July 7, 2022

Jimmy Buffett Returns to His Folk Roots to Rework Deep Cuts From His Catalog

The mayor of Margaritaville on songwriting, desert island guitars, and the importance of telling a good story.

Jimmy Buffett has amassed an impressive bounty of instruments over 50 years, and the legendary troubadour and buccaneer dug into his trove to render his latest acoustic endeavor, Songs You Don’t Know by Heart (Mailboat).

The title is a play on his ubiquitous greatest-hits collection, Songs You Know by Heart, an apt title for most listeners whether they’re a Buffett denier or a true-blue Parrot Head aware of his every tune.

The guitarist’s diehard fans voted for the nuggets on this latest album, which reimagines deep catalog cuts. Songs You Don’t Know by Heart is the perfect album for every banana-bar minstrel who has sung “Margaritaville” or “Cheeseburger in Paradise” wishing they could turn the audience on to hipper choices from Buffett’s catalog.

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