Buffett’s new album to be called “Life on the Flip Side”

From Keys Weekly: “Buffett starts 2020 with impromptu show at Margaritaville

The whispered rumors started around midday on Jan. 18. They gathered steam throughout the afternoon and were proven true by 9 p.m., when Jimmy Buffett ducked under his guitar strap and nodded with a smile to members of his Coral Reefer Band.

The Margaritaville mogul took the stage at his own bar on Key West’s Duval Street for his first live performance of 2020.

Buffett and the band had been in Key West recording a new album, “Life on the Flip Side,” for release later this year.

The band played to a packed house of surprised tourists and in-the-know locals who had been on the receiving end of the day’s rumors. 

With songs that captured Key West’s simpler times, Buffett serenaded sun-loving locals with the lyrics that lured them here so many years ago, and gave the disbelieving visitors the vacation memories of a lifetime.

buffett providence new album Oceans of Time

Buffett talks about “Escape to Margaritaville” and his new album “Oceans of Time”

Jimmy Buffett talks about how his laid-back island tunes inspired the musical, which launches its national tour at Providence Performing Arts Center on Sept. 29 and his new album titled “Oceans of Time” that’s due out in the spring.

From the Providence Journal: “Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ will have Parrotheads flocking to Providence

The sun is particularly bright over the Providence Performing Arts Center, which is hosting the launch of the North American tour of “Escape to Margaritaville” on Sept. 29. A buoyant love story based on the music of Jimmy Buffett, the play introduces original songs along with favorites like “Fins,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” that promotional posters promise will “knock your flip-flops off.”

Clad in a baby-blue striped polo shirt, tan cargo shorts and slip-on sneakers, with a baseball cap on his head, Buffett kicked back in a chair at PPAC and recalled how his mother instilled a love for the performing arts in him when he was growing up in Mobile, Alabama.

“She was part of a local theater group and played Bloody Mary in ‘South Pacific!’” he said. “She would take me to a lot of shows.”

Instead of theater, Buffett’s music career took off — the singer-songwriter has more than 50 albums on his résumé and legions of fans called Parrotheads thronging sold-out concerts worldwide every summer. He has also written several books, making him one of only nine authors to notch the top spot on both The New York Times best-seller lists in fiction and nonfiction. Playwriting, however, seemed more elusive.

″[Broadway theater owner and producer] Jimmy Nederlander Jr. wanted me to do a one-man show on Broadway 30 years ago,” he said. “I also connected with Herman Wouk in the ’90s to create a musical based on his book ‘Don’t Stop the Carnival.’”

The storyteller — who often quipped “long story short” in mid-stride — worked with Wouk on the seven- or eight-year process to stage “Don’t Stop the Carnival.” Along the way, Buffett said, he gleaned valuable skills from his mentor on the road to the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, where the show opened in 1997.

“We were good friends and fellow sailors,” he began, “and I was living in the Caribbean where the book was like the bible and everyone had Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley tapes playing. We knew it would make a great musical.”

He agreed to participate in the creation of “Escape to Margaritaville,” but he had a few conditions. He insisted that it be left to writers who “knew and lived the culture” of a place like Margaritaville. That took three years to find, but he said Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley understood how his songs fit a casual, tropical style.

“I then told them the story must have three elements — someone moving from a cold to a warm climate, a sense of escapism and a love story,” Buffett added, noting that the play focuses on a young man who moves from Maine to the tropics and falls in love. “They’d write, and then I’d do what they called ‘Buffettizing’ and I’d tweak things.”

The play hasn’t been his only project lately. Buffett said he’s preparing for his first album release in 14 years, titled “Oceans of Time.” It’s due out in the spring.

“It never gets old,” he said of creating music. “I’m just a child of the ocean.”

Buffett performs a new song for The Beach Bum Soundtrack

From Yahoo News “Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum Soundtrack Announced

Harmony Korine’s new film The Beach Bum hits U.S. theaters on March 29 (via NEON). The comedy stars Matthew McConaughey as the Floridian burnout Moondog, as well as Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, Isla Fisher, and others.

Today, the soundtrack has been announced. The Beach Bum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is out March 22 via Milan Records. The album includes John Debney’s score, as well as an original song called “Moonfog,” written by Jimmy Buffett and Snoop Dogg and performed by Buffett. Hear it below. Also below, watch the trailer for The Beach Bum and find the soundtrack artwork and tracklist.

The Beach Bum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

01 Jimmy Buffett: “A Pirate at Forty”
02 Bertie Higgins / Moondog: “Key Largo (Live at the Schooner Wharf Bar)”
03 Gerry Rafferty: “Right Down the Line”
04 Waylon Jennings: “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”
05 Eddie Money: “Two Tickets To Paradise”
06 Gordon Lightfoot: “Sundown”
07 Stephen Bishop: “On and On”
08 Van Morrison: “Into the Mystic”
09 Jimmy Buffett: “Moonfog”
10 John Debney: “Poem for a White Cat”
11 John Debney: “Sucking Toes and Playing Tennis”
12 John Debney: “Moondog and Minnie”
13 John Debney: “Goodbye to Minnie”
14 John Debney: “Beautiful Moondog”

Listen to Chesney & Buffett sing Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

From RollingStone.com: Hear Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett Sing ‘Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season’

Kenny Chesney and original beach bum Jimmy Buffett team up on a contemplative remake of Buffett’s “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season” that appears on Chesney’s new album Songs for the Saints. The album, which includes the recent Number One “Get Along,” was released on Friday.

Chesney has drawn numerous comparisons to Buffett since entering the “No Shoes” phase of his career sometime around the turn of the millennium, at which point he began spinning island imagery into a frothy country piña colada as he cemented his superstar status. But beyond the surface resemblance, both performers have also displayed canny marketing skills by transforming their respective styles into full-blown lifestyle empires. Chesney’s launched a radio brand and a line of rums, among other ventures, while Buffett has enjoyed incredible success with his Margaritaville restaurants and hotels.

The two men have not often been musical collaborators, but Chesney did appear on a couple of multi-artist tracks from Buffett’s 2004 album License to Chill, including the title cut. “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season,” written by Buffett and recorded for his 1974 album A1A, was never released as a single. In the gentle ballad, his narrator is exhausted from partying and senses the shifting winds of hurricane season, but can’t decide how he feels about having to pick up and leave. “Think I hurt my brain, but it cleans me out, then I can go on,” he sings, noting the restorative power of his coastal locale. It’s especially poignant in the context of Chesney’s new album — a love song for the Caribbean islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the recovery effort for which he’s donating proceeds from sales.

Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” is now available at Amazon.com

Buffett to appear on Kenny Chesney’s new album

From ABC: “Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley and more lend their voices to Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints

Update: Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com (release date July 27)

Jimmy Buffett recreates his 1974 classic, “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season,” on Kenny Chesney’s new album, Songs for the Saints. It’s a fitting choice, since Kenny wrote and recorded the project after Hurricane Irma devastated his home-away-from-home, the Virgin Islands. The superstar from East Tennessee will also donate all the money he makes from the album to recovery efforts.

The legendary “Margaritaville” singer is just one of several high-profile guests on Kenny’s new album, including reggae legend Ziggy Marley and Americana star Mindy Smith.

“Each one of them has a tie to my life in the islands, but also reflect some piece of what we’re trying to do,” Kenny explains. “Ziggy Marley, and his family’s legacy, holds so much truth for all of the people I know down there. Mindy Smith’s Come To Jesus was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there — and her voice sounds like an angel.”

“And Jimmy,” he adds, “more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see — the life — in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I’m honored they also want to help.”

Songs for the Saints was recorded mainly in Nashville and mixed in Key West, Florida.