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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/30/26409/

Video Premiere: Cisco Adler – Long Strange Trip

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Here’s the Video Premiere to Cisco Adler’s new single “Long Strange Trip”, the second song in 4 months that Adler has released via his own Banana Beat Records; the first being “Don’t Kill My Buzz.”

With “Long Strange Trip” Adler tells The Pier: “This song is in a group of 4 tunes that was a burst of inspiration after my friend Cody Dickinson gave me a yellow nylon string guitar that felt magical in my hands. It literally gave me the songs. After the success of Don’t Kill My Buzz… which quietly sold 11k singles in its first week out of nowhere with zero promotion I was definitely reinvigorated with the thought of giving the people more music. And here we are after a long strange trip.”

Stay tuned as Cisco Adler will follow “Long Strange Trip” with the release a new single on January 6th, 2017. You can pick up Cisco Adler’s music on iTunes by clicking HERE! — Enjoy the song and video…

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It was a Merry Christmas in Destin

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Sunshine Cindy and I hope all of our friends had a safe and joyous Christmas. In Destin the town filled up while the weather was nice and warm. It was a perfect holiday.

There was actually a Christmas miracle happen on Saturday. The Cleveland Browns won! Yes, they actually beat another team in the game of football! Sunshine Cindy and I watched the first half of the game at Hogs Breath then we went to Landshark Pizza to watch the second half.

Landshark was packed with Packer fans but a table opened up at the TV that had the Browns game on as we walked in. That should have told me a miracle was coming. As the game wound down the bar was getting into the game. As the last second ticked off the clock and the Chargers missed a field goal that would have tied it the bar erupted like they won the Super Bowl. Finally I had a chance to cheer! It felt great!

The rest of the weekend was spent with Sunshine Cindy’s family. We went to their house after the game for Christmas Eve and then again on Christmas day. Tiffany flew in from Atlanta so the whole gang was here. Even Chaos enjoyed running around the yard and going to the dock. It was a nice holiday celebration.

There was not much else going on during the week as Sunshine Cindy spent most of the week cooking. As I mentioned the town started to fill up but early in the week it was dead. I did have a scare driving home on Monday. I was on 98 and almost in front of Landshark Pizza when a homeless guy walked right out in front of me. It was dark and he was wearing dark clothes. It was lucky I could make him out with all the headlights coming towards me. I had to almost come to a dead stop to keep from running him over. I am glad the guy behind me also was alert and didn’t hit me!

Happy New Year to all of our friends from Destin! Be safe and have fun. We will see you again in 2017!

Destin Steve

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2016/12/it-was-merry-christmas-in-destin.html

Happy 70th Birthday Jimmy!

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Today Jimmy Buffett celebrates his 70th trip around the sun.

Happy Birthday Jimmy and Merry Christmas to all.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/25/26401/

More details on the Gatlinburg Margaritaville

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From the Knoxville News Sentinel: “Work starts on Gatlinburg Margaritaville

Rising in the Best Western’s place, on a 5-acre site including The Island in the Pigeon River, will be the seven-story Margaritaville Resort in the Smokies.

The $35 million project, with 174 rooms that can hold 500 guests altogether, will match The Island’s Caribbean-casual theme.

“We’re all part of the Jimmy Buffett hospitality family,” McManus said. It will be “the hammock” for people to relax in after “the fun” of downtown Gatlinburg’s adjacent attractions, he said, quoting more taglines from the singer.

The Island 8 miles away has been a big success in Pigeon Forge, and McManus and his partners expect as much or more in Gatlinburg, he said.

Fronting on the Parkway will be a LandShark Grill restaurant that is expected to open this spring, on the former Hard Rock Café site; and the resort as a whole should open in July 2018.

Demolition of the old hotel started Dec. 13 – only four days after Gatlinburg reopened to visitors – and construction of the new resort will start in the next few months, according to the news release.

The Margaritaville Resort is intended to become one of the few four-diamond resorts in Sevier County, Davis said.

The hotel will have another restaurant of its own, a coffee shop, retail store, 4,000-square-foot outdoor pool, water slide and splash pad, hot tub, heated indoor pool, and a “St. Somewhere” spa – named for Buffett’s most recent album.

In the entryway plans call for a fountain, featuring a colorful parrot reclining in a margarita glass. That’s McManus’ favorite touch, he said

Though it won’t completely open for 18 months (Spring 2018), the Margaritaville Resort and associated restaurants should provide 150 new jobs, McManus said.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/24/26393/

Margaritaville resort coming to Gatlinburg TN

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From the Knoxville Sun Sentinel: “Margaritaville resort coming to Gatlinburg

A new resort, dubbed Margaritaville, will go up soon on the site of the former Best Western Twin Islands at 539 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

Demolition on the closed Best Western has already begun, according to Lauren Miller of Knoxville P.R. firm Moxley Carmichael.

The new Margaritaville resort is the work of Margaritaburg LLC, headed by Knoxville developer Bob McManus, who has been behind several vacation-related businesses in the area.

More information, including renderings of the Margaritaville resort, is to be released Friday.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/22/26387/

Unified Highway Revive Classic Aaliyah Track

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There’s no such thing as down time for Eric Rachmany; he has always embraced the concept of continuing to create new music. If he is not traveling across the world to breathe life and energy into live audiences, he is either collaborating on featured tracks or working on new music of his own — or additionally — reviving classic tracks and putting his own trademark spin on them.

Known most notably for his efforts as lead vocalist and guitarist for the chart-topping reggae rock band Rebelution, Rachmany and Amp Live (formerly of Zion I) came together to form the group Unified Highway and released their debut self-titled album Unified Highway unifiedhighway_aytsMarch 4, 2016. Collectively, the dynamic duo have demonstrated the uncanny ability to incorporates electronic synths, as well as hints of alternative and hip-hop to craft a truly unique reggae-driven sound.

Their debut effort was given a warm reception upon its release in March and features several standout tracks to include the dimly lit and simplistic “My Space,” the vibrant and danceable “Rainy Day in Autumn” and a cover from R.E.M.’s recognizable classic “Losing My Religion.”

Fast forward to today, and what started as a brand new project for the super-group duo a couple of years ago, Unified Highway released a surprise new single to the delight of their fans entitled “Are You That Somebody” on December 1, 2016. The song is a cover of Aaliyah’s original performance of the grammy-nominated track in 1998, but much different to include Rachmany’s and Amp Live’s unique revival of the track.

The song is a great addition to the Unified Highway catalog and builds further on their previous release to incorporate more light, rhythmic and cohesive guitar strumming for the duration of the track, all the while continuing to demonstrate Rachmany’s ability to craft a sing-able, catchy chorus allowing for repeatable listens.

It is unknown at this time if another full-length album is expected from Unified Highway, but fans will be keeping close tabs on the duo’s activity to see if another track is released or if more can be anticipated in the coming months.

Unified Highway Tour Dates

Related Links:
Unified Highway Website
Unified Highway Facebook

Article By: Brian Glaser

Listen: Unified Highway – “Are You That Somebody”

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 5:04 pm and is filed under Daily News, Rebelution.
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Brett Wilson of Roots of Creation Releases Live Acoustic Album

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It’s been a big year for Roots of Creation and their front-man Brett Wilson. Earlier this year RoC dropped their chart-topping triple-album Livin Free, and now the lead singer and guitarist has released his own live acoustic album Get Ready! Live In Columbus. The album will be available on December 16th, 2016.

Get Ready! Live In Columbus was recorded during Brett Wilson’s opening performance for Slightly Stoopid in front of a sold out crowd at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The set includes a number of original tracks, as well as an eclectic mix of covers and medleys. Brett Wilson handles everything from “Sugaree” by the Grateful Dead to R. Kelly’s “Ignition (remix).” The live album was recorded and mastered by Slightly Stoopid’s monitor engineer Joshua Driscoll, with additional mastering completed by Jay Frigoletto.

Discussing the acoustic cuts on RoC’s last album and his motivation to put out Get Ready! Live In Columbus, Brett Wilson said, “After seeing the incredible reaction to my solo acoustic performance from the crowd in Columbus, I knew that we had to include an acoustic version of those songs on Livin Free.” He continued, adding, “I also knew that my fans, and those that I made that night, would want a recording of the amazing energy in the room. That’s why I decided to release, Get Ready! — it really is an album for the fans.”

Brett Wilson is a seriously skilled guitarist that has no problem ripping solos on electric or breaking it down with the acoustic. Based out of New Hampshire, Wilson’s band Roots of Creation is a festival favorite, beloved by reggae and jam fans alike. Their live shows are a spectacle, featuring everything from classic roots reggae to dubstep and hard rock. On April 22nd, 2016 RoC released Livin Free, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae chart and No.1 on the Relix/Jambands.com Radio chart.

You can purchase a digital version of Get Ready! Live In Columbus on iTunes by clicking HERE!, or you can head to the Roots of Creation website to grab a physical copy. And if you don’t already know Roots of Creation, be sure to check out their latest CD Livin Free as well.

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Roots of Creation Website
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Article By: Brian Winters

Watch: Brett Wilson (of Roots of Creation) – “Acoustic Medley” 8/30/14 Live in Columbus, OH

Listen: Brett Wilson (of Roots of Creation) – Sugaree (Grateful Dead)

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Buffett to play 3 shows in Paris in 2017

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will be performing at La Cigale in Paris on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in 2017. Buffett performed two shows at La Cigale in 2015 and 2016.

Ticket information is available at http://www.gdp.fr/fr/node/474

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/21/26384/

Buffett to play Wrigley Field in 2017

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On Radio Magaritaville Jimmy Buffett said he will be playing a show at Wrigley Field in Chicago in 2017 to make good on a promise from years ago. Buffett last played two shows at Wrigley Field in 2005.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/20/26379/