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:

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 talks about Escape to Margaritaville

From the Times-Picayune: “Jimmy Buffett heralds his Broadway musical comedy ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

Tickets to the New Orleans preview of the Broadway-bound musical comedy “Escape to Margaritaville” went on sale Monday (June 12). The title is a tip off that singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett contributed beloved hits and new compositions to the production. To set the stage for the show, which will run from October 20-28, Buffett granted a few interviews in the balcony of the Saenger Theatre.

At 70, the beyond-charming bard of the beach looked like a million bucks in a white seersucker shirt, shorts and, naturally, flip-flops. Actually, he looked like considerably more than a million bucks.

Buffet pointed out that the songs selected to build the “Margaritaville” plot around, such as “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano,” and, presumably, (Wasting Away Again in) “Margaritaville,” were from different eras of his career and were never meant as a suite. But, in collaboration with writers Mike O’Malley and Greg Garcia, the varied story lines have been woven into a slightly melancholy, mostly buoyant whole.

“We’ve done the songs in a way that they now belong to these characters in the show,” Buffett said. “Fans will hear them and they’ll know the melodies, but they drive the story now, and I love that.”

“It’s the songs you want to hear,” Buffett said reassuringly. “It’s the songs that have been in the engine room of this culture for 40 years.”

Photo: Jimmy Buffett, right, is joined by writer and actor Mike O’Malley, far left, and producer and writer Greg Garcia, center, as they talk about the premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Buffett performs in Houston

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands TX. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “Take Another Road”, “Tin Cup Chalice”, and a medley of “Landfall”, “Miss You So Badly”, “Tampico Trauma”.

The Houston Press has a review of the show “Escaping With Jimmy Buffett Is Never a Bad Idea

Were I a musician, it would not be Taylor Swift or Drake or Adele or Kanye West that I secretly wished to be; it would be Jimmy Buffett. Onstage, in beachwear and shoeless, he looks like the most comfortable man alive, a guy who gets to sing about near-universally beloved subjects and only has to play three shows a week, when he wants to tour, of course. As long as his wristbands match his beach shorts and he can crack a smile, the battle is already won.

If you’re a stranger to the Jimmy Buffett experience, seeing him live won’t necessarily turn you into a full-blown Parrothead overnight, but when it comes to meeting new fanbases, they might just be the nicest bunch I’ve come across. Seeing Jimmy Buffett is not a passive experience, and you will talk to strangers, and you will form alliances in the great beach-ball wars that break out in the crowd, and you will be pressured to dance and celebrate.

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