The 9th annaul Trop Rock Music Association Awards were held during the 25th annual Meeting of the Minds in Key West, FL. We congratulate all the nominees and winners!
(Note: Trop Rockin’ Magazine is not associated with the Trop Rock Music Association Awards)
Musician: John Patti
John Patti is the steel drums super star of Trop Rock and is sought out to perform on a multitude of new CDs each year. Here’s our recent spotlight article on John Patti:
John Patti: Man of Steel
Duo/Trio: The Detentions
The Detentions are from the Lone Star State and are both teachers in the Central Texas area. Their songs have been a hit on Radio Margaritaville they have three solid albums to date. Find out more about this Trop Rock music award winning duo:
The Detentions Debut New CD “Three” (CD Review)
How The Detentions Got Their Song on Radio Margaritaville
Band, Songwriter of the Year and Lifetime Achievement: Jim Morris / Big Bamboo Band
Jim Morris is known as the “Godfather of Trop Rock” with over 20 CDs released in a career spanning over the last 20 years. Jim suddenly passed away in 2016 from a brain aneurysm, shocking and saddening the Trop Rock community. Jim was a cornerstone of the Trop Rock music genre.
“Memories of Morris” A Celebration of Life for Trop Rock Artist Jim Morris
My Last Interview with Jim Morris
Female Vocalist: Brittany Kingery
Brittany Kingery is the Female Vocalist Trop Rock music award winner two years in a row. Brittany did what so many of us want to do, she listened to her heart and leaped. She moved to a quaint tropical town in Mexico where she spends her winters and then tours the U.S. in the summer. Get to know Brittany in our articles below:
Story Behind the Song: Brittany Kingery, “Rhythm of My Love”
Brittany Kingery Appreciates the Simple Life in Mexico
Album: “Rum Shoes” by James “Sunny Jim” White
“Rum Shoes”, the album and song have been a hit in the Trop Rock community and well deserving of recognition. We’ve got the story behind Sunny Jim’s Trop Rock music award winning song and a review of the album. Read about and listen to a little “Rum Shoes”:
Story Behind the Song: Sunny Jim, “Rum Shoes”
Trop Rock CD Review: Sunny Jim “Rum Shoes”
Male Vocalist, Horizon and Song of the Year: Donny Brewer / “Palapa Joe”
The story behind Donny Brewer’s song “Palapa Joe” is a heartfelt story that turned into a fun, upbeat Trop Rock hit song. Donny was well received at this year’s awards, which is well deserved. Read up and listen to a little Donny Brewer in our spotlight articles:
Donny Brewer’s New CD & Release Party for “Winnebago Tapes Vol. 1”
Story Behind the Song: Donny Brewer, “Palapa Joe”
Donny Brewer’s Trop Rock CD “Zimzala” Delivers Escapism
“I CAN” Award (Philanthropy):Thom Shepherd
Thom has helped the U.S. troops across the globe.
Entertainer: Bob Karwin
Funny guy, Bob Karwin, campaigned for this award for an entire year with funny slogans and campaign shenanigans.
Event: Music on the Bay
Music on the Bay has been the Trop Rock music award winning event for 4 years in a row and we here at Trop Rockin’ Magazine are proud partners with this event. If you haven’t been to Music on the Bay, you are missing out on an amazing experience. Here’s what it’s like (and why you should be) at Music on the Bay:
Music On The Bay – Best Parrot Head Party Under the Sun (2016 recap and photo gallery)
4th Annual Music on the Bay Memorable Trop Rock Weekend (2015 recap and photo gallery)
Trop Rock Radio
Radio Station- Mid Size Market: Radio A1A
Harry Teaford jumped into the Trop Rock radio business two years ago, recruiting a great group of “Trop Jocks” and original shows.
Radio Station- Small Market: Songwriters Island Radio
Sam and Gina Densler are the driving forces behind Songwriters Island Radio which not only brings listeners great Trop Rock music, they are the pioneer in Trop Rock to broadcast events and house concerts live. Read about this amazing couple and their hopes for the Trop Rock genre:
Sam & Gina Densler: Advancing the Trop Rock Genre
Radio Show-“Pirates & Poets”: Jon Burns & “Dammit” Earl Sanders
Jon and Earl interview Trop Rock artists intermixing stories and songs into their podcast. These two guys have a long history together, read all about it here:
Created by Two Best Friends, “Pirates & Poets” Showcases Trop Rock
Trop Rock Venues
House Concert Venue: “The Yard” in Tampa, FL / Mark & Sharon Leverett
Mark and Sharon host Trop Rock house concerts all year long in their spacious backyard.
Live Music Venue: Smokin’ Tuna – Key West Florida, FL
Smokin’ Tuna hosts Trop Rock music events and artists primarily during MOTM.
Fan of The Year: Debbie Hess
Debbie is known for attending many events each year and famous for her selfies! More importantly, she’s known for her sweet, caring and giving nature. Debbie is very deserving of this Trop Rock music award.