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Buffett and The Eagles Will Reportedly Pair Up in 2018

posted November 15th, 2017 at 10:27 am

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by Josh Martin

In an interview with Bestclassicbands.com, The Eagles manager Irving Azoff said that the iconic band and Jimmy Buffett will pair up to play stadium shows next year:

After a warm reception to an Eagles reunion without the late Glenn Frey, a set of stadium dates is being planned for summer of 2018, pairing the best-selling band with party troubadour Jimmy Buffett.

“One word answer? Yes,” the band’s longtime manager, Irving Azoff, told Best Classic Bands. Coors Field in Denver will be one destination, Azoff said, with “an Eagles/Buffett celebration up in the mountains there. We’re just talking about a handful” of stadium dates featuring the two classic artists.

Azoff declined to comment about a possible Eagles tour following the stadium dates, noting that the band is still in flux after the untimely death of co-founder Frey. Vince Gill and Frey’s son Deacon have stepped in to handle Frey’s vocals and guitar work to great acclaim. While live dates are planned, any studio recordings are unlikely.

Jimmy Buffett opened for The Eagles in the 1970’s:

“Only a few people really know how significant Glenn, Don, Irving and the Eagles were to my rise through the ranks of bands trying to achieve just a sliver of the success that they had achieved,” Jimmy said. “After that first night, Glenn and I went on to become close friends, songwriting collaborators and neighbors in Aspen. He and Don were instrumental in getting Irving Azoff to become my manager, and eventually open for the Eagles on the Hotel California tour of America, which was the rocket ship we rode to eventually becoming a headliner.”

Buffett also gave the speech at The Eagles induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:




Tagged in Tour Dates, Touring



Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Jimmy at Escape to Margaritaville in Chicago

posted November 13th, 2017 at 8:38 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in Chicago over the weekend for the opening of ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ the musical at the Oriental Theatre and one of the biggest stars in the musical world, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, stopped by and joined Jimmy on stage:

Lin-Manuel Miranda spent Saturday in Chicago, unannounced and mostly in the company of Jimmy Buffett.

Each man has a show currently in Chicago: Miranda’s “Hamilton” is in the midst of a long run in the Loop. Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” is in preview performances at the Oriental Theatre.

Buffett and Miranda appeared together at the Chicago matinee of “Hamilton” Saturday. On Saturday night, sources said, the duo were to appear together at the curtain call for “Margaritaville.”

The two are friends. Buffett has seen “Hamilton” several times already, including a night spent watching the show in New York from the soundboard.




Tagged in Musicals, Special Appearances



‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Musical’s Songs to be Released

posted November 9th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

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by Josh Martin

On the day that the ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ musical debuts on Broadway, fans at home will be able to hear the songs from the show:

This coming February, Broadway audiences will get the chance to see Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever musical, Escape to Margaritaville.

But Parrotheads and theater fans alike the world over will be able to hear the show’s songs the same day as its first Broadway performance (Feb. 16, 2018) when the Escape to Margaritaville cast recording is released digitally on and on CD on Buffett’s Mailboat Records, the label and producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced exclusively through Billboard today.

The cast recording — which will be recorded this month in Chicago and features original Buffett songs alongside classics like “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” — is the first of its kind on Buffett’s Mailboat label.

“I always felt that an album should be a musical journey, and I have made a few of them,” Buffett says in a statement. “The amazing thing to me about this project is that the collection of classic and new songs, chosen from a treasure chest of material, never perceived by yours truly as such a journey, became one. It is a strange and wonderful feeling to hear your songs sung by others with the new and exciting mission to create a melodic ship on which the story of Escape to Margaritaville can sail.”

Calling out producers Mac McAnally, Mike Utley, and Chris Jahnke as his “veteran captains,” Buffett adds, “I have been listening to the cast sing these songs from the front of the house, which is a strange seat for me, for the past several months. From LaJolla, to New Orleans, Houston and Chicago, I marvel at how our crew and their interpretations of both classic and new songs, are taking the good ship Margaritaville towards a new and exciting port of call — Broadway.”



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Mac McAnally Wins CMA Musician of the Year

posted November 9th, 2017 at 8:03 am

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by Josh Martin

Mac McAnally has once again won the CMA Award for Musician of the Year:

This is the ninth time McAnally, a chart-topping recording artist, producer, songwriter and studio owner, has been honored by his peers in this specific category. He has a previous record-breaking eight consecutive wins (2008-2015) for this award — quite the feat.

When accepting the award, McAnally said, “Wonders never cease. My friends in the country music world have seen fit to honor me for the ninth time! I’m as blessed as guitar pickers get. Thanks CMA!”

McAnally ties with Chet Atkins for the most wins for CMA Musician of the Year (originally called Instrumentalist of the Year).

Congrats Mac!


Tagged in Awards, Coral Reefers



Buffett, Chesney, and Toby Keith to Headline Hurricane Benefit Concert in Tallahassee

posted October 20th, 2017 at 8:06 am

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by Josh Martin

Next month Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith will perform together at a benefit concert in Tallahassee for hurricane relief:

Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith together with the Coral Reefer Band will unite to perform at a Florida Hurricane Benefit Concert, “Trying to Reason…” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Tucker Civic Center.

Proceeds of this benefit concert will help communities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the islands affected by hurricanes in 2017.

“Florida State University was fortunate to be spared from the worst of Hurricane Irma, but we know that was not the case for many of our fellow Floridians,” Florida State University President John Thrasher said. “We’re happy to be able to help our neighbors by hosting this benefit concert and hopefully offer some relief to those hardest hit by the storm.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.Friday, Oct. 27. Visit tuckerciviccenter.com, call 850-583-4871 or purchase at the Tucker Civic Center Box Office. There is an eight ticket limit per customer.



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Buffett Writes About Star of His Broadway Musical

posted October 18th, 2017 at 11:43 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett penned an article in Vanity Fair about finding his lead role in the musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

About 10 months ago, I was in New York casting the role of Tully Mars, the lead in my upcoming musical, Escape to Margaritaville. It debuts this month in New Orleans, where I started my singing career nearly 50 years ago, and heads to Broadway next March. While the show is not based on my life, it is chock-full of songs I wrote in the early years, when I was a singer playing in Key West bars and all along the Overseas Highway. Once in a while in the audition process there will be a performer who, by his or her entrance into the room, tells you that this is the one you are looking for. Enter Paul Alexander Nolan wearing a Hawaiian shirt, a pair of flip-flops, and a guitar strung across his back.

Once Paul had the part, he was full of questions about how to approach the songs and how to play Tully. My answer was simple: “You need to become him.” So we decided to send Paul to “bar-singer boot camp” in the Florida Keys. Stage performers are used to a silence in their workspace, while bar singers thrive in a cacophonous racket. Performing in a funky, loud Keys bar was something I felt Paul needed to experience.

So off we went to the Green Turtle Inn, in Islamorada, a place that was on my song line from past years. On March 7, 2017, along with about 150 bar patrons, we all came together to witness Paul Nolan’s debut as a bar singer, including a few duets with yours truly. I’m proud to say that Paul was a quick learner and graduated from “boot camp” with flying colors. Now we just need to work on his tan.



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