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“Sing 4 Fing” Benefit & Tribute Show

March 26th, 2024

This One’s For You Fing! The Songwriters Joint presents “Sing 4 Fing”, the first annual tribute and benefit show for Greg “Fingers” Taylor, the legendary blues and Coral Reefer Legend.

The show will be held Saturday, October 5th, 2024 in Nashville, w partial ticket proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Join us in Music City and celebrate Fing’s life and legacy alongside Mac McAnally, Steven Taylor, Keith Sykes, Mishka, Peter & Brendan Mayer, John Frinzi, Blues Legend Johnny Sansone, Legendary Coral Reefers Roger Bartlett, Josh Leo, Eric Darken, and Doyle Grisham and many other great singer/songwriters. It is going to be a night like no other, and you never know who will pop in!

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Greg “Fingers” Taylor Passes Away

November 24th, 2023

The man whose harmonica playing was heard on many of Jimmy Buffett’s most famous songs in the 70’s and 80’s has passed away. Greg “Fingers” Taylor died Thanksgiving day at the age of 71.

Buffett and Taylor met at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1970. When Buffett formed the Coral Reefer Band, Taylor joined and played with Jimmy for 30 years.

Mac McAnally shared a tribute on Twitter:

The Margarillas shared a link to “Wonder Why We Ever Go Home” from the 1978 live album ‘You Had to Be There’ which showcases Fingers’ beautiful harmonica playing:

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Mac McAnally Posts Tribute to Jimmy

September 25th, 2023

On his social media accounts, longtime Coral Reefer Mac McAnally posted a tribute to Jimmy:

Loss and gain

I am without words for about three weeks now. I usually have too many. The closest thing I ever had to a big brother left this world on Sept. 1. I’ve been comforted by so many beautiful tributes and am grateful for them. It is my intent to offer comfort and tribute in words and music for the rest of my life. I’m just slow getting up to speed. Jimmy would be laughing at me (or IS laughing) for dragging my feet.

What I can say in lieu of the right words that continue to evade is what an honor it is and has been to ride shotgun with a one man fountain of positive energy that saw fit to take me under his wing forty some odd years ago. And to the folks who only knew him from the stage or through the speakers I can tell you he was the same fellow in person that you saw and heard. Trying to help everyone he crossed paths with have the best day possible. Rich folks, poor folks, strangers and friends. Blue and white collars, all religions and political camps. He saw life as a gift to enjoy and his calling was to spread that joy. I’ve never seen anybody do it better.

Godspeed JB

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Mac McAnally Pays Tribute to Jimmy at Show

September 10th, 2023

Longtime Coral Reefer Band member and songwriting collaborator Mac McAnally honored Jimmy on Thursday night at his show with Eric Darken in Nashville, IN. Mac spoke about his final visit with Jimmy and then played two songs in tribute.

Watch below:

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Buffett Makes Surprise Appearance at Mac McAnally Show

July 3rd, 2023

Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally had a show in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on Sunday evening and Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance where he performed six songs.

From the Providence Journal

The singer-songwriter made an impromptu appearance at Sunset Cove on Sunday afternoon, bringing the crowd to its feet screaming when he appeared on stage.

A video of the concert posted to Facebook shows Mac McAnally, the advertised headliner for the show and longtime member of The Coral Reefer Band, in the middle of singing “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” and when he gets to the lyric “At a moment like this, I can’t help but wonder what would Jimmy Buffett do,” Buffett himself showed up with an answer.

“How ‘bout I play it for you,” he said, picking up a guitar.

At the end of the song, Buffett, who was briefly hospitalized in Boston in May and had to postpone a show, said “well, it is good to see an audience, let me tell you that.”

Buffett went on to play for about 45 minutes, according to Arsenault.

Why Jimmy Buffett was there
At this point, you’ve got to be wondering how they pulled whole thing off. Here’s the story.

McAnally is a friend of Sunset Cove owner Mike MacFarlane. He played at Sunset Cove back in 2019, and over a February lunch in Key West, MacFarlane asked if McAnally would come back to play at Sunset Cove again this summer.

The stars aligned so McAnally could come on July 2, which also just so happened to be MacFarlane’s 50th birthday.

In addition to “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Buffett played six songs on stage. One of them was “A Pirate Looks at Forty” – which he changed to 50 in a nod to MacFarlane’s big celebration.

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