“I actually didn’t go to the desert with the pre-conceived notion of returning with an album—I went looking for stories…

“I actually didn’t go to the desert with the pre-conceived notion of returning with an album—I went looking for stories…

And stories are still the things good songs are made of. The story that sparked the song, ‘Buffet Hotel,’ which eventually turned into the title track and name of this album, began the minute we set foot on the patio of the infamous Hotel De La Gare Buffet in the Bamako train station, better known as Le Buffet Hotel.”

Jimmy Buffett’s new album, Buffet Hotel (one t), is his first studio record since 2006. Produced by Coral Reefers Mike Utley and Mac McAnally, the album is scheduled for release on December 8. It contains 12 new songs plus a 24 page booklet. Inside fans will find “Lost In The Sahara – A Desert Memoir From Jimmy Buffett,” a rich description of his adventures in Mali that inspired the record, plus liner notes for each song. The album was recorded in London, Nashville, Chicago, Long Island, Muscle Shoals, and Bamako in Mali.

The title cut has a strong West African influence and was conceived during a trip to the “Festival In The Desert,” a music festival that takes place annually near Timbuktu, Mali. “It was one of the best musical experiences of my life,” said Jimmy. It was there that Jimmy ran across the Buffet Hotel, an old colonial era train station/hotel where the music scene flourished in Mali after its independence in 1960.

After Jimmy started writing for Buffet Hotel he decided to introduce three of the new songs into his 2009 set list. They are “Summerzcool,” the quintessential beach song, which became the 2009 tour name; “A Lot To Drink About,” a commentary on current events; and “Surfing In A Hurricane,” the first surf song Jimmy has ever written.

Says Jimmy, “It was an oasis on the banks of the Niger River, not on an island or a boat, where this group of songs started spinning around in my brain.” For more details, check-in to Buffet Hotel – grand opening December 8!

Buffett’s Fan Site

Originally posted 2009-11-17 12:20:29.