USA Today has an interview with Jimmy Buffett on his new album: ‘I like this one a lot’
Jimmy Buffett is being his usual low-key self.
“I like this one a lot,” he says, standing backstage in Bristow, Va., before his Saturday show. He’s talking about his new album, Songs from St. Somewhere, out Tuesday. It’s his 27th studio album.
Although it was recorded in various somewheres, including Key West; Nashville; Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Austin; Miami; St. Barts; and London, Buffett says, “We just made it like an old album.”
And like many of his albums, this one is a diverse collection — a little bit country, a lot surfer and even a touch of Spanish flair.
The first single, already out, is his duet with Toby Keith, Too Drunk to Karaoke. “That’s the popular one,” says Buffett, 66. But he adds with a grin, “I think there are better songs.”
Such as? “Einstein was a Surfer is probably my favorite.” He also mentions “a little song” called Rue de la Guitare. “It’s pretty cool.”
The album was “six years in the making,” says Buffett. “I wanted to go back to writing songs because I’ve been busy doing other things. I was working on a book — a travel book. And I decided I’m going to put the time I would normally put into a book into songs.”
He plans to perform the entire album in December in Waikiki, Hawaii. “That’s the first half of the show.” For the second half, he’ll play a set list submitted by a fan.