Tropical rock

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Tropical rock (or trop rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements and influences of rock and roll, reggae, country music, caribbean, Calypso music and zydeco, with themes and musical compositions inspired by an island style.[1]

Although today tropical rock is usually associated with southern Florida, lower Alabama, and other areas of the Gulf Coast of the United States, trop rock has its roots in calypso, rock, and country by artists such as Jerry Jeff Walker.

The origins of the genre may be related to the musical sound of Jimmy Buffett and his folk singing style. Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band helped create a tropical sub-culture beginning in the early to mid-1980s, along with other artists including Bertie Higgins. Mainstream artists like Jack Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney have songs in the trop rock genre. Other popular Trop Rock artists include Don Middlebrook,[2] the Boat Drunks,[3] Conch Republic,[4] Dr. J,[5] Fins, Howard Livingston, James "Sunny Jim" White, Jimmy & the Parrots, Kelly McGuire, Latitude, and Tropical Soul.

Trop Rock Radio[edit]

In 2000, WBWC-FM, Dennis King of Island Time Radio began programming this format on the air in Cleveland, Ohio and streaming worldwide on Monday nights. Radio Margaritaville, available on Sirius XM Radio, also plays many of the genre's hits.[6]


  1. ^ "Trop Rock Artists". Beach Front Radio. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers". Official website of Don Middlebrook. 
  3. ^ "Boat Drunks". Official website of the Boat Drunks. 
  4. ^ "Conch Republic". Official website of the Conch Republic band. 
  5. ^ "Dr. J Island Music". Office website of Dr. J. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Radio Margaritaville". Retrieved August 16, 2014. 

5. Radio A1A - Music For The Road To Paradise - Rock music

6. Don Middlebrook - 3 Time 2015 TRMA Award winner (Songwriter of the Year, Album of The Year "Songs from Tailspin Bay", "I Can" Award for charitable work with Trop Rock Music) -

7. Trop Rock Music Association - TRMA -

8. Trop Rock Junkies - Tampa Bay, Florida based Trop Rock Band. Members: Steve Tolliver, acoustic guitar/vocals, Bill McLees, lead guitar/vocals, Greg Sabol, bass guitar/vocals, Steve Way, Drums, David Hardy, Keyboards.

9. Rich "Schooner" McGuire - Trop Rock singer/songwriter -

10. Dave Burks - Trop Rock Singer/Songwriter

11. Bill Cockrell - Trop Rock singer/songwriter -

12. Donny Brewer - Trop Rock singer / songwriter -

13. Phin Addicts - Nationally touring trop rock band -