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Being a member of the Trop Rock Music Association isn't about going to meetings or sitting on conference calls, it's about having a good time and supporting what you love.

The TRMA exists to  promote and build the Trop Rock genre, which in turn helps support artists, radio stations, music venues and others that live and breathe Trop Rock music.

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Exclusive Member News:

11th Annual TRMA Final Ballot Preview

This is the final ballot preview.  Members have been emailed a link to the ballet to vote.

The nominees listed are the independent trop rock artists who received the most votes in the previous nomination round. (See trop rock definition below).

Individuals can still join the organization during this time and WILL get to vote. Only one vote allowed per TRMA member.

The final ballot voting will be September 1 - 30th, 2018. The 11th Annual TRMA awards will be held Friday, November 2nd in Key West, Florida.


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.

1. Male Vocalist

  • Donny Brewer
  • Don Middlebrook
  • Jack Mosley
  • Jesse Rice
  • Cory Young


2. Female Vocalist

  • Dani Hoy
  • Brittany Kingery
  • Isabella Stefania
  • Robin Tricker
  • Heather Vidal


3. Duo/Trio

  • Highway 1 Band
  • Latitude
  • The Detentions
  • Thom & Coley
  • Tropicool

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

  • Boat Drunks
  • Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers
  • Jerry Diaz & Hanna's Reef
  • Southern Drawl
  • Steve Hopper & the Wolf Island Band

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

  • Donny Brewer
  • Brent Burns
  • Don Middlebrook
  • James "Sunny Jim" White
  • Cory Young

6. Album
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.

  • "Anywhere There's A Beach" - Steve Hopper
  • "Emergency Vacation" - Brent Burns
  • "Mexico Beach Road Trip" - Don Middlebrook
  • "Pirate Sessions III" - Jesse Rice
  • "Seahabilitation" - Cory Young
  • "Stories" - Jack Mosley

7. Song
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".

  • "All She Does" - Cory Young, Ty THurman, Donny Brewer
  • "Back to the Sun" - Donny Brewer & Reggie Starrett
  • "Beer Buffett and Baseball" - Mike Miller & the Boat Drunks
  • "Chasing Hemingway's Ghost" - Scott Kirby
  • "Emergency Vacation" - Brent Burns
  • "For The Sake of The Song" - Jack Mosley
  • "Hope Town" - Jesse Rice
  • "I'm With The Band" - Bob Karwin
  • "Keyz Disease" - Highway 1 Band
  • "With Apologies to Jim Morris" - Danny Rosado
  • "Work Now, Beach Later" - Isabella Stefania

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.

  • Joe Downing
  • Jonas Lorence
  • Danny Rosado
  • Isabella Stefania
  • Cory Young

9. 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.

  • John Beck - Pans
  • JD Edge - Fiddle
  • Melanie Howe - Percussion
  • Mark Mireles - Pans
  • John Patti - Pans
  • Emily Randle - Fiddle

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.

11. Radio Station

  • Beachfront Radio
  • Radio A1A
  • RadioTropRock
  • Shore Life Radio
  • Songwriter's Island Radio

12. Radio Program - Live

  • "Big Burrito Radio Show" - Marty Kuklinski & Dan Mueller
  • "Trop Rockin' The USA" - Eric & Gina Babin
  • Weekdays with Wilson - Lyle Wilson
  • "The Weekly Trop 40" - Harry Teaford and Mayor Gonzo Mays

13. Radio Program - Prerecorded

  • "Artist Appreciation w/Millie Marie Taylor" - Millie Marie Taylor
  • "House Concert Spotlight w/Diana Christ" - Diana Christ
  • "New Music Mixer" - Eric "Misa Nevermind" Przybylski
  • "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.

  • Hurricane Charley's - Punta Gorda, FL
  • Nav-A-Gator Bar & Grille - Arcadia, FL
  • Smokin' Tuna Saloon - Key West, FL
  • T-Bone Tom's - Kemah, TX
  • Whiskey Joe's - Tampa, FL

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
  • Isla Bella - Guerrero
  • MarGEERitaville - Geer
  • Port of Indecision - Mueller

16. House Concert Venue - Large

  • Casa Tortooga - Disston
  • The Habitat - Settlemyer
  • The Yard - Leverett

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
  • Lone Star Luau - Marble Falls, TX
  • Phins to the West - Mesquite, NV
  • Summer Solstice - Branson, MO

18. Event of the Year - Large

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

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.

  • Bill & Trina Geer
  • Fred & Sara Guerrero
  • Norm & Cheryl Kayser
  • Tom Klinker & Nancy Martin
  • Fred Wunder


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