Taping for CMT Crossroads Show Today

The CMT Crossroads show that will feature Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band is being taped later today at The Factory in Franklin, TN.

Only 20 people from each fan club (Buffett’s and ZBB’s) and members of the bands family and close friends were invited to the taping of the show.

According to Margaritaville.com the show is scheduled to air on CMT in March 2010.

(thanks to the BNers on the forum for the updates)

USA Today Article on Buffet Hotel

USA Today has an interview “Jimmy Buffett releases new ‘Buffet’ album

At first glance, you might think Jimmy Buffett’s new album, out Tuesday, is called Buffett Hotel. Like his name. But look closer. There’s only one T.

“People say, ‘What’s the Buffett Hotel?’ I say, ‘Buffet.'” People have been mispronouncing Jimmy’s last name as Buff-ay instead of Buff-it for a long time, he told me when he called recently from Manhattan. “It used to really piss me off. Twice, he remembers, his name was misspelled on his own albums by his own record label in his early career. He admits that some of his lawyers still have trouble getting it right. “It’s been an ongoing thing.”

In the booklet that accompanies the CD, Jimmy writes that he doesn’t see himself ever getting old and sitting on a cruise ship deck chair. “I’d rather be lost in the Sahara,” he writes.

Buffett’s New Album Buffet Hotel

Jimmy Buffett’s new album “Buffet Hotel” gets released today.

The Miami Herald has an interview with Jimmy: “Trip to Africa inspires Buffett

Q: For years we’ve fought over the spelling of your name. With this album title, you’ve set our cause back 40 years.

Buffett: [Laughs.] I saw this sign and thought it would be fun to play with it. It’s been a pet peeve of mine back to the days when I was playing clubs. People would come up and ask, `Where’s the food?’ `No, no. No food. That’s me.’

Q: Did the trip to Africa inspire the music?

Buffett: The trip to Africa was one of the musical highlights of my life. It lit a fire under me as a songwriter. [But] the inspiration was more technological. Everyone uses [Pro Tools], and I am an older person but my mind is inclusive enough to want to know of these things. I was able to do the vocals at my leisure. I call it the red-wine vocals. I was never one to spend a lot of time [in the studio.] Maybe to my detriment. I’m a capture-the-magic kinda guy as opposed to working it to death. I got other s— to do!

Buffet Hotel Lyrics and Reviews

The lyrics for the songs on Jimmy Buffett’s new album “Buffet Hotel” are now available in our Song & Lyrics database (thanks to Nancy for helping to transcribe the lyrics).

You can purchase Buffet Hotel for only $7.99 at Amazon.com.

Some reviews of Buffet Hotel are starting to come in:
AL.com: “Jimmy Buffett tells tales of home on ‘Buffet Hotel’
UPI: “Buffett Targets Parrotheads With New Album
GJ Sentinel.com: “Jimmy Buffett, Neil Young releasing albums just in time for the holidays

Article on Mac McAnally

The California Chronicle has an interview with Mac McAnally: “McAnally, McNeil to perform in Hub City

McAnally, who first released an album in 1977, has seen a recent surge in popularity thanks to connections with country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith.

McAnally signed this year to Keith’s Show Dog Nashville record label, and scored his first number one song duetting with Chesney on “Down the Road.” Chesney covered “Down the Road,” originally penned and performed by McAnally in 1990, as well as McAnally’s “Back Where I Come From.”

McAnally noted that “Down the Road” was written on Christmas morning, when he was putting toys together for his daughter.

“It was too close to daylight to go on to sleep so I decided to wait until the kids got up and looked under the tree,” he said. “That was in 1987 and Kenny resurrected it last year.”

McAnally said he was headed to the studio Wednesday to demo a few songs he has accumulated recently.

“I produced the new Jimmy Buffett record that’s just about to come out, along with Mike Utley,” he said. “We’ve produced the last three or four. We’re also going to be on one of those CMT ‘Crossroads’ shows with Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band.”