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Meet Author John H. Cunningham at Meeting of the Minds

posted October 3rd, 2012 at 3:13 am

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by Josh Martin

What does stolen treasure, Cuban secret police and Jimmy Buffett’s old plane have in common?

All are part of the major plotline of Key West writer John H. Cunningham’s latest Buck Reilly Adventure—GREEN TO GO.

Cunningham will host a series of signings in Key West during Meeting of the Minds “Meet the Authors” Event from November 1-3:

MOTM 2012 SIGNING SCHEDULE:
11/1: 9-11, 1-3, 5-7 at Casa Marina
11/2: 9-10:30 at Casa Marina
11/2: 1-3at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon (4 Charles Street) with authors Michael Haskins and Andrew Forsyth
11/3: 11-1 at Casa Marina

Locals have come to love John H. Cunningham and the Buck Reilly Adventure Series, which includes RED RIGHT RETURN and GREEN TO GO (Green Street Publishing; $3.99 eBook).

In GREEN TO GO, good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming…The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offers Buck Reilly a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues he lost at sea. Those plans get put on hold when a friend is accused of orchestrating the biggest theft in Key West’s sordid history, and the FBI uses Buck’s past against him to demand that he search for the thieves who fled aboard a hundred year-old schooner.

No good deed goes unpunished, and Buck’s dogged by greed and double-crosses from Key West to the Bahamas and points south. His hunt for the missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning Buck over to the authorities or succumbing to his easy charm.

If you love John D. MacDonald, Clive Cussler, Tom Corcoran, Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen, Buck’s faults, quirks, humanity and heroics will appeal to you. Cunningham’s clever, thrill-seeking mysteries will leave you guessing.

For locals, you’ll hear a lot about famed Key West locales – Blue Heaven, La Concha Hotel, Pepe’s, Margaritaville and others.

For more information about the author, visit www.jhcunningham.com


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Uke ‘An Play Jimmy Buffett

posted January 15th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

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by Josh Martin

Alfred Music Publishing proudly expands its collection of Jimmy Buffett sheet music with a new ukulele songbook, featuring easy ukulele arrangements to many of his best-loved songs.

Uke ‘An Play Jimmy Buffett contains twenty “Parrothead” classics arranged for easy ukulele, including “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Come Monday,” “Margaritaville,” “Off to See the Lizard,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” and many more. Each of the songs is presented in a simple, easy-to-play ukulele arrangement featuring both music notation and TAB, including chord grids, vocal parts, and lyrics.

Uke ‘An Play Jimmy Buffett is now available for $16.99. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at alfred.com.


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Buffett Touts Herman Wouk in Vanity Fair

posted March 25th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

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by Josh Martin

In the latest Vanity Fair, Jimmy Buffett writes about his friend Herman Wouk, with whom he collaborated on the musical Don’t Stop The Carnival:

Herman Wouk is one of the wisest men I have ever known. In aviation the best information comes from pilots themselves, in airplanes, not from air-traffic controllers or meteorologists on the ground, in some big air-conditioned office. In his new book, The Language God Talks, Herman sends us all a most valuable pilot report, since it comes from a man whose remaining time on this voyage, he concedes, is rather short. It has been a long time since I sat down and thought about the big questions, such as “Who are we, really?” and “Why are we here?” I have always been more comfortable being tagged a court jester than any kind of philosopher, but I am glad that my old friend keeps his page-a-day commitment to himself, thus extending, in The Language God Talks, a pilot report that we can all use.

Pre-order Wouk’s new book now at Amazon.com.


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Billboard Article on New Album, Next Year’s Tour, and New Books

posted November 30th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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by Josh Martin

Billboard has an interview with Jimmy Buffett that discusses the new album “Buffet Hotel”, next year’s tour, and two new books that he’s working on.

“Buffet Hotel”

Jimmy Buffett says he felt a greater level of engagement on his new album, “Buffet Hotel,” than he has on many of his other recent efforts.

“With a band this good and with people this good around you, you kind of get in a routine,” Buffett tells Billboard.com, acknowledging that previous “listening and fixing” was done primarily by Coral Reefer Band collaborators Mike Utley and Mac McAnally. But on “Buffet Hotel,” Buffett says that “we got back to doing things like we did in the old days. Instead of doing it in the afternoon, I said, ‘Let’s go back like we did in the old days and do those red wine and reefer vocals…at midnight.’ I’d get a little buzz on red wine and get my singing chops, get in that mood, and then I’d send ‘em over the Internet to Utley and Mac and say, ‘Alright, I know they were midnight. You got red wine vocals there. You can throw ‘em away or tell me what you think,’ and they’d go, ‘Do more of those!’ ”

Buffett and company previewed several of the songs during his 2009 concerts, notably “Summerzcool” and “Surfing in a Hurricane,” the first surf rock song he’s ever written.

“Mac told me on the last night of the tour we’d done seven of the new songs off the album over the summer, and I’d never done that before,” Buffett recalls. “Usually you’re lucky to get one or two songs from a new album into the show, so it was a complete reversal.”

2010 Tour

Buffett is planning a full-scale “Buffet Hotel” tour for 2010 and intends to start the year in Australia and the Pacific Rim. He’s toying with the idea of playing entire albums next year and hopes to play 1983’s “One Particular Harbor” in Tahiti. He’s also putting into motion into a special performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with “Buffet Hotel” guests Sonny Landreth and Toumani Diabate.

Film and Books

And while he says that he’s “out of the movie business” at the moment, Buffett is working on a documentary about his trip to Mali with director Margaret Brown.

Buffett also has two books in the works, a collection of short stories set in the Pacific and “a rock ‘n’ roll novel” called “Mudbath” that is “based on a real-life adventure, but hopefully you won’t recognize any of the characters.”

Read the full article here.


Tagged in Albums, Books, Interviews, Touring



Jimmy Buffett Year In Review 2008

posted January 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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by Josh Martin

Another year has come and gone, and we look back at some of the highlights from 2008:

January

  • Jimmy’s sister Lucy “Lulu” releases cookbook: “Crazy Sista Cooking”
  • Jimmy plays a charity benefit show in Hong Kong
  • In addition to Hong Kong show, Jimmy performs private show in Singapore and performs for troops aboard the USS Harry Truman (right)

February

  • February 4th was the 7 year anniversary of Jimmy getting ejected from Miami Heat game
  • The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis prepares for spacewalk by listening to Buffett’s “Oysters and Pearls”
  • It’s reported that a Michigan company would begin making chips and salsa for Jimmy’s Margaritaville Foods
  • In mid-February the annual trickle of tour dates begin to leak out, followed by the official tour announcements by the end of the month
  • Harrison Ford reveals in an interview with Barbara Walters that he got his ear pierced after a lunchtime birthday celebration with Jimmy and the late Ed Bradley
  • It’s announced that Buffett would build a new restaurant in Waikiki, Hawaii called “Jimmy Buffett’s At The Beachcomber”

March

  • Panama City Margaritaville opens on March 5th
  • On March 12th, Comedy Central’s “South Park” lampooned Jimmy Buffett (right)
  • March 17th marked the 30 year anniversary of the release of “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor”

April

  • Jimmy and Mac performed April 9th at the Glendale, AZ Margaritaville
  • On April 13th, Jimmy and Jane Buffett pledged $50,000 at Comedy Central’s “Night Of Too Many Stars Autism Benefit”
  • 2008 tour kicks off April 21st in Houston
  • Buffett plays St. Louis for the first time in 8 years
  • Other tour stops this month were Frisco, TX and Charlotte, NC

May

  • Freddie & The Fishsticks play benefit show at New Orleans Margaritaville on May 1st
  • Buffett plays New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 3rd
  • Jimmy’s latest novel, “Swine Not?” is released May 13th
  • Publicity rounds for new book include the Today Show, Regis & Kelly, and David Letterman
  • It’s reported May 29th that the Trump Casino in Atlantic City will be turned into a Margaritaville Casino

June

  • “Scenes You Know By Heart” DVD released exclusively through Walmart on June 3rd
  • Second leg of tour resumes in Atlanta on June 5th
  • Buffett also plays Raleigh, Detroit, New York City, and Philadelphia in the month of June

July

  • Tour resumes in Cincinnati on July 17th
  • Buffett also plays East Troy, Pittsburgh, Chicago twice, and Indianapolis in the month of July
  • It’s reported that because of the credit crunch, work was slowing on the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi

August

  • Jimmy performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on August 3rd
  • Tour resumes August 24th in Atlantic City
  • Buffett also plays Wantagh, NY and the first of two shows in Bristow, VA in August

September

  • Second show in Bristow, VA on September 1st
  • Other tour stops in September include two shows in Mansfield, MA
  • September 6th Mansfield show time moved up to 3 pm because of the approaching Hurricane Hanna
  • Buffett performs two shows in Paris, marking the second year in a row he’s played Paris
  • Mohegan Sun Margaritaville opens on September 29th
  • BuffettWorld debuts the Buffett Caption Contest

October

  • New monthly column debuts on BuffettWorld: “From Under My Lone Palm”, written by Justin
  • Coral Reefer Nadirah Shakoor releases album on October 14th: “Nod To The Storyteller”
  • West coast tour includes stops in San Diego, San Francisco, and two shows in Las Vegas
  • On October 23rd, Jimmy visited Google Headquarters where he spoke and performed

November

  • Jimmy’s dear friend and legendary Key West figure Captain Tony Tarracino died on November 1st
  • Jimmy performs November 2nd at a Barack Obama rally in Tampa, Florida (right)
  • On the 8th, Jimmy performed a private show at the Mohegan Sun Margaritaville Cafe
  • Radio Margaritaville becomes available to XM subscribers as the result of the Sirius XM merger
  • Coral Reefer Mac McAnally won CMA Musician of the Year at CMA Awards on November 12th
  • Jimmy attends University of Florida football game on the 15th where he was invited into the locker room by coach Urban Meyer

December

  • Jimmy Buffett turns 62 years old on Christmas Day

And that’s a quick review of 2008!

It was another great year at BuffettWorld and we’d like to thank all of you who visit BuffettWorld, subscribe to the daily email updates, and who are members of our forum.

Thank you and we look forward to providing you the best and most Jimmy Buffett news and information on the web again in 2009!


Tagged in Albums, Awards, Books, Business Empire, Casinos, Charitable Causes, Concerts, Coral Reefers, DVD's, Margaritaville Cafes, Margaritaville Casinos, Personal/Family, Politics, Radio Margaritaville, Site News, Special Appearances, Television, Tour Dates, Touring, TV Appearances, Year In Review



Jimmy the Answer to ‘Test Pilot’ Question in Pilot Magazine

posted October 11th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was the answer to one of the ‘Test Pilot’ questions in the October issue of AOPA Pilot magazine, the magazine of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Here was the question and answer:

Question 7. From reader Charles Baumann: Less than 10 authors have ever had their books appear on The New York Times bestseller lists for both fiction and nonfiction. Which of these authors is well known as a pilot?

Answer – Jimmy Buffett for his novels, Where is Joe Merchant? (1992) and A Salty Piece of Land (2004). His book A Pirate Looks at Fifty made the nonfiction list in 1998.

Visit our Jimmy and Aviation page to read about Buffett’s pilot career and see photos of his airplanes.


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