Jimmy Buffet World Premiere
Charlottetown, PEI, October 24, 2023 – Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading music, media, and technology company, today announced that Ocean 100 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, has been asked to give the world its first taste of two new songs by the late Jimmy Buffett.
The songs, “Johnny’s Rhum” and “Portugal or PEI” were co-written with Jimmy’s friend and collaborator, PEI singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant. Both will appear on the album Equal Strain On All Parts, which will be released on November 3, 2023 (Mailboat Records/Sun Records).
“We knew that Jimmy loved Atlantic Canada and PEI,” said Steve Jones, Stingray Radio’s Senior Vice President/Brands & Content. “He reached out to us last summer to visit PEI and share these songs in person, but sadly he left us too soon. We are honoured to share how much these songs and this place meant to him.”
The lyrics of “Portugal or PEI” will particularly resonate with Prince Edward Islanders, with mentions of local landmarks Malpeque Bay and Cavendish, as well as the traditional Mi’kmaq language of the Indigenous people of PEI. The song also references the historical link between Portugal and PEI, created by hundreds of years of Portuguese fishermen frequenting the Gulf of St. Lawrence. As a treat to Jimmy’s longtime fans, the song also includes call-backs to earlier Buffett hits like “Volcano” and “Come Monday”.
On Wednesday, October 25 from 8-9 am Atlantic Time, Lennie Gallant will join the Ocean 100 morning team of Darcy Campbell, Jill Chandler, and Scott Chapman to tell the stories behind the songs, share Jimmy’s passion for Prince Edward Island, and debut these two beautiful songs. Listeners can tune into Ocean 100 locally or stream the radio station at www.ocean100.com or on the Radioplayer Canada app, the iHeartRadio app, or the Stingray Music app.
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About Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett was a legendary musician, songwriter, best-selling author, actor, and businessman. He recorded over 50 albums, with most going gold, platinum or multi-platinum. Performing with the Coral Reefer Band, his sold-out concert tours were an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrot Heads. Buffett was one of only nine authors in the history of the New York Times Bestseller List to reach #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction lists and musically he received two Grammy nominations and numerous Country Music Association awards. Jimmy’s all-time classic, “Margaritaville,” is honored in the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Library of Congress, marking its impact on American culture, and was the inspiration behind the global lifestyle brand by the same name. For more information, visit www.jimmybuffett.com