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Dec 09

A trailer for the book One Particular Harbour, the fifth novel in the Jake Sullivan series by Chip Bell is available below (more info is available at

Dec 07

From “Jimmy Buffett made surprise appearance with Anders Osborne at Tipitina’s on Saturday

Anders Osborne typically invites special guests to join him for his annual Holiday Spectacular concerts at Tipitina’s. On Saturday (Dec. 6), the second night of this year’s Spectacular, those guests included a surprise sit-in by Jimmy Buffett.

During the sold-out show’s first set, Buffett joined Osborne, Dave and Tommy Malone, and Osborne’s all-star band for the New Orleans standard “Iko Iko.” Buffett took a seat onstage alongside the others to strum an acoustic guitar and sing.

He’d spent the first part of the evening watching the show from his perch atop an equipment case at the side of the stage. He was non-committal when photographer Erika Goldring asked him if he planned to get up onstage. “He said, ‘Aw, I don’t know. I just came here to watch.’ He thought they were going to be singing Christmas songs.”

Dec 06

Heavy snows are falling in Margaritaville as SkiLogik announces the newest addition to its Rock N Roll Collection, Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville skis. Each pair features inlaid wood veneer artwork of any beach bum’s dream, a chair under the palms with a fresh margarita.

“This was a fun theme to create and I think skiers are going to have a lot of fun with it,” commented artist Mariella, looking perhaps a little tanner than usual.

The limited edition Margaritaville artwork is available on any of SkiLogik’s more than 50 models and lengths. Skiers can purchase them at the finest specialty ski shops and on SkiLogik’s website at

Dec 05

From the Miami Herald: “Norwegian cruise ship to feature Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant

Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ship, which will be based in Miami, will have Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar on board, the company announced Thursday.

Margaritaville will be a complimentary restaurant on the Norwegian Escape, which will debut in Europe next October and begin week-long Caribbean cruises out of Miami starting Nov. 14. The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will be an outdoor bar on the ship’s Waterfront zone and will feature live music nightly.

Norwegian’s port at Harvest Caye, Belize, will have a Margaritaville when it opens next fall, and a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will open next year on Norwegian’s Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Margaritaville eventually will be expanded to the rest of the fleet, but details haven’t been set yet, said Vanessa Lane Picariello, Norwegian’s director of public relations.

Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s CEO, announced the new partnership with Buffett at the annual company-wide employee meeting in Miami and brought Buffett on stage to perform for cheering employees.

“I always wanted a navy,” Buffett said. “If you see me out on my little 26-foot sailboat, please do not run over me.”

Dec 02

On the Tony Kornheiser Radio Show on Washington DC radio station 980AM, Tony was interviewing Greg Garcia who said that he and Mike O’Malley were currently writing ‘Margaritaville – The Musical’ for Broadway. He said that Jimmy Buffett is on board to use his catalog and to write a few new tunes.

Greg Garcia is the TV show creator on “My Name Is Earl”, “The Millers” and “Raising Hope”. Mike O’Malley is and actor, TV show writer and play writer.

(thanks to Scott French for passing that along to us)

Nov 22

From “Wastin’ away: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Westgate to close

It’s last call at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The casual restaurant chain is closing down its Glendale location at the Westgate Entertainment District, which originally opened there in 2007.

Westgate officials confirmed the restaurant will close by the end of the year.

“We anticipated and have been planning for the closure of Margaritaville,” Jeff Teetsel, development manager for Westgate, said in an email. “As we’ve successfully implemented elsewhere in the center, we will repurpose the space with tenants that are in line with current market and entertainment trends as the exciting evolution of Westgate Entertainment District continues.”

Nov 19

One Particular Harbour“, the fifth novel in the Jake Sullivan series by Chip Bell is available from on November 20th, 2014.

A working vacation in the Virgin Islands… what could be better? But when you are Jake Sullivan, things are never as they seem, and a mysterious nighttime meeting leads to a nightmare of a morning. Arrested for the murder of a prominent businessman, Jake finds himself the object of a conspiracy to take away everything he has as one piece after another builds the case against him. Jake’s best friend, Mike Lang, comes to his aid and his investigation reveals that Jake is to be transferred to an island prison from which there will be no return and arranges an escape with the help of some island characters found only in the southern latitudes. Now fugitives, Jake and Mike follow clues from island to island pursued by corrupt police and politicians and an international oil cabal and its team of hit-men, as they race to find answers as to who is framing Jake and why.

This fifth novel by Chip Bell takes the reader on a whirlwind voyage through this island paradise, always heading toward that one particular harbor where Jake’s past and present come together to seal his fate.

The Trilogy“, a collection of the first three books in the series is now available on as a Kindle ebook only. Since June of 2011, Jake Sullivan has taken readers on adventers from Miami to Key West, from Havana to the Middle East, and most recenly sailing through the Virgin Islands. The Trilogy is a chance fro new readers to obtain the first three adventures in this series at a great price … to meet Jake Sullivan, Mike Lang, and a great cast of ever-changing characters … and to become part of the legion of fans who find thrills, suspense, humor, and the tropics an unbeatable combination.

Nov 07

From “Mac McAnally earns 2014 CMA Award for Musician of the Year; Alabama native has 7 wins in a row

Just call it Lucky No. 7. Alabama native Mac McAnally has won the 2014 CMA Award for Musician of the Year, continuing his streak in this category.

McAnally — a guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer — has won this award six times previously, 2008-2013. He faced some tough competition this year, besting fellow nominees Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Dan Huff and Paul Franklin.

McAnally, 57, was born in Red Bay and grew up in Belmont, Miss. He maintains strong ties to Alabama, and has a home and studio in Sheffield.

He’s a solo artist with a 12-album catalog, a go-to songwriter for many country artists and a longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers.

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