PIRATES, GUITARS AND BEACHFRONT BARS
TWO DUDES IN FLIP FLOPS
Pirates Guitars & Beachfront Bars
Inspired by the beaches of the Caribbean Sea, Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars is the brainchild of singer songwriter James Edward Johnson. The self proclaimed "Island Addict" set out to write a 3 song tribute to the islands way of life. It quickly grew to 12 and a full-on album project was born.
After enlisting the help of long time friends Dave, Mark and Jack, the PGBB band set out to create a rock sound that incorporated the classic rock elements of artists like The Stones, The Police and Huey Lewis with the tropical colorings of artists like Bob Marley, Shaggy, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney. The result is a fun, energetic and world themed party album from head to tail. A perfect addition to any "Fun In The Sun" playlist.
Since the albums release, Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars has receive airplay all over the world and has been a strong seller on iTunes. Approximately 10,000 physical copies were distributed throughout the US, Canada and Australia. Several songs from the album can be heard on terrestrial and internet stations.
In the spring of 2015, Jim brought the sound of Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars to the live venue stage with Peter Stork on Bass, Steve Haglund on Drums and Chris Frankman on Lead Guitar. One of the highlights of a PGBB show is the famous PGBB Shot Ski. Members of the audience are invited to be a part of the show by enlisting 4 friends to enjoy a group shot right up on the pirate stage. Also, look for the second CD titled "In Deep" in late 2018.
Don Middlebrook is a Florida Trop Rock, Americana, Country, Rock ‘n Roll singer/songwriter from the frozen North. East Lansing, Michigan is ground zero. He travels a circuit from Michigan to Key West – Seattle to the East coast. Original Florida swamp rock, with authentic country sensibilities, give Don a heart of pure Trop Rock.
Don Middlebrook revels in the back roads, small towns, and the seedy underbelly of the Florida Keys — although he is equally at home in the country clubs of southern California, baseball stadiums of the Mid-west, and Yacht Clubs of the east coast. Don is a sought-after entertainer. From corporate America to private house parties, he writes songs that celebrate the people, places, and uniqueness of this great country.
Don Middlebrook and The Pearl Divers is fronted by Don Middlebrook who has been a professional recording and performing artist since 1993. Don is the real deal! His voice has an authentic sound that expresses the soulfulness he injects into his songwriting. The Trop Rock Music Association justly awarded him “Songwriter of the Year” in 2015. His albums, The Key West Connection and Songs from Talespin Bay, were given the honor of “Album of the Year” and runner up for the same award. He is backed by an equally experienced band of road warriors. All of whom have been plying their trade in the trenches and the pinnacles of the profession.
Don Middlebrook writes songs about life. The people, the places, the weather, and the tabloid stereotypes provide rich fodder to draw from when he writes. His uncanny ability to write that “extra verse” or even a full-length song for folks in the audience — at the spur of the moment — separates him from any artist you have ever experienced! Don delivers the songs in a compelling and deliberate manner that is authentic and intimate all at once.
Jim Hoehn is a career journalist/author/songwriter who has carved out a surprisingly successful niche as a performing songwriter since first stumbling out of the pressbox with a guitar.
His latest release is the aptly titled “Collection Notice,” a selection of 15 original songs from his four previous recordings, “Silhouette of a Fool,” “Royalty Check Hotel,” “Deadline Penitentiary,” and “Playa del Pressbox.”
Cuts off each of the records received considerable airplay on Americana, folk and alt-country shows in the U.S., Europe and Australia. “Silhouette of a Fool” earned a spot on the Freeform Americana chart. Since winning a songwriting contest and making his first public appearance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest – the world’s largest music festival – Hoehn has maintained a time-available selection of club dates, house concerts, theater shows and festivals across the country.
Hoehn has opened for a veritable who’s who of American songwriters, including Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Roger McGuinn, Todd Snider, Sonny Landreth, Don Williams, Phil Vassar, Reckless Kelly, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Mac McAnally, James McMurtry and many others – including a couple memorable nights with Kinky Friedman. His songwriting has led to performances at prestigious music festivals in Texas and Oklahoma hosted by the likes of Gary P. Nunn and Larry Joe Taylor, and an appearance on the Mitch Albom national TV show.
He has appeared at numerous Trop-Rock music events such as the annual Meeting of the Minds in Key West, Fla.; Pardi-Gras in New Orleans; and Phins to the West in Laughlin, Nev.
Recipe for Phun:
Mix equal parts Reggae, Brazilian, Soca, Latin and Calypso
Fill blender with Rock
Add cool and refreshing Originals to taste
Blend on high
Garnish with a feeling of the islands
Drink concoction until wasted away in Margaritaville!