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"Wayne Harada, Hono Advertiser"

Tropical relaxation
"Middle of the Ocean"

Artist: Coconut Joe.

Label: Turtle Bay Records, 00865-2.

Genre: Contemporary Hawaiian, hapa-haole.

Distinguishing notes: This is an easygoing, tropical treat, with songs that relate to fun in the sun, joy in the water, memories of an island paradise by daylight and by night.

The outlook: "All About Love," "Sweet Angelina," "Island Rendezvous" and "Haupia" are laid-back tracks projecting a lifestyle in the tropics; it's the perfect companion while relaxing beneath a coconut tree, on a sunny summer afternoon at the beach.

Our take: Good-fun listening.
- Honolulu Advertiser


"John Berger, Hono Star Bulletin"

"Middle of the Ocean"
Coconut Joe Turtle Bay

Coconut Joe is actually a band led by composer Bob Rogers. The group's second album offers a blend of tropical rock, acoustic blues and modern hapa-haole music that is probably too eclectic for local radio but a rare find for fans of the unconventional.

With aid from a handful of guest musicians, Coconut Joe becomes a blend of Bob Brozman, the Emerson Brothers, Jimmy Buffett and Stealers Wheel, with a dash of Dixieland jazz.

All the songs are originals, and although Rogers' lyrics don't get as whimsical as those of Wiki Waki Woo, several are flavored with somewhat similar nostalgia for tropical yesterdays. Consider "Haupia," the ironic misadventures of a coconut, and "Sweet Angelina," a love song that drifts into calypso territory.

"Sands of Silver And Gold" is a smooth and swinging tune sweetened by studio guest Noel Okimoto on vibes. "Evolution of Joe" strikes a more somber note as the band lists things that Hawaii has lost, or is in danger of losing: sugar cane, a favorite drive-in and a coconut grove.
- Honolulu Starbulletin


"Aloha Joe Radio"

COCONUT JOE - Middle of the Ocean

"Middle of the Ocean" is a collection of Island-inspired tunes composed by Bob Rogers and performed by the band known as "Coconut Joe." In this, CJ's second album, we find a variety of rhythms - tropical bounce, swing, jazz, light rock and lyrics that sing of bays and beaches we'd all like to visit again. Keep your ears open, as you WILL hear selections from "Middle of the Ocean" on our Aloha Radio Network. It's a contemporary side of island music that I'm sure our listeners (in 100+ countries) will enjoy. Aloha JOE® - Aloha Joe Radio


"Tropical Dreams Radio"

Coconut Joe is the brainchild of Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Bob Rogers, a third generation islander with a flair for musical poetry and storytelling.  He’s surrounded himself with a team of veteran musicians and the result is a unique gumbo of pop, rock, light jazz and blues, all sprinkled with a little shredded coconut and luscious vocal harmonies.  It’s the tropical music of Hawaii, but done in a contemporary, modern style.

Alternately redolent of Jimmy Buffett & The Beach Boys to Crosby, Stills & Nash mixed with Manhattan Transfer, their sound is both dynamic and eclectic and, much like Buffett, Rogers’ lyrics  & stories paint poignant pictures, be they mundane or romantic, humorous or filled with adventure.  For over twenty years, he’s been writing songs that reflect his interpretation of the world around him, his family, his loves and growing up on the tropical islands. 

ParrotHeads, get ready for something fresh, original and interesting … tropical and topical, but not typical.  Get ready for … Coconut Joe!

Click the logo to visit the website and order both CDs, their debut Two Waters and the brand new release, Middle Of The Ocean or e-mail Bob Rogers at info@coconutjoe.com for booking information.

Two Waters is the band’s debut CD featuring their big hits “Two Pineapple in New York City” and “Hawaiian Rain.” “Two Pineapples” made it to number 1 on the MP3.com world wide folk rock charts in Feb of 2000 and Hawaiian Rain hit number one on the Hawaiian Charts 20+ times during it’s three year run. On this CD you’ll enjoy songs of family, love, surfing and introspective views of life from a small island in the middle of the Pacific.

Kama`aina (locals) and malahini (visitors), get ready for something fresh, original and interesting … tropical and topical, but not typical.  Get ready for … Coconut Joe! - Tropical Dreams Radio


Discography

Coconut Joe released their debut CD, Two Waters in 99 and their second, Middle Of The Ocean in 2002.

the milestones
? Hawai`i Music Award Nominee (Middle Of The Ocean CD; island contemporary album of the year).
? Frequently, the most downloaded Hawaiian artist of the week on MP3.com, (2002-03, recently Aug 03)
? #1 for two weeks on MP3.com’s national Folk Rock charts; Two Pineapples In NY City (Feb 2000)
? Frequently they have had 3 top ten songs on MP3.com’s Hawaiian charts including #1 Hawaiian Rain (2000-2003)
? #3 for one week on MP3.com’s world wide Tropical charts; What a Wonderful Day (March 2003)
? Earning radio play on Tokyo’s largest FM station and the FM Marubu Europe network as well as on the playlist on FM and Internet stations in Alaska, Ohio, Vancouver, France, Ireland, California, Texas and on 12 FM/AM stations right here in the Hawaiian Islands.
? Featured on Radio Margarittaville and many Parrot Head radio stations across the country as well as being a member of the Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Web Ring.
? One of the most prominent, largest and longest running Hawai`i Artist web sites. Established in 97, the site today averages 120+ visits a day. 10 satellite web sites including MP3.com which averages 95+ downloads a day.

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the history of joe
Born and raised in Hawai`i, singer songwriter Bobby Rogers comes from the little beach town of Kailua on the island of O`ahu. The local musical storyteller put together Coconut Joe in 1996 to share his songs of the islands and life hoping to take them beyond the shores of Hawai`i. The core group also includes veteran Hawai`i musicians including guitarist Frank Kam, bassist Peter Agustin, and Bob’s wife, Barbara Ann, all contributing backing vocals. New York drummer Joey Holliday recently joined the group. They released their debut CD, Two Waters in 99 and their second, Middle Of The Ocean in 2002.

the music
Coconut Joe’s music features their trademark harmonies and an eclectic array of musical styles. From adult contemporary, pop, rock, light jazz and blues with a little shredded coconut sprinkled on top, they’ve coined the phrase “Tropical Pop” to describe their music. It’s not typical traditional Hawaiian music or 30’s wiki waki woo music but rather a hybrid of many contemporary styles and varied influences. From Dylan to Don Ho, from Michael Franks to Brian Wilson.

Alternately redolent of Jimmy Buffett & The Beach Boys to Crosby, Stills & Nash mixed with Manhattan Transfer, their sound is both dynamic and eclectic and, much like Buffett, Rogers’ lyrics  & stories paint poignant pictures, be they mundane or romantic, humorous or filled with adventure.  For over twenty years, Bob has been writing songs that reflect his interpretation of the world around him, his family, his loves and growing up on the tropical islands. 

the songs
The songs of CJ touch topics as far ranging from worldly events to the misadventures of a vagabond coconut. The songs are etched with visions of beaches, tropical nights, growing up in the islands, small towns, romantic interludes, family and various introspections of life. It’s hometown music about life.

the performances
The group provides a wide arrange of performances. Intimate concerts are popular with stories behind the songs and anecdotes of growing up in Hawai`i. These concerts can feature just the solo guitarist, singer songwriter or include the harmonies and musicianship of the trio or quartet. For bigger or more lively gigs, the group incorporates a drummer, percussionist and even hula dancers as they do with their convention concerts.

the market
The songs are in English and relatable to a broad global market, perhaps more so than typical Hawaiian music. Ages: non-preschoolers, though a tighter focus would probably be 30-60+, baby boomers, couples, families, locals, tourist, and especially tourist wannabees. It seems the further away you’re away from Hawai`i, the more appealing Coconut Joe is. Beach towns as well as inland and northern cities; corporate events and conventions; upscale, mid-scale, parrotheads, old time surfers, surf bunnies, beach goers, and laid back tropical dreamers.

the milestones
? Hawai`i Music Award Nominee (Middle Of The Ocean CD; island contemporary album of the year).
? Frequently, the most downloaded Hawaiian artist of the week on MP3.com, (2002-03, recently Aug 03)
? #1 for two weeks on MP3.com’s national Folk Rock charts; Two Pineapples In NY City (Feb 2000)
? Frequently they have had 3 top ten songs on MP3.com’s Hawaiian charts including #1 Hawaiian Rain (2000-2003)
? #3 for one week on MP3.com’s world wide Tropical charts; What a Wonderful Day (March 2003)
? Earning radio play on Tokyo’s largest FM station and the FM Marubu Europe network as well as on the playlist on FM and Internet stations in Alaska, Ohio, Vancouver, France, Ireland, California, Texas and on 12 FM/AM stations right here in the Hawaiian Islands.
? Featured on Radio Margarittaville and many Parrot Head radio stations across the country as well as being a member of the Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Web Ring.
? One of the most prominent, largest and longest running Hawai`i Artist web sites. Established in 97, the site today averages 120+ visits a day. 10 satellite web sites including MP3.com which averages 95+ downloads a day.