MERGING WAKES


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 Crowell

Rodney wrote “Stars On the Water”


John Prine

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.”)

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Guy Clark

Jimmy has Covered Guy’s “Boats to Build”


Steve Goodman

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


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