Jimmy Buffett Recorded A 14-Track Album Prior To His Passing, And It’s Set To Be Released This Fall

“Equal Strain On All Parts” arrives on November 3.


Lauren Jo Black

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September 8, 2023

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Jimmy Buffett; Photo by Jean-Philippe Piter

Jimmy Buffett’s legacy lives on with the release of three new songs and the announcement of a posthumous album, Equal Strain On All Parts.

As the world continues to mourn the loss of the late Jimmy Buffett, a beloved singer-songwriter, performer, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and the Mayor of Margaritaville, three new songs were released to fans on Friday (Sept. 8) to keep his memory alive.

The news comes just days after Jimmy Buffett died of a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma. Buffett, 76, died on September 1 after a four-year battle with the disease.

Listen to the three new songs, including “Like My Dog,” “My Gummie Just Kicked In,” and “Bubbles Up,” below.

“Like My Dog”

Buffet was an avid animal lover and owned several dogs including Lola, Kingston, Pepper, Rosie, Ajax, and Kody. 

Throughout his career, he featured his pups on album covers and in music videos, so it’s no surprise that he’d release a song titled, “Like My Dog.” The track was written by Scotty Emerick and Harley Allen and Buffett knew he had to record it the moment he heard it.  

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“My Gummie Just Kicked In”

This tune came about during an unforgettable dinner party with Jimmy Buffett, his wife Jane and Paul McCartney and his wife, Nancy. 

Nancy stumbled while heading to the dinner table, and when a concerned Buffett inquired if she was okay, she replied: “Oh, no — I’m perfectly fine. My gummy bear just took effect!” 

The group shared a laugh, and they playfully suggested they should compose a song titled “My Gummy Bear Just Kicked In.” True to their word, Buffett went on to create the song, with McCartney contributing on bass. McCartney fondly recalled the experience in his Twitter tribute to his friend Buffett, stating, “I had the pleasure of playing on one of his latest songs, ‘My Gummy Bear Just Kicked In.’ Our session was truly enjoyable, and he even shared some of his new songs with me.”

See a behind-the-scenes clip of the recording of “My Gummie Just Kicked In” HERE.

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“Bubbles Up”

Buffett teamed up with “honorary Coral Reefer,” Will Kimbrough to write the poignant “Bubbles Up.” The track delivers a message of hope for listeners as Buffett sings, “Just know that you are loved, there is light up above, and joy, there’s always enough.” 

His longtime friend, McCartney, shared his love for the song in a statement released on Friday.  “One [new track], in particular, I loved was the song, ‘Bubbles Up’. And I told him that not only was the song great but the vocal was probably the best I’ve heard him sing ever. He turned a diving phrase that is used to train people underwater into a metaphor for life when you’re confused and don’t know where you are just follow the bubbles – they’ll take you up to the surface and straighten you out right away.”

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New Album, Equal Strain On All Parts

The three new songs will appear on Buffett’s posthumous new album, Equal Strain On All Parts, which is set to arrive on November 3 via Mailboat Records and distributed by Sun Records. 

The connection with Sun Records is serendipitous: Sun Records, renowned as the birthplace of rock and roll and the label where Elvis Presley famously launched his career, has consistently fascinated Buffett. Both Buffett and Presley hail from Mississippi, with Buffett even performing a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Elvis Presley Blues.” Hence, it’s clear why Buffett saw Sun Records as the ideal destination for his latest album.

“It is a privilege to welcome Jimmy Buffett among the legends who have released their music through Sun Records,” said Dominic Pandiscia, Chief Strategy Officer, Primary Wave/Sun Label Group. “Jimmy’s music truly stands for something – as does the Sun Records legacy – and having this album join that lineage is a special moment that honors his enduring impact.”

Jimmy Buffett - Equal Strain On All Parts
Jimmy Buffett – Equal Strain On All Parts

Equal Strain On All Parts will “keep the party going” just as Buffett requested. The title of the 14-track project was inspired by Buffett’s grandfather’s description of a good nap. 

The record, co-produced by longtime Coral Reefers, Michael Utley and Mac McAnally, features well-known friends, including Paul McCartney, Emmylou Harris, Lennie Gallant, Angelique Kidjo, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Equal Strain On All Parts was recorded this year and overflows with Buffett’s trademark lighthearted tunes while also showcasing a more contemplative aspect.

Fans can pre-order/pre-save the album now HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.