Archive for ‘Pirate's Cove’

December 23, 2009

Gulf Shores Songwriter’s Festival: Pirate’s Cove Introduction

As is my habit when listening to a new Jimmy Buffett Album, I grab the the Liner Notes to not only read the lyrics, but also to check out the writing credits and to see if Jimmy has any guest musicians joining in. So it was that in 2004, when I first listened to License to Chill’s Cut #5, it was Jimmy and Toby Keith doing a cover of Will Kimbrough’s Piece of Work. The song resonated with me (my wife has called me a Piece of Work many times), so I of course did a little research on Will, only to find out that he had been the lead guitarist for Todd Snider’s Nervous Wrecks.

Then two years later, on the video for Take the Weather With You, there was Will again. This time writing and recording at Friendly Jim’s Portable Recording Studio on the friendly beaches of St. Barthelmey in the French West Indies. Only by then, he was known as “Les Nebulous.” He had joined Jimmy Buffett, Peter Mayer, and Roger Guth in the Caribbean to write songs for the upcoming album. Nice gig Will!

So it is that last month when I learned that Will had made some more contributions to Jimmy’s Hotel Buffett by supplying another cover song, and co-writing credits on three others, I had to learn more about him. To my surprise,  Will had a show  coming up  in November down in Gulf Shores and made plans to see him in person. In the prior two short weeks I had fallen in love with his work as a solo performer, especially Nobody from Nowhere, and his collaboration with Tommy Womack in their band Daddy.

He was playing at this mystical venue named Pirate’s Cove in Josephine, Alabama. A waterfront bar and restaurant that caters not only to human clientele, but also has an open door policy to any stray dog that is curious or hungry enough to stop in. Will and I had talked on the phone, and had planned to meet at Pirate’s Cove an hour before the show, but the torrential rains being blown in from the Gulf, and lost satellite coverage for my GPS, had me arriving almost at show time. When I got there, I spent a little bit of time with Will as he greeted many a friend (he grew up in Mobile), and we had just enough time to share a beer before show time.

Pirates Cove is an old restaurant/bar with a semi-perminate (Winters) tent  addition that covered the “Listenin’ Zone” where Will would be performing. I must admit that I was temporarily bummed to learn that he would be sharing the stage with another musician (I didn’t know the show was a part of the Songwriters Festival). His fellow musician turned out to be Spencer Bohren, from New Orleans. Man what a talent, and what a night. These two guys had never met, yet played together like they had been a duo for years. It was a cozy evening with about 40 to 50 people who braved the rain and thirteen dogs laying around on a collection of persian rugs… it couldn’t have been more Bohemian.

That afternoon I had purchased a new HD Camcorder, and had barely had enough time to charge the battery, which died before the last two songs of the set (he says regretting his decision to not buy a backup battery). The light was dim, and the rain was so loud at times it almost drowned out the music, but I think the video I shot matched the mood of the evening. It all turned out to be one of the most mystical musical experiences of my life.

Let’s start with the intro. Will and Spencer switched off playing one of their original through out the night, and that’s how we’ll present it here at Club St. Somewhere. I hope you enjoy it.

November 20, 2009

A Sneak Peak at Pirate’s Cove – Josephine, Alabama

Ever since I made plans to catch Will Kimbrough at Pirates Cove on November 21, I’ve been trying to get a feel for what kind of place I’d end up. After a picture here and there on the Internet, I finally stumbles across this Video that gave me a pretty good idea of what to expect. I’d heard the Dogs had the run of the place, and it looks like that’s a fact. This was shot on a Summer’s Day, and it’s almost Winter now, but I’m still looking forward to it. Boats, Music and Dogs… Three of my favorite things.

I got the chance to talk to Will Kimbrough on the phone today as he was driving down I-65 from Nashville. Man, what a guy! I’m really looking forward to meeting him in person. I need a Road Trip, and I’ll be hitting the road from Atlanta down to Gulf Shores tomorrow mid-day. Look out Red Neck Riviera, Bubba’s comin’ your way.

November 7, 2009

Ya Just Never Know

Sometimes when you’re out there riding in Jimmy’s wake, shooting ahead and spraying a rooster tail 25′ high, you end up in some amazing places. Today, while I was researching “Pirates Cove” in Josephine, Alabama (where I’m going to see Will Kimbrough in a few weeks), I ended up at a completely different “Pirates Cove.” Seems a guy built a Fantasy House in Boulder City, Nevada. I don’t know about you, but I’m betting he has quite a few Buffett Albums blaring out his, and I’m just guessing here, $ Million Dollar outdoor sound system! Check it out. Tell me what you think.

November 4, 2009

PIRATES COVE, JOSEPHINE ALABAMA

Just spent the last hour or so trying to dig up information on Pirate’s Cove. While there’s not a lot of information or photos on the net, there was certainly enough to peak my interest, if not for the neighborhood alone. Pirate’s Cove is near the Florida/Alabama Border, thus close to the FloraBama. I’m anxious to find out how much is left of this infamous PH Establishment. Then you have LuLu’s near by, and Perdido Key. I’m really looking forward to my little Road Trip down to the Gulf Coast. I’m looking at a six hour ride in a rental car, but I’m counting on it being well worth it. And getting to see Will Kimbrough perform at a truly Southern Establishment, like this looks to be, will be the icing on the cake. I’m getting old, but I still get my Road Dawg on as often as possible.

MORE TO COME…

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