Your TRMA Academy Members

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

Find out more at https://jim-morrismusic.com/

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

2020

It's awards season Trop Rock fans!

The nomination round of the 13th Annual Trop Rock Music Awards is complete, and the final ballot will be emailed to all TRMA members on September 1st. The voting is open until midnight September 30th and the winners will be announced at an awards show in Key West on October 30th. The location and type of show is still pending due to Covid 19 regulations currently in place.
If you are not a current member of the Trop Rock Music Association, you can still join and vote in the 2020 awards up until September 30th. Just go to https://troprock.org/get-involved/#generalmembership.

Definition of Trop Rock Music: Tropical Rock (or Trop Rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements of Rock and Roll, Country, Caribbean, Reggae or other musical genres to create a laid-back or “escapist” state of mind. Trop Rock may create its tropical or “island vibe” either with tropical or island-like instrumentation and production, or with beach, tropical or escapist lyrical themes, or both.

2020 Annual TRMA Nominees

1. Male Vocalist

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing and recording by a trop rock male vocalist, including a male vocalist performing in a duo, trio or band, during the eligibility year.

  • Aaron Scherz
  • Bob Karwin
  • Donny Brewer
  • James "Sunny Jim" White
  • Mike Nash

2. Female Vocalist

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing and recording by a trop rock female vocalist, including a female vocalist performing in a duo, trio or band, during the eligibility year.

  • Aubrey Wollett
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Heather Vidal
  • Isabella Stefania
  • Robin Tricker

3. Duo/Trio

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing or recording as a trop rock duo or trio during the eligibility year.

  • The Dententions
  • Highway 1
  • Thom & Coley
  • Tropicool
  • Latitude

4. Band
Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing or recording as a trop rock band of four or more members during the eligibility year.

  • The Boat Drunks
  • Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers
  • Jimmy & The Parrots
  • Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band
  • Trop Rock Junkies

5. Entertainer of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getting Trop Rock solo, duo, trio or band, for excellence in all aspects of entertaining, including live performance, recording, song writing, video and broadcast, during the eligibility year. There are 6 entries this year due to a tie for 5th.

  • Bob Karwin
  • Donny Brewer
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Mike Nash
  • James "Sunny Jim" White
  • Steve Tolliver

6. Album
Awarded to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock album, defined as an independent release of eight or more songs or 30 minutes of playing time, released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the album was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. Awarded to Artist and Producer(s) (if the producer(s) is/are other than artist).

  • Ocean Road - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
  • Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat - Reggie Starrett (Jeremy Scruggs)
  • The Miles Between - Bob Karwin (Donny Brewer)
  • Livin' The Dream - Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band (Michael Shehan & Johnny Russler)
  • Stay Thirsty - Mike Nash (Dave Demay)

7a. Song

Awarded to the Songwriter (listed in parenthesis). Given to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock song released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the song was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not be part of a qualifying album. This category is open to all artists, not only TRMA Academy members like other categories. Check them out!

  • "Tacos, Tequila & Trop Rock" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer/Johnny Russler)
  • "Professional Drinker" - The Detentions (Dan Sullivan/Donny Brewer)
  • "Beach Town" - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz, Johnny Bulford, Heidi Raye)
  • "Down by the Coastline" - Boomer Blake (Boomer Blake)
  • "Whole Lotta Beaches" - Reggie Starrett (Reggie Starrett)
  • "Will You Be My Shore" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley)
  • "Bad Bitch" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Erica Sunshine Lee)
  • "Postcards From The Road" - Mike Nash (Mike Nash/Aaron Scherz)
  • "Hammock in Havana" - Jesse Rice (Jesse Rice)
  • "Somewhere in the Caribbean" - Paul Overstreet (Paul Overstreet)

7b. Single

Awarded to the Songwriter (listed in parenthesis). Given to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock song released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the song was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not be part of a qualifying album. This category is open to all artists, not only TRMA Academy members like other categories. Check them out!

  • "Tacos, Tequila & Trop Rock" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer)
  • "Beach Town" - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
    "Verona Corona" - Jonas Lorence (Ron Flynt & Jonas Lorence)
  • "Down by the Coastline" - Boomer Blake (Danny Rosado)
  • "Whole Lotta Beaches" - Reggie Starrett (Clay Page)
  • "YOLO" - Joe Downing (Nathan Smith)
  • "When the Aliens Came" - Jack Mosley (Dave Signs/Jack Mosley)
  • "Single for the Summer" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Chip Martin/Erica Sunshine Lee) "Shore Thang" - Thom & Coley (Thom Shepherd & Coley McCabe Shepherd)
  • "Hammock in Havana" - Jesse Rice (Nick Gibbens/Jesse Rice)

8. Music Video of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getting official artist-sanctioned music video for a qualifying trop rock song, which video was released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the video was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not have been released in the eligibility year. Awarded to Artist(s) and Video producer/director (in parenthesis). Check them out!

  • "When They Bring Back Happy Hour" - Don Middlebrook (Don Middlebrook/Sherry Perry) "Verona Corona" - Jonas Lorence (Jonas Lorence)
  • "When the Aliens Came" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley)
  • "Nobody Wins in Vegas" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Josh Mendez/Erica Sunshine Lee)
  • "I Know You" - Bob Karwin (Bob Karwin)

9. Best Album Art/Packaging
Awarded to the top vote getting trop rock album or EP cover art/design and packaging for an album or EP released during the eligibility year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year for an album was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards year for Album of the Year or Best Art/Packaging. Awarded to artist and designer/artist (in parenthesis). Check them out!

  • Ocean Road - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
  • Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat - Reggie Starrett (Reggie Starrett)
  • The Miles Between - Bob Karwin (Bob Karwin/Donny Brewer)
  • Stay Thirsty - Mike Nash (Mike Nash)
  • It's Still Summer Somewhere - James "Sunny Jim" White (Adela White/Hallie C. White

10. Horizon Award
Awarded to the top vote-getting Trop Rock solo, duo, trio, or band who shows the most promise for contributing to the Trop Rock genre through performance, songwriting and recording. Previous winners are not eligible. There are 6 entries because there was a tie for 5th.

The following previous winners are not eligible: Danny Rosado, Cory Young, Jesse Rice, Donny Brewer, Brittany Kingery, The Southern Drawl Band, John Friday, Jimi Pappas, Capt. Josh, Jimmy Parrish, Troy Allan, PHINS

  • Aubrey Wollett
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Joe Downing
  • Jonas Lorence
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Robin Tricker

11. Musician

Awarded to the top vote getting trop rock musicians for outstanding musicianship, intended to recognize band members, or musicians for excellence in performing and/or recording in support of trop rock artists during the eligibility year.

  • Alan Jax Bowers (percussion)
  • John Patti (steel pan)
  • Johnny Doolittle (bass guitar)
  • Mark Mireles (steel pan)
  • Steve Way (percussion)

12. Songwriter

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in trop rock songwriting.

  • Aaron Scherz
  • Donny Brewer
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Jack Mosley

13. Radio Station

Awarded to a radio station for excellence in trop rock radio broadcasting during the eligibility year.

  • Shore Life Radio
  • Palapa Mac Radio
  • Radio Trop Rock
  • Tiki Man Radio
  • Songwriter's Island Radio

14. Radio Program

There are two Radio Program categories on the ballot - "live" and "recorded". Please vote for one show in each category.

Radio Program - Live

  • "Trop Rockin' The USA" - Eric & Gina Babin
  • "Sunday Morning With the Tiki Man" - The Tiki Man & The Original Hippie Chick
  • "Island Time Radio Show" - Dennis King & DKtheDJ

Radio Program - Prerecorded

  • "4 & 4 With Gina" - Gina Babin
  • "Tropical Play with DK" - Dennis King
  • "Beach Bars & Guitars" - Johnny Russler
  • "Happy Hour 2.0" - Greg Dumas
  • "Bayou Troubadour" - Matt Hoggatt

15. Live Music Venue
Awarded to the top vote getting venue for outstanding presentation of live trop rock music during the eligibility year.

  • Nav-A-Gator Bar & Grill - Lake Suzy, FL
  • Smokin' Tuna Saloon - Key West, FL
  • T-Bone Tom's - Kemah, TX
  • Tropical Isle - New Orleans, LA
  • Whiskey Joe's - Tampa, FL

16. House Concert Venue
Small & Large Awarded to the top vote getter for outstanding house concert venue - small and large, based on annual attendance with the threshold to be determined annually at the discretion of the Awards committee. Awarded to the
host/hostesses of non-profit concert-style home-based venues featuring Trop Rock artists.

House Concert Venue - Small

  • Casa Brown - Craig & Jill Brown
  • Isla Bella - Fred & Sara Guererro
  • The Postcard - Dean & Terrie McClain
  • Wester-Rita-Ville - Mike & Becky Carpenter

House Concert Venue - Large

  • Casa Tortooga - Kevin & Tish Disston
  • The Habitat - Ken & Heather Settlemyer
  • Port of Indecision - Dan & Sharon Mueller
  • The Yard - Mark & Sharon Leverett

17. Event of the Year
Small & Large Awarded to the top vote getters for outstanding events, small and large, featuring multiple trop rock artists. Meeting of the Minds is excluded from this category because it is a National Convention. Small and large categories based on total registration, with the threshold to be determined annually at the discretion of the awards committee.

Event of the Year - Small

  • A1A Beach Bash - St. Augustine Beach, FL
  • Lone Star Luau - Marble Falls, TX
  • Phins to the West - Mesquite, NV
  • Summer ChILL - Schaumburg, IL
  • Trop Rockin' The Ozarks - Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Event of the Year - Large

  • Music on the Bay - Tampa, FL
  • Pardi Gras - New Orleans, LA

18. Music Business Professional of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getter for outstanding performance as a music business professional during the eligibility year. Eligible music business professionals include: operators or executives of independent record companies, music publishing companies and media companies; journalists; booking agents and managers; concert promoters; producers of music, broadcast or film; legal and accounting professionals, etc.

Nominees and winners are selected by TRMA academy members and will be announced at the awards show.

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/couple and not a group. Previous winners are NOT eligible.

The following previous winners are NOT eligible: Diana Christ, Fred Wunder, Colleen Fuchs, Debbie Hess, Marc & Tammy Hollander, Sam & Gina Densler, Steven "Koz" Kozlowski, Tami Tower, Dave & Carolyn McBride, Dale & Peach Hench, Gary & Patti Janco, Shirley Gates

  • Kristen McFadden
  • Linda Robb
  • Roger & Donna Beam Sheila Jorgerson
  • Tom Klinker & Nancy Martin
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