Your TRMA Academy Members

Kelly McGuire

Academy Member: Kelly Mcguire

Kelly made a living at music for 15 years before starting to write songs. Now 5 CDs later with songwriting awards, an Album of the Year award from the Texas Music Awards as well as nominations for Entertainer of the Year & Producer of the Year- he is living a dream! He currently resides in…

Mark Mulligan

Academy Member: Mark Mulligan

Mark Mulligan deported himself to Mexico 24 years ago, ditching his gold Century 21 Real Estate jacket for flip flops and a guitar. 13 albums and 4 kids later, he calls the Sea of Cortez home, living south of the border in beautiful San Carlos, Sonora. His songs paint pictures of sunshine, sailboats, and sandy…


Academy Member: Latitude

Tom & Michelle were burned out Nashville songwriters who left their successful careers, & headed to Carolina Coast for the summer, performing as the house band at a local resort. That “summer job” changed their lives. Soon, their songwriting began to reflect their new laidback lifestyle, & their newfound dilemma – They didn’t want to…

Parrot Island Band

Academy Member: Parrot Island Band

The Parrot Island Band consists of Kevin Garrelts (congas), Linda Harris (steel drum), Bry Harris (ukulele/guitar/vocals) and can add bass player if needed for bigger events. The band has been together for ten years and has had the opportunity to play all around Atlanta and throughout the southeast region. We play music by Jimmy Buffett,…

Rick Lamb

Academy Member: Rick Lamb

Rick Lamb and The Phin Addicts formerly known as Cruize Control have been a part of the Trop Rock Music Association since 2006 when formerly Margarita Mafia. They have entertained Parrothead groups and Trop Rock fans from coast to coast spanning 30 states and Internationally in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Costa Rica. With the…

Paul Rousch

Academy Member: Paul Roush

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Rob Hill

Academy Member: Rob Hill

If you’re looking for your beach, Rob Hill can help. One of the top songwriters in the world of tropical rock, his words and music will take you to the shore. And listening to the songs on his upcoming solo album Beach Town will leave you shaking the sand out of your shoes. Beach Town…

Rob Mehl

Academy Member: Rob Mehl

I was born in Oceanside in the 1950’s and spent much of my youth bouncing back and forth between Encinitas and Waikiki, where I learned to surf, appreciate the great storytelling of Hawaiian beach boys and play guitar and ukulele. These influences, along with the amazing jazz lp’s that were always on our record player…

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


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