Both the narration and track arrangements were produced earlier this year by Will Kimbrough. The Buried Treasure, Volume One Standard package includes a 28-page book detailing the album’s remarkable story of music history; the Deluxe version features an exclusive 40-page collector’s edition with never-before-seen photos and a bonus documentary DVD, Buried Treasure – Mobile To Nashville.
The tale of Buried Treasure, Volume One began when John and Martina McBride purchased a studio once owned by famed Nashville producer-songwriter Buzz Cason. Travis Turk, the studio’s longtime engineer and in-house producer, was brought in to oversee the move. He soon uncovered a dusty cache of ¼-inch tapes containing original acoustic demos recorded by Buffett in the late 1960s and early 1970s as he embarked on has proven to be a brilliant, internationally acclaimed career. Within the moldering boxes of tapes were 125 original Jimmy Buffett songs, written and recorded at Cason’s original Creative Workshop studio as publishing demos. As if that weren’t remarkable enough, also among the long-forgotten stack of tapes were demos recorded in 1969 by Turk and Milton Brown at Product Sound Studio in Buffett’s hometown of Mobile, AL before he ventured off to Music City.
Highlights include “Don’t Bring Me Candy” and “Abandoned On Tuesday,” both from Buffett’s first-ever visit to a proper studio. Other songs, like “Rickety Lane” and “The Wino Who Has Something To Say,” were recorded in Nashville but deeply inspired by Buffett’s time spent as a young troubadour in New Orleans. Buried Treasure, Volume One also features some surprising covers, including two penned by Gordon Lightfoot, “The Gypsy” and “The Circle Is Small,” and a version of The Mamas and The Papas’ “California Dreamin'” recorded at a Mobile breakfast buffet celebrating America’s Junior Miss Pageant and featuring backing vocals from the Junior Miss contestants themselves. Buried Treasure, Volume One concludes with “Close The World At Five,” written in 1969 as Buffett worked a daily 9-to-5 before his nightly gigs at The Admiral’s Corner in Mobile, a fitting end for this initial volume of historic recordings. Further editions of Buried Treasure will be announced soon.
Just after the release of Buried Treasure, Volume One, Buffett is set to perform at the Florida Hurricane Benefit Concert, “Tryin’ to Reason…” Uniting with Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Jake Owen together with the Coral Reefer Band, the benefit concert will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Florida. The proceeds from the one-night only sold-out engagement will help communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the islands affected by hurricanes in 2017.