Steve Tolliver Rocks!
If you have been attending the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) conferences for many years, you have run into Steve Tolliver.

Steve has been a CPF associate member with Newspaper Printing Co. (NPC) in Tampa since forever, except now he is wearing two hats.

For years Steve has been writing songs. Several years ago he put together a band called the Trop Rock Junkies, and now he has just taken fourth place in a national songwriting competition put on by the Nashville-based American Songwriter Magazine. The lyrics were published in its July/August issue, which is on sale at newsstands now. As a singer/songwriter, he performs with the band when he's not wearing his salesman hat for Newspaper Printing Co.

Steve has been with NPC for 22 years, and was a publisher for 15 years prior to that. Steve has always had a passion for music and has played guitar since he was a kid. It's only been in the last 10 years that he has been writing his own songs. A year and a half ago he released his first CD called "Songs in the Key of West," a 10-song album inspired by his many trips to Key West. Last August he recorded a live CD called "Trop Rock Junkies Live at The Hideaway Café." Both CDs have seen nationwide sales and international sales as far away as Australia. He's now working on his next CD tentatively called, "Back to the Islands," which should be released by October 2011. As the title suggests, it will be more of the tropical-themed rock.

Steve says, "The recognition by American Songwriter Magazine is a nice feather in the cap." Steve hopes that this could lead to a nationally-known recording artist wanting to record the song.

Steve's band, Trop Rock Junkies, is a seven-piece band that performs mostly at concerts, festivals and corporate events. They recently performed at a Jimmy Buffett concert at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater in Tampa. They are available for bookings. You can check them out at: www.troprockjunkies.com/epk.html or e-mail for information at: troprockjunkies@earthlink.net.


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