Trop rock

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.

Although today tropical rock is usually associated with southern Florida and the Gulf Coast of the United States, trop rock has its roots in calypso, rock, and country by artists such as Harry Belafonte and 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 the Coral Reefers[1] have helped create a tropical sub culture. In the early to mid 80's, Buffett and others, including Bertie Higgins and a local Keys group, The Key Lime Pie Band,who's members Joe & Meri-Lynn Britz wrote ,The Conch Republic. The national anthem of Key West and the Conch Republic, were instrumental in the development of trop rock music. A big contributor from the early 90's to today, and considered by many to be one of the "founding fathers of Trop Rock," is Don Middlebrook, "Michigan's resident beach boy." Don tours a Michigan to Key West circuit throughout the year. [2]

Mainstream artists like Jack Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney have songs in the trop rock genre.

Trop Rock Radio

In 2006, Lewis University's radio station, WLRA-FM, began programming this format on the air in Chicago and streaming world wide all day Saturday.[3] Radio Margaritaville, available on Sirius XM Radio, also plays much of the genre, with a particular focus on Buffett.

Other stations offering this format include ((KBEC)) 1390 in Waxahachie, Texas. Their show "Gulf Coast Cowboys" airs Wednesday evenings at 7pm CDT and can be haerd at www.KBEC.com. One of the most prominent online stations (and source for independent Trop Rock music) is Beach Front Radio, which can be heard at www.beachfrontradio.com[4] Another great Trop Rock online station is www.boatdrinkradio.com

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