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.

escape to margaritaville musical

Escape To Margaritaville Cast Recording

Escape To Margaritaville Original Broadway Cast Recording” is now available at Amazon.com.

Original Broadway Cast Recording of Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical, features the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett. Recorded in Chicago, the album will be released on Friday, February 16, 2018, the morning of the show’s first Broadway performance.

The Escape to Margaritaville Cast Recording is produced by Mailboat Records, Mike Utley, Mac McAnally, and Christopher Jahnke.

Buffett and Caroline Jones video premiere: “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On”

From Yahoo Entertainment: Last November, a group of musicians came together for a very special cause: the Trying to Reason Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert in Tallahassee, Fla., which was assembled with the hope of assisting communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, and other islands affected by hurricanes in 2017.

Yahoo Entertainment is pleased to debut the duet between singer-songwriter Caroline Jones and legendary entertainer Jimmy Buffett, “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On,” from this benefit for fans to enjoy. The song will be available for download Feb. 2 here, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to Singing for Change for their continuing efforts for the hurricane victims.

Jones noted of the collaboration: “Jimmy is authentic to his message through and through. Nowhere is that more evident than in the lyrics of ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On,’ which is a song about the beauty and resilience of the human spirit in life’s challenging times. Performing the song at the Trying to Reason Hurricane Benefit was a goose-bump moment for me. I’m so honored to be able to share it with the world, in hopes that the song will inspire others the way it has inspired me.”

“This is for all of us right now,” Buffett added. “That’s the way you get through anything in life — breathe in, breathe out, move on.”

You can still help with relief efforts in these areas. Check here for options to donate.

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