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 — separate 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.
February 2017 Press Release:
Trop rock singer/songwriter Don Middlebrook is back in the mid-west, bringing his Caribbean sound from Key West to the frozen north!
Don Middlebrook is back home in Michigan after finishing his eleven state "Guitar Island" winter tour.
Middlebrook's latest CD project, "GUITAR ISLAND" features: Doyle Grisham and Greg "Fingers" Taylor (both played and toured with Jimmy Buffett for many years), horn licks from the Motor City Horns (Bob Seger's horn section), and cover art from world renowned marine-life artist Wyland.
Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Don Middlebrook Releases a New Album
Trop Rocker Don Middlebrook has released his greatly anticipated new album. ‘Guitar Island’ features eighteen tracks of fantastic music.
Middlebrooks most recent previously released album, ‘Songs from Talespin Bay’ won the Trop Rock Music Association Award for ‘Album of the Year’ in 2015.
Middlebrook continues to set the bar high for his fellow Trop Rock artists. The 2015 Trop Rock Association ‘Songwriter of the Year’ Award Winner displays his fantastic songwriting skills once again on ‘Guitar Island’. The writing, singing, and production of ‘Guitar Island’ are all exceptional. This new album will certainly be in the running for additional Trop Rock Music Association awards.
All eighteen tracks are well written. Several featured artists appear on ‘Guitar Island’ including musicians John Patti, Sarah Brunner, Doyle Grisham, Dave Carvalho, Chris Corey, Ricky Nalett, Nikki Fowler and Alistair Beerens and The Growlers. The last track, ‘I Paint A World’ was co-written well known Key West painter and sculptor, Wyland andDon's brother, John.
Middlebrook, who won the 2015 Trop Rock Music Association's "I Can" award for charitable work with Trop Rock music continues to give to the community. 100% of the proceeds from downloads of the final track ‘I Paint A World’ goes directly to The Wyland Foundation which helps to educate people about the importance of healthy oceans and waterways.
His new album has been released just in time for Middlebrook’s visit to Key West for the 2016 Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) yearly festival featuring some of Trop Rock’s most talented singer/songwriters and performers. Middlebrook will perform with his band at the 2016 MOTM “Kick Off Party” at Casa Marina on Wednesday November 2 starting at 8pm. Middlebrook will appear throughout the week at various venues for the MOTM festival. Visit his website at donmiddlebrook.net for dates and times. Make sure to go see Don perform while he’s here in Key West and pick up a copy of ‘Guitar Island’. — with Don Middlebrook.
Don collaborated with a few famous characters in the creation of this album. The cover art is by Wyland, world renowned marine-life artists. You can marvel at Wyland’s work at www.wyland.com or get a copy in Jerome, MI on Dec 5th.
Want to take a trip from Michigan to Key West? Follow Don down the coast all the way to the southernmost tip with his parody “Wagon Wheel Gone Trop Rock.” Don’s creative lyrics captured everything we love about Key West from margaritas and palm trees to key lime pie. It’s obvious he had a lot of fun with this song.
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Come out and hear more of Don’s music and stories at one of his upcoming tour dates.
Visit Don Middlebrook’s website for all the info and Tour Schedule, www.donmiddlebrook.net
With over 16 albums to his credit and a four-year extensive tour with Greg ‘Fingers’ Taylor, Jimmy Buffett’s harmonica player of twenty-six years, Don Middlebrook is a name that is well recognized in the Trop Rock world.
Starting in 1991, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul began a musical quest up and down the west coast of Michigan with little idea of where it might
lead. Always directed by a new song, a new adventure, and an occasional cold beer, what began as fun and frolic has turned into thirteen years of travel and musical bliss. Looking back over those
last thirteen years, eight CDs have been recorded and over 150 dates played each year. Airplay has becomecommonplace, like that found at WCSX FM in Detroit, and internet web play has had
international activity. Don and the band have performed on national radio with Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy, and the last three years, they have toured and recorded with Greg "Fingers" Taylor,
Jimmy Buffett's harmonica player for twenty-six years. In 2004, Don had two compositions in a Showtime original movie.
Have you heard the legend of how Don stole Jimmy Buffett's TV Guide?
While performing at Sloppy Joe's in Key West, Florida, Saugatuck's local musician, Don Middlebrook and a friend thought that they would take a moped ride around the island. What started out as an innocent joy ride soon became a hunt to find Jimmy Buffett's house. Based on local information they had gathered, they thought they were close, but were not convinced. That's when Don peeked into the mailbox and spotted Jimmy Buffett's TV Guide. Contradictory stories exist as to what happened next. Don wrote a song to apologize, claiming he found the TV Guide on the ground. Witnesses say that he stole it out of the mailbox.
Years later Don recorded and toured with the most famous Coral Reefer of all, Greg "Fingers" Taylor. Greg claimed that Jimmy was aware of the theft and wanted his TV Guide back. Don's song of apology claimed that he did not have it. Friends say it is in his house. No charges against Don were ever filed and the existence and/or the whereabouts of the TV Guide that inspired this song have never been validated. Jimmy Buffett has since moved from that home in Key West and now has a P.O. Box. As the song goes, you can always steal from a pirate.