We are Trop Rock recording artists based out of Melbourne, FL. We play music from the 50's, 60's, 70's and some newer all in a Tropical Style. We play original music and MANY of Jimmy Buffett's songs along with other well known Trop Rock Artists like Howard Livingston, Sunny Jim, The Boat Drunks and many more. We perform in assorted configurations, ranging from the Duo (our primary configuration), to a full five or six piece band. We are a "Family Friendly" show and specialize in shows for mixed audiences.
Price Range: $400 and up
Who is Highway 1?
Based in Florida, Trop-Rock Recording Artists JT and Tea started performing as Highway 1 in 2011. They add additional players when the venue or show calls for it. They play an eclectic mix of music in a style that is called “Trop-Rock” which is defined in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia as:
“A genre of popular music that incorporates elements and influences of rock and roll, reggae, country music, Caribbean and Zydeco, with themes and musical compositions inspired by an island style that represent a way of life that is relaxing and exotic. Trop-Rock should not be confused with the format of Radio Tropical, which is a generic term for Latin and Caribbean music formats, usually in Spanish.”
Although today Trop-Rock is usually associated with southern Florida and the Gulf Coast of the United States, the roots of Trop-Rock are in the Southern California beach music of the 1960s (where JT comes from) with artists like Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys, The Ventures and many more surf bands.
Highway 1 prides itself on providing a professional, family friendly, fun and enjoyable show wherever they perform. They like to play the songs that people know, want to sing along with, as well as their own original music. Highway 1’s song list is extensive with well over 200 songs and they are always adding new ones to it. They play Jimmy Buffett’s music and apply that style
to different musical genres, mixing in other recording artists like Howard Livingston, The Boat Drunks and other Trop-Rock artists, including local legend Pete Harris out of Sebastian, Florida.
They specialize in playing the music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s BUT in their own unique “laid back” style. They play artists such as Neil Diamond, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Beatles, CCR, America, Stones, The Monkees, The Animals, CSN&Y, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash and many more.
Joel Thomas “JT” Cook:
JT was born in California and started playing music in the “60’s”. He has performed throughout the U.S., plus Norway and the Caribbean. He plays a wide range of styles, songs and genres. JT is the guitarist in the band and utilizes an assortments of guitars. As the band’s “front man”, JT’s vocal style has been compared to artists like Gordon Lightfoot, Van Morrison and Johnny Cash.
He is also the primary songwriter of the group and considers himself an “Entertainer” first, and musician second.
Terry “Tea” Wallace:
From Georgia, but raised in Florida from age 5, he considers himself a true Floridian. He has performed with many great Florida musicians since the mid 70’s, loves to surf and fish when not playing music. Tea plays many different basses from upright, electric, and ukulele bass, along with harmonica and guitar. He also teaches bass and guitar locally. He is the creative talent behind the band’s website, its graphics, CD cover design and all social media.
Please contact Joel (JT) at: (email hidden) for booking information.
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