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Buffett and McAnally Inducted into Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame

September 21st, 2020


Jimmy Buffett and longtime Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally have both been inducted into the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame:

Some of the best musicians were supposed to gather this week in Ocean Springs. But, like so many other things, the 2020 Mississippi Songwriter’s Festival was canceled due to COVID-19.

The cancellation didn’t stop the Hall of Fame ceremony though; it went on virtually on Thursday night.

Pascagoula Mayor Steve Demetropoulos, welcomed the city’s famous musician into the esteemed club, Jimmy Buffett.

“It’s been said that Mississippi is the birth place of America’s music, well Jimmy Buffett is America’s music.” said Demetropoulos.

Before performing on some of the world’s biggest stages, Jimmy Buffett called Pascagoula home. In a recorded message, Buffett reflected on how the Mississippi Coast shaped his iconic music career.

“It’s a long way from the Pascagoula run and my early days growing up in Mississippi certainly had an impact on the way I wrote songs and what I wrote about,” said Buffet. “So, thank you Mississippi for that.”

Read the full story here.


Tagged in Coral Reefers, Personal/Family

Buffett Licensing “Coral Reefer” for Medical Marijuana Venture

September 11th, 2018


An article in Fortune details Jimmy Buffett’s latest venture: licensing the use of “Coral Reefer” to a medical marijuana company.

Jimmy Buffett has been playing with the Coral Reefer Band for well over four decades now, so it’s less than surprising to see the veteran singer-songwriter finally getting into the weed business.

The “Margaritaville” singer will license the “Coral Reefer” brand to Surterra, a big medical marijuana company whose board has since last month been chaired by William “Beau” Wrigley, Jr.—the former CEO of the Wrigley confectionery firm.

Georgia-based Surterra is currently licensed in Florida and Texas, and plans to build out cultivation space in the former state while conducting research trials on cannabinoid treatment for issues such as pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. The company has raised more than $100 million in the last few years, most recently in a $65 million round last month that was led by Wrigley’s Wychwood Asset Management.

Read more here.


Tagged in Business Empire, Coral Reefers

More Details on Mac McAnally’s Condition

November 17th, 2017


The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal has an article on Mac McAnally that provides more information on how he’s doing:

The performer had the heart attack on Monday night in Nashville, according to his publicist, Elaine Schock with Shock Ink.

“He’s actually doing great,” she said during a phone interview from Los Angeles. “They released him from the hospital and he’s going to be back to work really soon.”

Schock said that last week, McAnally was enjoying the spotlight and the red carpet at the Country Music Association Awards, where he tied Chet Atkins with nine Musician of the Year trophies.

“It was so good to see him get the award,” Schock said, “and then this happens a few days later.”

McAnally, 60, is a singer, songwriter and session musician based in Nashville. He’s also a member of Jimmy Buffett’s band, The Coral Reefers.

No decisions have been made about future concerts, but Schock expressed confidence in McAnally’s ability to get back on stage soon.

“He’s doing really good,” she said, “and we’re all happy about that.”


Tagged in Coral Reefers

Mac McAnally Has Heart Attack

November 16th, 2017


In a post on Instagram, Jimmy Buffett revealed that Coral Reefer Mac McAnally had a heart attack but is doing well:


Tagged in Coral Reefers

Mac McAnally Wins CMA Musician of the Year

November 9th, 2017


Mac McAnally has once again won the CMA Award for Musician of the Year:

This is the ninth time McAnally, a chart-topping recording artist, producer, songwriter and studio owner, has been honored by his peers in this specific category. He has a previous record-breaking eight consecutive wins (2008-2015) for this award — quite the feat.

When accepting the award, McAnally said, “Wonders never cease. My friends in the country music world have seen fit to honor me for the ninth time! I’m as blessed as guitar pickers get. Thanks CMA!”

McAnally ties with Chet Atkins for the most wins for CMA Musician of the Year (originally called Instrumentalist of the Year).

Congrats Mac!


Tagged in Awards, Coral Reefers