50 bajillion Parrotheads can't be wrong. Over 60 years in age, one would expect Jimmy Buffett to be slowing down, but four decades into his career, the Mississippi-born, Alabama-bred singer-songwriter continues to sell out shows worldwide. Throughout… Read more
50 bajillion Parrotheads can't be wrong. Over 60 years in age, one would expect Jimmy Buffett to be slowing down, but four decades into his career, the Mississippi-born, Alabama-bred singer-songwriter continues to sell out shows worldwide. Throughout his time as a musician, Buffett has been beloved for his cheery disposition, down-to-earth demeanor, and positive message and attitude. While many of his best-known works are his light-hearted musings on island culture and good times with friends, he is also adept at crafting introspective, touching personal pieces.
Buffett's first two albums were Down to Earth (Barnaby, 1970) and High Cumberland Jubilee (Barnaby, 1970), both folky, political albums that did not sell well. However, his next release, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (Dunhill, 1973), saw Buffett veering closer to the country/Key West hybrid that would ingratiate him to fans all over the world. The classic album features three of Buffett's most beloved works. "He Went To Paris" shows his impressive storytelling chops, and "Grapefruit Juicy Fruit" is a blithe, breezy number, indicative of his ability to write cheery, soulful songs. The album's most popular song is "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)," which he penned under the pseudonym "Marvin Gardens," due to the suggestive nature of the lyrics. From there, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band became a hugely popular live draw, and still continue to release popular studio albums. Changes in Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes (ABC Dunhill, 1977) remains his seminal work. The album hit number two on the country music charts, and contains, arguably, his most popular song "Margaritaville."
Though Buffett's studio albums have been staggeringly successful, he remains at his best on stage. He has a nationwide, fiercely loyal group of fans, known as Parrotheads, who help make his annual summer tours as relevant and important as ever. He never performs the same way twice, spicing up performances with covers, adlibs, and a rotating setlist from his impressive catalog.