Tampico Trauma (the Jake Sullivan Series)

Tampico Trama“, the tenth book in the Jake Sullivan Series by Chip Bell comes out on May 5th, 2017. It is now available at Amazon.com.

About the new book: Having narrowly escaped a deadly attack in Bavaria, Jake and Mike return to Washington, D.C., and reveal what they believe to be the true identity of The Package and the role played by Group 45 in its disappearance. Still in need of the key to break Simon Branson s code, and ordered by President Fletcher to verify the identity and whereabouts of The Package , Jake and Mike travel to South America and then Mexico in search of the truth. That truth will come to light in a final confrontation in Tampico, Mexico, where unspeakable evil was hidden for decades in the world of art and culture. The final confrontation between Jake and Mike and the leaders of Group 45 is an unbelievable ending they never saw coming.

Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way

A new book by music journalist Ryan White “Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way” is the first definitive look at Buffett from his early days as a song writer to his current role as CEO of Margaritaville. The book comes out on May 9th, 2017 and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

From acclaimed music critic and author of Springsteen: Album by Album comes the real story behind the legendary beach bum, rock star, and billionaire musician Jimmy Buffett—who has enchanted audiences of Parrotheads for over four decades with his tropical fantasy world of Margaritaville.

Jimmy Buffett is not your ordinary rock star—he’s a benevolent pirate icon of the tropical lifestyle and the CEO behind the “Margaritaville Industrial Complex,” a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, and lifestyle products all inspired by his country-rock hit “Margaritaville.” But before his worldwide success, he was a failed musician who couldn’t make it in the industry.

Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way is the first definitive story of Jimmy Buffett that gets to the heart of his journey as a musician and businessman and uncovers numerous wild and fascinating stories from the 70s and 80s. Acclaimed music writer and longtime Buffett fan Ryan White takes us to the many places from the musician’s life: Mobile, Alabama, where he was born and raised; Nashville, where he tried and failed to be a country music star; Key West, where he found his tribe; Aspen, where he befriended fellow landlocked pirate Hunter S. Thompson; and Tierra del Fuego, a place as far away from the world as possible that still has bottle service.

Full of interviews with many of Buffett’s friends, drinking buddies, and Coral Reefers, Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way gives Parrotheads an inside look into Buffett’s world and finally clears up the myths behind the song that he turned into a sought-after lifestyle and a billion-dollar industry.

Latitude Margaritaville to include grocery store and Buffett-owned restaurant

From News Journal Online: “Grocery store, Jimmy Buffett-owned eatery coming to LPGA” (could open by summer 2018)

DAYTONA BEACH — The hot streak for development along LPGA Boulevard continues with the news this week of a grocery store and Jimmy Buffett-owned restaurant coming to the area.

Both are part of a commercial center that could open as soon as summer 2018 as part of the 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville active adult community that broke ground in March, The News-Journal has learned.

The center will serve as the south entrance to the community, on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Tomoka River and Interstate 95.

Singer Jimmy Buffett is a partner in and inspiration for the Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community, which is being developed by Minto Communities and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company.

Minto recently sold 38 acres at the south end of the planned community to Sutton Properties for $38 million, which has agreed to develop the commercial center for Latitude Margaritaville.

Sam Sutton, who co-owns Sutton Properties with his brother Robert, said Margaritaville Holdings has committed to being part of the center but has not yet decided which of its restaurants will be located there.

Restaurant chains owned by Margaritaville Holdings include Margaritaville Restaurant, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill.

Sam Sutton said his company’s plan is to develop “the first (Latitude) Margaritaville shopping center in the country.”

The 200,000-square-foot commercial center will be anchored by both a grocery store, which he said will be 40,000 to 45,000 square feet, as well as the yet-to-be determined Margaritaville Holdings restaurant, which will be 6,000 square feet and will include an outdoor deck.

The eatery will be along a man-made lake that will include a sandy beach to evoke the Margaritaville lifetyle depicted in Buffett’s signature tune of the same name, Sutton said.

The commercial center will be built in two phases. The first will have 80,000 square feet of space and will include both the Margaritaville Holdings restaurant, grocery store and lake, as well as room for other shops and restaurants.

It is expected to open sometime between summer 2018 and early 2019, Sutton said.

Tracking the elusive Jimmy Buffett

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “Changes in latitudes: Tracking the elusive Jimmy Buffett (and Playhouse’s ‘Margaritaville’)

We dropped in for a rehearsal of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical “Escape to Margaritaville” earlier this week, and got to hear some Jimmy Buffett songs set to a Jimmy Buffett-minded story with a very Jimmy Buffett vibe.

The only question was: Where’s Jimmy?

And the answer, judging by social media, seems to be: Kind of everywhere.

To back up a bit: Buffett was in town about three weeks ago to meet with the cast and creative team of “Margaritaville,” the Broadway-bound show built around his song catalog as well as some brand-new music. Here’s a quick clip from his visit:

He also snuck in a “secret” show at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern that sold out quicker than you can say “Son of a son of a sailor”.

And he took a moment out of his busy schedule of surfing and singing to snap this shot at the Torrey Pines golf course.

So where did he go?

First it was off to Fiji — on a private plane with a full quiver of surfboards, because if you’re Jimmy Buffett that’s just what you do.

Then it was on to Australia, to perform at an Easter weekend concert festival and chill with the likes of pro surfer and 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

Now, Buffett — who’s also an accomplished pilot — appears to be winging his way around New Zealand.

Buffett performs in Wellington New Zealand

Jimmy Buffett performed an acoustic show yesterday at the Opera House in Wellington New Zealand with Mac McAnally, Robert Greenidge, and Roger Guth.

The setlist from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “Banana Republics”, “Jolly Mon Sing”, “That’s What Living Is To Me”, and “Lovely Cruise”

Margaritaville Australian Version

Jimmy Buffett added a verse to Margaritaville at his recent performance at Bluesfest Byron Bay that explains his fall from the stage back at a show in January 2011 in Australia. Listen to the video starting around 2:30.