Track List for Buffett’s new Christmas Album

Jimmy Buffett’s new Christmas album “Tis The SeaSon” is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com (release date is October 28, 2016).

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.

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Buffett’s New Christmas Album

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

Margaritaville included in Grammy Hall of Fame

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.

“Jamaica Mistaica” 20th Anniversary

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”.

Buffett appears on Toby Keith’s new album

Jimmy Buffett does a duet with Toby Keith on the song “Sailboat for Sale” on Keith’s new album “35 mph Town”. The album is now available at Amazon.com and you can listen to it at iTunes. Buffett and Keith previously teamed up for the song “Too Drunk to Karaoke” from the album “Songs From St. Somewhere”.

From Billboard: “Toby Keith Shows Off New Tricks (and Jimmy Buffett) on ‘35 mph Town’: Album Review

Radio hits by country’s leading men have been criticized for relying on the usual tropes of trucks, pretty girls and six-packs. While Toby Keith certainly has drawn from these subjects during his 20-year career, his 18th studio LP, 35 mph Town, bypasses the cliches and tones down his sometimes overbearing bravado. There’s real depth on “What She Left Behind,” about an ex’s “bottle of perfume left for dead” on his bedside table. But Keith doesn’t sacrifice any bonhomie: “Rum Is the Reason,” a steel-drummed tale about why pirates never ruled the world, sounds like a good Jimmy Buffett song for a reason — the singer’s Coral Reefer Band provides backing. (Buffett himself appears on the wistful “Sailboat for Sale.”)

Buffett appears on Judy Collins new album

Singer Judy Collins released an album of duets entitled “Strangers Again” and Jimmy Buffett sings on the track “Someday Soon”.

In an interview in Digital Journal, Collins said the title track “Strangers Again” started it all for this project. “Then, I was working with Don McLean and I told him that I wanted to do a duets album, and he told me that he wanted to sing ‘Send In The Clowns’ with me. Then, I ran into Jimmy Buffett in the summer, and he said he wanted to sing ‘Someday Soon’ with me, and those three songs had me going,” she said.

The album is available at Amazon.com and iTunes.

Mac McAnally’s New Album “AKA Nobody”

Songwriter Mac McAnally is set to release a brand-new album, A.K.A. Nobody, on Sept. 25 on Mailboat Records.

A.K.A Nobody is McAnally’s latest solo album, sung, performed and produced by the much beloved session ace. All but one of its songs were written by McAnally, either on his own or with illustrious co-writers including Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton, Al Anderson, and others.

Working with an all-star assembly of friends and studio colleagues, McAnally achieves a rare blend of deep soul and polished technique on each track. His expressive range is on full display — swampy blues on “Place Where You Belong,” some exotic Parisian-style swing on “Zanzibar,” a saucy Cajun swagger on “Loser Gumbo” with McAnally rocking the piano as Sonny Landreth wails on slide guitar, complex but catchy pop reminiscent of Steely Dan’s best on “Someday,” straight-ahead, steel-sweetened country with Southern rock seasoning on “Coast of Carolina.”

After winning CMA Country Music Association Musician Of The Year for the past 7 years, Mac has just picked up another nomination for 2015! Tune into the CMA Country Music Awards on November 4th at 8/7c on ABC