In support of our friends in the Caribbean who have suffered so much from hurricanes, singer-songwriter Keith Sykes and the author of the Buck Reilly Island Adventure series, John Cunningham have co-written a new single, “Hanging Out at Le Select”, that Keith has recorded. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of “Hanging Out at Le Select” will be dedicated to recovery efforts in the Caribbean. Islands have been destroyed, and lives disrupted. “Threads of all the moments, unravel in the air” at Le Select, and in our hearts over these storms. The song will be available by download and as a single. Watch Keith and John’s Facebook pages for details availability, or ask them about it at MOTM in Key West this weekend. Thank you for your support to help the people of the islands recover.
Margaritaville has a blog up with a recent special guest at the St. Louis show: “Miranda Lambert in Paradise”
We were unloading trucks at 8 a.m. in St. Louis, getting ready to kick off the July leg of the tour, when our production office got a phone call. Miranda Lambert was on her way from Nashville to see her very first Jimmy Buffett show. I immediately sent word to Jimmy, and he texted back a few minutes later with a request to meet her before the show. Before I even ate breakfast, the St. Louis show had already promised to reach a new level.
A few hours later I brought Miranda and her crew to meet Jimmy. Miranda was wearing a flower lei as a headband, feeling the vibe of the day and explained to Jimmy this was her first Buffett show. The dressing room was full of smiles and chatter as Jimmy asked Miranda to be a guest on The Bing and Bong Show and then join him on stage to sing Margaritaville. She looked a little surprised, this was after all a little vacation for her, but how can you say no to the king of good times?
The Bing and Bong Show was its usual organized chaos and Miranda went with the flow with ease. You never know what Bing and Bong will bring you live and you have to roll with it depending on the day’s topic and viewer mail. During the broadcast Miranda mentioned that Son of a Sailor was one of her favorite Buffett songs and with that, she instantly became one of the best Bing and Bong guests of the year.
Read the complete post by Heikki Larsen at Margaritaville.com.
Toby Keith talked about Jimmy Buffett in an interview at Radio.com. As Keith told Radio.com in a phone interview last week, “Songwriting has always been important to me.” Which is an understatement; while many Nashville superstars rely heavily on outside material, Keith takes a few collaborators on a yearly songwriting retreat, and also writes all year long.
Tell me about “Rum is the Reason.” Before I read anything about the album I listened to it, and at during that song, I thought, “This sounds like Jimmy Buffett.” And then at the end of the song, you say, “C’mon, Coral Reefers!”
We had this idea that rum is the reason that pirates didn’t rule the world. So I said, “If pirates are known for rum, who would be known for whiskey?” Whiskey comes from Tennessee, so I thought, “Davy Crockett.” And then the song started falling together. Tequila and Poncho Villa. Hitler drank beer, and Stalin probably drank some kind of vodka. And so we started having fun with it, and we kept coming back to the idea that rum is the reason that pirates didn’t rule the world. And it had that Caribbean sound to it. And I called Mac McAnally, and he’s Jimmy Buffett’s right hand man [he’s a member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band]. I said, “Mac, come down and bring the Coral Reefers.” And he turned the Reefers loose, and put on the real steel drums, I didn’t want to have a synthesized steel drum from a keyboard, so we bought the real cats in.
And then you got Buffett himself on another song, “Sailboat for Sale.” Are you friends with him?
My bucket list was Roger Miller, Haggard, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. Well, Roger had passed away before I got to Nashville. But I did work with Willie, we had a big #1 hit with “Beer for My Horses.” I got to record a couple of times with Hag. I wrote a song that Merle recorded on his album. But I thought, “At some point, I gotta meet Buffett.” At some point I met him, we hit it off. My two biggest albums were recorded at his studio in Key West. As time went on, we had dinner a couple of times, and then he called me one day and said “I’ve got this song called ‘Too Drunk to Karaoke,’ and I want you to sing on it.” So we did that. And then I sent him “Sailboat for Sale,” and I said, “If you want to sing on it, pick out a part,” and he did. It’s kind of cool, I’ve checked off those boxes [ on the bucket list].
How did Buffett like “Rum is the Reason?”
He said, he wish he’d written it! And he’s as good as it gets.
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”.
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.”)
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.
Margaritaville.TV has an exclusive interview with Huey Lewis. Huey answers questions such as when did you first meet Jimmy Buffett? What Buffett song would you like to cover? What is the best part of touring with Jimmy? What does Margaritaville mean to you? Click on the image below for the video.