Tropical Rock
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Tropical 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.[1]

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 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, Tropical Soul, Barefoot Reggie Starrett, Dave McKenney, Cory Young, Danny Rosado and Donny Brewer, The Flip Flop Man (Steve McCloud) Eric Stone,The Sons of a Beach, Louie Liguori.

Trop Rock Radio

In 2000, WBWC-FM, Dennis King of Island Time Radio began programming this format on the air in Cleveland, Ohio and streaming world wide 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 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 .
  6. ^ "Radio Margaritaville". Retrieved 2014.

Barefoot Reggie Starrett [1]

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