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Jimmy Buffett to appear on CBS Blue Bloods

From CinemaBlend: “Donnie Wahlberg Confirms A Popular Hawaii Five-0 Guest Star And Musician Is Heading To Blue Bloods Soon

Procedural Blue Bloods is well into its 12th season and still finding ways to surprise. One of those surprises is courtesy of star Donnie Wahlberg, who not-so-subtly confirmed that former Hawaii Five-0 guest star and major musician Jimmy Buffett is officially coming to the series.

The New Kids on the Block founding member shared the news with his followers on Instagram recently and included a sweet photo of him and the musician. Although there is no telling what will bring Jimmy Buffett to Blue Bloods, he’s undoubtedly going to make a fun addition.

Buffett talks about the new film “Under the Volcano”

From the Independent: “Volcanic eruptions, calypso fugitives and a dead cow: Jimmy Buffett on the wild tale of the Caribbean’s most rock’n’roll studio

In 1978, American singer Jimmy Buffett was riding high on the success of louche beach bum anthem “Margaritaville” when he flew to London to mix his live album You Had to Be There at AIR Studios. There he was introduced to owner George Martin, the legendary producer and arranger known as the “fifth Beatle” for his influence on the band’s sound. Martin suspected he’d found a kindred spirit in Buffett, and began earnestly pitching him on his latest ambitious venture. He wanted to build a second base for AIR Studios on Montserrat, a volcanic island in the Caribbean he’d recently visited and fallen deeply in love with. Martin envisioned it as the ultimate rock star home-away-from-home: sun, sea, sand and the most impressive bespoke recording console that pioneering audio designer Rupert Neve could build him. “I just said: ‘You really don’t have to sell this to me, George!’” says Buffett with a laugh, speaking over the phone from northern California. “I can sail to work!”

AIR Studios Montserrat opened in 1979 and over the course of the next decade produced a string of hits to rival any studio on the planet. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder’s “Ebony and Ivory”, Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” and Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” all came into the world beside the deep blue pool at Martin’s idyll. The Police included Montserrat locals in the video for “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, taken from the Ghosts in the Machine album they recorded on the island.

Then, in 1989, disaster struck. First Hurricane Hugo tore through the studio, destroying buildings and most of the equipment. Then, in 1995, Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano erupted, displacing two-thirds of the island’s population and leaving the ruins of AIR in a mandatory exclusion zone in which it remains to this day.

The volcano was considered dormant when Buffett turned up in Montserrat with his Coral Reefer Band early in 1979. He arrived still hunting for a title for the record he planned to make there, and didn’t have to look far for inspiration. “The house we rented had this big picture window facing the volcano, so we sat there and wrote the song ‘Volcano’ looking out at it,” he remembers. The chorus goes: ‘I don’t know where I’m a gonna go when the volcano blows.’ “At the time, people were going up and bathing in the sulphur mud baths,” points out Buffett. “It was never considered harmful, and then it blew!”

“Our songs are escapist, but we weren’t there to escape,” he says. “We went down there to do work that would reflect the kind of songs I was writing and the kind of life I was living on St Bart’s. We really felt it should be recorded in the same environment, so that’s why I was so glad and so lucky that George put that studio down there. We came out with what I still think is one of our best records.”

Under the Volcano’ is available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD

Buffett to perform “This Land Is Your Land” on PBS’ A Capital Fourth

From PR Newswire: Jimmy Buffett will debut a special rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” On America’s Independence Day Celebration A CAPITOL FOURTH On PBS.

This July 4, PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, America’s Independence Day celebration, will feature the world premiere of multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett’s inspired version of the Americana classic, “This Land is Your Land.”  Taped in Southern California overlooking the Pacific Ocean, interwoven with iconic scenes from across the country including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon, the performance also features Coral Reefer band members Mike Utley on keys and Robert Greenidge on steel drums.  Originally written in 1940 by folk singer Woody Guthrie, “This Land is Your Land” was not recorded until April, 1944 in New York when Guthrie was on shore leave from the Merchant Marines.  In 2002, it became one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.  Buffett previously performed on the 2018 edition of A CAPITOL FOURTH with the Broadway cast of the  musical Escape To Margaritaville.  

“I have always been a big admirer of Woody Guthrie’s…his simple songs and poignant lyrics,” Buffett remarked. “They were some of the first songs I learned to play. I have been lucky enough to travel this land, and think it is the best song that encapsulates what America means and is.”

Hosted by multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams, the 41st annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Sunday, July 4, 2021 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.  The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and will be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2021.  

Buffett to appear on PBS A Capital Fourth

From UPI: “A Capitol Fourth: Vanessa Williams to host PBS’ July Fourth celebration

Vanessa Williams will host PBS’ 41st annual July Fourth celebration “A Capitol Fourth” with Jimmy Buffett, Mickey Guyton, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen and more set to perform.

The 90-minute special will take place from Washington, D.C., and air on July Fourth at 8 p.m. EDT. The show will also live stream on PBS’ website, Facebook and YouTube through July 18.

Alan Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, Pentatonix, Renée Fleming, Train, Jennifer Nettles, Auli’i Cravalho, Laura Osnes, Ali Stroker and Jack Everly will also perform. The performances were pre-taped for the special.

The fireworks display in Washington, D.C., will be covered live during the broadcast with PBS utilizing more cameras than ever before along with vantage points from across the city.