Jimmy Buffett performs with Willie Nelson at tribute show in Nashville

Jimmy Buffett joined several artists for the “Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration” last night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The show was filmed for an upcoming A&E TV concert special.

Jimmy and Willie performed “The Harder They Come” (written by Jimmy Cliff).

Other performs for the tribute show included Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Bobby Bare, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray Benson, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill.

Listen to Chesney & Buffett sing Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

From RollingStone.com: Hear Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett Sing ‘Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season’

Kenny Chesney and original beach bum Jimmy Buffett team up on a contemplative remake of Buffett’s “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season” that appears on Chesney’s new album Songs for the Saints. The album, which includes the recent Number One “Get Along,” was released on Friday.

Chesney has drawn numerous comparisons to Buffett since entering the “No Shoes” phase of his career sometime around the turn of the millennium, at which point he began spinning island imagery into a frothy country piña colada as he cemented his superstar status. But beyond the surface resemblance, both performers have also displayed canny marketing skills by transforming their respective styles into full-blown lifestyle empires. Chesney’s launched a radio brand and a line of rums, among other ventures, while Buffett has enjoyed incredible success with his Margaritaville restaurants and hotels.

The two men have not often been musical collaborators, but Chesney did appear on a couple of multi-artist tracks from Buffett’s 2004 album License to Chill, including the title cut. “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season,” written by Buffett and recorded for his 1974 album A1A, was never released as a single. In the gentle ballad, his narrator is exhausted from partying and senses the shifting winds of hurricane season, but can’t decide how he feels about having to pick up and leave. “Think I hurt my brain, but it cleans me out, then I can go on,” he sings, noting the restorative power of his coastal locale. It’s especially poignant in the context of Chesney’s new album — a love song for the Caribbean islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the recovery effort for which he’s donating proceeds from sales.

Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” is now available at Amazon.com

Video Diary from Caroline Jones’ tour with Jimmy Buffett

Caroline Jones has posted a video diary from some of the April shows on tour with Jimmy Buffett. She has a new album called “Bare Feet” that is available at Amazon.

From Billboard: “Caroline Jones Talks Singing With Jimmy Buffett, New Album Bare Feet

Caroline first performed with Jimmy Buffett at the Trying to Reason Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert in Tallahassee FL on November 19, 2017. Their live duet of Buffett’s “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On” was subsequently released to benefit Singing for Change.

Hanging Out at Le Select

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.

Miranda Lambert in Paradise

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 talks about Buffett and his new album

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.