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Pittsburgh and Chicago Shows Confirmed

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Two new shows have been added to this years Summer Tour on

June 28th – First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets go on sale April 2nd

June 30th – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Tickets go on sale April 2nd.

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Lounging at the Lagoon Tour 2012

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The name for this year’s tour is “Lounging at the Lagoon”.

Here is an ad for the show on June 28th at the First Niagara Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Cincinnati Show Added

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
August 2nd – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Tickets go on sale April 2nd

From Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will perform at Riverbend for one night only, Aug. 2., as part of the Lounging at the Lagoon Tour.

Tickets will go on sale April 2 at 10 a.m. at and all Ticketmaster outlets, with an eight-ticket limit per customer. You can also charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices were still being worked out Thursday, said Riverbend’s Rosemarie Moehring.

The Buffett concert tradition in Cincinnati has spanned 28 years, and his shows have regularly sold out.

Buffett will release a new live CD/DVD this summer, recorded in Las Vegas in October. It will be released on his own Mailboat Records.

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Biography of Jimmy Buffett

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. A state of mind is now a state of being. But how did Margaritaville come into a “state of being?” Better yet, how did Margaritaville become a “state of mind?” How could some guy armed only with writers instruments; a pen and a legal pad, create all that is “Margaritaville?”

The answer is simple: Imagination.

Jimmy Buffett arrived in Nashville in 1969 prepared to embark on a recording career. Gerry Wood, an old JB associate and currently a writer for Billboard Magazine recalls that, “Barnaby Records signed the artist to a two-album contract–and Jimmy went into the studio to record Down to Earth.”

“Unfortunately, the album didn’t sell well. Undaunted, Jimmy went back into the studio to record his second album. Daunted, Barnaby Records “lost” the master tapes for this album titled High Cumberland Jubilee. A convenient excuse for a fledgling label that didn’t want another no play/ no pay LP.”

“In a miracle that makes Lourdes look like a carnival shell game, these “lost” Buffett tapes were “found” years later, after Jimmy had become a star, and released on Janus Records. These first two albums show all the potential and promise that was soon to be realized.”

In a story told many times, Jimmy headed for Miami for an alleged booking date. However, when he got there, no job. Settling in at old friend Jerry Jeff Walker’s house allowed him time to regroup. A weekend drive down the overseas highway (A1A) landed Jimmy in the town that would prove to be the biggest influence in his musical career, the town that would provide the catalyst for “Margaritaville,” the town that continues to play a large role in his life, Key West.

The Encyclopedia of Rock, compiled by Nick Logan and Bob Woffinden, states that, “Buffett’s talent was hardly the sort that could be straight-jacketed by Nashville’s orthodox music establishment. After signing with ABC-Dunhill, he recorded his second debut album, ironically again in Nashville, though this time with greater artistic freedom. Released in 1973, A White Sport Coat and Pink Crustacean helped to establish him, and it was a reputation he was able to enhance with his next album, Living and Dying in 3/4 Time, which received good reviews, and contained the single “Come Monday”.

Jimmy plunged from the frying pan of Nashville into the fire of Key West. Key West servicemen, and shrimpers populated the island that had a reputation for harboring those seeking a lifestyle somewhat to the left of norm. Boarded store fronts dotted Duval St., and any dilapidated building that housed a business invariably served alcohol; over or under the counter. The proverbial end of the rainbow carried pot, but no gold. This was the cultural “melting pot” that was to inspire Jimmy to write “The Wino and I Know”, “My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love Jesus”, “Tin Cup Chalice”, and “I Have Found Me A Home” among others. As Bob Anderson says about Jimmy in 1986 interview in High Times, “Every outlaw has a good story, and Buffett has an eye and ear for them.”

Former Coral Reefer, Greg `Fingers’ Taylor recalls the early days in an interview with Diddy Wah Diddy, a Mississippi Blues newsletter. “In about 1972 I met Buffett. He was playing at the Hub, the Union Building at the University of Southern Mississippi. I was the local harp player, and would play with everybody. So I was just wandering through the Hub one night, and there was this guy with long blonde hair and a mustache playing `Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw’ to about five little old ladies on break from their night class. I didn’t know anything about him. I enjoyed some of the songs I was hearing, and of course I wanted to sit in. So we got up there and it was just sort of a chemistry, just one of those things. I think he had been looking for somebody else to go on the road with him. It’s sort of lonely out there on the road. The next day I was driving him to his parents house in Mobile, the sun was coming up, and Jimmy was singing, there was a bonding that occurred there at that point; we knew that we were going to play music together somewhere down the line.”

“In 1974 Buffett called and was ready to start the Coral Reefer Band. I went down to Key West. We put together the band and went on the road. Between 1974 and 1982 there was nothing but serious roadwork, especially in the seventies. On the first three albums there were essentially studio musicians in Nashville, but by the Changes in Latitudes album the band was good enough and we were enough of a unit that we went to Miami and did it as a band album. That was the one the hit came off of, `Margaritaville”. Some of my favorite rocking crazy stuff came off that album. It was a change from that Nashville play-it safe sound. I like the first albums, but they don’t have the energy that `Changes’ had.”

Michael Utley’s association with Jimmy also began on the White Sport Coat album. Michael’s musical introduction was the Bill Black Combo, a well known instrumental group in Memphis. From there he was hired by Atlantic Records to be part of their studio band in Miami. Michael took this band and formed The Dixie Flyers; backup band for Rita Coolidge.

Jimmy heard The Dixie Flyers on Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Being Free” album, and asked Michael to play on his first ABC Dunhill album. Michael worked off and on with JB over the next several years, and became a full time Coral Reefer in 1982.

With the addition of Harry Daily, the original Coral Reefer Band was now complete. However, even without a physical band, in Jimmy’s mind the Reefers were always there. Patricia Ward Biederman discussed the early days in a 1984 interview, “Although most of America had never heard of Buffett until `Margaritaville’, he has had a cult following in the South ever since he began strumming his six-string on the coffeehouse circuit 15 years ago. It is true that early Atlanta radio spots pronounced his name as if it were a serve-yourself meal and that not a single soul showed up for his New Year’s Eve concert at the Bistro in 1971. But Buffett was soon packing them in throughout the south, including Florida and Texas. `He worked this area as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen.’ He was selling 100,000 albums when nobody in the industry knew who Jimmy Buffett was,’ recalls Jack Tarver, Jr., a former concert promoter. Says Tarver, who used to book Buffett into Atlanta’s Great Southeast Music Hall in the early 1970’s; `He could sell out the Music Hall three or four days running well before he had a hit. It was not unusual to see people there all four nights.’ On one memorable occasion, Buffett stole the show from another unknown; a Yankee named Billy Joel. Tarver speculates that it is Buffett’s humor that has always endeared him to Dixie audiences. For instance, long before he had a single sideman, let alone his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett would pause in the midst of a number and say, `Take it, Coral Reefers,’ `He’d stop and tap his foot and there’d be no damn band there,’ Tarver remembers with a laugh.”

In 1974, `Come Monday’, a single from Living and Dying in 3/4 Time become his first Top 30 hit. Typically, Jimmy was totally unaware of the success of the single. “I was in Europe working on a film production when I heard `Come Monday’ being played in the London Airport. I figured something was happening, and called home to find out we were on the charts.”

All told the 70’s were great years for Jimmy and The Coral Reefers. Jimmy aligned himself with a new management company, Frontline Management, and created a personal and professional relationship with the then head of Frontline, Irving Azoff. In a 1978 interview with Bill King of The Atlanta Constitution regarding his business affairs, Jimmy said, “I run `em. I’ve always been in control of what I was doing and (Irving) came along and he’s just the greatest at it and he’s helping me tremendously. But he respects my knowledge and opinions because I’ve had to put up with a lot to get where I’ve got.” It was Irving Azoff who arranged for Jimmy and the Reefers to open for the Eagles, the biggest group at the time (1977), thus giving him his first big exposure that allowed him to become a headliner.

That same year Changes in Latitude is released and goes to #12 on the Billboard Magazine Chart. `Margaritaville” rises to #8 on Billboard Pop Chart, and becomes the definitive Jimmy Buffett song. Changes is also Jimmy’s first platinum album, selling over one million copies

Jimmy’s second million selling album, Son Of A Son Of A Sailor is released in 1978. The now classic You Had To Be There live double album is also released and earns JB a gold album. This album also awakens people to Jimmy’s natural on stage charisma. A Jimmy Buffett concert develops into much more than a live performance of studio songs. A Jimmy Buffett concert is an event. Vacations are planned, marriages are postponed, and schedules are totally revamped in order to make some time an annual Buffett appearance.

More albums are being released, more Top 40 hits appear, Volcano, Jimmy’s album recorded in 1979, also strikes gold. This album is recorded entirely at George Martin’s AIR studios in Montserrat. This was one of the first major recordings to come out of AIR studios, which, since that time, has played host to many big name bands, the Rolling Stones among them.

Jimmy discussed his career with Frederick Burger in a 1980 interview with The Miami Herald; “I’m as successful as I want to be. I’ve taken my career and a band and built them around my songwriting, to the point where I can be very successful financially and very gratified artistically and do what I do best, which is write songs and play on stage…I’d love to have a No. 1 album, but I don’t conceive of it. I’d have to be a Fleetwood Mac or an Eagles, but I don’t want to be them. I’d have to change my style, and I’m not going to do anything — other than what I do — to get it.” Frederick Burger continues, “Enhancing his creative stature is one thing; losing another chuck of a relatively unfettered lifestyle is quite another. He possesses an overpowering realization that, as former manager Don Lite puts it, some things cost too much.”

Throughout it all, Jimmy receives little or no radio exposure. Literally millions of albums are being passed across records counters nationwide based solely on word-of-month advertising from JB’s growing legions. Radio, being what it is, has no room for an artist whose style can not be pigeonholed. The 1985 Fall issue of Country Hits described it best, “All of the reviews written about Jimmy Buffett over the past several years have seemed to have a couple of things in common: first, the reviewers enjoy and admire Buffett and his music; and second, these same writers are at their wits end trying to come up with a nice pat label to pin on the man.”Their recent attempts would indicate that Buffett is a `unique, funky, easygoin’, charismatic, enigmatic, colloquial, progressive, intellectual, maverick country-folk-rock singer/songwriter/performer.’

Confused? Don’t be. What it means is that it is a whole lot easier to listen to Jimmy Buffett’s music than it is to describe it in words. After all, Margaritaville is a state of mind. Or let’s say Margaritaville was a state of mind. In January 1985 Jimmy opened the original Margaritaville Store in Key West, Florida and discovered a new outlet not only for his adventurous spirit, but for his pre-Parrot Head llifestyle seeking fans.

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Update from The CalypsoNuts

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The CalypsoNuts are gearing up for spring and summer- – we hope you are too!  The schedule’s filling up, we’re polishing the pans and dusting off the Gatorade Frequent Flier card…  Looks like the start to a great summer season.

Our dates can be found by clicking the link below, but we wanted to mention a very special gig we are doing in Ocklawaha, FL.  The date is 4/14/2012…  and it’s part of the Oasis Concert Series.  Located close to The Villages in central Florida, The Oasis hosts different artists every month and really puts a great show together.

Dates are being added on a daily basis as they are confirmed in stone.  We still have the odd date here and there available for private events, so we do hope to see you one way or another in the upcoming months.

Hope to see you all soon,

Lynley & Robbie

“This is the CalypsoNuts CD I’ve been waiting for! The musical and vocal talent of both Robbie & Lynley truly shine through. “Unplugged” is electrifying! A Must-Have for fans of TropRock.”  — Ed Meyer, Station Director, Island Dreamz Radio
“Robbie & Lynley, A SUPER Thank You for helping to make our ’09 party a HUGE success!”  — Grace Swinford, Private Function
“First of all- WOW- how wonderful an event we had yesterday! The Calpyso Nuts were absolutely incredible and I could have listened to them all night long. They were fabulous!!!! … Again, what a great group! They were fun, attentive to requests, professional and just a great joy to have here! ”  — Brenda F. Perkins, ADC for Chambrel of Williamsburg, Agent Referral


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Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney – My allegiance to the original salty soul with a salute to his predecessor.

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A few days ago I posted a tweet about loving both Kenny and Jimmy’s music but being more connected to the original salty soul; the King of Somewhere Hot himself. So with that I thought I would elaborate a bit.

Now, a lot of people around my age seem to be more into Kenny and I guess because of the closer age proximity that makes some sense. Obviously for the girls Kenny has a greater sex appeal than Jimmy and that adds to it as well I am sure. But for me, as much as I love Kenny’s music and have a real connection with his songs and way of life, Jimmy’s music has been the background to my life since I was a young child and will always hold that special spot for me.

Part of this connection comes from how genuine Jimmy is in beach culture in contrast to the novelty of Kenny’s new found island spirit. Not saying it being new to Kenny makes it any less real, but as someone who was raised on the sands of Florida’s Gulf coast I feel a greater connection with someone who is a native born salty soul. But again, some of us were born with salt in our veins, some of us had it injected; but in the end we are all brothers and sisters of the same rummy, sun soaked lifestyle.

Kenny and Jimmy both sing of the ocean, the island lifestyle, sailing, and having a good time in the Caribbean sun; and as I said before, I feel a connection with both as that has been my life. But Bubba just has a yet to be identified ingredient (a secret ingredient perhaps?) in his musical libations that brings in a certain magic, a certain spirit that has yet to be replicated for me. Maybe it’s the haunting sound of Fingers Taylor’s harmonica or Nadirah’s soulful backing vocals, but there is something there that can’t be reproduced.

I guess one of the main reasons I feel this way is because how long Jimmy has been the music in my life and how short a time Kenny’s has. Bubba’s music was playing at some of the more important parts of my life growing up, and while a few of Kenny’s now have similar places for me those formidable years have a deeper connection. I think our early years always seem to ring through more as they are at our foundation. So in essence Jimmy’s music is at my foundation and as I said to someone on twitter, his music is responsible in part for who and how I am today. Mix that with a childhood on the southern coast and you get the rummy beach bum you see today.

It was a tradition for me growing up to turn on “Margaritaville” (the Parrot-Head national anthem) as I got to the beach and the smell of salt air filled my car. “Changes in Latitudes” always reminds me of strolling down Clearwater Beach with my headphones on watching the “pale invaders” worshiping the sun. And so many songs remind me of the crazy drives my buddy Mike and I made down to Key West or early mornings on the boat as we came to the rivers mouth and put her on plane heading to the island for a day of fishing and drinking. Each song always floods my memory banks with these nostalgic moments in time from my life on the southern shores. So to Jimmy, thank you for the dis-function and craziness your music has inspired in my life as well as the lazy days in the sun I have known and love!

But one day in the future the original trop-rocker will retire and one day he will sail on leaving behind a legacy and generations of island going party-pirates. In Kenny we have a great person to carry the tiki torch for him and keep another generation or two salted, tanned, rum soaked, and in good sprits; spreading the island lifestyle across the world and inspiring that one lucky soul that will carry the torch for him. But for me anyway, nobody will ever be able to replace Jimmy nor have as much meaning to me and to my life. And whether I am at a Jimmy or a Kenny show my Parrot Head flag will fly high on it’s flagpole, as that is the seed for this lifestyle we all live in so many ways and certainly the foundation for so much of the craziness we all love.

“Love and Luck”

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Biography of Bob Marley

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No other artist has had the galvanic global effect of Bob Marley. Singer, songwriter, and prophet, he has received innumerable honors, including The Jamaican Order of Merit, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and many more. The New York Times called him the most influential musical artist of the second half of the twentieth century. An international icon, he’s instantly recognized by his mane of flashing dreadlocks and message of conscious love and revolutionary unity, wailing over a thunderous reggae groove. Even decades after his passing, Bob Marley continues to be the standard by which not just Jamaican but all popular music artists must be measured.

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley was born on February 6, 1945, to Cedella Booker, a local village girl, and Norville Marley, a colonial captain, in the lush countryside around St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. His formative teenage years were spent in Kingston’s vibrant and sometimes violent ghetto – Trenchtown – and it was here that Marley gained insight for his prose, recognizing the humanity, dignity and richness that can flourish despite material deprivation.

Bob Marley formed his band The Wailing Wailers in 1963 with friends Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Their music was inspired in part by American soul, gospel and R&B. The harmony trio played a significant role in the ska and rock steady music which mirrored Jamaica’s new post-colonial identity. The band would release some 30 singles over the next few years, including “Simmer Down,” which reached the top of the Jamaican music charts.

In 1966, Bob married his girlfriend Rita Anderson and left for the United States the next day to gather financing for his next album. After eight months stateside, Bob returned to Jamaica, bringing the group back together, now known simply as The Wailers. The band would end up traveling to London in 1971 and securing an unprecedented record deal with Island Records, ultimately leading to the release of their debut album, Catch A Fire.

The Wailers’ second album, Burnin, was released in 1973 and included tracks such as “Get Up, Stand Up” and “I Shot The Sheriff,” which would bring them a new level of worldwide attention when Eric Clapton covered it the following year, reaching the number-one spot on the U.S. singles chart.

Tosh and Wailers parted ways with Marley before the release of Natty Dread in 1975, which produced such hits as “No Woman, No Cry” and “So Jah Seh.” The band name then became Bob Marley & The Wailers, with harmonies sung by a female trio called I-Three, which included Bob’s wife Rita. Indeed, even as he was becoming an international star, the ghetto runnings and global trickery he sang about still haunted him. Shortly after trying to unite Kingston’s warring political gangs by performing at a free Peace Concert in 1976, Marley was shot and wounded in his own uptown Kingston home the night before the concert. Undeterred, Marley would go on to play the show as scheduled, in defiance of the would-be assassins.

The following year Marley returned to London and recorded Exodus, a stirring, militant and mystic musical landmark that would eventually be voted the most significant album of the twentieth century by TIME magazine.

Consistent and rigorous, Marley continued to challenge himself and the complacency of society in his next albums, Kaya, Survival and Uprising. Marley’s songs were an inspiration to downtrodden and impoverished people the world over. He was humbled and honored to receive an official invitation from the newly liberated government of Zimbabwe to play at their Independence Ceremony in 1980.

But though his fame and authority were reaching new heights, Marley’s health was failing. He had been secretly tussling with what was originally thought to be a football injury, but proved to be a terminal melanoma cancer. Bob Marley passed away in Miami, where he had stopped en route to his home in Jamaica, on May 11, 1981, at age 36. His last words, spoken to his son Ziggy, were “Money can’t buy life.” Marley’s remains were transported to Jamaica and he was given an official state funeral. He was buried alongside his guitar in a mausoleum near his place of birth.

For Marley, celebrity itself was merely a byproduct of a lifelong mission: To raise the consciousness of people everywhere, to make heard the voice of the downtrodden and the ghetto “sufferah,” and to powerfully project his insights to the world in a peerless canon of dancing music.

His songs have titles like incantations and Biblical invocations. Tracks like “Soul Rebel,” “Natural Mystic,” “Burnin’ and Lootin’,” “Exodus,” “Jamming,” and “One Love” are now essential elements of our human cultural vocabulary. Three years after his passing, the phenomenal Legend anthology was released, sealing his mythic status.

As he’d hoped, his children have continued his work through various artistic efforts, business ventures and philanthropic foundations. Bob Marley is still very much with us through his recordings and writings. His mystique and influence have continued to grow, and his words have become ever more necessary and relevant: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.”


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The 30th anniversary of the Florida Keys’ secession from the United States and formation of the independent Conch Republic is to be commemorated Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 29. Planned highlights of the lighthearted Conch Republic Independence Celebration include a re-enactment of the historic secession.

The bold action was prompted by a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint set up at the entrance to the Florida Keys so agents could search cars for contraband. It virtually stopped traffic on the only road into and out of the island chain, angering residents and visitors.

Realizing the Keys were being treated as a foreign country, local officials protested by staging the secession April 23, 1982. They declared war on the mother country, pelted a federal agent with stale Cuban bread and, after 60 seconds, surrendered and requested $1 billion in foreign aid. The foreign aid never materialized, but the Border Patrol checkpoint was quickly removed.

The 30th annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration is to center around the secession re-enactment. Featuring many of the republic’s original founders, the event is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, beside Key West’s Mallory Square.

Afterward, a gathering is planned at the Historic Key West Sculpture Garden where “patriots” are to prepare and serve a seven-foot Key lime pie to attendees. A gargantuan version of the Florida Keys’ signature dessert, the pie is to yield about 1,000 servings and require a blowtorch to brown the traditional meringue topping.

Other celebration highlights include the Great Conch Republic Drag Race, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, April 21, in the 700 and 800 blocks of Duval Street. Instead of high-speed cars, the race features high-heeled drag queens sprinting down Duval in dresses and full makeup.

Sea dogs and wenches gather Friday, April 27, for the 7 p.m. Conch Republic Naval Parade and Great Battle. The maritime mayhem pits the Conch Republic Military, aboard tall ships and other vessels, against “evil” federal forces in the waters of Key West Harbor. Weapons typically range from water cannons to flying vegetables, and spectators can watch from Bloody Battle Parties at harborfront resorts.

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Quick Note from John Friday

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From the Teddy Bear of Trop Rock, John Friday

Just got back from Orange Beach, Alabama and the Stars Fell On Alabama event. All I can say is…..WOW!! I hope everyone there had as good a time as I did! Besides getting to do several shows, I got to catch most of the other shows all weekend, saw dear friends that I’d been sadly parted from for too long, made some new friends (who I must say I already cherish!) and got some quality time on the beach, connecting to the Gulf water.

The event also served as a grand wedding bash for Vinnie and Bessie, who tied the knot at Stars! Congratulations, you crazy kids!!

The next major event will be Spring PHling in North Wildwood, NJ during April 26-29. But there’s a whole lot happening between now and then:

This Saturday, March 24th, I’ll be performing at Germain Arena in Estero, Fl before the Florida Everblades hockey game. I will also have the honor of singing the National Anthem prior to the game!

Other shows coming up:

Thursday, March 22nd  Pincher’s Crab Shack, Naples FL 6-9 pm
Friday, March 23rd  Bubba’s Roadhouse, Cape Coral, FL  7-10 pm
Saturday, March 24th   Cape Coral Farmers Market, Cape Coral, FL 8:30 am-noon

Yesterday I spent the day in the studio at Deltona Records, laying down more tracks for the new CD. I’m lucky to have my friend Jimi Pappas playing drums and various other instruments on this project. Here’s a sneak peek at the songs for this one:

1. Coastal Cowboy
2. Beachfront
3. I Wish It Would Rain
4. Kisses With My Coffee
5. Home
6. Coastal Dreamin’
7. Smoketown
8. She Never Did The Laundry
9. Nils, The Rasta Viking
10. When You’re Not Near Me
11. Say Hey (I Love You)
12. (hidden track)

We’re looking at a release date sometime in September 2012.

I’ve got a few road trips on the horizon, but always open to more! I’m booking house concerts, parties and venues through the end of 2012. For those going to MOTM, I still have most of the week open in case you need music for a party or event!!

Road Trips:

April 23-May 2 — Key West to Wildwood, NJ and back  to SW Florida
May 25-May 30 — SW Florida to Panhandle and back
June 1-10 — East coast of Florida
July 2-12 — SW Florida to New York and back
August 4-20 — SW Florida to New Orleans and back
September (dates TBD) — SW Florida to AL, TN, KY, IN, IL, MO, IA, AR, OK, TX LA MS and back

This doesn’t mean we can’t work out other areas as well!

Memo from the Shameless Self-Promotion Department:

     New swag will be available soon! T-shirts, coozies, stickers, and more! Check out my web site or, better yet, check out a show soon!!

Heading out to the beach. See y’all soon!


Featured Artist of the Week – The Island Castaways Band

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The Island Castaways Band

Originally formed in 2008 as Jimmy Buffett tribute, The Island Castaways Band have evolved into one of New England’s most popular Trop Rock bands. Their live show features a balanced mix of originals and classics, all with their own Tropical touch of fun – bringing Summer to you, regardless of where you are or the time of year. “LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST” – The Island Castaways Band.

The Island Castaways Band are:

Paul Kane
Lead Vocalist and Guitar

Paul Kane has many years of playing in a wide variety of bands in New England. His smooth vocals and excellent guitar playing is the perfect fit for the bands “front man” position. Paul currently resides in Webster, MA.

Joe Holewa
Bass Guitar

Joe “Mai Tai” Holewa has played extensively in the New England area in many notable bands. Not only is he a fine bass player, he is the “Go To Guy” for the Island Castaways. Joe currently resides in Charlton, MA.

Scott Ciprari

Scott “the kid” Ciprari has been playing drums since he was… a kid! Not only is a great player, but he also makes the drums he plays – Scott is the owner of SJC Drums. Scott currently resides in Dudley, MA.

Roy Holliday

When away from the keyboards, Roy is a singer/songwriter and radio personality. In addition to his annual solo Christmas releases and holiday shows, he is the founding member of Sand Dollar Rodeo. Roy currently resides in Roanoke, TX.

Booking Information:

Please contact Joe Holewa at (508) 740-7147 or

Email the Band:

Paul Kane

Joe Holewa

Scott Ciprari

Roy Holliday

They can also be heard on the following Trop Rock Radio Stations:

BeachFront Radio
Palapa Mac Radio
Trop Rock WNY’s The Shore
Radio Margaritaville

The Island Castaways Band Website