Jimmy Buffett – Banana Wind (w/ Ryley Walker)

Joined by special guest Ryley Walker, the hosts discuss the long, strange career of beach bum icon Jimmy Buffett. Exploring the longevity of his brand and the cult-like devotion of the Parrothead community, we dive into his 1996 album Banana Wind, a collection featuring a legendary steel drum player, a rap verse, and a song about an unfortunate plane ride with Bono that ended in gunfire. The conversation also turns toward Buffett’s connections to the Grateful Dead, the subtle complexities of his songwriting, and the darkness that compels one toward a life of nonstop chillaxification. Also, there are impressions.

Late Era is hosted by Andy Cush (Garcia Peoples, Pitchfork), Sam Sodomsky (The Bird Calls, Pitchfork, Various Publications), and Winston Cook-Wilson (Office Culture, Winston C.W., Various Publications).


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Late Era is a production of Osiris Media. It is edited and produced and mastered by Winston Cook-Wilson. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. The executive producers of Late Era are RJ Bee & Brian Brinkman.


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