TropRock is a genre of music that deals with Tropical Fixations. If it has a tropical feel and tells stories about far off islands, sand and sun, tiki bars, ocean breezes, boat drinks or anything else that involves hanging out with your toes in the sand, you could call it TropRock. It roots come from multiple genres including Rock, Country, Jazz, Reggae, Cajun, Pop and more. The most famous of TropRock artists of course is Jimmy Buffett. His music and stories have influenced “Parrotheads” of all ages and from all over the world. But that’s just the starting point.
The TropRock sound has been around for a while but has recently exploded on the independent music scene thanks to the popularity of artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and many others. There are thousands of singer-songwriters all over the world who are not content to just play “Margaritaville” and “Come Monday” all night long. These independent artists have struck out on their own to add their own spin to the TropRock thing. Now their music and their stories keep our feet in the sand, a cold drink in our hand, and the ocean and sun in our hearts.
Many of these independent artists have a strong local or regional following. Island Dreamz Radio began broadcasting June of 2004 as Radio JimmyDreamz, and changed to our new name in 2009. Our goal of bringing their music to TropRock fans all over the world and turn local favorites into nationally recognized artists hasn’t changed. We hope you enjoy their music as much as we do. If you do enjoy the music we play, please support these artists by seeing them perform live and buying their music. You can find their websites on our “Artists” page. Thanks for stopping by!
Island Dreamz Radio Staff
As a student of radio and television production, Big Ed felt the idea of creating a radio station catering to the musical tastes of “Parrot Heads” was an appealing challenge. After several nights of music and tequila in Key West, Jim and Ed came up with the original idea for a station. And in July of 2004, Radio Jimmydreamz became a reality. Shortly after, our first ever live broadcast took place in Manistee, MI, and included music from Tim Krause, Jack Mosley and Caribbean Blue.
“Key West Kate”, Kate Walker-Starr stumbled upon the JimmyDreamz family in 2008. A freespirit with a serious wanderlust, Kate escapes as often as she can to many of our live events. Not only can Kate be seen hauling equipment for the station and the bands, but as Promotional Director she helps keep everyone (including Big Ed) up to date on station happenings, helps maintain the station’s social network presence and helps with administrative duties. Sometime’s she’s found staring blankly at the sound board, running cables, or dancing in front of the stage.
“Rum Runner” Leslie Crawford may not be seen at all of our live events, but things would fall apart behind the scenes without her. As an administrator for the Jimmydreamz Forums and the technical assistant for Island Dreamz, Leslie is a key member of the team. From Anderson, SC, Leslie is the eyes and ears of the station when the production team is on the road, providing info and feedback on live events, and managing the station operations in our absence. Leslie is a founding member of the “Pirates of The Piedmont Parrothead Club”.
“Captain” Jim Gay is the creator of the Original Jimmydreamz website first created in 1996. A true “Parrot Head”, Jim originally created Jimmydreamz as a one-stop source for all things related to Jimmy Buffett, including information on tour dates and rumors, pre-concert info, and a ticket exchange with a strict NO SCALPING guideline. Today Jimmydreamz is the source for all things Tropical. Along with info about Jimmy Buffett, you’ll find information about “phlockings” all over the country.
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