Mac McAnally earns 9th CMA for Musician of the Year

Mac McAnally earned the award for Musician of the Year, besting Jerry Douglas, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff and Derek Wells. McAnally, a guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer has won this award eight times previously, 2008-2015. He wasn’t nominated in 2016, but returned to the ballot in 2017.

Watch a backstage interview with Mac McAnnally at

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ begins Nov 9th in Chicago

From the Chicago Sun-Times: “‘Margaritaville’ taking Jimmy Buffett’s Parrothead vibe to Broadway

Buffett, who calls Sag Harbor, Long Island, home these days, laughs knowingly when it is suggested that in many ways he has far more in common with the character of Rachel than Tully. For in addition to a busy concert touring schedule that takes him to Europe and beyond, he has long been a successful businessman, with chains of restaurants keyed to his song’s themes, licensed products for everything from tequila to chips and guacamole, a beer deal with Anheuser-Busch, a casino-hotel in Atlantic City, and a $1 billion retirement village in Daytona Beach, Florida, now in the works. He also is involved in many charitable efforts, supporting ecological and marine laboratory projects and more recently raising money for hurricane relief.

But it is Broadway that calls to him.

“My love of musical theater dates back far longer than my interest in the music I am known for,” said Buffett, during a chat in Chicago. “I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where my working mother, who had three kids, performed as part of the Mobile Theatre Guild, and she would drag me along to play children’s roles — like the little French-Polynesian boy in ‘South Pacific’ — and I kind of liked it. She also took me to see the road shows that came through town. I learned everything I know from Rodgers and Hammerstein — the way those songs go into your heart, the way the lyrics are like poetry but always driving the story and sounding authentic to the characters. I was a child of the television age, but I loved the live entertainment form.”

“I still remember the first time I saw ‘The Who’s Tommy’ on Broadway, and the original ‘Evita’ with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin,” said Buffett. “And I began wondering if I could make a musical out of my own music, although I knew the challenge of doing it would be to be true to my audience as well as to connect to a new one.”

Buffett’s first (if unsuccessful ) attempt at a Broadway musical was two decades ago when he collaborated with Herman Wouk (fabled author of “The Caine Mutiny”), to create a musical based on Wouk’s book, “Don’t Stop the Carnival.” A paradise-turns-into-hell comedy about a man escaping to the Caribbean to salve a midlife crisis, it played for six weeks in Miami and closed, but Buffett turned it into an album.

When: Nov. 9 – Dec. 2
Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Tickets: $33 – $120

Jimmy Buffett’s party shut down by local sheriffs

From Jimmy Buffett celebrated his Broadway-bound musical “Escape to Margaritaville” in New Orleans over the weekend, followed by a raucous party on the Mississippi River — where “Margaritaville” and Hollywood mega-producer Frank Marshall assumed the alias “DJ Master Frank” to spin tunes.

Buffett, “not one to be upstaged, put the evening into overdrive,” a spy said, “by taking over the DJ booth for the rest of the night, playing some mean funk and Daft Punk.”

The party got so wild that local sheriffs closed it down at 2 a.m. The celebration then moved to the French Quarter, capped off by a predawn “breakfast toast.”

Escape to Margaritaville in New Orleans

Escape to Margaritaville” the new musical featuring the songs of singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett ends today at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.

The touring production of “Escape to Margaritaville” premiered in New Orleans and makes its way to Houston and Chicago before sailing to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in February 2018 (ticket information).

Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at last night’s show and sang Margaritaville at the end of the show.

Latitude Margaritaville Sales Center opens Oct 30th

You’ve been patiently waiting and the time has finally come! The Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach Sales Center will open for Preview Tours starting Monday, October 30th! Although we will not accept deposits on home purchases until our sales launch on November 13th, this is an incredible opportunity to learn more about the Latitude Margaritaville lifestyle and explore our interactive Sales Center.

As part of the tour, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the Latitude Margaritaville lifestyle. You will be the first to preview the planned FINtastic amenities including 3D models of the Latitude Town Square, Beach Club and overall community site plan.

New Book from Chip Bell: “Fins”

The 11th edition of the Jake Sullivan Series, “Fins“, is now available at Amazon.

Summary from the author: Jake Sullivan has just returned from a life and death struggle in Mexico, and still faces an ongoing battle with Group 45. He soon finds himself in a confrontation with a late night assailant, the descendant of a minor historical figure of the Nineteenth Century, who provides Jake with an amazing tale and a strange drawing that may hold the key to solving a murder clouded by history and finding the long-lost City of Gold.

Once again, Jake and Mike embark on an adventure, aided by a knowledgeable young intern from the Federal Institute of Native Studies, and, as usual, the warning sign circling slowly on the surface of the water does not even begin to represent the dangers and discoveries to be found far below.

Shark named by Buffett visits Jersey Shore

From the Asbury Park Press: “Great white shark named by Jimmy Buffett visits Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore saw two new visitors to its waters this week — baby white sharks.

JD, a tagged 75-pound juvenile male white shark that was named by singer Jimmy Buffett — who was on the vessel when the shark was tagged — was only yards from the Barnegat Light beaches Wednesday morning, according to the shark’s satellite tag.

The 5-foot 4-inch long shark was tagged by OCEARCH researchers on Aug. 14 after it was captured off the coast of Montauk, N.Y. during the group’s monthlong Empire State and Garden State expedition to search for great white sharks.

The shark traveled 178 miles from its capture site to Barnegat Light since being tagged.

Chris Fischer, OCEARCH’s founder and expedition leader, explained why the “Margaritaville” singer was on board the vessel at the time JD was tagged.

“Jimmy has been a real big supporter of OCEARCH,” said Fischer. “He named the shark after his dad, James Delaney.”

OCEARCH is researching the life-cycle of white sharks, an apex ocean predator. The sharks are known scientifically as Carcharodon carcharias and can grow up to 21 feet in length and weigh over 4,000 pounds.

Fischer estimates JD, which can be seen being tagged in the video above, is one year old and is feeding on small prey fish such as mackerel, menhaden and squid.