The music world remembers and celebrates Jimmy Buffett – beloved singer-songwriter, performer, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and Mayor of Margaritaville.
Buffett instructed us to “keep the party going,” and that’s just what we’ll do. Buffett’s musical legacy continues with a meaningful and heartfelt album, Equal Strain On All Parts [Mailboat Records, distributed by Sun Records], due November 3.
The title is inspired by Buffett’s grandfather’s description of a good nap. The record, co-produced by longtime Coral Reefers, Michael Utley and Mac McAnally, features well-known friends, including Paul McCartney, Emmylou Harris, Lennie Gallant, Angelique Kidjo, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Recorded this year, the 14-song album brims with Buffett’s characteristically playful songs, but it also brings a thoughtful side.
Full of Buffett’s wry wit and breezy musicality, three songs from his new album arrive today on streaming platforms: “Like My Dog,” “My Gummie Just Kicked In,” and “Bubbles Up.”
Balmy and playfully irreverent, “Like My Dog” is an ode to Buffett’s favorite furry friends replete with signature steel drum melodies. Buffett has featured pups on album covers, in videos, and enjoyed the companionship of his devoted pack of dogs – Lola, Kingston, Pepper, Rosie, Ajax, and Kody – in his final days. Scotty Emerick played this song (co-written with Harley Allen) when he opened up for Buffett and he just couldn’t resist recording it.
The hilarious rocker “My Gummie Just Kicked In” came from an unforgettable dinner party with Buffett, his wife Jane, and Paul McCartney, along with his wife, Nancy. As the story goes, Nancy stumbled on her way to the dinner table, and when a worried Buffett asked her if she was okay, she responded: “Oh, no — I’m fine. My gummie just kicked in!” The guys laughed and joked that they were going to write a song called “My Gummie Just Kicked In.” And Buffett did just exactly that, Paul played bass on it, and recounted the experience in his Twitter tribute to his friend Buffett: “I was very happy to have played on one of his latest songs called ‘My Gummie Just Kicked In’. We had a real fun session and he played me some of his new songs.”