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Longtime Buffett Friend and Collaborator Jesse Winchester Dies

posted April 11th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

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by Josh

Even if you don’t know who Jesse Winchester is, as a Buffett fan you’ve likely heard at least one of his songs. In Buffett’s long career, he’s recorded six of Winchester’s songs: Rhumba Man, L’air De La Louisiane, Defying Gravity, Biloxi, Nothing But a Breeze, and I Wave Bye Bye. In the liner notes of the box set Boats, Beaches, Bars, and Ballads, Buffett said “like a solid relief pitcher, Jesse Winchester is a source of songs I return to again and again. ”

Winchester died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday morning after battling cancer. He was 69.

When Buffett played the concert for the Gulf Coast in 2010, Winchester joined Buffett on stage to sing “Rhumba Man,” “Mississippi You’re On My Mind,” and “Biloxi.”

A year after that, in 2011, Jesse was told he had esophageal cancer. He stopped in the middle of a tour and began radiation treatments, followed by surgery. Immediately, Buffett and Elvis Costello agreed that it would be a good idea to put together a tribute album as a show of support.

At Christmas of 2011 Buffett wrote to Jesse and told him the album was coming, a gift from a whole bunch of grateful musicians and songwriters to a master. Jesse expressed his gratitude and had some good news of his own. He had beat the odds – after treatment and surgery the doctors had told him he was cancer free.

Winchester’s cancer returned in February, this time in his bladder and was inoperable.

Download the tribute album Quiet About It at iTunes.

Read more about Jesse Winchester’s life here.


Tagged in Personal/Family, Related Artists, Singles



Buffett Joins Zac Brown at Everglades Benefit

posted February 15th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

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by Josh

The Everglades Foundation held their ninth annual ForEverglades Benefit at the Breakers Palm Beach on Saturday night with headliner the Zac Brown Band.

Towards the end of the show, which was hosted by Katie Couric, Jimmy Buffett surprised the crowd and joined Zac on stage.

Couric posted a poor quality video of Jimmy and Zac: watch.


Tagged in Charitable Causes, Related Artists, Special Appearances



Toby Wanted Jimmy for “Red Solo Cup”

posted July 28th, 2013 at 8:26 am

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett was able to nab Toby Keith for his new single “Too Drunk to Karaoke”, but a couple years ago Keith was unable to get Buffett for one of his songs that became a big hit:

“I always talk about Willie and Hag (Merle Haggard) and people like that. Guys like Jimmy Buffett were just as big of an influence on me growing up as anybody,” Keith said.

Keith, who recorded the albums “Unleashed” and “Shock’n Y’all” in Buffett’s Florida studios, said he offered “Red Solo Cup” to the Margaritaville singer as a duet in 2011, but then went on with it himself. Buffett reached out to Keith for “Too Drunk to Karaoke.”

“To me, to work with Jimmy Buffett is a feather in my hat. I think the guy’s brilliant in what he does,” Keith said.


Watch the video for “Too Drunk to Karaoke”.


Tagged in Music Videos, Related Artists



Toby Keith Recording “Margaritaville” with Sammy Hagar

posted July 15th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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by Josh

Sammy Hagar is releasing a new duets album Sammy Hagar & Friends and a Jimmy Buffett tune will make an appearance:

Ronnie Dunn‘s participation in Sammy Hagar‘s upcoming album, ‘Sammy Hagar and Friends,’ was announced weeks ago. Now there’s another country voice added to the star-studded collection. Toby Keith will also join Hagar on the CD of collaborations, performing a duet version of the Jimmy Buffett hit, ‘Margaritaville.’

This isn’t Hagar and Keith’s first time singing together. The longtime friends have shared a stage several times in the past, including this performance of the two music icons singing Van Halen‘s hit song ‘Finish What Ya Started’ while in Cabo San Lucas. More recently, the rocker joined Keith for his Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, which also included appearances by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson and John Anderson.

Other artists appearing on Hagar’s upcoming album include Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson from Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Journey guitarist Neal Schon.



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Catch a Mishka Show Before Buffett’s Shows

posted April 26th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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by Josh

Mailboat Records reggae artist Mishka will be performing some dates in the same cities as Jimmy Buffett. So if you’re planning to see Buffett, get out and see Mishka too!

Friday, April 26 – 9:00 PM
Mishka – Acoustic
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville (indoor)
322 Broadway Nashville, TN
No Cover / All Ages / 2nd Floor Stage
www.margaritavillenashville.com

Saturday, April 27
Street Party / Main Stage
3pm show (60 min set)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville (outdoor)
322 Broadway Nashville, TN
No Cover / All Ages
www.margaritavillenashville.com

Monday, April 29
Mishka – Acoustic
Terminal West
887 West Marietta
Studio C
Atlanta, GA30318
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$10 /18+
www.terminalwestatl.com
Tickets

Wednesday, May 1
Mishka – Acoustic
Bourbon Girl
212 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
9:00 PM – Midnight
Free / 21+
www.bourbongirlaustin.com

Friday, May 3
Mishka – Acoustic
Lemon Bar
5566 W Main St #110 Frisco, TX 75033
Show: 8:30 – 11:30
$5 / 21+
www.thelemonbar.net

Read more about Jimmy and Mishka’s history and watch them perform together here.




Tagged in Related Artists, Touring



Jimmy and Mishka Discuss ‘Ocean Is My Potion’

posted March 12th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett and Mishka sat down together in Hawaii to discuss ‘Ocean Is My Potion’ the new EP from Mishka.

The two actually met long ago, when Mishka was only 5 years old. The little tike was selling croissants in the French West Indies when he came upon the Margaritaville man himself. The acoustic-leaning songwriter even wrote a song about Mishka called “Chanson Pour Les Petis Enfants.”

Now the musicians’ relationship has come full circle on Mishka’s new EP Ocean Is My Potion. The title track features Buffett and the Bermuda-born singer’s velvety vocals.

Now you can check out an exclusive conversation between the up-and-coming reggae artist and his musical mentor in the video below. The pair discuss how they met, and even play their new single! Check out the video below, and grab Mishka’s new record in stores now.







Tagged in Albums, Related Artists



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