Trop Rock Artists
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Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24
Hugo passed away after his courageous battle with cancer on November 7, 2014. We miss you and will always remember your stories, your laughter and that big ol smile. Rest in peace my friend, you will always be remembered and loved.
To read the Obituary for Hugo that was posted in the Charlotte Observer click HERE.
Island Castaways Band
All originals are created by collaboration so the band usually has several credits listed for each song, hey it takes a team! The Island Castaways Band are Paul Kane - Guitar/Vocals, Joe Holewa - Electric Bass Guitar, Scott Ciprari - Drums, Rick Labak - Vocals, Heather Peck Ouellette - Vocals, Caitlin Peck - Vocals, and John Guertin - Percussion.
After living in Nashville for nine years honing his song writing skills, Jack and his wife Debra re-located back to his home State of Florida where he quickly fell into the "TropRock" music scene and started writing the kind of music that is near and dear to his heart.
Jake and the Half Conched Band
Jambo Joe Bones
His live shows can be mellow and sentimental one night, and raunchy and rummy the next. Describing his style, Jambo says "With the mix of music I play, ranging from the Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce era, to the Buffett tunes, raunchy country, reggae, and laid-back rock, my friends came up with the perfect description -- "Mustache Rock!"" Although he's been playing live shows for several years, Jambo's debut CD of original music, Bar On A Beach, was released in March 2010.
Jerry Diaz and Hannah's Reef
Jerry Jeff Walker
He's played for four or five presidents, toured in Lear Jets and bought a second home in Belize (the fruits, in part, of having penned an American pop standard, "Mr. Bojangles"). But even with all that, Jerry Jeff still sees the world with a troubadour's eyes. His songs are the way he makes the world make sense, how he passes on stories of the people he meets, the way he feels on a given morning.
Still touring and writing with Jimmy Buffett after 17 years, Jim Mayer is also becoming widely known as "Uncle Jim." With 20 nieces and nephews of his own, Mayer knows what kids like!
His talent shines on both electric and upright acoustic bass, playing with performers ranging from jazz legend Mose Allison to Ringo Starr.
Jim Morris & The Big Bamboo Band
Jimmy and The Parrots
Jimmy Parrish and The Ocean Waves Band
J Michael Lafferty
John has realized that (1) he never really grew up and never would, and (2) his childhood dreams of making music were still powerful. "Dreams...don't leave childhood without them!"
Frinzi’s previous CD of original songs, “Into the Dawn,” featured longtime Coral Reefer Band member, Doyle Grisham, on pedal steel guitar. For John’s current release, “Shoreline” he wrote and recorded new material with Tom Corcoran—author of the Alex Rutledge mystery series and co-writer of the Jimmy Buffett classics “Fins” and “Cuban Crime of Passion”.
Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band
The Beach Bum Band Band was started by Johnny Russler, whose personality and songwriting chart the course for the band's unique sound and energy. Add the diverse musical backgrounds and years of entertainment experience of the eight to twelve member Beach Bum Band, and you have a recipe for great music and a great evening of fun with your own Beach Party!
True to JB’s vast musical influences, he has a band to reflect each mood. “All of my shows are about having fun and most of all celebrating music,” says Jonathan. he opportunities are endless.
Bouncing around over the years from Memphis to New York City and Austin to Key West, Keith finally returned to Memphis to make a home and make a difference in the wonderful world that is Memphis music.
Kelly has been named "Entertainer of the Year" & "Songwriter of the Year" by various organizations, had his song "Wasted OnThe Young" in the Top 10 on the Texas Music Chart, received thousands of spins on Country Radio in the US & Europe and sold over 10,000 of his first CD "Redfish Island"
"Lone Palm' Paul
McAnally's recent signing to Show Dog Nashville, the young but immensely successful independent label owned and operated by Toby Keith. When a man with Keith's musical and business acumen puts his chips down, it means something. "There's nobody more respected, at least when it comes to musicians and people who really know this business, than Mac McAnally," Keith said of bringing McAnally to the company. "Getting to be a part of whatever Mac wants to do is an honor for me, and for everyone at the label."
Next at the podium, Kenny Chesney. The man who had already recorded McAnally's "Back Where I Come From" asked for a little help when he decided to cut Mac's "Down The Road." Powered by vocals from both artists, the song reached the No. 1 spot in the spring of 2009 and was nominated in the ACM Vocal Event category.
Johnson found his stride as an artist after realizing he was better suited to precise fingerstyle and percussive rhythm playing rather than breakneck bluegrass flatpicking. For more than 12 years, he entertained audiences across the U.S. and Caribbean at resort hotels, universities, and arts centers. His "house gigs" included clubs in St. Croix, U.S.V.I., South Padre Island, Tx., and Vail, Col. When not touring in the 1990s, Johnson was a staff songwriter for Nashville's MCA Music Publishing, the Crosswind Corporation, and Orbison Productions.
His "Tallman" album was tracked at the fabled Black Horse Studios in Franklin, Tenn. The recording features a lineup of A-string Nashville players such as New Grass Revival founder and mandolinist Sam Bush, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Don Henry, fretless and acoustic bassist Craig Nelson, keyboard master Dirk Johnson, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Foster.
Johnson has recently been tapped for The Country Music Hall of Fame's Words and Music program in which he co-writes music with school children from across the country and performs the songs at the landmark venue. He is also an award-winning non-fiction writer and photographer, is currently creating a children's music/multimedia project, and is writing his first fiction novel.
I ended up south of the border, singing and writing songs for a living in a truly magical place, raising my kids in a town I love, spending time in the water instead of in traffic, and singing for people who dance to my tunes one night and the next day join me for charitable work with the "Castaway Kids". Just think, if I had scored that hit record, I could be in rehab by now. Or maybe off trashing a hotel room and getting arrested for the tenth time.
I'm not a bar guy. Have no interest in singing a love song from the heart while some biker is puking on the pool table. What I am is a guy who loves to sing for folks who want meaning and heart in their music. Who want to hear about sunshine and beaches and sailboats and cantinas and all that fun stuff that life south of the border inspires me to write about. Not only those folks who live that dream, but those who dream about living it one day.
Nationally recognized singer/songwriter Michael Sea has been writing and performing songs with a tropical/nautical theme for the past 25 years. Michael’s lyrics from his first two albums tell stories both true and fanciful evoking exotic locales and bringing to life colorful characters like “Toucan Bill.” Music masters Island Fever bring the sound all together, contributing a driving rhythm section and tight harmonies. Island Fever features the talents of Bud Minton on bass, Don Parsons on drums, Bryan Weiss on percussion and JJ Jenkins ..boards.
Mike is truly one of the lucky ones, living the life he sings about with his wife and musical partner, Amy, aboard a 42-foot cutter in the Norfolk, Virginia area. He’s as adept at tying nautical knots as he is painting musical memories and images of the places and people he’s met along his journey.
Mike is a solo entertainer and a recent transplant to the Nashville, Tennessee area. He works in an nation-wide niche of music that caters to the Trop-Rock crowd. He does club dates and many fundraisers, concerts and songwriter shows.
Mike has been associated with ASCAP since 1991, as a writer and publisher, and through the years has been awarded popular panel awards 7 times. He has released three Trop-Rock solo CD's of his music, and has contributed guitar, vocal tracks and songs to 8 CD's in the last 9 years.
Mike also works as a free lance writer for Premier Guitar magazine doing product reviews and profiles.
Mike's music is heard around the world on different Trop-Rock desk-top radio stations, and was recently used on MTV.
In December of 1999, Mike met Jake Tatar and the two later formed the Trop Rock band The Boat Drunks. During his career with The Boat Drunks, Mike played bass guitar and sang lead vocals on his own songs. Mike has several hits songs with the band that are his own originals, some of which include the title cut of their first CD "This Ain't Duval Street," fan favorite "Hollow Man," "Wind it up," and "Big in Japan."
In the summer of 2008, Mike retired from The Boat Drunks and moved aboard his sailboat. Since then, he has been travelling up and down the East Coast from New York City to the Bahamas. During which time, he continues to write new music inspired by his travels and experiences and continues to do guest performances with The Boat Drunks at various music festivals and events.
In 2010, Mike felt he had written enough new material to launch his solo career and has now “un-retired” in support of his first CD as a solo artist, which is due for release on September 25, 2010.
Mo Brothers Band
Having played in bands from The Generation Gap to Stagecoach to Lickety Split to Decoy (none ever amounting to a hill of beans) Mo eventually started playing as a soloist.
Mo has won solo artist of the year from the Ozark music awards and duo (yep-duo with only one guy) of the year from the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards. He also was in the top 5 nationally in the Sirius Radio "Sing like Jimmy Buffett" contest
A seasoned professional, Nadirah has performed for thousands at stadiums, and such mega concert events as Lalapalooza, Womad and Woodstock II, not to mention the millions who have experienced one of her sultry, earthy performances on television. In more intimate venues her voice and style have been described as smooth, yet powerful and captivating.
Nadirah has traveled the world singing with major recording artist such as: Jimmy Buffett, Arrested Development, Al Jarreau, Janet Jackson, Speech, Paula Abdul, Jasmine Guy, Milli Vanilli, and Howard Hewet.
Nadirah's band "Outside Art, is made up of 5 very talented musicians. together their sound is one reminiscent of Old School Soul flavored by hot dance beats, African rhythms a little jazz and a little southern Rock paying homage to her Texas roots.
Parrot Island Band
I have been playing guitar since I was 12. I attended my first Jimmy Buffett concert in 1977 when Jimmy opened for the Eagles. The next year Jimmy was the "headliner" and the Little River Band opened for him. I was hooked! I went to college at Old Dominion University and played guitar in local bars and restaurants. Although I moved onto more adult responsibilities (work, family,etc.) I guess I have always dreamed of playing and singing for people. Having Linda play steel drum with me is a great joy and we look forward to seeing what doors open for us in the coming year!
Kevin Garrelts, congas
Originally from Kearney, Nebraska - "Key West" Kev currently resides in Acworth, GA. While Kevin is currently playing percussion/conga with the band, he is a rhythm guitar player (and a darn good one!)
Linda Harris, steel drums
Bry and Linda have been married for almost 23 years and are enjoying their musical partnership as well. Linda plays steel drum, adding that "tropical feel" to the Parrot Island Band-duo's sound. Linda is a life-long musician and is the prettiest gal on Parrot Island!
As the vocal front-man for several country bands in the 80's and 90's, and later for the highly successful Trop-Rock bands PHINS (winners of the 2008 Trop-Rock Horizon Award) and the 12 Volt Band, Paul decided in 2010 that it was time to venture out on his own, where he would have the opportunity to tell his stories his way, in his own time. In April of that year, he set up a series of house concerts featuring himself and everybody's favorite, Troy Allan. The success of those four shows led to appearances in Florida and Michigan that summer, as well as an increased presence back home in Missouri and neighboring Illinois.
Over the years Peter has written many songs but it was only after heading south during a major snow storm in the northeast and landing on the small island of Bonaire that he began writing island style music AKA Jimmy Buffett. Peter has visited the islands and the Keys of Florida many times and each time he comes back he sits and writes songs about island adventures and island romance.
Living on Island Time was recorded in 1992 at Bay Farm Studios, Kingston Ma. The Album was released in April of 2006. Peter is currently working on some new songs and plans to combine these with some old favorites for a new album. Peter resides in a small sea coast town with his wife Anne, two sons and two mischievous dogs.
Peter is currently working with Record Producer Brian Stratton.
The Peter Mayer Group boasts between them an extensive performing and songwriting portfolio with experience in any number of styles from jazz to country rock to classical.
Our members include Paul Roush on acoustic rhythm guitar and vocals; Jerry Turnbow ..board, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitar and vocals; Alan Taylor on lead guitar; Charlie Wilson on bass and vocals; Jim Barks on congas, timbales and percussion; and John Ampleman on drums and vocals.
Although the band is based in Missouri, PHINS has performed in various locales over the years, ranging from Key West, Florida and Gulf Shores, Alabama to Put–In–Bay, Ohio and Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have had the distinct honor of sharing the stage with members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, including Michael Utley, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, and Tom Mitchell.