The 7 Degrees of Jimmy Buffett
I love how this Blog thing is going. The other day I heard from an old friend, Blake Phillips, who has started writing and also is authoring a couple of Blogs. One of Blake’s Blogs, @ ourkindofmusic.wordpress.com, has a great interview with Todd Snider. You ought to drop by and give it a read. During our phone call, we talked a lot about Will Kimbrough. Seems Blake has spent some time with Will too.
By the end of our talk, I was telling Blake he had to check out Band of Heathens, and he said that I had to check out some of Rodney Crowell’s stuff. Particularly, “Don’t Get Me Started,” and “I Walk the Line – Revisited.” Well, you know me, I checked it out for sure, and these are some of the first things I dug up:
* Take a look at the guy to Rodney’s right, playing a mean guitar. It looks like Will Kimbrough! Damned if it isn’t him. Man, this Seven Degrees of Jimmy Buffett Thing covers a lot of ground, doesn’t it?
* You know me, I’ll be digging a lot deeper. I’ll be sure to share with you as I do too. And Thanks to Blake for turning me on to some more of Rodney’s stuff. Blake also tells me that when Will plays with Rodney, he does the Johnny Cash impersonation. Man, I can’t wait to see that someday in person. Or Prison! Or whatever.
When I think back to my waterskiing years (so many years ago), I seem to remember crowded days on The River (that would be the Colorado River) when the river was full of boats trying to beat the heat of the day. Some times it was hard to deferential between all the wakes; merging together as they’re prone to do.
So, as we look at how Jimmy Buffett’s World has effected some of us, here’s an example of other people’s wakes merging with Jimmy’s:
In Johnny Cash’s autobiography Cash, he admitted “I don’t listen to music much at the farm, unless I’m going into songwriting mode and looking for inspiration. Then I’ll put on something by the writers I’ve admired and used for years (Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Guy Clark, and the late Steve Goodman are my Big Four)…
So, these wakes merging, is kind of like the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, or the Seinfeld episode when “George’s World’s Collide.” Let’s take a look at the four gentlemen that were such a big part of Jimmy’s life that Johnny Cash eluded to:
Rodney wrote “Stars On the Water”
John, Jimmy & Steve Goodman spent a lot of time together
Album Cover for Steve Goodman’s “Somebody Else’s Troubles”
(Jimmy is standing between John Prine and Goodman’s wife, Jesse. The Credits list him as “Marvin Gardens.”)
Jimmy has Covered Guy’s “Boats to Build”
Steve was a close friends of Jimmy’s and he covered a number of Steve’s songs including
“Where’s The Party” / “This Hotel Room” / “Down to the Banana Republics”
Steve’s “How Much Tequila Did I Drink Last Night” – I’m surprised Jimmy never recorded a cover of this song
(Notice Jimmy in a Group Photo towards the end of the Video)
A Tribute to Steve Goodman
Arlo Guthrie sings Steve’s Best Know Song