Listen to “Delaney Talks to Statues” from the upcoming album

From Rolling Stone: Hear Jimmy Buffett Reimagine Classic Deep Cut ‘Delaney Talks to Statues’

Jimmy Buffett has released a new version of his 1994 song, “Delaney Talks to Statues,” from his upcoming album, Songs You Don’t Know by Heart, out November 27th via Mailboat Records.

The reimagined song, as well as the rest of Songs You Don’t Know by Heart, was borne out of a video series Buffett and his daughter, Delaney, launched during the coronavirus quarantine. On social media, fans had begun chatting about what Buffett deep cuts they’d like to hear the musician revisit, and soon Delaney began filming her father performing acoustic versions of the songs fans were most eager to hear.

While the performances in those videos were bare-bones acoustic renditions, the versions on Songs You Don’t Know by Heart — a nod to Buffett’s 1985 greatest hits comp Songs You Know by Heart — feature some additional instrumentation. Buffett’s acoustic guitar remains at the heart of each track, as the new version of “Delaney Talks to Statutes” illustrates, but there’s some tidy drumming, bass and plenty of sweet harmonies to flesh it out.

“It’s been a large silver lining to spend this time with Delaney revisiting these songs and having the time to recall the inspirations behind them,” Buffett tells Rolling Stone. “We now actually do know the songs we didn’t know by heart, steered by our fans’ love of songs beyond the ‘Big 12.’”

Songs You Don’t Know by Heart was produced by Buffett’s long-time Coral Reefer Band bandmate Mac McAnally. It also features the group’s guitarist Peter Mayer and Eric Darken on percussion.

A review of “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart”

Paul Leslie has a review of Jimmy Buffett’s video series: “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart — A Series of Storytelling & Songs

For the faithful, they know these songs by heart. Storytelling is at the forefront of what he does, and his ability to generate a sense of wonder with his songs is unparalleled. If you ever needed proof, just witness him in concert. Whether performing spontaneously at a bar in Key West or some beach somewhere, or the way most people experience him, at a sold-out amphitheater on some summer day, year after year. You’ll no doubt see the crowd hanging onto every word. Jimmy Buffett is the ultimate storyteller.

Songs You Don’t Know By Heart available for Pre-Order

Jimmy Buffett is releasing a new acoustic album called “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart” on November 20, 2020. The album is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Mailboat Records.

Track listing:
I Have Found Me a Home
Woman Goin’ Crazy on Caroline Street
The Captain and the Kid
Delaney Talks to Statues
Twelve Volt Man
Peanut Butter Conspiracy
Something So Feminine About a Mandolin
Love in the Library
Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
The Night I Painted the Sky
Cowboy in the Jungle
Little Miss Magic
Tin Cup Chalice
Tonight I Just Need My Guitar
Death of an Unpopular Poet

Buffett Joins Eli Young Band for ‘Saltwater Gospel’

From People Magazine: Jimmy Buffett Joins Eli Young Band for ‘Saltwater Gospel’ Collab: ‘I Said Yes Immediately’

The Eli Young Band always thought their 2016 single “Saltwater Gospel” felt like a Jimmy Buffett-inspired track. Three years later, Buffett is singing it alongside them!

On Friday, the country band — comprising Mike Eli, James Young, Jon Jones and Chris Thompson — dropped the “Fins Up” version of “Saltwater Gospel,” featuring a verse from Buffett himself.

“To have Jimmy Buffett now sing on it was just surreal,” Young tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The ocean has always been his muse and for him to grace us on this project has been amazing. When I heard him tag ‘A Pirate Looks at 40’ at the end, it raised the hairs on my arm. “

Buffett, 73, loved the song since it first came out — and when asked to join the track, he agreed without hesitation.

“When (producer and collaborator) Mac McAnally called me a few weeks ago and said there was an idea for me to sing with the Eli Young Band, I said yes immediately,” Buffett said. “I love the band. I love the fact that they have great roots in Denton, Texas and [University of North Texas] and I can’t wait to get on the road one day and play it with them.”

“What a humble, down-to-earth and kind guy!” Young said. “Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be sitting in my living room chatting it up with Jimmy Buffett. I was a little nervous to be honest, because we are all big fans.”