Meet the Artist Review board:
Tom Becker:Tom is a singer/songwriter for too many years to mention. He is one half of the duo Latitude with his wife Michelle. He lived 10 years in Nashville and wrote and recorded for various music publishers. He and Michelle formed the Margarita M.A.F.I.A. which is now known as the Trop Rock Music Asssociation. They currently reside in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
Dave Debolt: Dave was one of the founding organizers of Trop Rocks The Smokies. Dave has worked in production and management with the Country Music Awards Show for over 30 years. He also has been an Event Director and VP of the Western Music Association. Other organizations he has been involved with include the Country Music Radio Seminar and the Nashville Film Festival. In addition he is a concert and event promoter. He Dave currently resides in Nashville Tn.
Jerry Diaz: Jerry has been involved with Trop Rock music since before we were calling it Trop Rock. He and his wife Mary are founders of “Pardi Gras”, a Trop Rock Music event held in New Orleans. He was also founder of the original Meeting of the Minds convention. Jerry also fronts his own Trop Rock band, Hanna’s Reef. He has written almost all of the bands songs and is well respected as a songwriter and event promoter. Jerry and his wife Mary live in Nederland, Texas.
Mark Freidman: In 2000, Mark founded one of the first online Trop Rock Music outlets, “Migration Music” and “Migration Radio”. When it was operating, Migration Music sold Cd’s from 40+ TropRock artists. Migration Radio broadcasted some live Trop Rock concerts as well as playing Trop Rock 24/7. Mark also started the Tallahassee Parrot Head Club in 1995. He is currently owner of Friedman Financial Advisors, Inc, a tax and Investment advisory firm. He lives in Apalachicola, Florida with his wife Heather and daughter Ella.
Dave represents Trop Rock fans, as he has been a fan of this music before we called it Trop Rock. Dave was a fan of Trop Rock before it was known as Trop Rock. He started as a fan of Harry Bellefonte in the 50’s and years later, living in Texas and New Orleans, brought Country and Cajun elements into his mix of music appreciation. For the last ten years his music attention has focused on the work of independent singer/songwriters who embrace Trop Rock. He is always eager to help preserve and promote Trop Rock music and has been a welcome helping hand to many a Trop Rock artist. Last year he and his wife, Carolyn won the TRMA Fan of the year award. Dave lives in Punta Gorda, Fl with his wife Carolyn