Billboard Interview

Billboard has an interview with Jimmy Buffett on what he has been up to lately and his upcoming plans: “Buffett Busy With Live DVD, Tour, Kids Book

Jimmy Buffett is in “no hurry” to make his next album, but he still has plenty to offer his faithful Parrotheads this year.

Buffett is also developing albums for younger artists, including Coral Reefer Band backup singer Nadirah Shakoor, for his Mailboat label. And his Year of Still Here Tour starts tomorrow at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

As for that next album, the follow-up to 2006’s “Take the Weather With You,” Buffett says that “the time it takes to write a book kind of produces an offshoot of you [wanting] to go back to something else.”

He adds that he’s been “listening to different things that inspire me musically, but I’m in no hurry to do (an album). I am writing songs; it’ll be interesting to see if I wait and get a collection of 12 of them together to do an album or go do four and put ’em online or something. The delivery systems now … it’s very interesting how you can put stuff out there, so we’ll see what feels like the best way to do it.”
Yesterday (June 3), Buffett released a new DVD, “Scenes You Know By Heart,” that will be sold exclusively by Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club and the Web site of the artist’s Mailboat Records.

“We shoot everything,” Buffett tells Billboard.com, “and somebody had an idea to do one like this. It’s kind of a unique platform in which to feature little vignettes from all over the place. It’s National Geographic with a good soundtrack — that’s what I consider it.”

Buffett to Appear on new Little Feat album

From Marketwire: Little Feat Throws a Party With New “JOIN THE BAND”

Little Feat teams with guest artists Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, Chris Robinson, Emmylou Harris, Brooks & Dunn, Bob Seger, Inara George, Sonny Landreth and others on a new album called “JOIN THE BAND”. The album is produced by Bill Payne and Mac McAnally is is available in stores August 26th.

“JOIN THE BAND” features some of Little Feat’s classic tunes — “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” “Dixie Chicken,” “Sailing Shoes,” “Oh, Atlanta” — re-recorded with creative friends like Dave Matthews and Jimmy Buffett among many others (see above), as well as new material like Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

“JOIN THE BAND” was an idea born in 2004 just after original Little Feat keyboardist Billy Payne had played on Jimmy Buffett’s chart topping album, “License to Chill.” Jimmy suggested flying the band out to his Shrimp Boat Sound studios in Key West to put together the all star project that had been planned for years prior. With the production team of Payne and Buffett associates Mac McAnally and Alan Schulman in place, the project began to take shape.

Jimmy Buffett shares lead vocal on two songs: “Champion of the World” (along with Paul Barrere) and “Time Loves a Hero” (along with Bill Payne).