Review: Jimmy Buffett brings sunshine into our darkness

From Jimmy Buffett’s first studio record in seven years arrives as the nation reels from a pandemic

Jimmy Buffett’s first studio record in seven years arrives with equal parts seduction and absurdity.

Coming just as we crave a margarita in a mason jar, sand in our toes and the salty wind of the ocean, Buffett’s beach bum life — often mocked — has never been so aspirational. What we wouldn’t do right now to join a goofy conga line.

The 14-track “Life on the Flip Side” is no departure from what Parrotheads have come to expect — that special Gulf Coast mix of country, pop, folk and rock, topped by Buffett’s swaying voice. Few can mix steelpans, trombones and pedal steel guitar so effortlessly.

Though the songs were written before the global pandemic, the album nods to our viral troubles. Buffett writes that he’d like them to be the soundtrack as we claw our way to normalcy. Think of it as the flip side of COVID-19.

“Hopefully, the songs we wrote and recorded, will also help folks deal with the fallout,” he writes in the liner notes. “There will be a time and a place when we emerge from these troubled waters and things will change for the better.”

Buffett’s incredible ear for hooks and light grooves are often overshadowed by his lyrics about fish tacos and sunsets, but don’t underestimate his song skills. Many of these tunes are destined to be played two generations from now at sandy beach-side snack bars. Will we be wearing masks still?

Produced by two members of his longtime backing band, Michael Utley and Mac McAnally, Buffett is also clearly having fun on the new album, including the jokey ditty “Cussin’ Island” where he rhymes “hypocrite” with “Messerschmitt.”

He salutes the folk who take the time to look around in “The Slow Lane” and mourns that so much of his surfing is on a website (“Hey, That’s My Wave”). He seamlessly mixes salsa and mambo for “15 Cuban Minutes” and gets jazzy in “Half Drunk.” The only song on the album that doesn’t quite fit in Margaritaville is his cover of Paul Brady’s “The World Is What You Make It,” which wanders too far lyrically and musically from the rest.

Toward the end of the album, Buffett treads carefully into Tropical House with the superb “Live, Like It’s Your Last Day,” which has lyrics seemingly perfect for this pandemic. “Live like it’s your last day/Time just keeps slippin’ away.” You’ll sing along with Buffett — and wish.

Update on Jimmy Buffett’s 2020 Slack Tide Tour

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band are rescheduling the following concerts on the Slack Tide Tour 2020 to 2021:

North Charleston Coliseum – N. Charleston SC – April 15, 2021
Coastal Credit Union Music Park – Raleigh NC – April 17, 2021
Colonial Life Arena – Columbia SC – April 22, 2021
PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte NC – April 24, 2021
Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville TN – May 18, 2021
Ruoff Music Center – Indianapolis, IN – July 10, 2021
Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH – July 13, 2021
S&T Bank Music Park – Burgettstown, PA – July 15, 2021
Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA – August 7, 2021
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY – August 10, 2021
BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ – August 12, 2021
Xfinity Center – Boston, MA – August 14, 2021
Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – September 7 & 9, 2021*

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band are unfortunately unable to reschedule the following dates, so they will no longer be happening:

United Center – Chicago, IL – July 18, 2020
Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA – September 5, 2020
Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK – October 15, 2020

As always, we appreciate your understanding. Fans with tickets to the rescheduled dates are encouraged to hold on to your tickets, as they will be honored at the rescheduled dates in the 2021.

If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new date or your show has been cancelled, you will be contacted directly via email with refund options for your show. For more details, please visit *For more details for Red Rocks Amphitheatre please visit

Buffett joins “The View” to share a Mother’s Day surprise

From Deserving mothers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak received the surprise of a lifetime for Mother’s Day this year.

These mothers working the frontlines at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx experience firsthand how demanding life has become in the fight against COVID-19.

Eva Calo, a head nurse at Lincoln Hospital, said on “The View” that she hasn’t had time to process the death of her mother-in-law, who passed away at her hospital because there were so many other patients that needed care.

Elsie Lecour, whose been the senior client navigator at Lincoln Memorial for 17 years, has gone above and beyond to be the liaison between patients and their families during the coronavirus crisis.

“Working in the emergency room when the coronavirus started, we had a lot of family members bringing in the patients and a lot of them were concerned because they didn’t have their phones,” Lecour said. “So we provided them with the access to communicate.”

Calo and Lecour are apart of the 150 working mothers at Lincoln Hospital who were surprised by singer Jimmy Buffett to reveal an early Mother’s Day gift.

“On behalf of Margaritaville and friends and partners at Karisma Hotels & Resorts, 150 of you hard-working moms at the Lincoln Hospital are gonna get a first-rate dream vacation from Margaritaville when all this is over,” Buffett said on “The View” Friday.

Once travel restrictions are lifted, these moms and their families will receive a four-night, five-day vacation that includes luxury accommodations.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is donating 150 more vacations to those on the frontlines and their families.