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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?


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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