FORT ANN, NY, FEB. 7, 2014-Jimmy Buffett released his first album in 1970 and since then he has become the epitome of beach culture and an American icon in the music world. He has influenced countless artists over the years and has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to some contemporary country artists who have worked with him on collaborations over the last few years. He has two dates on his most recent tour, named after his most recent album. The “Songs from St. Somewhere” tour will be stopping in Raleigh at Walnut Creek Amphitheater on April 22nd and April 24th in Charlotte at the PNC Music Pavilion.
Jimmy Buffett’s fans, collectively known as “Parrotheads”, normally buy out his tickets in a hurry. His cult following has grown to massive numbers over the course of his career and few artists have fans who are so devoted. His music has developed from straight country to a style of music that embodies beach life, cold drinks, summer fun and leisure and that he described as “Drunken Caribbean Rock ‘n Roll”. The fact that his music appeals to such a broad audience means that his concerts are often a diverse and wacky carnival of free spirits and party people.
Buffett has released more than 30 albums to date, written three best sellers and two children’s books, opened a chain of restaurants and gift shops, is a part owner in two minor league baseball teams and has been a driving force behind manatee conservation efforts. To say that he is a busy man is an understatement. Despite the fact that his songs rarely entered the Top Ten lists, his album sales have been steady and 9 are certified as multi-platinum and 8 as gold.