Martin announces new Jimmy Buffett Custom guitar

C.F. Martin & Co has released a new “Jimmy Buffett Custom” guitar with a list price of $5999. Martin has released three other Buffett guitars, in 1998 with the Martin HD-18JB Jimmy Buffett Signature Edition, and in 2003 with the Martin Jimmy Buffett Shellback and Jimmy Buffett Pollywog Signature Editions.

Legendary artist and chief Parrothead Jimmy Buffett has used Martin guitars throughout his career, with multiple Martin signature models in his collection. Always looking for new and exciting instruments, Jimmy was inspired when he saw Chris Martin’s CEO-6 Black model from 2013. Along with his guitar tech, Dan Cook, Jimmy worked with the Martin Custom Shop to create a version of this guitar all his own. The result is a striking, sloped shoulder dreadnought, finished completely with black lacquer and Jimmy’s signature mother-of-pearl palm tree swaying in the breeze on the headstock. The Jimmy Buffett Custom includes a comfortable high-performance neck, a Fishman pickup, and a customized interior label bearing Jimmy Buffett’s signature.

Buffett to appear on Shark Week’s 30th Anniversary

Jimmy Buffett will appear on Shark Week’s 30th Anniversary which starts on Sunday July 22nd on the Discovery Channel. He recently spent the day filming for the show near Montauk.

Son of Jaws (working title) — “Over four decades ago, giant great white sharks off Long Island, New York gave rise to the legend of Jaws. But all those big sharks were caught and killed, and they disappeared — until now. With protection, the sons and daughters of Jaws are making a comeback. Dr. Craig O’Connell goes looking for the legendary monsters of Montauk to see if the bloodline of Jaws continues.”

Pitbull joins Buffett on stage at ‘Escape To Margaritaville’

From PitbullUpdates.com: “Pitbull Surprises Fans at Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape To Margaritaville’ on Broadway”

Pitbull surprised fans at Jimmy Buffet’s musical Escape To Margaritaville on Broadway in New York City on Friday night! During the musical’s encore Mr. Worldwide took the stage to join Buffett and the cast singing his classic hit “Margaritaville” (he took off his shoes and sang and danced along).

Buffett to appear on Kenny Chesney’s new album

From ABC: “Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley and more lend their voices to Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints

Update: Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com (release date July 27)

Jimmy Buffett recreates his 1974 classic, “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season,” on Kenny Chesney’s new album, Songs for the Saints. It’s a fitting choice, since Kenny wrote and recorded the project after Hurricane Irma devastated his home-away-from-home, the Virgin Islands. The superstar from East Tennessee will also donate all the money he makes from the album to recovery efforts.

The legendary “Margaritaville” singer is just one of several high-profile guests on Kenny’s new album, including reggae legend Ziggy Marley and Americana star Mindy Smith.

“Each one of them has a tie to my life in the islands, but also reflect some piece of what we’re trying to do,” Kenny explains. “Ziggy Marley, and his family’s legacy, holds so much truth for all of the people I know down there. Mindy Smith’s Come To Jesus was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there — and her voice sounds like an angel.”

“And Jimmy,” he adds, “more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see — the life — in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I’m honored they also want to help.”

Songs for the Saints was recorded mainly in Nashville and mixed in Key West, Florida.

Margaritaville Resort coming to Fort Myers Beach

From News-Press: “Fort Myers Beach resort teams up with Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville brand

It’s official: Margaritaville is coming to Fort Myers Beach.

That’s Margaritaville Resort, the Jimmy Buffett-inspired name that TPI Hospitality Chairman Tom Torgerson announced this morning for his planned 254-room resort to be built near the Times Square dining, shopping and entertainment district.

It comes via a partnership with Margaritaville Holdings, the global lifestyle brand that plays off the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Buffett, whose songs celebrate tropical escapes and relaxation.

The beach resort is scheduled to begin construction in December, and open in early 2021.

No word yet on whether Buffett is likely to ever stroll over, looking for that lost shaker of salt. But an appearance is possible. On Florida’s east coast, Buffett surprised guests of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort with a concert in November of 2015.

The resort will serve up several Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, including a LandShark Beach Club with a 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, a beachside LandShark Bar & Grill, a Coconut Telegraph Coffee Shop on the pedestrian bridge over Estero Boulevard and a JWB Bar and Grill on the second level.

The Margaritaville brand is featured at more than 12 lodgings locations and more than 20 additional projects in the pipeline, more than 60 food-and-beverage venues and four gaming properties.

Video of Q&A with Jimmy Buffett

A video from the Q&A session with Jimmy Buffett and the cast of “Escape to Margaritaville” after the June 2nd matinee performance is available (thanks to Terri). Buffett answers several questions including “What is your favorite Broadway show?”, “What advice do you have for the next generation of Parrotheads?”, and “How did this (the musical) all come about?”

Compass by Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts

From Hotel News Now: “Margaritaville targets new guests with Compass brand

Margaritaville Holdings is blending an upscale lifestyle concept with a select-service business model for what its executives hope will be a concoction that developers and consumers consume with gusto.

The Compass by Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts brand, which was officially launched during the 40th annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, will give the company another unique outlet to market the Jimmy Buffett-inspired line of products, according to executives.

“It’s all about escapism—this is boutique, and it’s also select service,” said Rick Cunningham, VP of hotel development. “Consumers told us (select-service brands) are all starting to look the same. We want to make sure Compass reflects a fun, light, airy feeling … a feeling like you’re at a friend’s house.”

The hotel industry’s shift to experiential and lifestyle products is right in Compass’ wheelhouse, according to Jim Wiseman, president of Margaritaville Development. “That’s why this is going to be successful—we already have a lifestyle,” he said.

The company spent a year conducting research on consumers and developers to determine the direction it wanted to go with the concept.

“(What) we realized was that people love Margaritaville, and they love the DNA,” Cunningham said. “They want more locations.”

The prototypical Compass property will be a distinctive five story, 131-room, 83,000-interior-square-foot building sitting on approximately three acres of land, according to a company news release.

Hallmarks for Compass properties include a welcome center, an open living lounge, a branded indoor/outdoor food-and-beverage outlet and a backyard, the executives said. Each property will include a signature Margaritaville-designed bar and grill concept—most often the “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” brand, but possibly others, Cunningham said.

The first Compass is being developed by Floridays Development Company on Anna Maria Sound, Florida.

The company is in the process of adding a reservations system and a customer relationship management system—those should be in place by the end of the year, Wiseman said, adding that 65% of Margaritaville’s bookings are through its website. There is no official loyalty program, but Margaritaville rewards it loyal guests with things such as concert tickets, Wiseman said.

Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts currently has 12 lodging locations in its portfolio, with more than 20 additional projects in the pipeline.