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Hey BeachBums and Parrotheads,

Another great musician passed away yesterday evening. 

Rest in Peace John Prine

Oh Boy Records sent an email out to all his fans, and I would like to share that email with you.

Included was also a note from his wife Fiona Whelan Prine as well.

 

From Oh Boy Records

It is with heavy hearts we have to share this sad news. Some of you may have already heard, but we wanted to take the time to let you know personally, and to say thank you. Thank you so much for all the well wishes, thoughts, prayers, stories, and songs. They helped us keep going through this tough time, and they will continue to bring us comfort.


Thank you for your love and support of John all these years. We know that it is what kept him going. He absolutely loved what he did, and he loved all of you. Thank you and we love you. - The Oh Boy family
 

From Fiona Whelan Prine...


Our beloved John died yesterday evening at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville TN. We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren.


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share.


In lieu of flowers or gifts at this time we would ask that a donation be made to one of the following non profits:

 

thistlefarms.org

roomintheinn.org

nashvillerescuemission.org


 

 

 

 

John Prine in his prime and Most recently

 

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"Beach Bars and Guitars Show"

hosted by Johnny Russler

Another new show is coming to the BeachFront and will make it's debut airing immediately following the interview with Westside Steve Simmons Tuesday April 7 at 8 PM. (The interview is at  7 PM EST).

We are really excited to bring you this new show from the MidWest and they will be having the best of the established Trop Rockers and lots of the new talent as well. So roll up your pants, take off your shoes and slide on up to the BeachBar. . . .

The new show is called "Beach Bars and Guitars Show" and will be hosted by Johnny Russler of the Beach Bum Band out of the Chicago area. He is also one of the founders of the Big Burrito Radio show that we also aired for a few years but has recently gone off the air from doing regular shows.  

 

For this episode Johnny talks to Trop-Rock Legend Don Middlebrook, aka "Mr. Pure Trop Rock" about his new album "Jump Start", his charity work and more! Johnny plays another song he wishes he wrote plus music by Don Middlebrook, Jonas Lorence Band, Don Tiki, Donny Brewer, Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band,Keith Sykes, Mark Mulligan and more! 

The show will be aired every Tuesday at 8 PM EST and the first five episodes will be aired starting next week Thurs April 16 at 9 PM EST each week until we are caught up.  Occasionally an encore show may be aired on Tuesday but for the most part we'll air the shows a week after the original broadcast. 

 

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Tune in this Tuesday for an exclusive interview with Westside Steve Simmons. An Ohio native and longtime entertainer in the area and he also spends some time in Key West each year.  His music has a little Irish in it as he just recently did an interview on the Trop Rock Award Winning Island Time Radio Show with DKtheDJ for St Patricks Day. His music is awesome and very salty . . . influenced by the sea, lakes, water and boats. But he has some great ballads on his numerous CDs as well. And he has a great new CD coming out in May, listen to the interview to find out more.

 

The interview will be aired on:

 

Tuesday April 7 at 7 PM EST, Wednesday April 8 at 1:40 PM, Thursday at 7 AM and 8 PM.

 

His website is:  www.westsidesteve.com

Facebook is: Westside Steve Simmons

      and also: Steve W Simmons

And his music can be purchased on CD Baby and some of it can be heard on Youtube.

 

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Announcing the All new - - -

April 2020 Trop5 Countdown List.

The Trop5 Countdown is now a part of the all new . . . . . . . "5 O'Clock Somewhere News" Show.  News about upcoming Buffett shows and stories from around the country. The new show will air at the following times. Friday 5 PM EST, Saturday 1:40 PM, Monday 9 PM and Wednesday 7 AM.  A new show will be presented each month by DJ John. Show support for his new show and let us know how you like it. It's an hour packed with great stories and the Trop5 Countdown.

So here it is . . . . Bongo Drum Roll please . . . . . .

 

Trop5 Countdown for April 2020.

 

1 – Johnny Russler and his BeachBum Band - Beach Happy

2 - Shanty Hounds (Key West Chris and Dani Hoy)

           - Yippee Cayo Hueso (Live version)

3 - Barefoot Reggie Starrett - She's Like the Ocean

4 - Juke Johnson - Chillin

5 - Flip Flop Republic - Sunlight and Moonlight

 

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Due to the current health situation we hope you all play it safe, use common sense and if you are hanging out at home please listen to BeachFront Radio. It will help you reduce the stress and put you in a Tropical mood and take you to your Island Escape. 

 

Cheers. Bottoms Up. And put a lime in it.

A little liquid Corona could be just the thing to help you avoid that other Corona.

 

 

 

 

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Please Help Gail Cook Folsom

one of our Parrohead Friends from San Diego

 

Gail needs our help! Those of you who have been following Gail and her story, know that she lost her colon to a botched colonoscopy in September of 2018. Gail continued to work, fought her way back to health and had surgery scheduled to reattach her small intestine to what is remaining of her colon. Unfortunately, she was recently diagnosed with two types of breast cancer just weeks before the surgery. The surgery has now been canceled and she continues to live with a colostomy bag while undergoing Chemotherapy and a double mastectomy for the cancer. The Chemotherapy, with complications from a missing colon, has landed her back in the hospital, dehydrated and weak. The doctors are also closely watching her heart as it has become enlarged.

I am offering 40 (possibly more) of the autographed books, “Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales” along with a 3 volume CD set of these songs for all future donations of $50 or more. This is a $115+ value. I will also include 2 BeachFront Radio koozies and 2 BeachFront Radio Coasters. For those that donate $100 or more, I will double this and send you 2 books and 2 sets of CD’s. Simply send your name, donation amount, and shipping address through the organizer contact button on Gail’s GoFundMe site after making your donation. She will forward your information to me and I will ship the book and CD’s along with the koozies and coasters to you. Thank you for supporting Gail!
 

Below is the link to the GoFundMe page for more info and updates . . . .

Click HERE is the Link.

 

 

 

 

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And now twp reports from our BeachFront Radio Ambassadors Fred McFarlin and then from Craig Guest,

Music On the B-b-b-brrr bay, 2020

Fred McFarlin reporting

 

Tampa Bay Parrot Head Club’s annual Music On the Bay event is always a great time, but the timing (late February/early March) and the location (on the shores of Tampa Bay) means the conditions can be a little iffy. Most of the time, attendees are treated to sunshine and Central Florida Winter temps, meaning mid to high 60’s – even low 70’s. But, there have been years when coats and gloves covered the colorful Parrot Head garb. This year saw a little of both.

This year’s event kicked off with rain on Wednesday, February 26th. Enough wet stuff came down that one performer, Don Middlebrook, moved his show inside host bar & restaurant, Whiskey Joes. Other performers, including the always entertaining Jack Mosely – with a full band – kept to the outdoor stage.

 

Day two, Thursday, saw more sunshine and memorable performances from the likes of relative newcomers Erik Erdman, Robin Tricker, and Texas’ Jonas Lawrence Band, alongside event vets The Trop Rock Junkies. Although daytime temps were in the 60’s, a steady breeze off the bay made for brisk sales of sweatshirts. By the time the sun went down, most people had ditched their shorts and flip flops and opted instead for long pants and – gasp – shoes with socks! In between acts, fans enjoyed food and drink specials at several outdoor locations, as well as indoors at Whiskey Joe’s bar and restaurant and wandered between vendor stalls selling everything from clothing to travel to artist merch.

 

Friday’s weather was pretty much the same – sunny, breezy and cool, with an amped up line up that included Jimmy Parrish & the Waves, Thom Shepard and Coley McCabe, Jimmy & The Parrots, Jim Asbell & The Tropiholics, and Donnie Brewer – who blew away the crowd with a bluesy version of “Margaritaville”, joined on stage by Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton, followed by a rip roaring take on his song “Tsunami” where he traded surf guitar licks with James “Sunny Jim” White.

 

The party continued on Saturday with a solo Jesse Rice kicking things off on the main stage at 10am, followed by Erica Sunshine Lee, Heather Vidal, The Sauce Boss in full Gumbo-making mode, John Frinzi and Aaron Scherz with special guest on loan from Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, Doyle Grisham, The John Patti Project with another Coral Reefer, Ms. Nadirah Shakoor, Jeff Pike and A1A, and the Boat Drunks to close the day out.

 

Last but not least, Sunday, the nicest day of the week, weather-wise, included some great sets by newcomers Flip Flop Republic, as well as more well-known Trop rock acts as Mike Nash,  Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef, and the Barefoot Man (who recounted for us the time he convinced an Abaco drinking establishment to change the channel from the American Top 40 and Hip Hop they were playing to Beachfront Radio). And, as he had every other day of the event, Master of Ceremonies and Man-About-Stage, Sunny Jim, also lent his musical support to a number of acts.

 

All in all another great event put on by the host club, with lots of money raised for Shriner’s Hospital for Children. BeachFront Radio was proud to once again be in attendance and to be a sponsor of Music On the Bay and our thanks to everyone with the Tampa Bay Parrot Head Club who worked so hard to put it on. We’ll see you again next year!

 

Fred McFarlin your BeachFront Radio Ambassador from Atlanta.

 

Travel by Georgia

 

 

A House Concert with Freebo and Alice Howe

Craig Guest reporting

 

Alice Howe is a talented singer-songwriter who lives in Boston now. Her childhood memories take her back to a old rustic cabin that her great uncle built in a forest in Vermont.  Alice wrote the great song “Still on My Mind”, and many others, at that cabin. It is about her personal memories of lovers, friends & family members.

One person will always be Alice's hero, her Dad.  Although he died when she was 18, Alice says he is always with her.  I am certain that he is pleased to see what she is doing with her career!

In 2018, Alice was named “New Song Music Songwriter & Performance Competition Finalist”.  She was also the “Kerrville New Folk Finalist”.  Afterwards, she toured the United Kingdom & the Netherlands.

Tonight’s House Concert in West Chester, Pa. was one of the best I have ever seen!  Alice sang by herself and together with “Freebo.  Their styles complimented each other beautifully.  They truly made beautiful music together!

Now, let me introduce “Freebo”.  That is his stage name.  His real name is Daniel Friedburg.  You may know Freebo from the ten years that he played base for the great Bonnie Raitt.  He was also a member of the Philadelphia Edison Electric Band in the late 60s.  That is where Bonnie first saw him and asked him to back her up.  Freebo is a great base player.  For that reason, he is in great demand for touring and studio work.  He has 5 solo albums and a new one coming out soon. Freebo, who has many years in all facets of the music business,  is also producing Alice’s new album, which they are finalizing right now.

Freebo was really great at stimulating audience participation. He got everyone involved with his funny song “Funk It Up”.  Freebo is really comfortable with the audience and vice versa.

Freebo’s latest CD “if Not Now, When” was released n 2019 and is  a reflection of his personal story from base player, to singer-songwriter.  He did not start singing until he was in his mid 40’’s & already had many years of experience as a well-known professional musician.

I would like to thank Pat & Linda Deeney for opening their beautiful home for this spectacular concert.

I hope to have both Alice and Freebo at my “Parrot’s Nest House Concert Venue” in Douglassville, Pa., in the future, when they are in our area again.  They are wonderful together!

            
Postponed to a later date. March 21, 2020 (5:30-9:30 PM) Postponed to a later date.
                                            “Dennis McCaughey” - Singer-Songwriter
                   (Brought to you by Craig Guest and Beachfront Radiio)
                   *Contact Craig Guest at (cguest71@mail.com )
for rescheduling info.

 

 

 

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Welcome to our latest Sponsor - - -

The Colebrookdale Railroad !!!  

Website: colebrookdalerailroad.com    or click HERE

 

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to travel on a train back in time to when the country was being explored by our early pioneers?

 

 

Experience the wonder and splendor of the bygone era of the Titanic (1900 to 1916) aboard the Colebrookdale Railroad. Travel Through Pennsylvania's Secret valley, enjoy a five star meal, listen to the grand piano, or sip a specialty cocktail as the train crosses tall timber trestles and deep rock cuts on one of the northeast's most scenic journeys unspoiled by time. The Colebrookdale's Secret Valley looks much the same today as it would to the iron-willed pioneers who first ventured along its cold, rushing creeks three centuries ago. Santa trains, foliage trains, and a host of special events make the Colebrookdale Railroad perfect for making lasting memories.

 

Visit colebrookdalerailroad.com and book your trip today for the adventure of a lifetime into the past. 

Read more about this unique Train Adventure in Pennsylvania's Secret valley aboard the Colebrookdale Railroad right HERE.

 

 

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Inspirational Isle is back !!! and will air every Sunday.

Tiki Thom brings you songs of Life, Love and Inspiration to reflect upon and maybe allow you to slow down and not take life at such a hectic pace.

It can be heard every Sunday at 11 AM amd 8 PM EST, exclusively on BeachFront Radio - - -

 

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A new exciting TROP ROCK movie was premiered in Key West during MOTM 2018 at the Key West Movie Theatre. Click the poster below to get all the details about the movie and how to get the DVD. The creator and director of the movie Todd Norwood was at MOTM to showcase the premier of the movie. The turnout was great and the response was fantastic, many people bought the DVD and many more were purchased throughout MOTM at the mini-mart and other events, like the BeachFront Radio Welcome party where Todd announced the premier and sold DVDs.

 

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The release date for the Digital download of the movie is Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  Amazon Prime is the only outlet so far. More will be announced when they are available and all the links will be posted right here very soon.

Here is the link, bit.ly/ctslaunch or click HERE

 

Email Todd Norwood directly to order a DVD or any other specifics of the Digital version, etc.

email: info@islandtimefilm.com

website: islandtimefilm.com

DVDs can be purchased directly from Todd by emailing him.

 

* * * Note: currently the DVDs are on back order as the first release has SOLD OUT.

 

 

 

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Please Welcome the newest addition to our Ambassador family  -  - -

Fred McFarlin and his wife Georgia McFarlin -

 

Fred is a longtime fan and supporter of Trop Rock, whose connection to BeachFront Radio goes back to an early friendship with founder DJ Jeff Allen. Past BFR fans may remember him from shows like "Trop Rock Artist Spotlight" and "Trop Rockin' Live" - which earned him a Trop Rock Music Award nomination for Radio Show of the Year. he lives in Atlanta with his wife and fellow Trop Rock fan, Georgia McFarlin. Together they operate the Trop Rock and Parrot Head friendly travel agency. "Travel by Georgia".

 

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Would you be interested in being a BeachFront Radio Ambassador?

 

email us at:   andy@beachfrontradio.com

 

Go to the BeachFront Ambassador section to see who our BeachFront Ambassadors are and learn a little bit more about them. And what being a BeachFront Radio Ambassador is all about.

Click HERE to go to the Ambassador page.

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We would like to welcome our latest Sponsors and fine additions to the Tropical Mall. This one in the Jewelry section.

Tradewinds Galleria

on the Island of St.Thomas in Red Hook.

Tradewinds Galleria is happy to offer you an amazing variety of the finest jewelry in the Caribbean. Caribbean Hook Bracelets in a variety of styles, in silver, gold and twotone.

Visit our Tropical Mall page HERE to see more and then go to their website and see all they have to offer and place your order for the finest Caribbean Jewelry at prices you cannot beat in any other store in the island.

 

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And this one is in the Lifestyle section HERE.

Youngevity and the products 90 For Life and Rebound. For healthy living and added energy check out Rebound to keep you going whether involved in a sporting activity or just working hard and feeling a little run down. Rebound is the natural way to boost your energy and stamina level.

The 90 For Life vitamins and minerals provides all the nutrients your body needs to live a healthy life.  Check out the videos and go to the Youngevity web site for more information, testimonials and to buy the products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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             Be sure to check out our two latest additions to the Tropical Mall.

 
"Designs by Polly" in the Tropical Clothing section of the Tropical Mall. A very cool 100% Cotton shirt in all different sizes. Email Polly for prices and how to get it shipped fast. PayPal option is coming soon. Check out the shirts HERE and get Polly's email
 
 
 



Then in the Tropical Jewelry section HERE you can purchase items from "Earthsea Glass" and all the really cool Parrothead items including the new Purple Parrot in a Palm Tree. A great gift anytime in honor of the new Jimmy Buffett "12 days of Christmas" music video. PayPal options are now available in our Tropical Mall. There are also bracelets, necklaces and so much more all hand made.  email Lynn for prices and other merchandise and how to get your order shipped fast. email is on her home page HERE.
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