Bill Withers died on Monday from heart complications at the age of 81. He was best known for 1970s hits including “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Bill and Jimmy sang “Playin’ the Loser Again” on Buffett’s album “License to Chill” in 2004.
Jimmy Buffett performs “Lean on Me” in tribute to his friend.
Jimmy Buffett has a cameo appearance in the new music video by Huey Lewis and the News for the song “Her Love Is Killin’ Me”.
Cast in order of appearance: Huey Lewis, John Pierce, Sean Hopper, Jimmy Kimmel, Brandon Flowers, Bill Gibson, Cedric the Entertainer, Jimmy Buffett, Michael Keaton, Yvette Nicole Brown, Rick Sutcliffe, Bruce Bochy, June Lockhart, Sal Iacono, Andy Garcia, Ray Benson, Chris Berman, Topher Grace, Brad Paisley, Marvin McFadden, Johnnie Bamont, Stef Burns, Rob Sudduth, Sean Hayes, Joe Montana, James Harrah, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick, and Johnny Colla
Just in time in for Independence Day, Jones debuted “Gulf Coast Girl,” a salty summer swell featuring The Pelicanaires — a jaunty cavalry comprised of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Lukas Nelson and Mac McAnally.
song, co-written by Buffett and McAnally, is accompanied by a music
video capturing the kick-up-your-feet-and-relax spirit Jones and company
deliver on the new song.
Backed by a subtle harmonica and relaxed guitar, Jones walks listeners through what makes a “Gulf Coast Girl.”
sings in the chorus: “‘Cause I’m a Gulf Coast girl, partial to the warm
winds and salty water/ Gulf Coast girl, I got a little mermaid in me.”
hope the song makes people feel free, breezy, lighthearted and
connected to the places that are close to their heart and history,”
writing “Gulf Coast Girl,” Buffett told the Tennessean that he and
McAnally focused on the Gulf Coast lifestyle to “come up with a ‘feel
good’ song that would do the same on beaches and lakes thousands of
miles away from the beach I grew up on.”
Jimmy Buffett joined several artists for the “Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration” last night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The show was filmed for an upcoming A&E TV concert special.
Jimmy and Willie performed “The Harder They Come” (written by Jimmy Cliff).
Other performs for the tribute show included Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Bobby Bare, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray Benson, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill.
Kenny Chesney and original beach bum Jimmy Buffett team up on a contemplative remake of Buffett’s “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season” that appears on Chesney’s new album Songs for the Saints. The album, which includes the recent Number One “Get Along,” was released on Friday.
Chesney has drawn numerous comparisons to Buffett since entering the “No Shoes” phase of his career sometime around the turn of the millennium, at which point he began spinning island imagery into a frothy country piña colada as he cemented his superstar status. But beyond the surface resemblance, both performers have also displayed canny marketing skills by transforming their respective styles into full-blown lifestyle empires. Chesney’s launched a radio brand and a line of rums, among other ventures, while Buffett has enjoyed incredible success with his Margaritaville restaurants and hotels.
The two men have not often been musical collaborators, but Chesney did appear on a couple of multi-artist tracks from Buffett’s 2004 album License to Chill, including the title cut. “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season,” written by Buffett and recorded for his 1974 album A1A, was never released as a single. In the gentle ballad, his narrator is exhausted from partying and senses the shifting winds of hurricane season, but can’t decide how he feels about having to pick up and leave. “Think I hurt my brain, but it cleans me out, then I can go on,” he sings, noting the restorative power of his coastal locale. It’s especially poignant in the context of Chesney’s new album — a love song for the Caribbean islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the recovery effort for which he’s donating proceeds from sales.