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Jimmy Buffett - License To Chill
Album Review by Cheryl Harvey Hill

With the state of the world these days, everyone can use a License To Chill. Jimmy Buffett, in conjunction with some of the most prominent names in country music (Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, George Strait , Martina McBride) has issued the ideal license in a delightful, musical form.

Buffett, whose songwriting roots can be traced back to Nashville , didn't limit himself to country artists or country songs on this endeavor. The album is an eclectic mix of new Buffett material, traditional country, as well as songs from Don Gibson, John Hiatt, Leon Russell and Jerry Garcia.

With the first release from the album, the remake of Hank Williams' classic "Hey, Good Lookin'," (sung collectively by Black, Chesney, Jackson, Keith and Strait) claiming a spot in the top ten of country radio in the same week it was released, this is clearly an indication that returning to your roots, especially with talented friends in tow, is a very good thing.

The album is the perfect marriage of puka and peanut shells and whether you choose to listen to it in a tiki hut on a beach, in your local honky tonk bar, or just driving in your car, it doesn't matter, this is an "enjoy it where ever you are" compilation of music.

How Buffett came to record this album is also an interesting story. He had started his career in Nashville more than thirty years ago and when his country music career failed to take hold, as we all know, he and his music went elsewhere. A few years ago, a really good friend pointed out that a few up and coming country artists displayed a passion for the now infamous "Buffett lifestyle." Intrigued, he began seriously listening to country music again and then decided that the time was right to give the genre another try.

Buffett says that his only intent was to "fire a shot across the bow of country radio but thanks to Alan Jackson, we seemed to have missed the bow and dropped a 500 pound gorilla on the play lists with 'Five O'clock Somewhere'."

This is an accurate analogy and License To Chill is an appropriate encore. Who knows, it just might bring some long over-due recognition to a very talented Nashville songwriter who finally figured out that to get your foot in the proverbial Music City door, you only have to prop it open with a few shells and some beach sand.

Rating: BUY IT!

Jimmy Buffett - License To Chill  track list: 

1. Hey Good Lookin' (with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait) 
2. Boats To Build (with Alan Jackson) 
3. License To Chill (with Kenny Chesney) 
4. Coast Of Carolina 
5. Piece Of Work (with Toby Keith) 
6. Anything, Anytime, Anywhere 
7. Trip Around The Sun (with Martina McBride) 
8. Simply Complicated 
9. Coastal Confessions 
10. Sea Of Heartbreak (with George Strait) 
11. Conky Tonkin' (with Clint Black) 
12. Playin' The Loser Again (with Bill Withers) 
13. Window On The World 
14. Someone I Used To Love (with Nanci Griffith) 
15. Scarlet Begonias 
16. Back To The Island 

 

Website Review by Jim Weaver: 
If there is a guy that "gets it", that guy would have to be Jimmy Buffett. Margaritaville.com is a testament to walking that fine line of what the fans want and being an opportunity for the artist to make a little extra spending cash. On this site you get plenty of free stuf to see and do including Radio Margaritaville, and before go you thinkin' that it's All-Jimmy-All-The-Time, think again binky, oh there's a lot of Jimmy Buffet, but there's a lot of other stuff too. In fact I tuned while writing this review and left it on for long after I was done. You'll also find food and drink recipes, book recommendations and tons more! Tons to see and do and everyone should go away happy.   Go see for yourself... www.margaritaville.com.

Rating:   Great Stuff!

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