Coral Reefer Band

Michael Utley

Michael Utley grew up in Arkansas and was heavily influenced musically by the sounds of Memphis soul and New Orleans rhythm and blues.

Michael is the longest active member of the Coral Reefer Band. He’s been with the band since 1973. Jimmy Buffett first heard Utley playing on one of Jerry Jeff Walker’s albums. He liked what he heard and asked Mike to perform on the album “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean”.

Mr Utley has produced several of Jimmy Buffett’s recent albums including the album “Take The Weather With You”

An interview with Michael and Robert Greenidge (Club Trini) is available at Time After Island Time – On Demand

(photo credit: Bob Douillard)

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Album Credits (Jimmy Buffett albums)
Year Album Title Credit Notes
1973 A White Sport Coat & A Pink Crustacean Piano
1974 Living & Dying In 3/4 Time Keyboards
1974 A1A Piano, Organ
1975 Rancho Deluxe (Movie Soundtrack) Keyboards
1976 Havana Daydreamin’ Piano
1977 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes Organ, Piano
1978 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor Keyboards
1978 You Had To Be There Organ
1979 Volcano Piano and Organ
1981 Coconut Telegraph Organ
1982 Somewhere Over China Piano, Organ, and Synthesizer
1983 One Particular Harbour Piano, Organ and Synthesizer and Arranger
1984 Riddles In The Sand Keyboards
1985 Last Mango In Paris Keyboards
1986 Floridays Keyboards
1988 Hot Water Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizers
1989 Off To See The Lizard Organ
1990 Feeding Frenzy Keyboards
1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads Piano on Domino College
1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads Keyboards on Everlasting Moon
1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads Keyboards on Christmas in the Caribbean
1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads Piano, organ and synthesizer on Elvis Imitators
1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads Piano on Love and Luck
1992 Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads Organ & Synthesizer on Middle of the Night and Money Back Guarantee
1994 Fruitcakes Keyboards
1995 Barometer Soup Keyboards, Organ
1996 Banana Wind Piano
1996 Christmas Island Keyboards
1998 Don’t Stop The Carnival Keyboards
1999 Beach House on the Moon Keyboards
1999 Buffett Live – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Keyboards
2002 Far Side Of The World Keyboards, Accordion
2003 Meet Me In Margaritaville Keyboards
2003 Live in Las Vegas, NV Keyboards
2003 Live in Auburn, WA Keyboards
2004 Live in Mansfield, MA Keyboards
2004 Live in Cincinnati, OH Keyboards
2004 License to Chill Keyboards
2005 Live In Hawaii Keyboards
2005 Live at Fenway Park Keyboards
2006 Hoot (Movie Soundtrack) Keyboards
2006 Live at Wrigley Field (DVD) Keyboards
2006 Take the Weather With You Keyboards
2006 Live At Wrigley Field (CD) Keyboards
2007 Live at Texas Stadium Keyboards Coral Reefer Band
2007 Live in Anguilla Keyboards

Tours (with the Coral Reefer Band)
Year Tour Name Credit Notes
1977 1977 Tour Organ
1978 Cheeseburger in Paradise Tour Organ
1979 You Had to Be There / Volcano Tour Organ
1981 Coconut Telegraph Tour Piano, Organ
1982 Homecoming Tour Piano, Organ
1983 Somewhere Over China Tour Piano, Organ
1984 Feeding Frenzy Tour Piano, Organ
1985 Sleepless Knights Tour Piano, Organ
1986 Floridays Tour Piano
1986 World Tour of Florida Piano
1987 A Pirate Looks At Forty Tour Piano
1988 Cheap Vacation Tour Piano
1988 Hot Water Tour Piano
1989 Off To See The Lizard Tour Piano
1990 Jimmy’s Jump Up Tour Piano
1991 Outpost Tour Piano
1992 Recession Recess Tour Piano
1993 Chameleon Caravan Tour Keyboards
1994 Fruitcakes Tour Keyboards
1995 Domino College Tour Keyboards
1996 Banana Wind Tour Keyboards
1997 Havana Daydreamin’ Tour Keyboards
1998 Don’t Stop The Carnival Tour Keyboards
1999 Beach House On The Moon Tour Keyboards
2000 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Tour Keyboards
2001 A Beach Odyssey Tour Keyboards
2002 Far Side of the World Tour Keyboards
2003 Tiki Time Tour Keyboards
2004 License To Chill Tour Keyboards
2005 A Salty Piece Of Land Tour Keyboards
2006 Party At The End Of The World Tour Keyboards
2007 Bama Breeze Tour Keyboards All shows except 4/21/07
2008 The Year of Still Here Tour Keyboards
2009 Summerzcool Tour Keyboards
Special Appearances
Date Show Info Credit Notes

Solo and Other Albums

Year Album Title  
Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Live
Back in Town
Club Trini
Mad Music