Buffett appears on Toby Keith’s new album

Jimmy Buffett does a duet with Toby Keith on the song “Sailboat for Sale” on Keith’s new album “35 mph Town”. The album is now available at Amazon.com and you can listen to it at iTunes. Buffett and Keith previously teamed up for the song “Too Drunk to Karaoke” from the album “Songs From St. Somewhere”.

From Billboard: “Toby Keith Shows Off New Tricks (and Jimmy Buffett) on ‘35 mph Town’: Album Review

Radio hits by country’s leading men have been criticized for relying on the usual tropes of trucks, pretty girls and six-packs. While Toby Keith certainly has drawn from these subjects during his 20-year career, his 18th studio LP, 35 mph Town, bypasses the cliches and tones down his sometimes overbearing bravado. There’s real depth on “What She Left Behind,” about an ex’s “bottle of perfume left for dead” on his bedside table. But Keith doesn’t sacrifice any bonhomie: “Rum Is the Reason,” a steel-drummed tale about why pirates never ruled the world, sounds like a good Jimmy Buffett song for a reason — the singer’s Coral Reefer Band provides backing. (Buffett himself appears on the wistful “Sailboat for Sale.”)

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Margaritaville to open at the Mall of America

From KARE 11: “Margaritaville coming to Mall of America

Get ready, Minnesota — it’s officially five o’clock somewhere.

Jimmy Buffet’s restaurant Margaritaville will open a new location at the mall in 2016. The full-service restaurant and entertainment space will be located on the third level, near the recently relocated Rainforest Cafe.


The restaurant is slated to be 9,000-square-feet and will open in the spring of 2016.

Early renderings of the space show multiple bars, a performance stage and a retail store within the Mall of America location.

The menu features house-made margaritas, frozen “boat drinks,” plus signature food items found in other locations like the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Volcano Nachos.

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Buffett appears on Judy Collins new album

Singer Judy Collins released an album of duets entitled “Strangers Again” and Jimmy Buffett sings on the track “Someday Soon”.

In an interview in Digital Journal, Collins said the title track “Strangers Again” started it all for this project. “Then, I was working with Don McLean and I told him that I wanted to do a duets album, and he told me that he wanted to sing ‘Send In The Clowns’ with me. Then, I ran into Jimmy Buffett in the summer, and he said he wanted to sing ‘Someday Soon’ with me, and those three songs had me going,” she said.

The album is available at Amazon.com and iTunes.

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Margaritaville coming to Paradise Island in Fall 2015

From Margaritaville.com: Margaritaville will soon offer both locals and vacationers another port of paradise as the company announces the development of the first of the brand’s restaurants in the Bahamas. Slated to open in fall 2015, the open-air, waterfront-concept restaurant will be located on picturesque Paradise Island, home to world famous resorts and attractions.

“Margaritaville is the place for all those looking to relax and escape the day-to-day, even if it’s only for a couple of hours,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. “We could not think of a better home than Paradise Island to build our first restaurant in the Bahamas.”

Margaritaville Bahamas will feature a signature forty seat Boat Drinks Bar, a portside open-air Chill Bar with a Drinks-To-Go window and a Margaritaville Retail Store. Keeping true to the brand’s “chill” theme, guests arriving from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal will find a Fin-shaped swimming pool complete with a LandShark Pool Bar that features underwater bottle top themed pedestals where they can soak up an authentic Margaritaville experience. The venue also includes a live performance stage with a fish-cleaning station, DJ booth, unique Paddle Board Booth seating, and a scale model of the Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, the Hemisphere Dancer.

Additional information will soon be available at MargaritavilleBahamas.com.

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Buffett at the American Library in Paris

Bonjour Paris has an article on Buffett at the American Library in Paris: “Jimmy Buffett in Paris: License to Chill

Does he get tired of playing the same songs every night? No. He knows well that “there are certain songs you play every night or get killed. It’s about listening to your audience.”

His most well-known song, Margaritaville, is one of the mandatory songs. After a few margaritas in Austin, Texas, on his way to the airport, he wrote the first part in three minutes. When he landed in Key West, Florida and got stuck in traffic at a bridge, he finished the last part in another three minutes. Six minutes to the hit that launched a million fans.

His books, he admits, take longer than six minutes. He is a prolific writer, but acknowledges the loneliness of writing. “It’s good to be able to take a break at the bar.”

In the music side of his life, he holds little love for the record companies. “The contracts are not set up for the artist,” he says. “They count on the passion of the musician and the tendency to destroy yourself at an young age.”

That’s why he left the “industry” and established his own way of doing business.

“I didn’t have to depend on the kindness of crooks,” he says. “Work for yourself so you can be yourself.”

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