Buffett at the American Library in Paris

Bonjour Paris has an article on Buffett at the American Library in Paris: “Jimmy Buffett in Paris: License to Chill

Does he get tired of playing the same songs every night? No. He knows well that “there are certain songs you play every night or get killed. It’s about listening to your audience.”

His most well-known song, Margaritaville, is one of the mandatory songs. After a few margaritas in Austin, Texas, on his way to the airport, he wrote the first part in three minutes. When he landed in Key West, Florida and got stuck in traffic at a bridge, he finished the last part in another three minutes. Six minutes to the hit that launched a million fans.

His books, he admits, take longer than six minutes. He is a prolific writer, but acknowledges the loneliness of writing. “It’s good to be able to take a break at the bar.”

In the music side of his life, he holds little love for the record companies. “The contracts are not set up for the artist,” he says. “They count on the passion of the musician and the tendency to destroy yourself at an young age.”

That’s why he left the “industry” and established his own way of doing business.

“I didn’t have to depend on the kindness of crooks,” he says. “Work for yourself so you can be yourself.”

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Jimmy Buffett Answers Viewer Questions

From WKRG News 5: Devon Walsh had a chance to sit down with Jimmy Buffett and ask him some view questions.

1) Devon: “What your favorite song you’ve ever written?”

Jimmy: “I have a couple of them, but off the top of my head, I would say, ‘Twelve Volt Man.’”

2) Devon: “When will you perform in Mobile?”

Jimmy: “I’m looking at places to play in the bigger arena kind of things, where we haven’t been in a while. An example, this year, we haven’t played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 17 years. So we are playing that this year. So Mobile is on the list.”

3) Devon: “If you could give the Senior Class of 2016 advice, what would it be?”

Jimmy:“Read a lot and travel a lot.”

4) Devon: “How far can you throw a mullet?”

Jimmy: “I have never done the Mullet Toss as a contest, but I have thrown a few back in the water. I can chunk one off a boat pretty well, and I can get the off the hook.”

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Jimmy Buffett interviewed by WKRG News 5

From WKRG: “Jimmy Buffett: One-On-One with News 5’s Devon Walsh

Buffett said he is surprised by some of the opportunities he has recently had. He’s had walk in roles in three different movies or TV shows recently. One in “Jurassic World”, one in the movie about airplane captain Sully Sullenburger, and one in Netflix series “Bloodline”.

Jimmy Buffett sat down for an interview with News 5’s Devon Walsh Saturday. At 68 years old, he’s working as much as ever, and enjoying his time on stage. Here are some of the questions Walsh asked.

1) Devon- “Do you get that at thrill every time you go out on stage?” Jimmy- “Yes. It’s a great job…Could be doing a lot worse.”

2)Devon- “You have been quoted as saying you are living a fantasy. Is that still true?” Jimmy- “I have been lucky enough to be here, after a few close scrapes and to have a music career that lasted this long. I have learned from my experiences, and keeping the business side running parallel with it. It’s been interesting ride.”

3) Devon-“Is it still fun for you? Do you plan to retire?” Jimmy- “From what?” Devon- “That’s the way you look when you are on stage, like you are having fun.” Jimmy- “It’s been amazing gift and an amazing lucky run I’ve had. I would have never imagined I would still be doing this. I figured I would buy a boat and move to the Caribbean. The length this has run, the fun this has been, and the stages…It’s still magical the things that pop up, that I can’t believe are going to happen.”

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WGN Radio interview with Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett did an in depth interview with Dave Hoekstra on WGN Radio: “Jimmy Buffett talks about the state of the music business, Steve Goodman, Walter Cronkite and the importance of Chicago to his early years“.

Jimmy Buffett joins Dave Hoekstra for an in studio discussion about his long career as a singer/songwriter and head of the Coral Reefer Band. They talk about his travels in Europe and that audience’s response to the music, the impact of the Chicago club scene on his early career, the state of the recording industry and the benefit of an artist holding the rights to their material, his friendship with Walter Cronkite and much more. Listen to the interview at WGN Radio.

Buffett mentioned he’s been working on a new book off and on for awhile. It’s a collection of travel stories. It will be published by Mailboat Publishing and will be direct to retail and available on Amazon.

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Buffett asked about doing a New Album

From MacombDaily.com: “Sound Check: New music is on Jimmy Buffett’s horizon

It almost makes you forget Buffett makes records, too. But he does — and has for 45 years this summer. His releases started going Top 5 during the ’90s, and he nailed his first No. 1 with 2004’s “License To Chill.” But Buffett — whose empire also includes restaurants, satellite radio, Internet radio and TV stations and his own record label — says he, like so many other artists, is taking his time figuring out the best way to release music in the digital age.

“Will we do another album? I don’t know the answer to that,” Buffett, 68, says by phone. “We’re just trying to find the system where the next batch of new music goes. It’s certainly not like it was when I started out, or for most of my career, for that matter.”

“For me, an album is just about adding something; if you like this, you can add it to the collection,” he explains. “I’m not out there trying to win hits or chase Grammys or (stuff) like that. I’m just trying to stay in the game at our level.”

Buffett sees the potential for using the digital world to his advantage, too — such as live or filmed streams of him and the band in the studio working on new music, and possibly investing the Parrotheads in the process.

“We can have ’em in there watching us make it, and they can say what songs they want — that’s the kind of thing I’m looking at,” he says. He also hopes that seeing an album being made will make fans more apt to actually buy it when it comes out.

“The beauty of having the other guys in the same room is you can switch gears and automatically make changes or go on to something else instead of having the one idea you’ve been presented with and having to bang your head against the wall to make it work,” he explains. “Truth be told, that’s the way it should be. That’s the way we made the last few albums, and it was an amazing experience. I think we all really, really enjoyed that, and I think that’s something people would enjoy seeing.”

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Interview with Buffett in the Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle has an article “Getting down to business with Buffett” by Ken Hoffman (follow Ken on Twitter @KenChronicle)

Most of the conversation is about Buffett’s online contest, “This One’s Really For You Sweepstakes,” where fans can create a set list for their fantasy Buffett concert. Buffett will play the 27 most popular songs at an invitation-only show April 1. He’s not fooling.

Performing an intimate concert in Key West and beaming it worldwide presents challenges.

From Nashville, we hear that the San Carlos has a grand piano on its stage and the theater doesn’t want to move it.

Buffett says no problem, keyboardist Michael Utley will play the house piano.

Buffett’s daughter, Savannah, will host a pre-concert show, talking with fans on Higgs Beach in Key West. Buffett asks if she will do beach cutaways during the concert.

Sisson says no. “She told us, ‘My dad is doing a concert in Key West, it may be the last one he does there, and I’m going to be in that building watching him.’ So no cutaways from the beach.”

Buffett appears touched. “She really said that?” Then he laughs. “I guess I’ll keep her in the will.”

Buffett mentions that he’s planning a visit to Cuba in the next few weeks. Someone asks if he’s thinking about opening a Margaritaville Café in Havana.

Read the full article here

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Billboard Article on Margaritaville TV

Billboard.com has a news article: “Jimmy Buffett Launches Margaritaville TV

Jimmy Buffett has found a new way to feed the Parrotheads this year: Margaritaville TV.

The new online channel streams select Buffett concerts live and, Buffett tells Billboard, has netted about 10,000 viewers for each of its seven broadcasts so far. “The feedback from that has been unbelievable,” says Buffett. “There was one element of my inner circle that thought we’d be cannibalizing ourselves by going on television. But I played my instincts, and I haven’t had one person say they’ll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both. They watch the (online) shows and get charged up to go see it in person. And there are other people that can’t get to a show that absolutely love the fact we’re doing it. My friends in Bora Bora now can punch (the shows) up on the screen and watch it while they’re having dinner. It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation.” And, Buffett adds, “I think it’s the way you’re going to get to see us in the future. The number of shows is going down. We’re taking off a little more time every year. We’re not going anywhere, but this way people can make it to any show, even if we’re not playing around where they are.”

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