Watch Jimmy Buffett and some fans walk us through the “Twelve Days of Christmas” Parrothead version. A Christmas Classic with some Classic Cheeseburgers thrown in. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers new Christmas album is on sale now – “Tis the SeaSon“.
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.
Want to be the first to hear Jimmy Buffett’s new Christmas album, ‘Tis The SeaSon? Tune into Radio Margaritaville, where one track from Jimmy’s new holiday album will be released everyday, starting with Saturday, October 15.
Leading up to the album release on October 28, one track will debut daily at both 7 am ET and 7 am PT, and the song will also be featured on Radio Margaritaville throughout the day.
You can now listen to samples of the songs at the iTunes store (on a mobile device you may need to open the iTunes app and search for “Tis the SeaSon”)
RADIO MARGARITAVILLE TRACK DUBUT SCHEDULE:
Saturday, Oct 15th:
Track 1: Wonderful Christmastime
Sunday, Oct 16th:
Track 2: Jingle Bell Rock
Monday, Oct 17th:
Track 3: All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
Tuesday, Oct 18th:
Track 4: Drivin’ The Pig (Manejando el Cerdo)
Wednesday, Oct 19th:
Track 5: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Parrothead Version)
Thursday, Oct 20th:
Track 6: What I Didn’t Get For Christmas
Friday, Oct 21st:
Track 7: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Saturday, Oct 22nd:
Track 8: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Sunday, Oct 23rd:
Track 9: Santa Stole Thanksgiving
Monday, Oct 24th:
Track 10: Mele Kalikimaka (Featuring Jake Shimabukuro)
Tuesday, Oct 25th:
Track 11: Winter Wonderland (Featuring Robert Greenidge)
Wednesday, Oct 26th:
Track 12: Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Featuring Nadirah Shakoor)
Thursday, Oct 27th:
Track 13: White Christmas
Born on Christmas, it seems apropos that Jimmy Buffett would be the perfect person to perform your holiday favorites! 20 years after his platinum-plus selling holiday album, Jimmy returns with a new installment, soon to be a classic! Recorded in 6 cities while on breaks during his 2016 summer tour, the 13 track album includes 9 traditional songs, 3 new originals, and a very special Parrothead version of the The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Jimmy Buffett’s new Christmas album “‘Tis the SeaSon” will be released on October 28, 2016. It is now available For Pre-Sale at Mailboat Records. On the Bing and Bong show Jimmy said the name of the album is “‘Tis the SeaSUN”. No information is currently available on the song list for the album.
In 1996 Buffett released the album “Christmas Island” and it included some original songs including “Ho Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rhum”, “A Sailor’s Christmas”, and “Merry Christmas, Alabama”.
The album cover has Buffett on his surfboard paddling his two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
From the TimesDaily: “Margaritaville included in Grammy Hall of Fame 2016”
Part of the reason Jimmy Buffett’s iconic hit “Margaritaville” has stood the test of time is that it’s a song everyone can relate to, Shoals bassist, producer and former recording studio owner Norbert Putnam said.
Putnam should know. He produced the track in 1977 with Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band.
The song has been included in the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame Class of 2016, along with another track with local connections — Dan Penn and Chips Moman’s “Dark End of the Street,” which was recorded by soul artist James Carr in 1967.
“Margaritaville” is also connected with a restaurant chain, a chain of hotels, and a variety of other products such as “frozen concoction makers,” commonly known as blenders.
“It has every element for a good story,” Putnam said.
The singer refers to sitting on his front porch swing, strumming his six string. He’s noticing tourists covered in suntan oil, smelling shrimp beginning to boil, and cuts his foot on a pop top.
And like all good stories, Putnam said, the song has that element of drama or conflict.
“Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know, it’s nobody’s fault,” the chorus goes. Later in the song, however, the chorus changes and he laments, “… it’s my own … fault.”
Mac McAnally, who splits his time between homes in Nashville and Sheffield, didn’t play in the original cut, but has performed the song hundreds of times since joining the Coral Reefer Band in 1998.
What makes it special, he said, is how much of Buffett’s persona is transferred during the playing or listening process.
“It represents a lifestyle which is broader than simply being inebriated on a beach, although it frequently includes being inebriated on a beach,” McAnally said. “Jimmy conveyed a relaxed approach to living which starts and ends with a smile. I think most people then and now benefit from a little more smiling and relaxing. I’m proud for my friend and road boss receiving this honor.”
Alan Schulman, who has been engineering and mixing Buffett recordings since 1997, agreed with McAnally’s assessment.
“It has a lot to do with a lifestyle,” Schulman said. “It projects the sun, the ocean flip-flops. He kind of lives like that. He’s a fun man to be around. I think what it does is it gives people a chance to have a different lifestyle from their normal jobs a couple times a year, to go to a Jimmy concert and feel like they’re on the beach.”
Schulman said he was just booked to engineer a new Buffett Christmas album.
Twenty years ago (on January 16th, 1996) Jimmy Buffett, Island Records chairman Chris Blackwell, and U2 singer Bono and family were taking off in Buffett’s seaplane the Hemisphere Dancer in Jamaica when authorities opened fire on them mistaking them for drug traffickers. Nobody was hurt and no drugs are found, just a few bullet holes in Buffett’s plane. Buffett gets a song out of it “Jamaica Mistaica” which appeared on the album “Banana Wind”.