Posts tagged ‘Jimmy Buffett Covers’

July 9, 2011

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

I can hear it now…How the heck is this guy going to tie the Rolling Stones with Jimmy Buffett?

That’s easy: I once had a tape of Buffett, and let’s just leave it that he was “feelin’ no pain,” doing the Stones in some unknown bar or at party somewhere. And he was friggin’ great. But it goes beyond that…

Here’s a video of Jimmy singing his rendition of the Rolling Stone Classic. He may be a Wedding Singer, but you have to admit…it looks like he’s having fun.

I have to wonder: What did the good Doctor tip?

July 10, 2010

Great Podcast Interview with Will Kimbrough

I can’t believe I stumbled on to a Podcast Interview with Will Kimbrough. He talks about imitating heros, his day job as a session guitarist, and his part-time creative partner, Jimmy Buffett. The two songs Will performs are worth the price of admission…FREE, it’s the Internet!

June 30, 2010

Piece of Work

This song is in constant iPod/iPhone Rotation; Both Jimmy’s and Will’s versions.

To top it off, I ran into this little thing on YouTube months ago, lost track of it, and just stumbled across it again. today.

I’d like to share it with the Club:

March 18, 2010

Jimmy Buffett Night on American Idol

A new Group just popped up on FaceBook: They should have a Jimmy Buffett Night on American Idol.

Now there’s an idea!…NOT! Shit, most Parrotheads, if ask what songs they’d like to hear, would blow it!

I’ve travelled the land, and talked to more than my fair share of PH’s, and I haven’t met that many who really understand Jimmy’s music, or even delved that deeply into Jimmy’s music writing ability for that matter. They’re there for one main reason… The Party.

There, I’ve said it. Blasphemous? I think not. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying PH’s don’t love Buffett’s music. I’m just saying, most of the PH’s I have met wouldn’t list Jimmy’s Music as their Number One reason for becoming a PH. Is this wrong? “No.” I’m just stating a fact.

So, what am I trying to say? Well, after over 36 + years of being a Jimmy Buffett Fan and studying the PH Phenomenon, I can tell you  if there’s one main reason Jimmy isn’t held in as high a regard musically as he should be, it would be his Parrothead Fans. People see us as Clowns. Is this a bad thing? “Again, “No.” It’s just the way it has evolved over the years. And quite frankly, Jimmy probably wouldn’t written and recorded as many great songs as he has if not for his Parrothead Following. They kept Jimmy going in the early 80’s when things weren’t going that good for Buffett. And I was right there with them. Except for the fact that, when I wasn’t at the yearly “World’s Biggest Tropical Party,” I constantly had my Walkman (with battery spares), Stereo, Tape Deck, or now, iPod on playing Buffett Tunes for at least 60% of the time. I’ve listened to “All” his music over and over again. And my favorites never matched most of my PH Peers.

I’ve talked to a lot of PH’s over the years, and there are a number of them that really do get Jimmy’s Music! They appreciate it. His music is the “Reason” they are Jimmy Buffett Fans or Parrotheads. And I bet if you asked any of them “What song they’d like to see someone perform on American Idol?” not one of them would name one of the Block of Eight Songs Jimmy has built his career on. You know the ones I’m talking about. Jimmy has even referred to these songs as “The Songs Parrotheads would kill me if I didn’t sing them.” Cheeseburger In Paradise, Fins, Son of a Son of a Sailor, A Pirate Looks at Forty, Margaritaville, Changes in Latitudes-Changes in Attitudes, Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw and Volcano.

So, what am I getting at? It would be a disaster if American Idol decided to dedicate a whole hour of Network exposure to Jimmy! But you say, wouldn’t  it help his career? Hell, he doesn’t need any help! But, wouldn’t it honor him? Nay, Nay Wolfgang! Here’s what it would do: It would demean him! It would leave a legacy of music that has become cartoons in their own right. And he understands this. He has often referred to his concerts as a Carnival. And His recent song Big Top boils his concerts down to “A big time under the Big Top.” Jimmy understands what I’m trying to say. Is he ashamed of it? Hell No. He shouldn’t be. He’ll take any criticism of his shows all the way to the Bank!

So what are you really trying to say Jackson? Well, if none of those American Idol Finalist are going to sing Somewhere Over China, African Friend, Coast of Marseilles, Creola, First Look, One Particular Harbour, Island, When the Coast is Clear or SteamerThey might as well be singing “Math Suks” for all I care!

I just want Jimmy to be remembered for one of the really good songs he has given us. So please Simon…Don’t have a Jimmy Buffett Night!

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.