Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” Tour kicks off in Nashville

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the “I Don’t Know” tour last night with a show at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN.

Alan Jackson joined Buffett and the band for the song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes from the Austin show included “The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful” (last played 08/18/2015 in Wantagh, NY), “Rancho Deluxe (last played 08/27/1983 in Telluride, CO), “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)”, “Everybody’s on the Phone”, and “He Went To Paris”.

The tour continues on Saturday May 28th with a show at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.

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Buffett appears in Bloodline Season 2

Jimmy Buffett makes an appearance in season two of the Netflix series “Bloodline” which comes out on Friday May 27th.

Buffett also has a role in the movie “Sully” starring Tom Hanks which comes out in September 2016. The movie is about airplane captain Sully Sullenburger, the hero pilot who landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River in 2009.

Buffett recently mentioned he will appear in the AMC series “Better Call Saul”.

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Vote for Songs You Haven’t Heard in Over 10 Years

Jimmy Buffett is including some rare songs on his 2016 tour and letting his fans help select them with a “rare song” voting page at Margaritaville.com

Do you have a favorite Jimmy Buffett song that you haven’t heard him perform live in years? Now is your chance to tell him! We’ve compiled a list of songs that Jimmy has not played in over 10 years. Simply select your favorite 5, and we will randomly choose one of the top-voted songs for Jimmy to play each night on tour! Vote Now!

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Review of the Austin City Limits show

The Austin Chronicle has a review of last nights show: “Monday Comes to Austin for Jimmy Buffett

Medicine’s Rod of Asclepius stamped each shoulder, giving way to hemp leaves cascading down the front, back, and sleeves, which at the elbows came stitched with the scales of justice. Legalize medicinal marijuana? Five consecutive years of summer tour warm-ups in Austin during May yielded a first at the Moody Theater Monday: Jimmy Buffett wore a blazer.

“Manuel’s [American Designs] in Nashville,” announced the cult leader two tunes into a nearly two-hour, 21-song set last night at the home of Austin City Limits, while stroking a lapel. “This was on a mannequin.”

Buffett, 70 this Christmas, later pointed out that Manuel Cuevas’ world famous designs included “Prince’s butt pants,” the first (and slightest) of three musician tributes the Mississippi-born, Austin Studios-rehearsing singer paid in his second appearance at the venue.

For starters, the bandleader of 11 group members began the show with an extended rap about some eight years of tour fine-tuning in the capital city. (Wait, and only five shows!?) Paying tribute to his local mentor Jerry Jeff Walker, who opens his Frisco show on Saturday in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Willie Nelson’s statue out front (“Since he’s still alive, I wonder how Willie feels about that”), and Austin itself, Buffett uncharacteristically went on at length before ever playing a note.

In fact, the fiesta got off to a slow start. The frontman explained that this year’s I Don’t Know tour sought to revive songs the traveling tiki carnival hadn’t performed in a decade or more. “Presents to Send You,” “Migration,” “Cowboy in the Jungle”? No such luck. Instead, nostalgia only went back as far as 2009 and 1996 respectively on the one-two of openers “Summerzcool” and “Only Time Will Tell.”

Before long, however, the band was functioning at 80-proof, Floridays’ “Meet Me in Memphis” cruising its namesake’s Beale Street, and tour moniker “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)” reviving 1982 teen film yuks Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Who recalls that the first name of Sean Penn’s titular stoner was Jeff? For “Margaritaville,” the host welcomed Hollywood mega-producer Frank Marshall onstage to play guitar and sing harmonies with second lieutenant Mac McAnally.

“Barometer Soup” proved a late-set surprise, Buffett’s meticulous vocal melodies imbuing one of his standard three-minute Nashville song sprites with typically seafaring fun and a touch of melancholy. “A Pirate Looks at 40” reminded once again why when Bob Dylan and Joan Baez reunited in 1982 they performed a duet of the song. Dedicated to Guy Clark and Merle Haggard, the sole encore and Buffett’s standard solo acoustic walk-off slot saved the very best for the very last: Jerry Jeff Walker co-write “Railroad Lady” (“South Station on Boston to the stockyards of Austin”) from his 1973 reinvention into future resort magnate, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean.

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Buffett opens new tour in Austin TX

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the 2016 “I Don’t Know Tour” last night with a show at Austin City Limits Live Moody Theater.

The set list from the show is now available. Some surprises included “SummerZcool”, “Only Time Will Tell”, Meet Me In Memphis (Buffett said he was going to do a song at each show he had not done for 10 years), “I Don’t Know”, “Delaney Talks To Statues”, “Taking it Easy (acoustic dedicated to Glen Frey), “Barometer Soup”, and “Railroad Lady”.

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Buffett adds Atlantic City Beach show

From RollingStone.com: “Jimmy Buffett to Headline Huge Atlantic City Beach Concert Series

Parrotheads will unite August 13th at the Jersey Shore, as Jimmy Buffettt & the Coral Reefer Band will headline the first of three huge shows in the 2016 Atlantic City Beach Concert Series.

Set on the sands that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the famed Atlantic City Beach boardwalk, this year’s concert series marks the largest ever in the history of the beach. Rolling Stone Country has the exclusive announcement of the three big shows, which are presented by Live Nation in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA): Buffett’s headlining gig in August will also feature G. Love & Special Sauce, and will be followed by Zac Brown Band with Drake White and the Big Fire on September 1st.

Tickets for Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band go on sale Friday, June 3 at 10am

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Jerry Jeff Walker to open for Buffett in Frisco TX

ZZ Top will not be able to open for Jimmy Buffett at Toyota Stadium in Frisco TX on Saturday May 28th due to an injury of their lead singer. Instead special guest Jerry Jeff Walker will be added for a night at Toyota Stadium that’s not to be missed!

From GuideLive.com: “ZZ Top has canceled its opening gig at Jimmy Buffett concert in Frisco

Sorry to anyone wanting to belt “Sharp Dressed Man” alongside ZZ Top live on Memorial Day Weekend in Frisco. ZZ Top will not be opening for Jimmy Buffett at the May 28 concert at Toyota Stadium as originally planned. Texas country singer Jerry Jeff Walker is the opening act replacement.

ZZ Top has postponed its tour indefinitely while Dallas-born lead singer Dusty Hill recovers from a fractured shoulder. The band reports that they plan a tour in September, though no Texas dates are yet on the lineup.

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