Buffett appears on “A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg”

A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg” is now available at Amazon.com. Jimmy Buffett sings the song “There’s A Place In The World For A Gambler”.

The project, which released Nov. 21 after nearly eight years in the making, includes a star-studded lineup featuring Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Joe Walsh and the Eagles, Michael McDonald, Train, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Boz Scaggs, Casey James, Dobie Gray, Donna Summer, Fool’s Gold’s Denny Henson and Tom Kelly, Randy Owen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Richie Furay.

Sales from the album will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a cause near and dear to Dan’s wife, Jean Fogelberg. In 2008, a year after Fogelberg passed away from prostate cancer, Jean released “Sometimes A Song,” a Valentine’s Day gift to her from Dan, and donated the proceeds to PCF. Each year since then she has designed the annual PCF Holiday Cards to help raise money and awareness for the cause.

“I will be forever grateful to these amazing artists for giving their time and talents to honor Dan and to help fund the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s research programs to find a cure for prostate cancer,” said Jean Fogelberg about the new album.

Escape to Margaritaville Cast Recording to be released

From Billboard: “Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Musical Cast Recording to Be Released on His Mailboat Records: Exclusive” (to be released on February 16, 2018)

This coming February, Broadway audiences will get the chance to see Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever musical, Escape to Margaritaville.

But Parrotheads and theater fans alike the world over will be able to hear the show’s songs the same day as its first Broadway performance (Feb. 16, 2018) when the Escape to Margaritaville cast recording is released digitally on and on CD on Buffett’s Mailboat Records, the label and producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced exclusively through Billboard today.

The cast recording — which will be recorded this month in Chicago and features original Buffett songs alongside classics like “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” — is the first of its kind on Buffett’s Mailboat label.

This coming February, Broadway audiences will get the chance to see Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever musical, Escape to Margaritaville.

But Parrotheads and theater fans alike the world over will be able to hear the show’s songs the same day as its first Broadway performance (Feb. 16, 2018) when the Escape to Margaritaville cast recording is released digitally on and on CD on Buffett’s Mailboat Records, the label and producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced exclusively through Billboard today.

The cast recording — which will be recorded this month in Chicago and features original Buffett songs alongside classics like “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” — is the first of its kind on Buffett’s Mailboat label.

“I always felt that an album should be a musical journey, and I have made a few of them,” Buffett says in a statement. “The amazing thing to me about this project is that the collection of classic and new songs, chosen from a treasure chest of material, never perceived by yours truly as such a journey, became one. It is a strange and wonderful feeling to hear your songs sung by others with the new and exciting mission to create a melodic ship on which the story of Escape to Margaritaville can sail.”

“We at Jimmy Buffett’s Mailboat record label are thrilled to be a part of this recording of all Jimmy’s classic music, put into one album, with incredibly talented actors singing these iconic songs,” says director of development Mike Ramos.

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:
BURIED TREASURE: VOLUME 1 – STANDARD VERSION or
BURIED TREASURE: VOLUME 1 – DELUXE PACKAGE

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 to release “Buried Treasure”

Jimmy Buffett is releasing an album with previously unreleased songs that he wrote between 1969 and 1973. “Buried Treasure” will be released on October 27th 2017 and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

From an old article in USA Today: “Jimmy Buffett unearths new (old) songs

The “Buried Treasure” project includes at least 20 original songs and perhaps some cover material Buffett recorded in Nashville between 1969 and 1973 with original producer Travis Turk. “Two years ago they were going to sell the studio we were working at and owners said go through this and see if there’s anything you can use. He found 74 original songs I forgot I had written,” Buffett says. “It’s really, right back to the beginning stuff. … I’m going back and listening to myself during these times and it’s sparking stories. I don’t remember writing a lot of these songs but once I hear them stuff starts coming back. So I’m doing a narration through this material that we found. I’m going to do that as a project. They were tape recordings they were about to throw out. Some is cover stuff, but the original stuff there’s probably about 20 songs that I had forgotten I had written. … It’s something people might want to add to their collection.”

Buffett’s new album #50 on Billboard 200 Chart

From Billboard: “Buffett’s new holiday album comes in at #50 on the Billboard 200 chart”

Jimmy Buffett’s second Christmas album, ‘Tis the Season, bows at No. 50 with 10,000 units (nearly all from traditional album sales). His first seasonal effort, 1996’s Christmas Island, debuted at No. 125 and peaked at No. 27. It went on to sell 1.24 million copies.

On the Holiday Albums chart, ‘Tis the Season starts at No. 3.

Also from Billboard: “Brett Eldredge & Jimmy Buffett Decorate Top Country Albums Chart With New Holiday Set

Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Tis the Season enters Top Country Albums at No. 6 (10,000), marking his 15th showing on the list and seventh top 10. Buffett last landed on Top Country Albums with 2007’s Live at Texas Stadium with Alan Jackson and George Strait. His most recent solo album to place on the chart was 2006’s Take the Weather With You, his second leader; License to Chill led in 2004. Buffett first hit the Top Country Albums top 10 with Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, which peaked at No. 2 in 1977.

You can order ‘Tis the Season at Amazon.