Backstage with Buffett in Houston

The Houston Chronicle has an interesting article by Ken Hoffman: “Backstage with Buffett: Good times for all

Most concert tickets insist “No photography or recording devices allowed.”

A Jimmy Buffett concert is different.

For the past 10 years, Buffett has been broadcasting every one of his concerts live and complete on his own Radio Margaritaville station. And this year, he’s been streaming video, from the opening song through his second encore, on the Internet, including that afternoon’s sound check and rehearsal.

“We’ve been streaming every concert live, for free, for 10 or 11 years now on our radio station. This year, we started putting live video on ustream.com. I don’t know of any other artist who would even consider doing this,” said Coleman Sisson, Woodlands resident and general manager of Radio Margaritaville on Sirius radio and www.margaritaville.com.

Before the show, the mood backstage was calm. Band members talked with friends, relatives and local big shots. Peter Mayer gave away guitar picks to children. Mac MacAnally, who stands next to Buffett onstage and sings Alan Jackson’s part on It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, said, “I don’t know, but for some reason, this is a really good time and place for the band. Things are real happy. The ball just keeps rolling.”

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