Country singer, eternal partygoer, inveterate business man... Whoever manages to define the elusive Jimmy Buffett will certainly have something as great as his subject. For since the 1970s, the Alabama songwriter has been a resounding success, based on an emblematic song: Margaritaville.
And what characterises Jimmy Buffett first and foremost is his total relaxation. As early as 1979, he showed up barefoot and a few hours late for an interview with the prestigious magazine Rolling Stone. He was living on his boat, in the paradisiacal setting of Saint Barthélémy. A way of life and a way of being that has seduced thousands of people around the world. Just like his music: a warm country music under the tropical sun, which he himself likes to call "tropical rock".
For his fans, who call themselves the "Parrotheads", he has become over the years a true idleness guru. He is the trendsetter for colourful Hawaiian shirts, promotes a relaxed lifestyle and releases almost 50 albums a year. And his favourite playground is the stage! In the United States and Europe, he tours with his lifelong companions: The Coral Reefer Bands.
But make no mistake about it, behind these bon vivant tunes, Jimmy Buffett is an accomplished artist and an outstanding businessman. His single Margaritaville has become a brand name in its own right over the years. Radio Margaritaville, first broadcast online, has been on the airwaves since 2005. As for the Margaritaville shop, along with his coffee shop, they have been open in Key West, Florida, since 1985! And that's without counting the tons of merchandising products that the artist has produced over the course of his career and that his audience is tearing up! No doubt, Jimmy Buffett's career still has sunny days ahead of it.
In 1970, Jimmy Buffett released his first folk-tinged country record, Down to Earth. And at that time, it was not uncommon to see him playing on the streets of New Orleans. It was there that he built his first characters as a beachgoer who was a little too comfortable and who would eventually follow him throughout his career.
It is the artist's seventh album, Changes in Attitudes, that will definitely make him explode. His single Margaritaville, with its melancholic accents, ranks at the top of the charts and is played over and over again on the radio. For the singer, it is not only the beginning of a success story that will never end, but also the beginning of a real trademark..
Jimmy Buffett records the hit It's Five O'Clock Somewhere with his sidekick Alan Jackson. They went straight to number one in the country charts and won a Country Music Association award the same year. For the songwriter, this was the first award in his career of over thirty years!
Margaritaville was a song, a shop, a café, a brand. Now it's also a musical! The artist had broken his teeth on the genre twenty years earlier with Don't Stop the Carnival. But this time it's the right one and Escape to Margaritaville, created on Broadway, is touring America. Expected in France in 2020, it should finally be performed in 2021!
What a pleasure it was to meet the Parrotheads again for a concert by Jimmy Buffet and his Coral Reefer Bands. It's always a party, the atmosphere is top-notch and their stage play is crazy. It's like being in the tropics, treading hot sand in the company of good old friends. The crowd dances, the crowd sings and it really feels good!
Jimmy Buffett has been putting warmth in the hearts of his fans for fifty years now. If you've never seen him in concert, we really recommend that you give it a try! Against a backdrop of country music and heady melodies, we have rarely seen such a good-natured atmosphere live! For sure, we will be there for his next visit to France.
Jimmy Buffett entered the collective imagination in the 1970s, just in time to give a counterpoint to the Yuppie generation. What if you didn't work so hard? he dared to ask. What if your ambition wasn't success or money but holidays, an iced cocktail and a joint in the evening? He emphasised the buffet-like notion that we would all spend our lives on the beach, spread out on a towel with our lips covered in salt, if we could.