We are so pleased to announced our beginning line up for the 2019 New England Parrot Head Convention! We have watched and listened and believe we have put together something quite special! First, welcome the ladies of Drop Dead Dangerous who are blowing up the Trop Rock world! Their sassy style and pure talent just radiate on stage! Next we have the amazing duo of Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe, a couple not only on stage but in life. They travel the world sharing their talents to as many as they can, adding their charm and smiles! Bringing a blast from the past, we present Ryan Sheley & Friends! The friends you ask? Well none other than Tommie John and Tod Sheley, all formerly from the legendary band, Homemade Wine and now bringing us some new orinals, sprinkled with some classics and combined with their well known stage presence! This is one you’re not going to want to miss!
We are proud to introduce our clubs favorite (and even related to one of our club members!) band, No Shoes Nation! These guys make you feel just like you’re at a Kenney Chesney concert! The energy and atmosphere will keep you on the dance floor all night long! Another club favorite is our very own Todd Trusty! A bit of tropics thrown in with New England style, he’s got a little of everything for everyone. Enjoy his originals along with a couple shots of Crown!
Another legend to join our list is the one and only Bob Karwin! He may live in CA now, but he’s a true blue New Englander! He earned the title of Entertainer of the Year in 2016 and it was well deserved! He mixes his original tunes with a saucy comedic style that no one can even touch!
And just wait.. there is more to come!
Drop Dead Dangerous
Drop Dead Dangerous is a musical force. Two women who met touring independently, teamed up and are ready to take on the world. Since their start in autumn of 2015, they have toured and performed in front of the continental United States and Caribbean islands. Vocalist and guitar player, Kitty Steadman, is arguably the most powerful female vocalist the southern rock and country-music landscape has heard. Melanie Howe, commonly known as "The Djembabe", effortlessly fills the pocket with groove. Her wild drum kit and percussion rig leave audiences saying "how in the Hell can she do all of that?!"
Blending with "sister-like" harmonies, Drop Dead Dangerous released their first album, "Drop Dead LIVE" including regular band mates JD Edge and Paul Wray. You can catch them in night clubs, festivals, beach bars, and honky tonks; traveling thousands of miles with their "ready to party" attitude.
Music can be purchased at any show or downloaded on anything you can plug a set of headphones into.
Drop Dead Dangerous is sponsored by: Vater Drumsticks, 64 Audio, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Gon Bops Percussion.
Thom & Coley
Thom and Coley and their dog Odie the Roadie travel the world telling their stories and singing their songs that make people laugh and cry.
They were both writing 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. They relocated to Texas later that year and were married by Elvis in Las Vegas on October 23rd, 2015.
Coley McCabe 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 Shepherd 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. He is nominated in 5 categories at this year's TRMA Awards including Album of The Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocalist, Entertainer of the Year, and Event of the Year.
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Ryan Sheley & Friends
Ryan Sheley is joined by Tommie John and Tod Sheley, formerly of Homemade Wine. The three will bring a splash of old, mixed with new and topped off with a few shots of Tennessee champagne, because that is how they roll.
After spending years building success as the frontman for Homemade Wine, singer/songwriter Ryan Sheley embarked on a new solo venture. Sheley seeks to explore a more intimate side of music, a more pure expression of himself through scaled-down, acoustic songwriting. The style is perfectly suited for a man who has familiarized himself to fans across the country through tireless touring and personal interactions.
Tommie John, Knoxville-area born and raised. Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter. Performing both as a solo artist and as a sideman for many other regional acts. I don’t like to eat my veggies.
Tod tracks his Trop Rock roots back to the legendary St. Somewhere with the likes of Paul Bobal and Quincy Yeates. Tod later joined up with his brother, Ryan to form another legendary band, Homemade Wine which took the genre by storm.
No Shoes Nation Band
We are the definitive Kenny Chesney Tribute Band.
Kenny Chesney is one of the most popular touring acts in country music today, regularly selling out stadiums all over the U.S.A. His tours are among the highest-grossing concerts today . Kenny has had over thirty Top Ten singles, twenty two of which have climbed to number one. He has recorded fourteen certified gold (or higher) albums and he has sold over thirty million albums worldwide, thanks to the “No Shoes Nation”.
Kenny Chesney has been honored with six Academy of Country Music awards, including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards, as well as six Country Music Association awards. Additionally he has received awards from the American Music Awards, Country Music Television, Billboard Music Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.
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Trop Rock Singer/Songwriter
As a long-time Parrot Head, Todd has been influenced by the tropical laid back styles of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney as well as Trop Rock artists like Kelly McGuire, John Frinzi and Jim Morris. Todd entered the Trop Rock music scene in 2016 with his first ever CD entitled 'Paradise' that contains eleven original tracks and one Buffett cover. With a mixture of Trop Rock and Americana sounds, Todd is slowly working towards his second CD release, hopefully due out fall of 2017. Todd has performed for parrot heads in Key West, at New England Parrot Head Conventions, at parrot head functions, at house concerts and private parties as well as at Corporate Events and local restaurants.
Check out his site for more info and videos - CLICK HERE
Bob Karwin began his career in 1990, storming the Irish pubs and college bars of Boston. His reputation grew quickly for being able to stand on stage armed with nothing more than a guitar and microphone and tame any unruly crowd that was fired up on Guinness and Jack Daniels.
In 1993, he packed up his Jeep and drove cross-country, pocketing the stories of the people and places he passed along the way. His musical blend of humor, energy, and reality have earned him a dedicated following in his adopted southern California home and around the world. Bob is now a full fledged Californian, strolling the beaches and vowing to never shovel a driveway ever again.
Bob has played along side of many members of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers, including Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Amy Lee, Deb McColl, T.C. Mitchell, Doyle Grisham, and Jay Spell. He has been a featured act at many national “parrothead” events, including Phins to the West (Laughlin, NV), Migration (Las Vegas, NV), Laid Back Attack (Seattle, WA), Six String Music (New Orleans, LA), Atlanta Parrothead Cruise, Angels in Tropical Shirts (Lake Charles, LA) and Meeting of Minds (Key West, FL) to the list. You should also ask him about the time he opened for Barenaked Ladies in Anaheim, CA. That’s a good story.
2016 Trop Rock Music Association - Entertainer of the year; 2016 Temecula Valley Music Awards - Best Acoustic Artist; Featured Artist - Multiple Music Festivals (including: Meeting of the Minds -Key West, Pardi Gras - New Orleans, Phins to the West - Mesquite, NV)
”Tears of f***ing joy is what I am moved to - and you will be too - by Bob Karwin's intelligent wit-strewn je ne sais pop. I hear echoes of - could it be? - Jimmy Buffett and Bucknaked Ladies, not to mention Neil Young, Harry Belafonte, Woody Guthrie, Nick Cave and Billy Bongbong ...All in all, I would have to say Bob Karwin is EVERYTHING THAT MUSIC IS ABOUT." Richard Meltzer - San Diego Reader
"Bob Karwin's original songs are well-crafted, witty, sensitive at times and could easily be adapted for use in film, television, or arranged and produced for a pop artist. Karwin is a strong up-and-comer with enough of the right ingredients to earn attention as a singer/songwriter." Cole Coleman - Music Connection Magazine (Los Angeles, CA)
Check out more about .. what's his name? Bob Karwin! - CLICK HERE
Tsunami of Sound
Tsunami of Sound plays high energy surf,garage rock in the style of the Ventures,Link Wray and Los Straitjackets!With their sparkly attire,flame lights and plenty of reverb you will be ready for a great time!The band has been together since 2008 playing clubs,comic cons,beaches and auditoriums all over Massachusetts,New York City and all of New England.Members are David Esposito on guitar,Jamie Huggins on bass and Rick Sanger on drums!
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A 22-year-old New Jersey-born musician is being touted as the “youngest ever” trop rock, now turned contemporary pop artist.
He credits his unique and approachable fusion sound to being raised on a hybrid of musical influences that ranged from country to classic rock. “Playing on the radio in mom’s car (while growing up) was soft rock and ‘lite fm,’ while dad tuned into classic rock stations,” he remembers. Fabbz remembers first picking up his guitar — and not unlike many young aspiring rockers –trying to pluck out one of the most famous guitar riffs of all time: Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” But his ongoing exposure to all genres of music, along with his performing in such eclectic groups as church choirs, school choruses and community musical theaters, helped him hone in on the sound he brings audiences today.