Jimmy Buffett Explains Working with Family for New Album, ‘Songs You Don’t Know by Heart’

by Quentin Blount

Jimmy Buffett recently released a new acoustic album called “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart” back in late November.

Most Parrotheads know that Buffett and his most well-known songs are featured on his greatest hits album called Songs You Know By Heart. Now Buffett’s newest album, Songs You Don’t Know By Heart, is his latest to encapsulate fans despite being a collection of some of his lesser-known songs.

It’s not a record, but a series of videos that Buffett’s daughter Delaney has filmed with him at home. On Thursday morning, Buffett sat down with the 3rd Hour of Today Show. He and the hosts of the show discussed what it was like working on the album with his daughter.

In the video, Buffett says that starting on the project with his daughter was one of the “silver linings” to come from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy Buffett on Working with Delaney

Delaney has been directing and documenting the stories behind 15 songs that have rarely been played in concert. They all have a story behind them, and Delaney, who has a background in film, helps to tell those stories.

“We’ve all wanted to be on the road but we can’t,” Buffett says. “So Delaney and a friend of hers from high school came up with the idea to go to fans and ask them what songs they would like to hear. So that became ‘Songs You Don’t Know by Heart.'”

Buffett laughs as he said many of the songs he had to go back and re-learn. In fact, he says Delaney would come to him with a lot of questions.

“You have to be on your best with her,” Jimmy Buffett says. “She would ask me ‘well how come you didn’t play that song for 20 years?’ And I’d go ‘well I played it.’ And she said ‘no you didn’t, it says on the internet that you only played it three times.’ And I went ‘well ya know I’ve been doing this since before there was an internet so you better go to an encyclopedia.”

Further, Delaney gave her version of the story in an interview with Newsweek.

“The concept was to film dad and give intimate looks into songs and go down memory lane,” Delaney said. “I sit down one-on-one with him and get an unplugged version of these songs. Not only to jog his memory, but also mine to remember the stories he would tell. Some songs he knew off cuff, and others it took some time for him to remember.  It’s a mix of mostly popular deep cuts and songs that resonate with people familiar with a lot of the older albums.”

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