Michigan Trop Rock Artist-Don Middlebrook brings his style and love for the ocean to life in his songs and the music he plays. In this mini music documentary, video producer Duane Weed takes a dive into Don Middlebrooks thoughts on songwriting. His love for getting a crowd going. also includes interviews with his band mates: Rush Clement and Chris Corey.


From what some will call the frozen north, well not the place you thing of when you mention Trop Rock. Don Middlebrook is a singer/songwriter from East Lansing, Michigan and takes his music on the road sharing his music and songs.

What is TropRock? According to Don Middlebrook

“Trop Rock to me is a true story written in a backdrop of tropical settings or boating or water or a drink,” Don shares in the video. “In the meantime it is about the people, places and substance that matters, and to me, people are what matter.”

Michigan Trop Rock Artist-Don Middlebrook Music Reviews

Mark Busick:  Great Music, A lot of fun to listen to and be around.

 Jeff Rostoni:  I love Don’s music! Although it is only 10 degrees outside here in Michigan, I swear it is at least 25 degrees as I listen to Don’s island music! Thank you Don for all the “tropical” moments you provide your fans!

Betsy Stone Great singer,songwriter, entertainer! His events never disappoint!

Bob Anderson Phintastic Singer/Song Writer! Pitchers & Catchers report in 22 Days! Don’t miss the Opportunity to spend some time with Don!!

Don Middlebrook perfoming at the Howard City Music in the Park

Michigan Trop Rock Artist-Don Middlebrook 

Don Middlebrook and The Pearl Divers

The Key West Connection – SOURCE Local Spins 

Michigan’s Don Middlebrook has spread his beach-splashed, island-music credo from the Mitten to the Sunshine State for years, and this time around, he’s pulled together a who’s who lineup of players for a recording project that began as a fund-raiser for Key West High School’s music/video departments. With Greg “Fingers” Taylor, The Verve Pipe’s Donny Brown, The Motor City Horns, the high school’s band and choir, and The Pearl Divers (Chris Corey, Hank Mowery, Angela Fata, Rush Clement) on board, Middlebrook sets sail on what he calls “a community effort” (packing along a tropical take on “Wagon Wheel,” a tune titled “I Stole Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide” and a song co-written by author Lorian Hemingway) that will surely please longtime fans.     

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