Of course when I think of the Bahamas, I think of Junkanoo. And when I think of Junkanoo, I think of steel drums. And when I think of steel drums, I think of Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefer Band.
When I travel I occasionally find folks who are not familiar with Jimmy and his music. In fact, the locals I met in Kingston only knew him as a restaurateur. I am then asked to describe his style of music. I recently read a couple of great definitions.
In Parrothead Margaritaville and Buffett’s Corpitaville: Audience Action and Negotiation of Culture by John Mihelich, it was described as “An experimentation of folk, rock, country, Carib-honkytonk, Shirmpboat rock and Gulf and Western.” and as a recipe: “Start with a cup of country, add a cup of soul from New Orleans, Add two tablespoons of Caribbean and a pinch of rock. Shake and serve.”
A lot is written about Jimmy’s lifestyle, but when asked to describe the music of Jimmy, what do you say?