Jimmy Buffett on CBS Sunday Morning

From CBS.com: Jimmy Buffett: “Everybody needs to take a little breath”

For any of the past 40 summers, you could find Jimmy Buffett standing on a stage somewhere playing with his Coral Reefer Band.

Of course this year, he’s stuck at home, as high and dry as the rest of us.

Correspondent Tracy Smith asked, “You’ve been talking about taking a summer off for, what, 40 years now?”

“Yeah. This isn’t quite what I had in mind, Tracy!” he laughed “But you know, what’s that – ‘Make lemonade outta lemons’? The interesting thing is, with all of the tragedy and the serious things that are goin’ on, I’m having to deal with it and I talked to a lot of the people, you find some silver linings in all this. And that’s what we’re doing, like, for family and for band.”

He’s been using some of his time in quarantine doing online concerts, often for first responders.

“You know, historically you think about it, in times like this you still have to have a little fun,” Buffett said. “You still have to have a rest from what’s going on. And I knew that that was the case, because a lot of healthcare workers and doctors I’ve known for a long time have used my music in operating rooms and emergency rooms to calm down.”

And lately he’s been able to share new music:  His just-released album, “Life on the Flip Side,” is already getting rave reviews, for its good-time anthems, and songs like this:   

Well, we could use some quiet
We could use a little calm
Find the good in everybody
Share that “one love” balm
Watch the predators and prey
Swim along side by side
‘Neath the blue sky and mangroves
Down at slack tide
 “Slack Tide” by Jimmy Buffett

A slack tide is that moment just before the tide turns, when the water is calm and the world seems to take a beat,” Buffett said.

“There’s something about the natural process of the world and the universe that allows you the time to kind of take a breath,” he said. “And it seems that a lot of people aren’t doing that now. … It’s not, ‘You’ve got to solve every problem,’ or like everything everybody else does, but everybody needs to take a little breath. And that’s one of the underlying kind of messages in these songs.”

The song was written well before the current political storm, but it seems all the more appropriate now. Buffet performed his song “Slack Tide,” for the first time in public, for Tracy Smith and our viewers. “I thought that’d be a good one for ‘Sunday Morning’!” he laughed.

Chiropractor pens the song “Hey, That’s My Wave” for Buffett

From the Sag Harbor Express: “Sag Harbor Chiropractor Pens Song for Jimmy Buffett

It’s a song about how the things we thought we had for ourselves — secret spots and places — are quickly disappearing.

It’s got a rock & roll feel and a Jimmy Buffett sound, of course, but the surf anthem “Hey, That’s My Wave” originally sprang from the mind of Sag Harbor chiropractor, surfer and musician Dr. Glenn Goodman.

The song appears on Mr. Buffett’s latest album, “Life on the Flip Side” which was released in May.

“Surf spots are filling up all over the world,” Dr. Goodman observed during an interview last week. “There are no more secret spots.”

It’s that sense of invasion, underscored in the defiant refrain, “Hey, that’s my wave,” that drove Dr. Goodman to pen the song. “Surfing’s gone hip, all over the world.”

“There was a time as a surfer you could go anywhere,” said Dr. Goodman, who has been surfing since he was 8 years old in Miami, when “all there were, were long boards.” Today he spends most of his surf days in Montauk, but has surfed all over, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Virgin Islands and California. “Now you have to be much more selective about finding a surf spot,” he said.

It’s a sentiment he expresses in the song’s first lyric: “It used to be so easy / Life was so well-defined / Walk to the beach and ride the ocean / Any place, any time”

“The other day, we passed 40 people and six dogs on a 16 mile ride,” he said.
While his day job is helping to heal the people of the East End, he devotes a lot of his time to songwriting and surfing. Which is how he came to know Mr. Buffett.

The two men first met when Mr. Buffett came for a treatment with Dr. Goodman’s wife, and fellow chiropractor, Dr. Suzanne Kirby. But it was waiting for a wave off the beach in Montauk when he really got to know Mr. Buffett.

“We were sitting out on the water just talking, sharing stories,” Dr. Goodman said. “And then we went to breakfast.”

The two became friends and bonded over surfing.

So it seemed a natural thing to do to share his songs, and one day Dr. Goodman handed off to Mr. Buffett a CD of six songs he had recorded at Monk Music Studios in East Hampton, including “Hey, That’s My Wave.”

“He called an hour later and said ‘Dude, we gotta do that song,” recounted Dr. Goodman. “I knew he was gonna love it.”

Mr. Buffett took the song and, according to Dr. Goodman, said he was going to “Buffett-ize” it. That is, give it a sound easily identifiable as a Jimmy Buffett song. Fans will recognize the congas, steel drums and twangy, Dick Dale-style surf guitar throughout the song.

One morning, recalled Dr. Goodman, he woke up to find an email with a video of Mr. Buffett performing, “Hey, That’s My Wave.”

“And then he says, ‘We did it!’”

The experience was an interesting one for Dr. Goodman, who noted “we actually co-created a derivative of my original song.” He added that he even got to sing on the chorus, which he recorded from vacation in Costa Rica.

“There were iguanas crawling on the roof while I was singing,” he laughed.

CMT interview with Jimmy Buffett

From CMT: Jimmy Buffett Gets the Band Back Together in “Down at the Lah De Dah”

Jimmy Buffett is bringing back the beach vibes with Life on the Flip Side, a sun-soaked album that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart in June. A few days before a long-awaited fishing trip in Nantucket, Buffett called in to CMT.com to talk about his charming new video for “Down at the Lah De Dah,” premiering below.

In this first half of our two-part interview, the man behind “Margaritaville” reveals the inspiration for the video, how he “Buffettized” the song, and why he still sings in bars. Take a look at “Down at the Lah De Dah,” then enjoy our visit with Jimmy Buffett below the player.

So we took Paul Brady from Dublin, the girls in California, the band in Nashville, me in Malibu, and it looks really great! We used our video director, Stan Kallem, who does all of our roadwork – he’s a pretty talented guy but also knows us, and has been around us enough to know how to “do us” in particular. We took basically what we do at shows, which is try to treat people to a little more than just the songs. We take them on a bit of a vacation. I think he did a brilliant job. I tested it on people from 15 to 75 and it worked!

Buffett’s new album debuts at #2 on Billboard’s 200

From Billboard.com: At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Jimmy Buffett lands his highest-charting album in over 15 years, as Life on the Flip Side starts with 75,000 equivalent album units earned (with 74,000 of that sum in album sales). The last time the veteran singer-songwriter (and Margaritaville brand boss) was higher on the list was in 2004, when License to Chill became his first No. 1 when it opened atop the chart dated July 31, 2004.

Life on the Flip Side is Buffett’s 40th charting album on the Billboard 200. He first visited the list in 1974 with Living and Dying in 3/4 Time, which arrived on the March 2 chart, on its way to a No. 176 peak on March 30. In total, Life On the Flip Side is Buffett’s 22nd top 40 album, and 12th top 10.

Life on the Flip Side is Buffett’s first non-holiday studio album since Songs From St. Somewhere, which hit No. 4 in 2013.

The new album’s sales were helped by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with a slate of upcoming Buffett shows. The bundle offer was originally attached to a string of dates that were meant to run from May 16 through Oct. 15, 2020. Some of those shows were ultimately canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, while the remaining shows were postponed and rescheduled to July 10 through Sept. 2, 2021. Only the postponed and rescheduled shows are part of the ticket bundle offer which contributes to the chart total.

Buffett’s new album “Life on the Flip Side” available today

Jimmy Buffett’s new album “Life on the Flip Side” is now available at Amazon.com.

Rolling Stone has an interview with Jimmy Buffett discussing the return of concerts, his new album, his early days, and much more from his Malibu home

“I came to Key West [Florida] with a little bit of luggage and a lot of songs,” says Jimmy Buffett, who talks about his entire career, including its earliest days, in a wide-ranging conversation with senior writer Brian Hiatt on the latest episode of the Rolling Stone Interview: Special Edition video series. Buffett is riding out lockdown in a “little trailer” he owns on the coast of California, in Malibu, a situation he compares to the days when he’d live on a boat for months on end.

During the exclusive interview, Buffett breaks down his new album, Life on the Flip Side, explaining that he intended it to reflect the spirit of his beloved first three LPs. “I went back and listened to those a lot,” he says. He recalls hanging out with Hunter S. Thompson and Bob Dylan; muses on his business success; recalls his short-lived career as a music journalist; discusses the origins of classic songs, including “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” “Death of an Unpopular Poet”; and explains how he realized it was time to cut back on his partying around the time he turned 40.