The world premiere of Jimmy Buffett’s inspired version of the Americana classic, “This Land is Your Land,” made its debut on A Capitol Fourth!
From PR Newswire: Jimmy Buffett will debut a special rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” On America’s Independence Day Celebration A CAPITOL FOURTH On PBS.
This July 4, PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, America’s Independence Day celebration, will feature the world premiere of multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett’s inspired version of the Americana classic, “This Land is Your Land.” Taped in Southern California overlooking the Pacific Ocean, interwoven with iconic scenes from across the country including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon, the performance also features Coral Reefer band members Mike Utley on keys and Robert Greenidge on steel drums. Originally written in 1940 by folk singer Woody Guthrie, “This Land is Your Land” was not recorded until April, 1944 in New York when Guthrie was on shore leave from the Merchant Marines. In 2002, it became one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Buffett previously performed on the 2018 edition of A CAPITOL FOURTH with the Broadway cast of the musical Escape To Margaritaville.
“I have always been a big admirer of Woody Guthrie’s…his simple songs and poignant lyrics,” Buffett remarked. “They were some of the first songs I learned to play. I have been lucky enough to travel this land, and think it is the best song that encapsulates what America means and is.”
Hosted by multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams, the 41st annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Sunday, July 4, 2021 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and will be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2021.
Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band have to unfortunately cancel the following dates:
London, London Palladium – Saturday, September 18, 2021
Dublin, Olympia Theatre – Monday, September 20, 2021
Paris, La Cigale – Thursday & Saturday September 23 & 25, 2021
Refunds will be available at point of purchase.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band are scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival the weekend of October 15th to the 17th.
New Orleans Jazz Fest is the latest event to make its return this fall. Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, Dead & Co, Lizzo, Jimmy Buffett and Demi Lovato are the headliners of the two-weekend extravaganza. It takes place on the weekends of Oct. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
Buffett last performed at the Jazz Festival during it’s 50th anniversary back on May 5th, 2019.
Before he gets back to playing the amphitheaters and arenas he’s packed for decades later this summer, Jimmy Buffett paid a visit to one of the first stages he ever stepped on.
On Monday night, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band played a private show at Nashville’s Exit/In — 50 years after he helped open the iconic club.
As Exit/In co-founder Brugh Reynolds recalled, the club was under construction in the summer of 1971 when “this guy wanders in off the street.”
“He said, ‘Well, I play music,'” Reynolds said in a 2015 documentary for Uproxxx. “He went and got his guitar. I think he played a few things for us, and so Jimmy Buffett was the first act to ever play the Exit/In.”
A few months later, the then-fledgling Nashville-based country artist would take a fateful trip to Key West, and the rest is history. He’s never lost touch with Music City, though — a fact underlined by Monday’s guest list.
Country superstar Kenny Chesney joined him on stage, singing “Margaritaville” and “Back Where I Come From” [written by Mac McAnally]. After the show, Buffett came down to greet former Vice President Al Gore in the crowd.
Exit/In is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. Opening on Elliston Place in 1971, the club also hosted early performances by Billy Joel, The Police, Tom Petty, R.E.M. and Steve Martin, and later became the heart of the city’s burgeoning rock scene.
Buffett and his band have been rehearsing in Nashville for their summer tour. They will return to town next month to play three shows at Ascend Amphitheater on July 6, 8 and 16.
Last year, Buffett topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with his 30th studio album, “Life On the Flipside.” In 2019, he opened a Margaritaville Hotel in downtown Nashville.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed a surprise show at the Exit/In in Nashville on Monday June 21st. Buffett was the first musician to perform at the Exit/In when the nightclub first opened in 1971 (50 years ago!!).
The set list from the show is now available.
(thanks to Chase for the photo)
The set list from the show on Sunday June 20th at the Belly Up in Solana Beach CA is now available.
Vanessa Williams will host PBS’ 41st annual July Fourth celebration “A Capitol Fourth” with Jimmy Buffett, Mickey Guyton, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen and more set to perform.
The 90-minute special will take place from Washington, D.C., and air on July Fourth at 8 p.m. EDT. The show will also live stream on PBS’ website, Facebook and YouTube through July 18.
Alan Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, Pentatonix, Renée Fleming, Train, Jennifer Nettles, Auli’i Cravalho, Laura Osnes, Ali Stroker and Jack Everly will also perform. The performances were pre-taped for the special.
The fireworks display in Washington, D.C., will be covered live during the broadcast with PBS utilizing more cameras than ever before along with vantage points from across the city.