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Margaritaville included in Grammy Hall of Fame

From the TimesDaily: “Margaritaville included in Grammy Hall of Fame 2016

Part of the reason Jimmy Buffett’s iconic hit “Margaritaville” has stood the test of time is that it’s a song everyone can relate to, Shoals bassist, producer and former recording studio owner Norbert Putnam said.

Putnam should know. He produced the track in 1977 with Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band.

The song has been included in the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame Class of 2016, along with another track with local connections — Dan Penn and Chips Moman’s “Dark End of the Street,” which was recorded by soul artist James Carr in 1967.

“Margaritaville” is also connected with a restaurant chain, a chain of hotels, and a variety of other products such as “frozen concoction makers,” commonly known as blenders.

“It has every element for a good story,” Putnam said.

The singer refers to sitting on his front porch swing, strumming his six string. He’s noticing tourists covered in suntan oil, smelling shrimp beginning to boil, and cuts his foot on a pop top.

And like all good stories, Putnam said, the song has that element of drama or conflict.

“Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know, it’s nobody’s fault,” the chorus goes. Later in the song, however, the chorus changes and he laments, “… it’s my own … fault.”

Mac McAnally, who splits his time between homes in Nashville and Sheffield, didn’t play in the original cut, but has performed the song hundreds of times since joining the Coral Reefer Band in 1998.

What makes it special, he said, is how much of Buffett’s persona is transferred during the playing or listening process.

“It represents a lifestyle which is broader than simply being inebriated on a beach, although it frequently includes being inebriated on a beach,” McAnally said. “Jimmy conveyed a relaxed approach to living which starts and ends with a smile. I think most people then and now benefit from a little more smiling and relaxing. I’m proud for my friend and road boss receiving this honor.”

Alan Schulman, who has been engineering and mixing Buffett recordings since 1997, agreed with McAnally’s assessment.

“It has a lot to do with a lifestyle,” Schulman said. “It projects the sun, the ocean flip-flops. He kind of lives like that. He’s a fun man to be around. I think what it does is it gives people a chance to have a different lifestyle from their normal jobs a couple times a year, to go to a Jimmy concert and feel like they’re on the beach.”

Schulman said he was just booked to engineer a new Buffett Christmas album.

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Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort to open end of 2016

From the Cayman Reporter: “Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort revealed” – Full-service resort scheduled to open at end of 2016

The first renderings and amenity details of the much-talked-about Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort were released yesterday (Wednesday). The 285-room beachfront property, set on the picturesque Seven Mile Beach, will be an ideal addition to the Caribbean and the company’s rapidly expanding resort division.

Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort is located in the heart of Grand Cayman, minutes from the islands’ top attractions including snorkeling, diving, shopping and golf. The property, inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, will reflect the warm, authentic Caymanian hospitality consistent with the island’s well-deserved reputation as the “world’s friendliest country”. The resort is expected to open its doors in December of this year.

Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort will be consistent with Margaritaville’s ‘casual-luxe’ design, making it a perfect destination for anyone looking to escape, relax and have fun. An open-air lobby with a soothing beach color scheme, comfortable lounge seating and a License to Chill bar immediately puts guest in the vacation state of mind.

Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort’s restaurants and bar venues will be a welcome addition to the island’s emerging dining scene. In addition to the License to Chill bar, the beachfront resort will be home to Margaritaville Coffee Shop, a three meal-a-day Banana Wind Café with panoramic ocean views, a swim-up bar at the main pool and a charcuterie.

Additional details about the on-site amenities, services and facilities at Margaritaville Grand Cayman Beach Resort will be announced in the coming months. This will include plans for the resort’s 285 guestrooms, dining and function space renderings and floor plans, details on the resort’s two-pool layout including a tranquility pool and activity pool, as well as information on the gym, spa/salon and the location’s 1,500 square feet of retail space.

For more information, visit www.margaritavilleresortgrandcayman.com.

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Houston Review … Buffett to take a break from touring

In an interview with Ken Hoffman from the Houston Chronicle, Jimmy Buffett says he plans on taking a break from touring after this year.

Nearly five decades of relentless touring have Buffett planning a break. “I’m not working as much as I used to work. I turn 70 this year, and I’m going to take some time off and enjoy myself. I have some other projects in mind, though. I’ll be doing things and bringing a camera along to take fans places that aren’t so easy for them to get to,” he said.

Read the full review of the show: “J.J. Watt is everywhere – including onstage at Jimmy Buffett concert

Jimmy Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” tour – with a surprise guest conga player – barrel-rolled through Houston Saturday night with 17,000 fans packing the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Parrothead fans erupted when Buffett announced, “We have a guest Coral Reefer tonight,” and Texans’ All-Everything lineman J.J. Watt came onstage to play conga drums for Buffett’s biggest hit, “Margaritaville.”

I asked the sun-drenched, Caribbean-rhyming singer how he came up with “I Don’t Know” as the name for this year’s tour.

“We always have a meeting when a tour ends to start planning the next one. ‘OK, now what are we going to do?’ We were joking around, and everybody kept saying, ‘I don’t know.’ It got humorous and we just followed that trail,” he said.

Buffett is letting fans help create the concert set list this year. They can go online and vote for songs they want him to play. The catch: Fans can only request songs that Buffett hasn’t performed live in the past 10 years.

“I’m liking what they’re picking,” Buffett said. “They’re voting for some interesting things. We did ‘Barefoot Children in the Rain’ in Atlanta. I’m still tweaking how to get more of those songs in the show.”

For Houston, Buffett played “In the Shelter,” a song originally recorded in 1971. It’s as far back as Buffett goes.

That leaves 654 more songs on his jukebox according to buffettnews.com, the mind-boggling compendium of Buffett facts and figures.

How does he pick and choose? “I can’t tell you that … that’s part of the mystery,” he said.

“Without rehearsing, we can do 105 songs. That gives me a lot of room to move around and call audibles. I still read crowds to see what would work that night.”

Another twist for this year’s tour: a talking cartoon coconut that kibitzes with Buffett throughout the concert. The voice behind the coconut: Jeff Bridges. How’d that happen?

“I asked him, that’s how,” Buffett said. “We’re old friends. The coconut needed a voice. So I asked Jeff and he said yes. Warren Buffett once told me, ‘Ask for what you want, but be prepared for somebody to say no.’ Well, Jeff didn’t say no.”

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Margaritaville Hotel proposed for Nashville

From the Tennessean: “14-story Margaritaville Hotel planned for Nashville’s SoBro

A 14-story Margaritaville Hotel is on the drawing board for 0.8 acres at the northwest corner of Fifth and Peabody in the area south of Broadway.

On Tuesday, the Tennessee franchisee for that concept inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett will present concept plans to the Metro Development and Housing Agency’s design review committee.

The hotel planned at 425 Fifth Ave. S. and 421 Fifth Ave. S. would be the second Margaritaville hotel in Tennessee for developer Safe Harbor Development. The Margaritaville Island Hotel opened in Pigeon Forge in fall 2014.

The developer’s filing of elevations and renderings with MDHA didn’t state the exact number of planned rooms, but revealed that the hotel would have 238 bays on levels five through 14. The 297,603-square-foot project will include 160 parking spaces on three levels, according to the design by Nashville-based architecture firm ESa.

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Buffett performs in Houston

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Bands “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at the the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston TX.

The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” released in 1977. Songs from the album that were played included “In The Shelter”, “Margaritaville”, “Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes”, and “Banana Republics” for the final encore.

During the Bing and Bong pre-show Buffett mentioned he will be playing a surprise show on June 16th (details to be announced)

Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt played congas with Jimmy Buffett and the band at last night’s show.

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