Interview: Lulu talks about Jimmy

From the Birmingham News : “Buffett on Buffett: Lucy talks about brother Jimmy, who’s soon to perform in Birmingham

Lucy Buffett answers some questions from about here brother Jimmy

Q: Do you have a favorite Buffett song? If so, why?

A: “Havana Daydreamin’” is one of my favorite old songs. I was living in Key West when that album came out, so I knew all the characters and contexts. He wrote a beautiful tribute to my dad that’s very touching, but it’s not one you will ever hear him perform. I’m particularly fond of the one about “oysters and beer for dinner every day of the year.” That’s the one I can relate to. It was also one of my mother’s favorites. That, and “He Went to Paris.” Ironically, I don’t know the titles of all his songs, but I do know most of the lyrics.

Q: When your brother started his career as a musician, did you ever imagine that he’d reach these heights of success? When did you first realize, “Oh, boy, he’s really famous”?

A: From my point of view as the baby sister who’s seven years younger than he is, I thought he had made it when mama, daddy and I drove over to Hattiesburg to watch him open for Jerry Jeff Walker in some small, coffee-house type venue. He sang and people applauded; I thought right then that he was a star. And the fact that he was also playing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans in his first group meant he had made it. If not to the big time, at least he’d made it out of Mobile, and I knew he would never come back home to live.

Q: Anything else you’d like to say about your brother?

A: Jimmy’s a very practical fellow. He can iron his own clothes, prefers to drive himself around, and is extremely self sufficient. He’s not afraid to laugh at himself, but he’s really smart and has great instincts, especially about business. He’s a very early riser, and most of his emails come to me between 5 and 6 in the morning. No, he’s not out partying all night in Margaritaville — LOL!


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