Lucy Buffett’s new cookbook “Gumbo Love”

Lucy Buffett, sister to Jimmy, and owner of LuLu’s destination restaurants in Gulf Shores and Destin, will be releasing her newest cookbook on May 9, “Gumbo Love” Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life“. The book is available at Amazon.com.

Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It’s only fitting that she signs her name with “Gumbo Love” and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.

Her new cookbook, GUMBO LOVE, is a labor of love and includes recipes from all over the Gulf Coast. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences. Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a coastal destination year after year. And with some of the best seafood and produce the country has to offer, the Gulf Coast-beyond just New Orleans-has a vibrant cuisine and culture, making it a treasured culinary destination in its own right.

Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. She lives by her mother’s philosophy: “Life is short-eat dessert first,” so the very first chapter is filled with delectable sweets like Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, and Salted Butterscotch Blondies.

Incorporating stories from Lucy’s childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama, adventures traveling the seas as a cook, time spent working as a chef in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and seizing the day, this cookbook entertains and inspires as it serves up recipe after recipe, each tastier than the last.

Buffett talks about “Escape to Margaritaville”

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “For Jimmy Buffett, it’s back to Margaritaville — this time in La Jolla

The La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” brings Buffett back to that love for musical theater. And his legions of fans (dubbed “Parrotheads”) will be glad to know the Broadway-aimed show is built around many of the tirelessly touring singer-songwriter’s best-loved songs.

“Oh, the 12 we play or get killed?” Buffett says with a laugh, when asked about the roster of tunes that are more or less guaranteed to be heard at one of his shows. Most will likewise find their way into “Escape to Margaritaville,” which will include a few new compositions as well.

“I didn’t want to come in here with a whole batch of songs nobody’s ever heard,” he says. “These are great songs that have stood the test of time.”

Buffett does allow that, in partnership with director Christopher Ashley (the Playhouse’s artistic chief) and writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, “we’ve changed certain things. So for example, ‘Changes in Latitudes’ and ‘Son of a Son of a Sailor,’ these are real people’s stories that the writers (have created). ‘Son of a Son of a Sailor’ is very first-person for (the main character), not a third-person song.

“They’ve been just slightly changed enough to move the story. And I love it, I really do. And I think people who are hard-core fans of mine, the Parrotheads, are going to love that fact too, and somebody who’s never seen (me) — you never know what the public’s going to buy, but I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at giving people a very fun time in the theater.

“And believe me, all you gotta do is look around at the world today. We need a few laughs, I think more than ever.”

Tully’s adventures in “Escape to Margaritaville” draw on the vivid stories that have run through many of Buffett’s country-meets-Caribbean songs over the years.

But just to be clear: Tully isn’t Jimmy. Not exactly.

“People would ask, is this about you?,” Buffett says. “And I’d go, well, every song I write is a little bit about me. But it was never the intention of just being a character based on Jimmy Buffett.”

Instead, he says, Tully is a kind of ode to the scrappy musician strumming his six-string on the front porch swing (as the song has it), or in some beachfront bar.

“I’m glad if I had anything to do with the fact solo guitar players around the world can play my songs and get a job,” Buffett says. “I’m happy that happened.

“And that’s to me what the character really is — he’s kind of the everyman of solo guitar players. And believe me, that was the stage of my life when I lived in Key West and sang in a bar like that.

“It’s more about Jimmy in 1970 in Key West — that’s what Tully is based on more than anything. I was one of probably 20 guys playing on Duval Street. But I’m a competitive person, and I wanted to be the best one.”

Buffett’s scads of gold and platinum albums over the ensuing years can attest to to his success at that endeavor — not to mention he’s also a best-selling author and an ace entrepreneur with a massive portfolio of businesses.

But while he’s a true son of the South (born in Mississippi) and has made an industry out of the image of a beach bum sipping a cool one somewhere in the Keys, California has called to him often over the years.

The song “Margaritaville,” in fact, may have been born (or at least played for the very first time) right here in town, during a mid-1970s show at San Diego State University.

Memories are hazy now, but “I’m pretty sure that it was,” Buffett says. “I think it was San Diego State. We played a lot (there) in those days.”

Buffett makes surprise appearance at Jazz Fest

Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Friday.

From the New Orleans Advocate: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is built to run when it rains. But the festival runs a whole lot better when it doesn’t.

The sun was shining as Earth Wind & Fire threw down “Do You Remember and “Let’s Groove Tonight” for a big Congo Square Stage crowd Friday.

It was shining a few minutes earlier when a barefoot Jimmy Buffett ambled onstage with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at the Acura Stage.

The big video screens cast Matthews’ facial expressions in high relief as he and Reynolds played off of, and impressed, each other.

At 6:30, Matthews welcomed Buffett to the stage. Even when he’s not on the schedule, Buffett tends to roam around the Fair Grounds, anonymous in a baseball cap, sunglasses, T-shirt and shorts.

Buffett greeted his buddy with, “Too bad you can’t draw a crowd here, man.” The flag-flying crowd wasn’t Elton John-big, but it may have been the largest Acura Stage crowd of the 2017 festival.

“You’re wearing the same thing you were wearing yesterday,” Matthews observed.

“Yes … I ironed it,” Buffett responded, before noting that he is a “Dave Matthews Band fan, and a fan of the man.”

He recalled how, in late 2005, Matthews quickly volunteered for the post-Hurricane Katrina benefit concert “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy” in New York.

That was it for the serious talk. “If I stand here long enough next to Tim Reynolds, I hope I’ll be able to play like him when I leave,” Buffett cracked.

Earlier, someone told him that he must have brought the good weather. He disagreed: “I know that’s not true, because I know Allen Toussaint brought this weather.”

With that, the trio set sail on “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” Buffett’s bittersweet acknowledgment that the adventure may soon be over. A similarly dark undercurrent also underpins more than a few of Matthews’ songs.

Talking surf with Jimmy Buffett

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “Talking surf (and Tourmaline) with Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is a stand-up guy. Half the time, anyway. The massively popular singer-songwriter and Parrothead-in-chief has been in and out of San Diego of late, helping shepherd the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville,” a Broadway-bound musical built around his songs.

Now, if you’re a longtime surfer (as the 70-year-old Buffett is) who’s looking to try riding waves on a stand-up board (as Buffett was a decade ago), you might think about getting a board designed by the world-class waterman Laird Hamilton, who essentially launched the modern SUP phenomenon.

If you’re the actual Jimmy Buffett, you go ahead and buy the Laird board — and then have Hamilton himself teach you how to use it.

That was among the things I learned over the course of a long phone interview with Buffett, which was mostly devoted to “Margaritaville” but also detoured (happily) into a chat about his surfing and SUP exploits.

Q: Are you a full-time SUP guy now, or do you still do both?

A: I still do, because I think they both complement each other. I’ve probably been doing (SUP surfing) for 10 years, because it was the new new thing, and I surf mainly in the summer up in Montauk on the East Coast. There was like a Laird Hamilton 12-footer, so I bought one and I had no clue what to do with it.

You go out in the water and you watch the kids do it. And the first thing they told me was, get your balance on a lake and then go out. Long story short, I went out to a wedding in Malibu and ran into Laird, and so Laird actually taught me how to ride the board. And then I was hooked.

We just got back from Tavarua, which was amazing. I’m gonna have to scratch that off my bucket list. So I did regular surfing one day, and stand-up the other. We were doing two sessions a day. I think stand-up really helps your regular surfing, because you’re up (on your feet) so much — that’s the thing about it. I think your balance and your ability to be on the board and be comfortable on a regular board is accentuated by the amount of time you spend standing up on a stand-up board.

The thing of it is now, too, is that they have such great boards, Jim, that they didn’t have in the beginning. I’m riding a Naish, a 9-footer, but it’s 32 inches on the beam. And it’s a quad (fin). So you really can get into things so much faster. It’s not like before, where it was like having a tugboat on a leash.

I’ll tell you what, it keeps you in shape. But when we got to Tavarua down there, that was like a dream come true. I really caught a couple of great days out at Namotu. I know my limits now, but every now and then you’ve got that kid in you who wants to go. So it was amazing down there to get in overhead waves that just went and went and went. As fast as could be.

After a week of it, I went down to Australia to do some shows, and kept surfing down there, and then back to Hawaii. But I know that after that experience, to spend that much time on ’em, I can do bigger waves more comfortably, and feel comfortable on ’em. But I still get on my belly and paddle. I do both — it’s great!

Jimmy Buffett tour 2017

Buffett adds San Diego Show in October

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “Jimmy Buffett sets San Diego return with October Mattress Firm Amphitheatre show

Jimmy Buffett is returning to San Diego for his second area concert of the year.

After opening his “I Don’t Know” 2017 tour with a March 28 show at the Belly Up, the tropical troubadour and his Coral Reefer Band are headed back for an Oct. 21 date at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. Ticket information appears below.

This will mark Buffett’s fourth concert here in barely a year. Last September, he headlined the second night of the three-day KAABOO Del Mar festival, where he drew a crowd estimated at around 25,000. Buffett returned in October to perform his first show at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay since 1984. It sold out in a matter of minutes.

On Tuesday, Buffett’s Broadway-bound “Escape to Margaritaville — The Musical” will begin preview performances at La Jolla Playhouse as part of its world premiere here.

Tickets for Buffett and his band’s Oct. 21 show at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre are priced at $36-$136 each, plus service charges. The nearly 20,000-capacity venue was previously known, in order, as Coors Amphitheatre, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre and Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

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.