Your TRMA Academy Members

Sheree Cade

Academy Member: Sheree Cade

Sheree has been a musician all of her life and always had the dream of having a career in music. She was born in St. Louis, MO but when her TV/Radio personality father, Fred Moegle, decided to build a radio station in the small northern town in Minnesota near where they owned a cabin, he…

Southern Drawl Band

Academy Member: Southern Drawl Band

Southern Drawl Band from Knoxville and Nashville Tennessee: “is Southern Rockin’ Country music with a twist of lime distilled in the backwoods of Tennessee.” Southern Drawl Band has been touring the U.S. from coast to coast since it’s beginnings in 2012.”Tirelessly building our grass roots fan base from the ground up is the key to…

Steve Hopper

Academy Member: Steve Hopper

Steve Hopper, Trop Rock Artist from Savannah Tennessee has been bringing music and fun to the Mid-South for more than 20 years. He was born a raised in Tennessee halfway between Memphis and Nashville, just north of Muscle Sholes Alabama. He was influenced by all the music genres that surrounded him and mixed that with…

The Big Bamboo Band

Academy Member: The Big Bamboo Band

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The Boat Drunks

Academy Member: The Boat Drunks

From Champaign, Illinois and now entering their eighteenth year as a group and still going strong, The Boat Drunks have performed from coast to coast with nearly every member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and have opened shows for Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and Little Feat among many others. Other notable shows include…

The Detentions

Academy Member: The Detentions

The Detentions, school teachers by day, happy hour heroes by 5:30, are entering their fourteenth year of “retiring one weekend at a time.” After meeting as first year teachers, Dan and Chris have honed their musical craft in bars and backyards, beaches and BBQs, pool parties and pubs all over Texas. After their songs “Coast”…

Flip Flop Boys

Academy Member: Flip Flop Boys

The Flip Flop Boys are an interactive musical experience. Come experience a live show where you are part of the act! There is always an extra microphone, tambourine, bongos and many other interactive games on hand to engage the crowd. The band combines the country soul of the Gulf Coast with reggae vibes from the…

Thom Shepherd

Academy Member: Thom Shepherd

CMA of Texas Songwriter of the Year Thom Shepherd is an Austin, Texas-based touring artist who spent many years as a songwriter in Nashville. He performs constantly as a solo acoustic storyteller and as a duo with his artist/wife Coley McCabe. Thom, and his Radio Margaritaville hit “Always Saturday Night,” are featured in “The Parrot…

Trop Rock Junkies

Academy Member: Trop Rock Junkies

The Trop Rock Junkies have been together for 8 years and have performed their brand of tropical themed rock and trop rock originals from the Midwest to Key West. The band is made up of seasoned professionals that includes Steve Tolliver, 2014 TRMA Songwriter of the Year on Acoustic Guitar and lead vocals, Greg Sabol…

Tiki Thom Starkey

Academy Member: Tiki Thom Starkey

From Key West to Waikiki Tiki Thom has entertained audiences across the country. A Maine native, Thom shares his unique blend of Downeast humor and love of the water in his songs. At age 20 Thom was chosen to spend a summer on Catalina Island, CA learning the art of performing from such artist as…

Cory Young

Academy Member: Cory Young

At 19 years old Cory packed up his 88 Toyota MR2, left rural Michigan and drove to Nashville. This husband, father, Firefighter/Paramedic, cancer survivor and singer/songwriter would later sell everything he owned, buy a sailboat and sail off to the Keys, spending time cruising the waters of the Keys, Bahamas, with his family. “I thought…

TRMA Award Winners


2017 TRMA Award Winners

Male Vocalist: Donny Brewer
Female Vocalist: Brittany Kingery
Duo/Trio: The Detentions
Band: Boat Drunks
Entertainer: Donny Brewer
Album/CD: Winnebago Tapes Vol 1 - Donny Brewer
Song: Rum & Somethin' - Donnie Brewer & Reggie Starrett
Horizon: Jesse Rice
Musician: JD Edge
Radio Station - Mid Size Market: Radio A1A
Radio Station - Small Market: Radio Trop Rock
Radio Show: Trop Rockin' The USA - Eric & Gina Babin
Live Music Venue: Smokin' Tuna, Key West, FL
House Concert Venue:  The Yard, Tampa, FL - Mark & Sharon Leverett
Event of the Year:  Music on the Bay, Tampa Bay, FL
Fan of the Year: Colleen Fuchs
I Can Award: Donny Brewer
Songwriter of the Year: Donny Brewer
Lifetime Achievement Award: Earl Bernhardt and Pam Portner, Tropical Isle