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Sep 11

Jimmy Buffett was spotted at some of the US Open matches over the past week in New York. Here is a photo of Jimmy with his son Cameron.

Jul 17

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour continued last night at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH. The Set List from the show is now available. A change to the set list included the song “I Have Found Me A Home” for the final encor (last played Feb 12, 2009 at the Margaritaville Cafe Key West).

Cincinatti.com has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett sprinkles in new tunes among favorites at Riverbend

Jimmy Buffett turned to his keyboard player Mike Utley when it came time for that part of the show when Buffett quantifies his long-running relationship with Riverbend Music Center and the people of Cincinnati. Twenty-six years, 46 sold-out shows and 870,000 tickets sold, Utley reported.

Buffett gave a compact two-hour, 26-song performance that leaned toward the favorites he’s effectively mandated to perform but also included some lesser-known stuff, such as new tunes from a forthcoming record.

The presentation was simple, too. Instead of trying to outdo the production from one year to the next, he’s trending the other way and scaling back. This means less product-placement on the stage and on the video boards. There’s always some measure of marketing going on at a Buffett show, but this one was relatively clean. It was more about his band than his brand.

Jun 27


From Trulia: “Jimmy Buffett Picks Up A Third Palm Beach Home For $1.3 Million

Jimmy Buffett has a penchant for “Paradise!” According to property records, the Margaritaville crooner paid $1.3 million for his third property in a ritzy Palm Beach neighborhood. This new home is likely to be used by the multimillionaire as a guesthouse, as it’s located directly across the street from a home he bought for $802k in 2002.

Buffett’s new home is close to the beach and has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 3,100 square feet. It also features hardwood floors, a chef’s kitchen, custom closets and Palm Beach must-haves: a private patio and balcony.

Buffett has made millions after decades of touring, as well as other ventures that include the successful “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” restaurant chains and Land Shark Lager beer. He’s plowed a significant amount of money into real estate. Aside from the two homes he now owns across the street from each other, Buffett also owns a much larger Palm Beach residence that he paid nearly $5M for in 2011, 3 side-by-side homes in Sag Harbor, NY and a Caribbean villa on the island of St. Barth.

Mar 13

AL.com has an article: “Before ‘Margaritaville,’ Jimmy Buffett’s early days remembered by Product Sound Studio owners

Jimmy Buffett is best known for his easy-going Key West lifestyle, but his musical roots began in Mobile inside a second-floor recording studio devastated by a Christmas Day tornado.

While it has not been occupied by a sound studio for decades, the location had become a popular sight-seeing stop for devoted “Parrot heads,” or loyalists to Buffett’s music. It was inside the studio where Buffett recorded his first songs.

Brown remembers getting Buffett into the studio.

“I could run (the studio) from 11 to 2 (a.m.) and during that three-hour period, we’d demo 10 songs,” Brown said. “That is unheard of today. I only had about seven of those songs ready to go and Jimmy was, by then, a good friend. I said, ‘hey, do you want to record some of yours?’ Jimmy said, ‘yeah, I want to do that.’”

Buffett, in the late 60s, was performing at the Admiral’s Corner at the Admiral Semmes Hotel in downtown Mobile.

“They were paying him $10 a night and he could put out a tip jar,” Brown said. “He wanted to get back (to work) so he didn’t lose that job.”

It was at Product Sound Studio where Buffett recorded two songs, “Don’t Bring Me Candy” and “Abandon On Tuesday.” Those two songs were released in 1970, but were not part of Buffett’s debut album, “Down to Earth.”

Nov 28

From the Washington Post: “Jimmy Buffett visits national security staffers at White House

Like the man says, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere — even in the Situation Room! The White House’s National Security Council staff got an unexpected visit Tuesday afternoon from Jimmy Buffett.

The ever-mellow singer-songwriter — in town, we’re told, for the groundbreaking of an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — greeted the folks who work in the Situation Room and about 20 other national security staffers; also chatted with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. In jeans and a sweater, the Bard of Happy Hour posed for photos and at one point grabbed a clock off the wall — guess what time it just happened to be when he walked in? Proof, Buffett joked, that it really is 5 o’clock somewhere.

Oct 14

From the Orlando Sentinel: Nelson kicks off “Florida First” tour in Sanford, Margaritaville

Backed by longtime political supporter and friend, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson kicked off his first full-time re-election tour of the season in an Orlando-Sanford International Airport hangar with a few words about the environment and promises to campaign hard.

Nelson, who’s been recovering from recent knee surgery, showed no missed steps as he and wife Grace danced to Buffett’s acoustical version of ”Margaritaville” in front of about a hundred supporters invited to the tour kickoff.

Sep 26

From the OrlandoSentinel.com: “It’s Morganritaville: Jimmy Buffett to headline Obama event at Morgan’s

Next up at the Lake Mary home of celeb-lawyer and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan: Jimmy Buffett, live and in concert, to raise money for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.

Morgan is inviting people to a private, 5 p.m. fundraising party at his Lake Mary mansion on Oct. 12 featuring “A Musical Evening with Jimmy Buffett.”

Price of tickets starts at $500 just for the concert; $1,000 for VIP seating; and $5,000 for a meet-and-greet opportunity with the Florida Keys balladeer, Cheeseburger in Paradise rocker and long-time Democratic supporter.

“Remember, it’s five o’clock somewhere. Come get your margaritas, cheeseburgers and paradise at Morganritaville!!” Morgan states in an invitation cover letter.

Proceeds will be split up between the Obama For America committee, the Democratic National Committee, and state Democratic committees in Florida, Ohio and several other “swing states.”

Just in the past year Morgan has hosted fundraising events featuring Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Sep 23

From TheAge.com.au (by Charles Waterstreet): “A buffet of anxiety, anyone?

Jane and Jimmy Buffett were flying into Sydney to visit daughter Delaney, on exchange for a semester studying criminology. Jimmy and Jane are the king and queen of comfort and southern hospitality. An immediate sense of panic gripped my insides when my ex-wife – first wife, last wife, mother of my only child – instructed me to look after them.

The Buffetts have been super generous to my former wife and our son. I once attended a concert immediately after the 30-hour flight from Sydney to New York’s Jones Beach Stadium to see Harrison sitting on Jimmy’s shoulders on stage, singing Margaritaville. The Buffetts are the ultimate entertainers on and off stage. Now my mission was to entertain them in Sydney for three nights, culminating in getting some interesting Sydney people around the table on the final night. Just to make things harder, I was in a difficult case, preparing for an even more difficult case, and I was absolutely skint.

Syan suggested Green Dragon, a hot fusion place 20 metres from my home. It was impossible to book, but when I waved the day’s paper about the world’s third-richest singer – under a Beatle and before Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga – a table suddenly turned up.

Immediately in the restaurant, Jimmy’s face rearranged itself, the lines all facing down. The noise shattered the musician’s tender eardrums. It was like Kingsford Smith at the height of the holidays. I let the waiter choose the food. A tasting menu – I was prepared to eat a menu at this stage. Conversation continued as if shouting docking instructions to a tugboat. The first course of jellyfish came and went down. The second course required patrons to more or less make their own sandwich rolls of the lettuce leaves. I managed to make one that resembled an IED when Syan screamed and jumped up from the common seat, ”A slug! A slug!” The slug was passing across her lettuce wrap like a fat snake, bunching up in the belly and spreading out like Ian Thorpe in his heyday. The Buffetts rose like rockets. I got up but couldn’t take my eye off the slug, which must have heard us above the clanging of the room, because it stopped dead in its slimy tracks and reared up on its haunches like a stallion.

The Buffetts are health conscious to the point of paranoia. No gluten. No fries. No pies. They intend to live forever or die in the attempt. The manager came out horrified. I suggested the Buffetts ring David Berg, the red-hot US attorney. This was the end of my red-carpet treatment at the Green Dragon.



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