial success on both sides of the border with every song from their first album being in picked up by over a dozen radio stations across the US, they also were nominated for a Trop Rock…
Brittany Kingery has found her beach. And she hopes that her music will lead others to find their beaches, both literally and metaphorically speaking. A few months after the release of her 2013 debut CD Edge of the Ocean, the McCleary, Washington-born singer started practicing what she preaches in her music. She quit her secure…
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…
Trop Rock Music Association Entertainer of the Year 2016 Temecula Valley Music Awards “Best Acoustic” 2016 Bob Karwin began his music career in 1990, playing to drunken mobs in the Irish pubs of Boston, Massachusetts. He quickly made a name for himself in Beantown by being able to tame an unruly crowd fired by Guinness…
Bill Cockrell first developed a love for music early in life. Coming from a musical family, he soon found his natural ability to sing and perform. He began playing the drums at the age of 10 and quickly found himself playing many different styles of music with many different bands over the years. He has…
Once upon a time in the summer of 1967, Keith Sykes hitchhiked to the Newport Folk Festival and saw Arlo Guthrie perform “Alice’s Restaurant.” In the fall of that year he got a copy of the album, learned the whole song and sang it at a Holiday Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. They hired him…
TRMA Award Winners
11th Annual TRMA Winners
1. Male Vocalist
- Donny Brewer www.donnybrewer.com
2. Female Vocalist
- Heather Vidal troprock.org/members/heathervidal/
- The Detentions www.thedetentions.com
This award recongnizes bands with 4 or more members and primarily perform in this configuration.
- Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers www.donnybrewer.com
5. Entertainer of the Year
This award recognizes the best LIVE performance by an independent Trop Rock solo, duo, trio or band.
- Donny Brewer www.donnybrewer.com
Nominees in this category are TRMA Academy members and have released an independent CD of new original Trop Rock music in 2017. Compilation CD's do not qualify.
- "Seahabilitation" - Cory Young www.coryyoungmusic.com
This category is open to ALL Trop Rock artists who released an original Trop Rock song in 2017. 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".
- "Back to the Sun" - Donny Brewer & Reggie Starrett https://donnybrewer.com
8. 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.
- Cory Young www.coryyoungmusic.com
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.
- Melanie Howe - Percussion
10. 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.
- Thom Shepherd
11. Radio Station
- RadioTropRock www.radiotroprock.com
12. Radio Program - Live
- "Trop Rockin' The USA" - Eric & Gina Babin
13. Radio Program - Prerecorded
- "Trop Rock Takeover" - David Redman
14. Live Music Venue
This award recognizes the owners of a for-profit live music venue that features Trop Rock artists.
- T-Bone Tom's - Kemah, TX
15. 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.
- Diablo Creek - Christ
16. House Concert Venue - Large
- The Habitat - Settlemyer
17. 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 2017 event, and an award will be given for each category.
- Laid Back Attack - Olympia, WA
18. Event of the Year - Large
- Music on the Bay - Tampa, FL
19. 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.
- Fred Wunder