TIME Interview with Jimmy

posted August 19th, 2013 at 7:02 am

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by Josh Martin

TIME has an excellent interview with Jimmy Buffett, focusing mostly on the new album Songs From St. Somewhere that comes out tomorrow.

In the interview, Jimmy squashed the idea of retiring any time soon:

A lot of people look at Jimmy Buffett and think “That’s what I want to do when I retire,” but it doesn’t seem like you’re looking to retire from being Jimmy Buffett.

You know, Willie Nelson came out maybe a month ago and played a club in Montauk. When I was a struggling songwriter in Nashville, Willie was one of the few people who cut a few of my songs. We played a few songs; I wanted to see what 80 looked like on stage, because I’m 66.

And we were talking about it, and Mickey Raphael, who’s played with him forever and who I’ve known forever, told me a story about how last year the band had a big meeting with Willie on the bus where they asked, “Look, you’re gonna be 80 here, and we’re wondering what we’ll be doing if you’re thinking about retiring.” And Willie looked at them and he said “From what?” [laughs] I got a license to carry marijuana, we’re playing music and traveling and seeing the country, the kids are grown and happy. Retire from what? And if that applies to Willie it sure as hell applies to me, because I’m still having a good time, I still enjoy the creative aspect I’m a junkie for applause. As long as I feel that then I’ll stay there.

Be sure to read the full interview here.

Tagged in Albums, Interviews

  • LuLu

    I am 65 and still go to his concert every year!! As long as JB keeps touring, I will keep going and tailgating too. I love his music and his laid back attitude. Been to lots of concerts in my life and never enjoyed any of them as much as Jimmy’s. FINS UP and keep on rockin’.


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