10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Mayor of Margaritaville paid homage to 1979’s Volcano by playing the album live in its entirety during his spring 2011 tour. The album opens with “Fins,” sounding as lively and festive as it did 32 years earlier. The Caribbean-flavored title track follows, with infectious steel drums banging in the foreground as Jimmy Buffett heckles his audience a bit for partying a little too hard. And though James Taylor couldn’t show up to sing on “Treat Her Like a Lady” like he did back in '79, Buffett’s backing band makes up for it with what sounds like a choir of gospel singers. That tune remains a solid sing-along, as does the children’s song “Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants." Even ballads like “Stranded on a Sandbar,” “Survive," and “Sending the Old Man Home” still play with the timeless emotional comfort of a Shel Silverstein poem. Conversely, “Boat Drinks” keeps the party flowing with another anthem to those sweet, grownup beverages involving ice and a blender.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Mayor of Margaritaville paid homage to 1979’s Volcano by playing the album live in its entirety during his spring 2011 tour. The album opens with “Fins,” sounding as lively and festive as it did 32 years earlier. The Caribbean-flavored title track follows, with infectious steel drums banging in the foreground as Jimmy Buffett heckles his audience a bit for partying a little too hard. And though James Taylor couldn’t show up to sing on “Treat Her Like a Lady” like he did back in '79, Buffett’s backing band makes up for it with what sounds like a choir of gospel singers. That tune remains a solid sing-along, as does the children’s song “Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants." Even ballads like “Stranded on a Sandbar,” “Survive," and “Sending the Old Man Home” still play with the timeless emotional comfort of a Shel Silverstein poem. Conversely, “Boat Drinks” keeps the party flowing with another anthem to those sweet, grownup beverages involving ice and a blender.

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About Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett isn’t just a singer/songwriter—he’s a lifestyle. A Southern boy who started his career trying to break into Nashville, Buffett eventually made his way to Key West, Florida, where he became synonymous with the shoes-off, feet-up image of island life. His music—a blend of folk, country, and tropical sounds sometimes called “gulf and western”—has an escapist quality, but a useful, reassuring one too. It's rife with good party jokes and Zenlike wisdom: a philosophy his fans continue to live by. For a guy whose best-known song, “Margaritaville," captured the pleasures of not doing all that much, Buffett's also a tremendously hard worker, parlaying the world of his music into nightclubs and restaurants, clothing lines and video games, bestselling novels and Broadway musicals. He’s also had one of the industry's most consistently busy touring schedules—what the perennially understated Buffett once called “a great summer job.”

HOMETOWN
Pascagoula, MS
GENRE
Rock
BORN
December 25, 1946

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