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Nov 19

One Particular Harbour“, the fifth novel in the Jake Sullivan series by Chip Bell is available from Amazon.com on November 20th, 2014.

A working vacation in the Virgin Islands… what could be better? But when you are Jake Sullivan, things are never as they seem, and a mysterious nighttime meeting leads to a nightmare of a morning. Arrested for the murder of a prominent businessman, Jake finds himself the object of a conspiracy to take away everything he has as one piece after another builds the case against him. Jake’s best friend, Mike Lang, comes to his aid and his investigation reveals that Jake is to be transferred to an island prison from which there will be no return and arranges an escape with the help of some island characters found only in the southern latitudes. Now fugitives, Jake and Mike follow clues from island to island pursued by corrupt police and politicians and an international oil cabal and its team of hit-men, as they race to find answers as to who is framing Jake and why.

This fifth novel by Chip Bell takes the reader on a whirlwind voyage through this island paradise, always heading toward that one particular harbor where Jake’s past and present come together to seal his fate.

The Trilogy“, a collection of the first three books in the series is now available on Amazon.com as a Kindle ebook only. Since June of 2011, Jake Sullivan has taken readers on adventers from Miami to Key West, from Havana to the Middle East, and most recenly sailing through the Virgin Islands. The Trilogy is a chance fro new readers to obtain the first three adventures in this series at a great price … to meet Jake Sullivan, Mike Lang, and a great cast of ever-changing characters … and to become part of the legion of fans who find thrills, suspense, humor, and the tropics an unbeatable combination.

Nov 07

From AL.com: “Mac McAnally earns 2014 CMA Award for Musician of the Year; Alabama native has 7 wins in a row

Just call it Lucky No. 7. Alabama native Mac McAnally has won the 2014 CMA Award for Musician of the Year, continuing his streak in this category.

McAnally — a guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer — has won this award six times previously, 2008-2013. He faced some tough competition this year, besting fellow nominees Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Dan Huff and Paul Franklin.

McAnally, 57, was born in Red Bay and grew up in Belmont, Miss. He maintains strong ties to Alabama, and has a home and studio in Sheffield.

He’s a solo artist with a 12-album catalog, a go-to songwriter for many country artists and a longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers.

Nov 01

From Saint Peters Blog: “Jimmy Buffett cuts video explaining why he supports Amendments 1 & 2

Singer and Florida-lifestyle entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett took to YouTube today to explain why he supports both Amendment 1, the Environmental Land Conservation proposal, and Amendment 2, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana.

In the three-minute video, Buffett points out that election time in Florida means “anything could happen.”

In his support of the two amendments, which he calls “interesting and vital propositions,” he says that both could “affect the quality of life in the Sunshine State.”

Amendment 1 preserves the heart of Florida’s existence, he says, giving voters a “direct opportunity to protect our rivers, springs and beaches,” as well sources of drinking water — without raising taxes.

“We all deserve to live in the best Florida possible,” Buffett says. “And it is the treasure we need to preserve for future generations.”

Quoting Carl Hiaasen’s fictional former Florida Governor Clinton Tyree, he adds: “There’s no better place to be than the middle of nowhere.”

Amendment 1 will ensure there is “a lot of nowhere in Florida,” he says.

As for Amendment 2, Buffett cites the 82 percent of supporters who approve of the legalization of medical marijuana.

“It’s good medicine, and I know,” he says, referring to the time he was severely injured walking offstage in Australia. Medical marijuana played a role in his recovery.

“Proposition 1 is good medicine for Florida. Proposition 2 is just good medicine.”

Oct 30

From Tallahassee.com: “Buffett rallies Tallahassee voters as early numbers come in

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought some beach-filled flair to congressional candidate Gwen Graham’s campaign Wednesday.

Less than a week until the Nov. 4 General Election, the over-40 victim of fate fired up a Hawaiian-shirt and lei-festooned crowd of more than 500 in Tallahassee.

“It’s pretty simple, enemy of the ocean or the great Gwen Graham,” Buffett said standing with Graham and her father Bob Graham before playing. “A great Florida family of public servants and that’s why I’m here.”

Graham faces Rep. Steve Southerland R-Panama City to represent Florida’s 2nd Congressional District in what has become one of the nation’s most heated House races. Southerland is seeking his third term.

Buffett, who dropped several Graham references into his songs Wednesday, is the latest in a list of stars tapped by Graham’s campaign for support and to encourage early voting in the closing weeks. With early voting numbers already being analyzed the race has only gotten hotter.

Also a Video is available at WCTV: “Buffett Backs Congressional Candidate

Oct 26

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ended their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The set list from the show is now available. Some additions to the set list included the debut of the song “Sailboat For Sail”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

On Thursday night Buffett performed at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley CA, the set list from the show is available.

Oct 26

From Gulflive: “Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett politely declines class reunion invite, but sends video

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula on Christmas Day 1946, but moved away with his family to Mobile before starting school.

If the world renowned singer/author/entreprenuer/actor would have remained in Jackson County however, he may well have been celebrating his 50th reunion with his former classmates this weekend.

And his relocation at such a young age didn’t stop one member of the Pascagoula High Class of 1964 from reaching out with an invitation.

Danny “Toad” Smith, one of the committee members for the reunion, sent Buffett a message earlier this year through mutual friends to gauge his interest in attending the event, even though Buffett never attended school in Jackson County.

Smith got a bit of a surprise as a response.

“He sent us a 45-second DVD, recorded on his boat while he was tuna-fishing in Nantucket Sound,” Smith, who like Buffett was born in 1946 at the old Jackson County Hospital, said. “I had no illusions about the probability of his attending, but figured, what the heck, what if he happens to be in the area?

“Along with his regrets that he couldn’t attend he sent his best wishes and mused that had his father had not decided to move to Mobile when Jimmy was five, he might well have graduated with us in 1964 at PHS rather than McGill lnstitute in Mobile.”

Smith, through the help of a friend that works behind the scenes at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, was able to get a Pascagoula High School Class of 1964 T-shirt to Buffett after his show at the Acura Stage in 2012. Normally reluctant to take such gifts from fans, he accepted the shirt since it came from Pascagoula.

Buffett has maintained ties to Pascagoula over the years through relatives including his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. In a short chapter he wrote for the book, “Growing Up In Mississippi,” Buffett describes summer vacations at his grandmother’s house in Pascagoula on Parsley St., “free of the grasp of the Mobile parochial school system.”

Oct 23

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the The Moda Center in Portland OR. The set list from the show is now available.

From Oregonlive.com: “Jimmy Buffett entertains the Parrotheads at the Moda Center” (some photos are available)

Curious where the term Parrothead came from?

According to Buffett lore, the term was hatched in 1985 after Buffett compared his followers to the Deadheads — the legendary followers of the Grateful Dead. Buffett recalls the moment (via fan site BuffetNews.com):

“Timothy B. Schmidt (the Eagles bass player) was in the band, and we were playing a venue outside of Cincinnati called King’s Island. People had already started wearing Hawaiian shirts to our shows, but we looked out at this Cincinnati crowd, and they were glaringly brilliant to the point where it got our attention immediately. I said “Look at that!” Then Schmidt says to me, “They look like Deadheads in tropical suits. They’re like Parrot Heads!” He yelled to me in the middle of a song. So I immediately took the term and threw it over the microphone – the people identified themselves with the term from the get-go.”

A couple of things I learned from security folks at the Moda Center on Tuesday:

They had a few people on laser patrol. I guess it’s a thing to bring those small laser pointers to concerts and Jimmy Buffett really hates them. Portland doesn’t seem like a laser town to me, but maybe I’m just getting old.
Jimmy Buffett is cool with beach balls in the crowd, but don’t dare get one near the stage. Security was instructed to pop ‘em if they got too close.

Oct 22

From the Miami Herald blog: Florida music icon Jimmy Buffett plans to hold an Oct. 29 get-out-the-vote rally for Democrat Gwen Graham in her effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland.

Buffett is set to perform “a short acoustic set with his friend Mac McAnally” and tout Graham’s candidacy, according to a press release. More details are forthcoming about the time, location and ticket availability.

From the free media exposure to voter mobilization to fundraising, Buffett’s appearance for Graham is the type of star-power help most candidates dream about. Polling indicates the race between her and Southerland is tight in Congressional District 2, which stretches from the Tallahassee area to Panama City.

The “Margaritaville” singer has been friends with the Graham family for decades. Buffett founded the Save the Manatees advocacy group in 1981 with then-Gov. Bob Graham, the candidate’s father.

Last month, Buffett was spotted in Tallahassee dining at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee with lobbyists Jeff Sharkey and Taylor Patrick Biehl. They represent Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings.



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