Buffett interviewed by Billboard – “Under the Volcano” documentary

Update: The documentary “Under the Volcano” is available for rent or purchase at Amazon.com

From Billboard: “Jimmy Buffett Recalls Montserrat’s Fabled Air Studios, From Sailing to Work to Hiring a Drummer in the Jungle

Legendary producer George Martin’s secluded, idyllic Air Studios on the lush Caribbean island of Montserrat birthed such classic albums as Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms, The Police’s Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity, Eric Clapton’s Behind the Sun, Paul McCartney’s Tug of War and Jimmy Buffett’s Volcano. Then, a hurricane and volcano eruption literally wiped it off the map.

The story of the magical recording studio, which operated from 1979 to 1989, is told through archival and fresh interviews and footage in Under the Volcano, a new documentary from Universal Pictures Content Group.

No album recorded at Montserrat captured the vibe so much as Buffett’s 1979 set, Volcano, which takes its name and title track from Buffett’s experiences there. The cover artwork is a painting, perhaps prophetic, of the green island with the Soufrière Hill volcano spewing smoke in the background.

Buffett, who was the second artist to record in the studio, tells Billboard that Martin, whom he and his producer Norbert Putnam met in London while recording a live album, “was one of the most charming characters. He didn’t have to hard-sell me at all about Montserrat.”

He and his band set up there for three weeks and the album’s title track came very quickly. “We were all living in houses around there and [songwriter/band member] Keith Sykes came up to the house,” Buffett says. “We were working on other songs we had started back in the States and Keith was looking out the window and sang the line, ‘I don’t know/ I don’t know/ I don’t know where I’m a gonna go/ When the volcano blow.’ I said, ‘What did you just say?’ That night we wrote it and cut it the next day.” The song is a staple in Buffett’s live show to this day, as is the other hit from the set, “Fins.”

Buffett interview with Billboard on getting back to playing live shows

From Billboard.com: “Jimmy Buffett On Getting Back to Playing Live: A Pirate Looks at 75

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. last year, it will surprise no Jimmy Buffett fan that the son of a son of a sailor thought of a boating analogy as he considered how to navigate through the shutdown.

“The pandemic comes along and I’m gin-clear focused on the things that I actually can do, and the things that I can’t do I can’t whine about,” he tells Billboard. “It’s like you getting on a boat: If there’s a storm, you can’t go back to the hotel and order Eggs Benedict. You gotta get your a– through the storm. So that’s what it was kinda like.”

As the storm clouds begin to lift in much of the country, Buffett is primed to return to what he loves best: playing live. The man whom Bob Dylan has called one of his favorite songwriters simply says, “I consider myself more of a performer than anything.”

Tomorrow, he will start a four-night stand (May 13-14, 17-18) at The Pavilion at Old School Square in Delray Beach, Fla., not far from his home in Palm Beach. The reduced seating allows for around 850 people per show— seated in fenced four-person pods. Tickets for all four shows at the open-air venue sold out in around 10 minutes.

Buffett calls the concerts “spring training” for when his summer job resumes — playing full-capacity shows, rescheduled from last year — in July. He played (and filmed) two shows at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, Calif. for an invited crowd of 40 people in April, but, otherwise, the Delray Beach concerts will be his first in 14 months, and his excitement is palpable.

You turn 75 on Christmas Day. So what does a pirate looks at 75 look like?

I’d like finish this rock and roll book I’m working on. It’s based on when we went to Montserrat and did the [1979] Volcano album. I’m making it fictitious, but it’s based on that whole episode, which you can’t believe the s–t that happened. I still can’t. There are so many stories and I file them away. It’s a funny book, but it’s a real rock ‘n roll book. It’s not a miserable experience, let’s just say.

I kept writing some songs, and so instead of some 75th anniversary thing — I don’t want to do that — I’d rather put another album out. I’ve got five songs now. I like what I’m doing. It’s a little more kind of down island — authentic Creole and Trinidadian and Calypso kind of influences are in it.

Dylan Orenstein talks about Buffett’s new album

Dylan Orenstein is a special guest on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Although his official title is Chief Investment Officer, Dylan Orenstein likes to say he “works for Jimmy Buffett.” Working for such a versatile artist with so many interests, means those who work for him do a variety of things. Take for instance the new studio album from Jimmy Buffett: Songs You Don’t Know By Heart, of which Orenstein was an Associate Producer.

Does discussion about unpopular poets and ice cream belong side by side? If you’re Dylan Orenstein, the answer is yes. For the impassioned Jimmy Buffett fan, you’ll be very glad you tuned into this in-depth interview. He’s right here on The Paul Leslie Hour!

Interview with Delaney Buffett

Delaney Buffett is a special guest on The Paul Leslie Hour. If there was one good thing about 2020, it is the “Song You Don’t Know By Heart” video series. It’s been one of the audio visual media events of the year.

For singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, the concept was simple and unprecedented. He would tell the story behind one of his lesser-known songs and then perform it “unplugged.” The director and mysterious woman behind the project is filmmaker Delaney Buffett.

Talk about an interesting and thought-provoking interview. At times profound and other times more entertaining, it was great to get to know Delaney Buffett. Watch the video interview right here on The Paul Leslie Hour.

Buffett talks with Katie Couric and John Molner

What’s Jimmy Buffett been up to during quarantine? In the latest episode of Molner’s Table, the legendary musician opens up to Katie Couric Media CEO John Molner about how he’s been keeping busy, including the TV show he’s been binging (Netflix’s “Dead To Me”). Plus, Jimmy talks about the inspiration behind his Coral Reefer tropically-inspired cannabis products — and why being able to launch the line is such a big deal for a “a hippie from Mississippi” (his words). Of course, Jimmy also dished about his new album, “Life on the Flip Side,” his first in seven years. And make sure you watch the end, where Jimmy talks about his special friendship with billionaire investor Warren Buffett— and plays a game of “Buffett Said.. What??!”

CMT interview with Jimmy Buffett

From CMT: Jimmy Buffett Gets the Band Back Together in “Down at the Lah De Dah”

Jimmy Buffett is bringing back the beach vibes with Life on the Flip Side, a sun-soaked album that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart in June. A few days before a long-awaited fishing trip in Nantucket, Buffett called in to CMT.com to talk about his charming new video for “Down at the Lah De Dah,” premiering below.

In this first half of our two-part interview, the man behind “Margaritaville” reveals the inspiration for the video, how he “Buffettized” the song, and why he still sings in bars. Take a look at “Down at the Lah De Dah,” then enjoy our visit with Jimmy Buffett below the player.

So we took Paul Brady from Dublin, the girls in California, the band in Nashville, me in Malibu, and it looks really great! We used our video director, Stan Kallem, who does all of our roadwork – he’s a pretty talented guy but also knows us, and has been around us enough to know how to “do us” in particular. We took basically what we do at shows, which is try to treat people to a little more than just the songs. We take them on a bit of a vacation. I think he did a brilliant job. I tested it on people from 15 to 75 and it worked!