THOM SHEPHERD & COLEY McCABE
Three Time Trop Rock Music Association Duo of the Year Thom Shepherd and his beautiful better half Coley McCabe were both working for Nashville publishing companies in the same building when they met. Their first date was a Deryl Dodd show at the Blue Bar in Nashville on April Fool’s Day, 2011. By the end of that year the couple relocated to Austin, Texas, to begin a full-time touring career. They were married by Elvis in Las Vegas on October 23rd, 2015. Together they have garnered 14 TRMA awards including Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year.
Coley is a platinum-selling songwriter who hails from West Virginia. She has performed numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry. While on RCA Records her song “Grow Young With You” was featured in the Natalie Portman / Ashley Judd film, “Where The Heart Is,” Her writing credits include the award winning group SheDaisy and legendary Loretta Lynn. She also starred in the feature film “Alabama Love Story.”
Thom is originally from St. Louis, MO, is the writer of two number one country songs, “Riding with Private Malone” and “Redneck Yacht Club,” three Texas Music number ones, “Beer Season,” “My Texas,” and “The Night Is Young,” has had over 100 songs recorded by other artists, two songs on Grammy nominated albums, and multiple top ten hits nationwide and in Texas. He appears in “The Parrot Heads Documentary” with Jimmy Buffett.
You can find their tour schedule, merchandise, and music videos at ThomAndColey.com
Photos by Michele Watson
Former army-soldier, police-detective and traveling musician that became an Americana-comedy, trop-rock-country, folk-rap-mainstream-music-protest-singer, a Radio Margaritaville Sirius XM Deejay and proud American Beach Bum.
The 2016 Trop Rock Music Association “Duo of the Year” is thrilled to be playing the first annual Lone Star Luau. The Detentions [Dan Sullivan/Chris Hillier] combine the salty sounds of the Gulf Coast with the folksy spirit of the Texas Hill Country to create a signature style of music they call “Rockamole.” You can hear their songs “Coast” and “Sunburned” on Radio Margaritaville and your favorite Trop Rock stations across the country.
Brittany Kingery has found her beach. And she hopes that her music will lead others to find their beaches, both literally and metaphorically speaking. A few months after the release of her 2013 debut CD Edge of the Ocean, the McCleary, Washington-born singer started practicing what she preaches in her music. She quit her secure government job, packed up her ukelele and a dream and moved to Bucerias, a small fishing village near the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
Singer-songwriter Rob Hill has been best known as an accompanist to award-winning vocalist Brittany Kingery; in fact he is the writer or co-writer of all of Brittany’s trop rock hits, including the raucous 2015 Trop Rock Song of the Year “Tequila Talking”, and co-producer of both her CDs Edge of the Ocean and Dream in Blue. His duo Game Six expanded to a trio to include Brittany as a featured vocalist on their 2009 CD God, Love and Mexico, which included trop rock songs Shamrock Bar and Bahia de Banderas. Rob’s album Beach Town is slated for release in July, after which he will be doing a late summer tour with his daughter Emalee Hill, who is releasing an EP this summer as well. Rob is based in Olympia, Washington.
Southern Drawl Band
Sweating out their own brand of rockin’ country music distilled in the backwoods of Tennessee, Southern Drawl Band has been relentlessly touring the U.S. from coast to coast since it’s beginnings in 2012. Aggressively playing over 200 shows a year to sold out crowds of fiercely loyal fans. “Tirelessly building our grass roots fan base from the ground up is the key to our success” says Mike Nash, frontman and guitarist for the band. “We have been honored to have won several awards for Band of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year because of the support of our incredible fans who will regularly drive hundreds of miles for our shows and who have spread our message like wildfire”.
Thom Shepherd & Coley McCabe
CMA of Texas Songwriter of the Year Thom Shepherd and hit songwriter Coley McCabe were both writing songs for Nashville publishing companies in the same building when they met. Their first date was a Deryl Dodd show at the Blue Bar in Nashville on April Fool’s Day, 2011. By the end of that year the couple relocated to Austin, Texas, to begin a full-time touring career. They were married by Elvis in Las Vegas on October 23rd, 2015.
Coley wrote the title track to their album “I’m With U,” a song about a couple that “cruise this country from town to town” and know that “God and a song are gonna get us there.” She wrote the song a few years back, claiming “Little did I know I would be writing about my future life.”
Thom is originally from St. Louis, MO, is the writer of two number one country songs, “Riding with Private Malone” and “Redneck Yacht Club,” three Texas Music number ones, “Beer Season,” “My Texas,” and “The Night Is Young,” has had over 100 songs recorded by other artists, two songs on Grammy nominated albums, multiple top ten hits nationwide and in Texas, and appears in the upcoming film “Parrot Heads: The Documentary.”
Coley sang a duet with Andy Griggs called “Grow Young With You” that was featured in the Natalie Portman film, “Where The Heart Is,” and co-wrote the top 5 SheDaisy hit “Lucky 4 U.” She hails from West Virginia and has had songs recorded by artists ranging from Kristi Lee Cook to Loretta Lynn. She also played the lead role in the film “Alabama Love Story.”
Jesse Rice is a multi-platinum selling and award-winning singer-songwriter and producer in Nashville, TN. As a writer, Rice has won ACM, CMA, AMA, Billboard, BMI & SESAC Awards, including Awards for SESAC Song of The Year and ACM & CMA Single of the Year for Florida Georgia Line’s hit single ” Cruise”.
“Cruise” was his first #1 hit as a songwriter, and the song then went on to become the longest-running #1 country music song of all time, spending an unprecedented 25 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts. To date, “Cruise” has sold 10 million downloads, making it the largest selling single in country music history, and the only country song ever to receive a Diamond certification by the RIAA. Rice is also the writer of” While He’s Still Around” from the current Florida Georgia Line Billboard #1 record Dig Your Roots. As an artist Rice also tours promoting the act that is his passion- THE PIRATE SESSIONS, whose 2 volumes of that record each debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country Album Charts and featured such artists as Chase Rice and Florida Georgia Line. His new album PIRATE SESSIONS III will be released on January 27, 2017, and will feature 10 songs of trop rock music featuring artists such as Michael Ray, Django Walker, Clayton Anderson and more.
Donny Brewer is a Parrot Head, sure, Rasta fan, yeah, but the Texas born and bred multi-instrumentalist is more than that. In fact he started in his teens playing big-hair rock in bars he wasn’t even old enough to be in. Later, in college, he found he could make more money playing country in Texas dance halls. Eventually he got fired from his job and gave up his art education to to tour with country acts. There he was educated by a different professor — the road. He honed his skills as a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist in front of screaming fans of…well…whoever the act he was opening for. It was a tough road but you get a lot of time off, so the Texas beaches became his second home. He spent years being content as somebody else’s sideman, and only a closet songwriter — that is until he met a girl. She soon became his wife and he left the road to become a family man, running Cowpatty Studios and working with several local bands as a hired gun. Not a stable job, but having time to spend raising kids has made him a different man. Songwriting quickly became the pastime of choice. The result is years of collecting material — everything from raw country to rock and blues to islandy tunes. And what about those islandy tunes? All the other material had been shopped around with various bands with little success but not the islandy stuff. With a small nudge (otherwise known as a giant shove) from his wife (now of 21 years), he finally dusted off that notebook, wrote some newly inspired tracks, and compiled them into two albums. And in this new age, you don’t need a record deal budget to share your music with the world. All you need is a computer, a couple guitars, and a good mic. Of course it helps to have 30 years experience as a musician, songwriter, and engineer!
Peter Mayer is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, touring musician and recording artist in Nashville, Tennessee. With his unique writing style, distinctive voice and virtuoso musicianship, Mayer creates compelling and soulful music for an electrifying live performance. Mayer has released 13 albums to date and tours year round with the Peter Mayer Group. He is the lead guitarist in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and has shared the stage with a variety of artists such as James Taylor, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr. As a young child in Tamilnadu India (where his parents were Lutheran Missionaries), Peter Mayer had a passion for music. Drawing musical influence from his upbringing, Mayer’s music evokes melodic notes such as music and lyrics of The Beatles, traditional Indian music, church hymns and jazz standards. After moving back to the United States, he went on to study formal theory and composition and taught jazz guitar as a faculty member at Webster University. In 1988, Mayer released his debut album for Warner Brothers Records with the group PM. Working with producer Elliott Scheiner (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Hornsby) – this album produced the single “Piece of Paradise,” charting to number eight on Billboard. Mayer began touring with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band in 1988 as lead guitarist, a position that he holds to this day. He regularly tours with his own bands, including The Peter Mayer Group, The Peter Mayer trio and Peter Mayer’s Songs of Faith.
Music has always been a commanding presence in Brendan Mayer’s life. The son of longtime guitarist for Jimmy Buffett, Peter Mayer, Brendan grew up surrounded by the music industry. Since a young age, he has been steadily crafting his own unique voice as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. As lead singer of Nashville buzz-band The Turf, Brendan played extensively throughout the Nashville area and elsewhere, sharing the stage with successful acts like American Bang, Jeff the Brotherhood, De Novo Dahl, and Turbo Fruits. As a solo aritist, he has toured as a featured artist on Buffett’s nationwide summer tour and also released his debut — “The Getaway Car EP” in 2014 on Mailboat Records. Brendan also regularly tours with the Peter Mayer Group as well as his solo musical project.
Ben Hammond and John Patti
Energetic and innovative, the powerhouse duo of BEN HAMMOND and JOHN PATTI keep you on your feet and in amazement through unique live-looping technology. Hammond’s “funky guitar looping, beat boxing and soulful singing” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) explodes with Patti’s rhythmically addictive percussion and smooth steel pan sound.
A graduate of Montreal’s McGill University, Ben received a degree in Music Technology and Jazz Voice and has honed his smooth, energetic style and signature layered looping skills through thousands of performances at music venues and festivals across the country including a guest performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Three time TRMA “Musician of the Year” winner, John brings the steel pan to the forefront of musical entertainment with an “island infused jazz and blues” style.
His innovative take on the steel pan has taken him on stages with greats like Les Paul in New York City, Nadirah Shakoor at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Coral Reefer band in Key West and stadiums around the country performing the National Anthem.
Individually unique but collectively incredible, these two perform a range of groove-oriented acoustic music, original compositions and reimagined cover songs like you’ve never heard before!