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Watch Jimmy Surf in Australia

posted September 2nd, 2014 at 5:24 pm

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by Josh Martin

If you’ve browsed around on Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.tv, you may have seen this video already. It being added to Youtube today caught our attention here at Buffettworld.

Enjoy a home video shot by Jimmy at one of his favorite surf breaks – Byron Bay in Australia. As the old saying goes: it’s not how many times you fall down that matters. It’s that you keep getting back up!


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Buffett Talks Margaritaville TV with Billboard

posted July 26th, 2014 at 10:52 am

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by Josh Martin

In an interview with Billboard, Jimmy Buffett talks about Margaritaville TV, writing new music, and a new wine(!) he’s developed:

“The feedback from [Margaritaville TV] has been unbelievable,” says Buffett. “There was one element of my inner circle that thought we’d be cannibalizing ourselves by going on television. But I played my instincts, and I haven’t had one person say they’ll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both. They watch the (online) shows and get charged up to go see it in person. And there are other people that can’t get to a show that absolutely love the fact we’re doing it. My friends in Bora Bora now can punch (the shows) up on the screen and watch it while they’re having dinner. It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation.” And, Buffett adds, “I think it’s the way you’re going to get to see us in the future. The number of shows is going down. We’re taking off a little more time every year. We’re not going anywhere, but this way people can make it to any show, even if we’re not playing around where they are.”

Though the shows have been streamed for free so far, Buffett is looking for a way to pay for it:

We can go into the (recording) studio and let people in there and watch us while we’re doing it,” Buffett notes. “We’ve got a lot of great variables we can do with it. We just have to figure out how we’re going to pay for it — subscription? Advertising? Both? So that’s coming. The good thing is we’re not out there looking for an audience. We’ve got one. We’ve got a million and a half, 2 million on Facebook. I know at Pandora, 200 people a day sign up for the Jimmy Buffett station there. So we can forget about trying to get on radio, ’cause that’s not going to happen, and just use our own radio station and TV station to get to those people.”

On writing new music:

Buffett’s last album, Songs From St. Elsewhere, came out in August 2013, and he says that since then he’s been “playing around with some new songs,” including one called “We Need to Care a Little Less,” which he says is “about over-thinking, over-reacting to everything.” Writing, he adds, is “a natural process. I’m not stopping writing,” but he isn’t sure if a conventional album will be the result. “For me, an album has just been adding something; if you like this music you can add it to the collection,” he explains. “I’m not out there trying to win hits or chase Grammys or shit like that. I’m just trying to stay in the game at our level, so we’re looking to find the best system for the next batch of new music.”

You can get Margaritaville Rum and Margaritaville Tequila, and soon you’ll be able to get Auter deRosé:

Buffett’s other new endeavor is in the wine world — Auter deRose, whose purpose, he cracks, is “to get women in our bigger bars to stop drinking white zinfandel and drink a better wine. It’s just from my days of liking rosé and ‘can we make a decent rosé in America, ’cause there isn’t one.’ So I worked on it for about two years with guys I knew who were winemakers and we just did it and it came out really good.”

Read the full interview at Billboard.


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Buffett Talks Margaritaville TV with Houston Chronicle

posted June 3rd, 2014 at 8:42 pm

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by Josh Martin

While Jimmy Buffett was in town for a show last Thursday, Jimmy Buffett sat down with the Houston Chronicle for an interview: “Jimmy Buffett launches Margaritaville TV”

I asked Buffett, why are you doing Margaritaville TV? You’ve been airing your concerts live on Radio Margaritaville on SiriusXM for the past 14 years. Now that you’re adding video, aren’t you giving away the milk and the cow for free now?

“It is a logical step,” he said. “I like technology. I think there’s a lot of people out there who would like to see our show but can’t. They might be in secondary markets, or they don’t want to put up with the hassle of coming to a show.”

Buffett has been doing fewer tours, with fewer shows in fewer cities in recent years. Which means fewer people get to see the concert in person.

“I didn’t know it was going to last this long, at this pace. If you do the math, we’re only doing about 20 shows this year. I still like doing it, but I’m also 67 years old. I’ve had a good run. I’ve got a lot of things that I want to do that don’t involve me being on the road. With Margaritaville TV, fans can watch the show now.”

Buffett isn’t worried that people may stay home and watch Margaritaville TV instead of buying tickets and coming to his concerts.

“Tonight’s show is on TV. But you still see people scalping tickets in the parking lot. It’s the law of supply and demand. There’s still a lot of demand for our shows.”

Read the full interview here.


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This One’s For You Tour Kicks Off in Virginia

posted May 24th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett launched his new This One’s For You Tour on Saturday night in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The show also saw the launch of Margaritaville TV, and with it the first live video broadcast of a show.

Margaritaville TV did struggle with technical problems at the beginning of the show, but the problems mostly ironed out later in the night. Did you watch?

Buffett opened the show with a cover song that is new to Buffett shows: “Summertime Blues.” Tonight’s finale? “Oldest Surfer on the Beach.” In between saw “My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love Jesus” being played for the first time since 2012 and “Only Time Will Tell’s” first appearance since 2010.

View the full set list here.

The This One’s For You Tour hits Atlanta (Tuesday), Houston (Thursday), and Austin (Saturday) before taking three weeks off.

There’s still plenty of time to get tickets to one of this summer’s shows.


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Margaritaville TV Website is Live

posted May 23rd, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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by Josh Martin

Margaritaville.TV, the new internet TV project from Jimmy Buffett is officially online! The launch coincides with the beginning of the This One’s For You Tour which kicks off in Virginia Beach on Saturday night. The show will be shown live beginning at 7:30pm EDT.

There are a number of videos you can watch now, including old concert footage, behind the scenes sessions, and some personal stuff like a 3 1/2 minute video of Jimmy flying two of his airplanes with GoPro’s mounted on the wings and tails.

Below is the welcome video for Margaritaville.TV:




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