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Coral Reefer Band

Doyle Grisham

Born in Temple, Texas, Doyle was playing guitar professionally by the time he was 15. Doyle moved to Nashville and learned and mastered the steel guitar.

He first met Jimmy Buffett during the recording of the song ‘Tin Cup Chalice’. Doyle remembers: “The day it was being recorded, Jimmy came to listen. After we finished, he approached me and told me he liked the way I played and that he had just gotten a record deal, and he wanted to use me. Well, I’ve heard that plenty of times before so I just smiled and said,’Sure!’.” It wasn’t long before Jimmy called again and sure enough, he had a deal and wanted Doyle to play on his first album. “The sessions were fun and I feel honored to have been on sessions like ‘Come Monday,’ ‘God’s Own Drunk,’ ‘Great Filling Station Holdup,’ and more. You never know what to expect with Jimmy.”

Doyle also did session work for the likes of Dr. Hook and England Dan and John Ford Coley. But it was country music where Doyle excelled. In the 80’s, he was a finalist as the “Instrumentalist of Year” at the CMA’s awards. He played on dozens of hits for Randy Travis, Dan Seals, Reba McIntire, and George Jones just to name a few.

Jimmy invited Doyle to go on the road and tour with him after finishing up the “Beach House on the Moon” recording. “Jimmy called me at the house one day and asked if I would be interested in playing with the Coral Reefers,” Doyle remembers. “It didn’t take me long to make a decision on that!”

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Album Credits (Jimmy Buffett albums)
Year Album Title Credit Notes
1973 A White Sport Coat & A Pink Crustacean Pedal Steel Guitar
1974 Living & Dying In 3/4 Time Pedal Steel
1974 A1A Pedal Steel
1975 Rancho Deluxe (Movie Soundtrack) Steel Guitar
1976 Havana Daydreamin’ Pedal Steel
1982 Somewhere Over China Pedal Steel
1999 Beach House on the Moon Steel Guitar
2002 Far Side Of The World Pedal Steel Guitar
2003 Meet Me In Margaritaville Pedal Steel Guitar
2003 Live in Las Vegas, NV Pedal Steel Guitar
2003 Live in Auburn, WA Pedal Steel Guitar
2004 Live in Mansfield, MA Pedal Steel Guitar
2004 Live in Cincinnati, OH Pedal Steel Guitar
2004 License to Chill Pedal Steel Guitar
2005 Live In Hawaii Pedal Steel Guitar
2005 Live at Fenway Park Pedal Steel Guitar
2006 Live at Wrigley Field (DVD) Pedal Steel Guitar
2006 Take the Weather With You Pedal Steel Guitar
2006 Live At Wrigley Field (CD) Pedal Steel Guitar
2007 Live at Texas Stadium Pedal Steel Guitar Coral Reefer Band
2007 Live in Anguilla Pedal Steel Guitar

Tours (with the Coral Reefer Band)
Year Tour Name Credit Notes
1999 Beach House On The Moon Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2000 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2001 A Beach Odyssey Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2002 Far Side of the World Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2003 Tiki Time Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2004 License To Chill Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2005 A Salty Piece Of Land Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2006 Party At The End Of The World Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2007 Bama Breeze Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2008 The Year of Still Here Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
2009 Summerzcool Tour Pedal Steel Guitar
Special Appearances
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Solo and Other Albums

Year Album Title