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.
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.
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.
While working on his new album a couple weeks ago at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, Jimmy recorded a short video congratulating the Zac Brown Band on their recent Grammy win for Best Country Album.
Buffett notes in the video that Zac recorded the album, entitled Uncaged, at Shrimpboat Sound Studio.
The record features Jimmy Buffett on two of the tracks, and is available now at iTunes for $5.99.
Ocean Is My Potion (feat. Jimmy Buffett)
Love You (When I’m Close To You)
Love and Roots
When The Rain Comes Down
Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season (feat. Jimmy Buffett)
Celebrated recording artist Mishka’s new release, the “Ocean Is My Potion” EP, is a journey back to his musical roots. Like Mishka himself, the album is imprinted with the sounds and emotions of the islands, with influences that range from the heavy bass of Reggae to the gulf and western stylings of Jimmy Buffett.
Mishka first met Jimmy Buffett when he was an entrepreneurial five year-old delivering fresh croissants to Jimmy’s sailboat in the French West Indies. The musician and young Mishka formed a fast bond, and Jimmy wrote and recorded a song about him called, “Chanson Pour Les Petis Enfants” which translates to, “Song For Little Children.”
When preparing to record his latest album, Mishka handpicked his support team, which led him back to his old friend from the islands. This album will be his first release on Mailboat Records.
Recorded at the famed Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, the album features Mishka’s take on the Jimmy Buffett classic, “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season.” The track features both famed musician Mac McAnally and Jimmy Buffett himself.
Born in Bermuda and raised in the Caribbean, Mishka’s music is a natural fit for Mailboat Records. Caribbean at its core, with an eclectic sound that blends island beats with mellow acoustic ballads, the music is amplified by the messages of love and social justice that are delivered straight from Mishka’s heart.
Mishka has played and toured with many artists, most notably Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Dirty Heads, Matisyahu and the Roots.