Buffett performs in San Francisco

From Mercury News: “Jimmy Buffett delivers memorable tribute to late, great Tom Petty

Jimmy Buffett was back in the Bay Area on Thursday night, delighting fans at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with such longtime concert favorites as “Find” and “Volcano.”

Yet, Mr. “Margaritaville” also took the time to pay tribute to the great Tom Petty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who died Oct. 2.

First up, Buffett performed a really solid version of Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.”.

Later in the set – during the encore, actually – he’d perform yet another Petty classic, “Wildflowers.”

Buffett also paid tribute to his old buddy Glenn Frey (who died in 2016) and played a nice version of the Eagles’ first hit, “Take It Easy.”

And, as per usual in San Francisco, Buffett tipped his hat to Jerry Garcia (who died in 1995) and the Grateful Dead, this time around with “Scarlet Begonias” (which he’s played many times before in the Bay Area).

Article on Escape to Margaritaville

From Pagesix.com: “Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway musical is a ‘beach vacation’

Pay attention. There’s a new kid in town.

Name’s Paul Alexander Nolan. He stars in singer/songwriter/guitarist Jimmy Buffett’s soon-due Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville

“When I tested for the role, I was laid-back. Not showy,” he said. “Christopher Plummer says, ‘Wear the right shoes at auditions.’ It’s like a dialect. Flip-flops, boots, heels, dress shoes affect your stance. Your inside feeling.

“This show’s islandy. Set on a beach vacation. So, dead of winter, I came to the audition carrying a bag of clothes and, like a lunatic, changed into resort wear, sandals, Hawaiian shirt, a guitar on my back.

“There’s so many screw-ups trying out a new show. Once onstage, I’m playing the opening lick. Singing loud lyrics to a Buffett song. Suddenly I blanked. Couldn’t remember what’s next. So I just asked the audience who were his fans, ‘What’s next?’ and they shouted it out.

“This is no usual jukebox musical. Writers took his songs, extracted his folklore and localized it . . . he’s now from Montauk.”

OK, OK. Tell me about the show.

“To feel Jimmy’s roots, how he started in bars, he made me sing in a packed bar where it’s loud. People continued to talk. I’m used to quiet theater. He did a set, then I did a set. My anxiety was only quelled by my longtime practice. And I learned to keep on, plow through even while the joint kept partying.

“You’re going to love ‘Escape to Margaritaville.’”

Buffett performs in Vancouver

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver Canada. He last performed in Vancouver on October 17, 1993 during the Chameleon Caravan Tour. The set list from the show is now available.

Sarah Mclachlan was a special guest for the show and joined Buffett for the songs “Learning To Fly” (Tom Petty cover), “A Pirate Looks At Forty”, and “Wildflowers” (Tom Petty cover).

Buffett to release “Buried Treasure” in November

Jimmy Buffett will release a collection of songs from the late 60’s called “Buried Treasure” on November 17, 2017. It is available at Amazon.com in two formats:
BURIED TREASURE: VOLUME 1 – STANDARD VERSION or
BURIED TREASURE: VOLUME 1 – DELUXE PACKAGE

A few years ago when legendary Nashville producer Buzz Cason sold his recording studio, there was some cleaning up to do. That’s when Jimmy learned they had found a collection of 1⁄4-inch tapes that turned out to be the original demos of songs Jimmy had written and recorded for Buzz in the late 60’s. There were over 125 songs in that pile of tape boxes. In addition to the song demos there were also the first recordings Travis Turk had engineered in Mobile, and that is where the whole story of Buried Treasure begins.

JB : “There is a reason we are calling this collection of songs and stories Buried Treasure – because they were literally buried in a closet in a recording studio in Nashville for decades. They were discovered by an old friend, Travis Turk, who actually recorded these tracks in Mobile, Alabama in 1969, and more in Nashville in the years following when we both wound up moving there. Travis eventually produced the first two albums I recorded in Nashville, as well. When we first found the tapes of Buried Treasure, I didn’t know that it would turn out to be such a unique situation where I’d actually get to honor and introduce the people who started me out.”

It will be available in standard and deluxe packaging. Both releases contain 11 acoustic tracks and song-by-song narration by Jimmy Buffett. The Standard version contains a 28 page book. The Deluxe version is a 40-page collector’s book with never before seen photos which holds the CD and a bonus 20-minute documentary DVD: The Story Behind Buried Treasure.

Track Listing:

Don’t Bring Me Candy
Circle Is Small
Abandoned On Tuesday
I Can’t Be Your Hero Today
Rickety Lane
Wino Has Something to Say
California Dreamin’
The Gypsy
Hopelessly Gone
Simple Pleasures
Close the World At Five

Buffett tells the TODAY show about his Broadway musical

Singer Jimmy Buffett joins TODAY to talk about his musical “Escape to Magaritaville,” which is going on tour and is planned to open on Broadway next March. “There are portions that come from reality, and other parts are made up,” Buffett says.

What do you do with a wedding ring after divorce? TODAY anchors say…
A woman’s Facebook post asking what she should do with an old wedding ring has the TODAY anchors and Jimmy Buffett talking. “Hock it,” Buffett says firmly of an old wedding ring, but Savannah Guthrie advises: “Stuff it in a drawer with your feelings.” More on this story here.

Buffett performs “I Will Play for Gumbo” on NCIS New Orleans

Watch Jimmy Buffett’s full performance of “I Will Play For Gumbo” from last nights appearance on NCIS New Orleans.

The legendary Jimmy Buffett rocked out on NCIS: New Orleans in the Season 4 premiere, “Rogue Nation.” In this exclusive extended performance of his classic “I Will Play For Gumbo,” a number of fan favorites from the show get down in the crowd while he jams out.