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The Songwriters Joint Present: The Fool Button Podcast

March 17th, 2023

”Our Show Goes Haywire.” Join Jay Surf and Twan as they discuss legendary singer/songwriter, Jimmy ”Marvin Gardens” Buffett and all of his songwriting friends. The series will cover albums, tours, songs, bootleg shows, and everything in between. Plus, you never know when the show will go haywire or who will pop in.

Listen on Podbean, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

Episode 1: Good Times And Riches And Son Of A…

Jay Surf and Twan share how they discovered Jimmy and his music. In addition, they reflect back to the early ’90s and 2000s on first show experiences, their friendship, and finally discuss the downfall of a previous company.

Episode 2: Marvin Gardens

The Man, The Myth, The G.O.A.T. Marvin F’n Gardens.

Join Jay Surf and Twan as they discuss the history, folklore, and legend of Marvin Gardens. Who the hell was Marvin Gardens? To quote, “Mr. Buffett . It sort of became an on-running joke. ‘Fingers’ used to call him my alter-ego. It got so bad that some people even wondered if they were actually two people or just one of us.”

Episode 3: Live By The Bay

Back home in South Florida…Jay Surf and Twan discuss the legendary 1985 show Live By The Bay. They discuss the setlist, the birth of the “Parrothead” era, and their favorite moments from Miami. Also, find out how Twan saw Jimmy side stage in the late 90s, and Jay Surf shares his hilarious helicopter story involving Jimmy. Grab your favorite drink as the guys cruise past Coconut Grove. Stop off at Alabama Jacks and get them a cool Corona beer maybe. Stop in Key Largo. Tavernier. Duck key. Marathon. Sugar Loaf. Big Pine. All down to Key West, Florida where they can get anything they want – drive right off the end of this episode!

Episode 4: The Harpoon G.O.A.T. – Greg “Fingers” Taylor

“In a flash, a man with a hat and a harmonica stormed the stage…” Join Jay Surf and Twan as they discuss the legendary harmonica player, Greg “Fingers” Taylor. Jay shares his love for Finger’s sound, Twan tells us his experiences at small shows with Greg and other Coral Reefers and they discuss just how special he was to the CRB and music in general. Plus you never know when the show will just go haywire! Be sure to follow The Songwriters Joint on all social media for #FingersFriday


Jay Surf and Twan are back at it again and are joined by the legendary Bob “Lip Balm” Liberman who was Jimmy Buffett’s tour manager for nearly two decades. The group discusses how Lip Balm got involved in the music business, the recording of the Volcano album in Montserrat, and the wild tales of the 70s and 80s Coral Reefer Band. You truly had to be there but the next best thing is to give this episode a listen. Plus, as always, you never know when the show will just go haywire.

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Travel to Antarctica with Jimmy Buffett

March 31st, 2022

Insider Expeditions is voyaging to Antarctica in December 2022 with Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, and other Coral Reefers and you can join them:

Insider Expeditions invites you on this a once-in-a-lifetime musical expedition to the southernmost seas. Jimmy has always been a sailor, captain, and frequent traveler to remote and exotic places around the world, and Antarctica is one of the few places still on his bucket list. This is the chance to check it off yours, too.

This inspiring polar voyage will bring support and awareness to the important work and missions of Ocean Conservancy and Singing For Change, each working to build ocean health and resilience, as well as to advance science-based solutions to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Jimmy is donating his time and legendary talent to bring his magic to this important cause and the one continent where he has not yet performed.

Board our chartered plane from Buenos Aires and take off for the Southernmost City in the World – Ushuaia, Argentina, where you will set sail on the World Navigator, your nautical home and one of the newest and most environmentally friendly ships ever built towards Antarctica. Cruise along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs in the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales, and enjoy expert-led discussions on the wildlife, geology, and conservation of the remarkable region.

Joined by 10-time CMA Musician of the Year and longtime Coral Reefer band member, Mac McAnally, and other special Coral Reefer friends, this exclusive voyage is limited to 150 tickets and will feature multiple intimate seventh-continent concerts with the musicians, a Seventh Continent Conversation with Jimmy, world-class excursions around Antarctica, and plenty of special surprises!

This is more than a journey of a lifetime – it is a chance to visit a place that has beckoned scientists, explorers, adventurers, and artists alike for two centuries as one of the most extraordinary places on the planet.

Prices start at $25,975 per person.

For more information, go to InsiderExpeditions.com

Tagged in International, Parrotheads, Special Appearances

Pittsburgh Concertgoers to Receive Refund, Sort of

July 10th, 2018

Due to a bottleneck at security lines getting into Saturday night’s concert at KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, many fans were very late getting into the Jimmy Buffett show. Live Nation will be offering refunds in the form of “concert cash”:

Fans who did not pass through the gates of the Buggettstown venue by 8:25 p.m. will receive “concert cash” equal to the value of their Ticketmaster tickets, according to a statement Tuesday from Live Nation, the concert promoter handling shows at KeyBank Pavilion.

The statement did not say how fans will be notified of their refund. Live Nation has encouraged fans to reach out to Ticketmaster Fan Support at 1-800-653-8000 in the past.

Long lines stretched from the venue’s gates as the show started Saturday evening. Many fans reported waiting outside for hours and not getting inside until the show was nearly over.

Buffett’s fans, known as Parrot Heads, have demanded refunds. The concert cash can be used for other shows at KeyBank Pavilion or at any other Live Nation venue in the country. Ticket prices ranged from $50 for a lawn seat to $150 for reserved seating.

Live Nation has been absolutely silent on what caused the long lines outside the venue or what the company is doing to ensure it does not happen again. The company issued an apology Sunday and pledged to work hard to prevet it from happening again.

Tagged in Parrotheads, Touring

Wanna Go To The Keys?!

February 16th, 2018

Are you still shivering, pushing the thermostat higher to ward off the bone-chilling cold and keep your pipes from freezing? Are you wondering how to escape the bitter arctic weather that has paralyzed much of the country so far this winter?

A change of latitude could change your attitude! Our signature Lost Shaker of Salt Adventure is a weeklong excursion of discovery through the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys – 8 days and 7 nights of warm tropical breezes surrounded by nothing but turquoise water quietly lapping at your toes as you sip on a salty-rimmed margarita; a whole week without a care in the world, wondering if the water is gonna reach your chair.

From South Beach to Key West, our journey follows in Jimmy Buffett’s flip flops, recalling the trip that led him to the original Margaritaville. Along the way we’ll encounter some of his favorite haunts, like Alabama Jacks, visit islands that played a large part in Florida history and explore a now deserted island that was once the site of a brutal pre-dawn Indian massacre.

Our island-hopping also takes us to Pigeon Key, which was at one time the workers’camp for Henry Flagler’s railroad to Key West. We’ll learn of the great Spanish treasure fleets that sunk off the coast and see the culmination of one man’s search for some of that lost bounty.

But wait, there’s more! Swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, sun-bathing, hiking, paddle-boarding…whatever your heart desires awaits you on this tropical paradise getaway.

Simply answer the call of the coral islands as they beckon you to this relaxation–inducing, island-hopping, treasure-hunting escapade. And the best part? You can reserve your spot on the April 2018 Lost Shaker of Salt Adventure™ now for just $50 per person!

This pre-registration period is open until March 1st 2018 and is non-refundable unless the trip is postponed. Full payment is due on March 8th, 2018 and is non-cancellable. However, your spot is transferable should your plans change at the last minute. So tell your friends, tell your family and join us for a week-long romp though this unique tropical paradise that will leave you wanting to keep your toes in the sand.

For more information or to book your spot, call 1-800-598-9853 or visit us at www.margaritavilleadventures.com!

This is a sponsored post by Margaritaville Adventures

Tagged in Parrotheads

Documentary on Parrotheads Coming Soon

December 15th, 2016

A new documentary about parrotheads is coming in January. ‘Parrot Heads’ is “an in-depth look at the world of Parrot Heads, the loyal fan base of Jimmy Buffett” and features interviews with Jimmy himself and members of the Coral Reefer Band.

You can pre-order the film on iTunes.

Watch a preview of the documentary:

A video posted by Parrotheads (@parrotheadmovie) on

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