Jimmy Buffett is amazing, but as a songwriter, Mac MacAnally is my idol. Not only has he been the mastermind behind some of my favorite Buffett songs like In the City, License to Chill, Coast of Carolina and It’s My Job, but he’s written songs for artists like Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Brad Paisely, Dolly Parton and Toby Keith. And that’s just in the past six years. He’s an amazing artist and an inspiration to every song writer worth their salt.
I had the chance to meet Mac at Meeting of the Minds 2013, and he was every bit as nice and down to earth as I had hoped he would be. I told all my trop rock buddies that this is a picture of me giving Mac song writing tips and him taking notes, but that’s about the biggest load of bull I’ve ever shoveled. He signed my Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club badge, and it’s something I’ll probably treasure forever.
One of my favorite times of the year is summer because it’s Parrot Head house party season! I have met so many awesome Parrot Heads at the house parties I’ve played and attended, and I think I have as much fun as the audience does. While I sometimes need to tone the show down a bit (for the more sensitive ears in the restaurant), house parties are different. Not only do the Parrot Heads and beach worshipers want to hear my crazier songs like Shit Hit the Fan, they also want to hear about the inspiration for the song. Not that my show is raunchy — it’s definitely not — but there are a few songs that are a little nautier than others.
Rich “Schooner” McGuire playing a house party at the house of Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads’ president on Siesta Key.
House parties also give me a chance to go a little deeper in my play list. While we all love Jimmy Buffett’s Songs You Know By Heart, the house partiers usually want to hear some songs that are a little more off the beaten track. It’s also a blast to bring other trop rockers up on stage who might be in the audience (and there are usually a few).If you’re hosting a house party this summer, whether it’s on the deck, by the pool, on the beach or in the basement, I’d love to play for you. But contact me soon, because dates are filling up. See you soon!
Just booked my first beach wedding of the summer, and I’m pretty pysched. I’ve performed for weddings many times over the past decade, but this is my first Anna Maria Island wedding. (Yes, just call me the wedding singer. But at least I’m the Sarasota wedding singer! ) My wife and I were married almost 20 years ago on Fort Myers Beach on a beautiful September day, so I’ve always had a fondness for beach weddings. Of course, I’m fond of just about anything that involves a beach.
My summer is booking up, but I’ve still got dates available if you or someone you know is hosting a Florida beach wedding and looking for beach-style entertainment. As you can see from my site, I specialize in creating that Jimmy Buffett vibe by playing a variety of tropical tunes plus my own originals. You can check out my song list page for a sample of the songs I regularly sing. If your special wedding song isn’t on there, I can learn it.
To book a wedding or other event, just visit my contact page. call me at (941) 387-6650 or email email@example.com.
It’s that time of year Parrot Heads — time to start planning for Meeting of the Minds! It’s rumored (as it always is) that Jimmy Buffett is going to make an appearance on the main stage at the Casa Marina Saturday night, and I have it on good authority that it’s true. So set your compass toward Key West and get ready to get your trop rock on!
Looking forward to playing for Koz again at Koz’s Green World Gallery in Key West — a great supporter of Trop Rock!
I’ll be performing at The Rum Barrel, Koz’s Green World Gallery and Durty Harry’s, and am announcing new dates each week, so keep “A Weather Eye” on my tour dates page. I’ll also be releasing my second CD, Footsteps in the Sand at Meeting of the Minds.
So mark your calendar, get your lei and grass skirt ready, and join me in Key West for Meeting of the Minds. It’s one of the greatest weeks of the year for Trop Rock!
See you there!
Categories: Parrot Heads, Performances, Trop Rock
Tags: Casa Marina, Durty Harry's, Jimmy Buffett, Key West, Koz's Green World Gallery, Meeting of the Minds, Parrot Heads, Rum Barrel, trop rock
I like to vary my online listening habits, from Beachfront Radio and Radio Margaritaville to some of my other favorite trop rock stations. I’ve also been listening to Pandora a lot lately, but they clearly don’t understand trop rock. Type in “Jimmy Buffett,” and you’ll get a few relevant options — certainly some Buffett (around every 10th song or so), mixed in with a small amount of Zack Brown Band and Bob Marley. Every once in a while they’ll throw in some Harry Belafonte, but that’s about where the trop rock ends.
Somebody at Pandora must have decided that Jimmy Buffett is easy listening (what?!), because most of what comes out of my speakers is James Taylor, the softer side of The Eagles and Jack Johnson. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a huge fan of all of these artists. However, they are by no stretch of the imagination considered trop rock.
While I get that the true trop rock artists who haven’t hit the mainstream are probably limited from Pandora due to contracts and contacts, they might want to take another look at their algorithms. Because there are plenty of songs out there that I would consider trop rock, even if the artist isn’t a full-time trop rocker. Come on, people!
Categories: Trop Rock
Tags: Beachfront Radio, Bob Marley, Harry Belafonte, Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Pandora, Radio Margaritaville, Schooner, The Eagles, trop rock, Zack Brown Band
Schooner’s first solo CD is in! If you’ve ever pondered how to satisfy your Mid-Life Vices , you’ll be able to identify. Songs include In Arrears Drinking Beer, The Shit Hit the Fan and Pier Pressure, among others.
You can purchase the CD online at Beachfront Radio
, during Meeting of the Minds in Key West (check the “Tour Dates” page) or purchase a hard copy via PayPal (details to come!)
You’re also invited to the official release party
at Koz’s Green World Gallery
on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2pm. If you’ve never been to see our friend Koz, a great supporter of trop rock, his gallery is at 712B Duval Street, just south of Angela Street. He’s just three blocks away from Schooner’s old house on the cemetery (yes, Schooner lived across the street from the Key West Cemetery), which is one of the best parts of Duval.
Categories: Trop Rock
Tags: Bad Boy of Trop Rock, Beach Boys, Beachfront Radio, Bluegrass Parrot Heads, Derby Parrotheads, Duval Street, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Key West, Koz's Green World, Parrot Heads, Sarasota, Schooner, trop rock, Zac Brown