Will Jimmy Buffett land another number one song? He’ll have his chance this summer as the Zac Brown Band will release “Knee Deep,” a duet with Jimmy, as their next single.
In 2003, Jimmy scored his only number song with “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” a collaboration with Alan Jackson. After the success of that song, Buffett released License to Chill, an album containing duets with several country stars including Toby Keith, Martina McBride, George Strait, and Clint Black, among others.
Buffett’s had three singles on the charts since “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” “Hey Good Lookin’” reached #8 in 2004, “Trip Around the Sun” hit #20 that same year, and “Bama Breeze” reached #58 in 2006.
This isn’t the first time that Jimmy and the Zac Brown Band have partnered up. In December of 2009 they taped an episode of “CMT Crossroads” that aired in March of last year.
The Zac Brown Band is riding high right now. Music legend James Taylor joined them at the ACM Awards last Sunday to perform their latest single “Colder Weather” (Watch Now), and then this past week the single went to number one on the Billboard Top Country Songs chart.
Sam Gazdziak at The 9513 has a good writeup on how “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” came to be a song, and how it fell into the hands of Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett:
The timing on the song was so perfect, that the time from when it was written to when it was released to radio was about three months, a rarity in the industry. Brown recorded the demo, which was initially pitched to Kenny Chesney, but his team passed.
“I think they wanted to not do so much beachy stuff anymore,” he says. “If we had gotten it to him three years earlier, he probably would have jumped on it, but the timing wasn’t right.”
Fortunately, Alan Jackson was looking for a song that he could cut with his friend Jimmy Buffett, and Gary Overton, then the head of EMI Publishing Nashville, turned him on to “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
The song was released in June, 2003, and was an immediate hit, debuting at #31 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It eventually spent a total of eight weeks at #1 and made it to #17 on the pop charts. It also won the Country Music Association Vocal Event of the Year award in 2003. Not bad for Brown’s first ever single.
2009 was another big year for Jimmy Buffett. His summer tour was hugely successful again, he partnered with the Miami Dolphins to rename their home field Landshark Stadium, and a new album dropped in December. And of course there was lots more in between. So here’s our Jimmy Buffett 2009 Year in Review:
In early January Jimmy made a swing through the Caribbean, making stops at his Margaritaville Cafes in Grand Cayman and Cozumel where he, Mac, and Nadirah played surprise shows
Buffett attends Wounded Warriors Project’s Soldier Ride in Key West
Spring and summer tour dates began to trickle out in mid-to-late January
On February 2nd Margaritaville.com confirmed all shows for the Summerzcool Tour
Also on February 2nd, Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber Restaurant opened in Honolulu
Parrothead license plates become available for South Carolina residents
On February 12th, Jimmy played a surprise show at the Margaritaville in Key West
About 2 weeks later, Mailboat Records releases 4 digital downloads from the Key West show
On Tuesday the 24th, Buffett and the Coral Reefers open the 2009 Summerzcool Tour in Maui
On the 26th he plays a private show for the opening of Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber
Jimmy performs at Netscape founder Jim Clark’s wedding in the British Virgin Islands
In late March, we report that Margaritaville Rum is coming soon
Longtime Coral Reefer Band guitarist Peter Mayer has a new album dropping on Wednesday and Jimmy Buffett lends his vocals on one of the tracks.
The CD is entitled Goodbye Hello and Buffett duets with Mayer on the Beatles hit “Rocky Raccoon”.
Goodbye Hello will be available Wednesday at LittleFlockMusic.com or at the annual Meeting of the Minds convention in Key West. Peter Mayer and other Coral Reefers will be performing at the parrothead pilgrimage.
Below is a clip of “We Can Work It Out” from the album: