Behind recording star Jimmy Buffett’s image as the happy, easy going singer-songwriter is a very successful businessman. Besides managing his numerous concert and recording projects, the creator of what he calls “drunken Caribbean rock’n’roll” owns numerous restaurants, nightclubs and other ventures, constantly travelling between them in his private jet. His many beach bum-themed songs, like “Margaritaville”, described by music industry people as “gulf and western music”, are wildly popular with his worldwide legion of fans who call themselves “Parrotheads”.
Canadian singer/songwriter Brian Neale began performing Buffett’s songs and other “happy hour” music while attending Capilano College in Vancouver, British Columbia. From the city’s folk music clubs, he moved on to acting, writing and other entertainment industry jobs, before developing Canada’s first internationally successful Jimmy Buffett tribute show. He has performed throughout North America, Germany, Austria, Barbados, The Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal, The UK and The Virgin Islands. But says Neale “The Bahamas is my favourite place on earth”.
Besides doing Buffett songs, Brian also writes and performs his own award-winning mix of tropical, country, rock and love songs, making him the life of the party wherever he goes. His first CD, “Common Behaviour” features songs about his travels on the gulf coast and in the Bahamas. His latest CD, called “Living The Life” is all about his love of the life and music of the Caribbean and features a pair of outstanding songs; the wistful “Two Chairs On The Beach” and the hilarious “Drinkin’ Ain’t As Easy As It Looks”.
This month Brian comes to Banderas Bay for shows at The Luna Lounge, in Bucerias, La Pina Colada, in Guayabitos, and his second annual “Margaritaville Beach Party”, at El Rio BBQ, in Paso Ancho. In early January, he moves on to Mazatlan, Florida and the West Indies. More info is available on the venue web sites and elsewhere in this publication.
Merv Buchanan email@example.com
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