Jimmy Buffet's name and music is synonymous with a certain “island escapism” style of living. It seems strange that he was born on Christmas Day and grew up in the Deep South of Alabama and Mississippi. Buffet and his Coral Reefer Band have inspired legions of devoted fans -- deemed Parrotheads -- around the world.
Two of Buffet's best-known songs have even spun off into restaurants. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville” each have chains named after them. Buffet is a co-owner of Margaritaville Cafe, with the Cheeseburger in Paradise string being licensed and operated by the owners of Outback Steakhouse.
Nashville was where Buffet first honed his musical chops. In the late '60s, he tried his hand at country music, ... Read more