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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Interview with Jimmy on the Detroit Show

Deadline Detroit has a good interview: “Jimmy Buffett Talks About His Fondness for Michigan and Detroit

The ever-popular Jimmy Buffett, who plays at Comerica Park Saturday night, tells Fox 2 of his affinity for Detroit and Michigan.

“Michigan audiences have always had a special place in my heart, because, unbeknownst to a lot of people, I started out many many years ago playing in a little club called the Raven Gallery out in Southfield.”

“We worked our way up through those years of clubs and places like that to where we actually got to open for Jerry Jeff Walker at Pine Knob. And then we got to be the headliner at Pine Knob. It’s still one of the great venues as a performer because of the way it was built.

He said there’s no other place on tour where he plays in the middle of a large metropolitan area.

And he adds: “We don’t do many stadiums.

It’s his third year in a row at Comerica.

He says he understands the musical taste of the people of Michigan and feels very comfortable here.

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USA Today article on the new album

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.

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Time Magazine interview with Jimmy

From Time.com: “A Conversation with Jimmy Buffett

This album seems to be less about hangovers and frozen cocktails and more about stories and song lines. Was that the idea going in?

I’ve always said I don’t find stories from talking about them, but if you can listen and hear and look around you and be observant, that ability — along with the chance to record in a place like St. Barts that’s been conducive to creativity — made it work. And I like albums that have a musical thread, a story thread. There’s 16 songs on this thing, but when you own the record company and you don’t have a lot to prove, you put them all on there! As Ry Cooder said, “You don’t know what the public’s gonna buy,” but I’m happy with it and proud of all the people who contributed to it.

The title is a full-circle thing too.

Yeah, “St. Somewhere” came from Derek Sanderson’s bar in Boston [Buffett’s 1979 track “Boat Drinks” was inspired by a late-night Boston winter cab ride, minus the cabbie; it features the line “I gotta fly to St. Somewhere”]. I’m a full-circle guy, I like to complete a story, go back to where it came from.

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