Coral Reefer Band

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The Coral Reefer Band
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform during their Summerzcool Tour in June 2009.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform during their Summerzcool Tour in June 2009.
Background information
OriginU.S.
Genres
Years active1974–present
Labels
Associated acts
Members
Past members

The Coral Reefer Band is the touring and recording band of American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. The band's name alludes to both coral reefs (in line with Buffett's tropical-themed music) and "reefer" (slang for marijuana).

Origins[edit]

The moniker originally applied to a fictional band consisting of imaginary members Marvin Gardens, Kay Pasa, Al Vacado, and Kitty Litter.[citation needed]

Current line-up[edit]

As of 2019, the band's line-up consists of:

  • Jimmy Buffett – vocals, rhythm guitar (1974–present)
  • Michael Utley – keyboards (1975–present)
  • Robert Greenidgesteel drums (1983–present)
  • Peter Mayer – lead guitar, vocals (1989–present)
  • Jim Mayer – bass, vocals (1989–present)
  • Roger Guth – drums (1989–present)
  • John Lovell – trumpet (1992–present)
  • Mac McAnally – vocals, rhythm and lead guitars, dobro, slide guitar (1994–present)
  • Tina Gullickson – guitar, vocals (1995–present)
  • Nadirah Shakoor – vocals (1995–present)
  • Doyle Grisham – pedal steel guitar (1999–present)
  • Eric Darken – percussion (2011–present)

Former members[edit]

Other former members of the Coral Reefer Band include:

  • Philip Fajardo – Drums (1975–1976)
  • Tim Drummond – Bass Guitar (1986–1988)
  • Ralph MacDonald – Percussion – (1974–2011; his death)
  • Jerry Jeff Walker – Guitar, background vocals, composer
  • Marshall Chapman – guitar, background vocals (1987); co-writer "Last Mango in Paris," writer "The Perfect Partner"
  • John Hiatt – Guitar
  • Lanny Fiel – Guitar
  • Rick Fiel – Bass guitar
  • Dave Haney – Bass guitar
  • Paul Tabet – Drums
  • Bergen White – Trombone
  • Daniel "Stiles" Francisco – Trumpet
  • Bobby Thompson – Banjo
  • Hamilton Camp – Guitar
  • Doug Bartenfeld – Guitar
  • Jay Oliver – Keyboards
  • Randy Goodrum – Keyboards
  • Buzz Cason – Keyboards, background vocals
  • Don Kloetzke – Background vocals
  • Roger Bartlett – Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmony vocals (1974–1977) (the original guitarist; traveled with Jimmy as a duo in the early days)
  • Michael Jeffry – lead guitar, harmony vocals
  • Josh Leo – guitar
  • Vince Melamed – keyboards
  • Tony Pace – Drums
  • Timothy B. Schmit – bass, vocals (Schmit coined the term Parrotheads)
  • "Blind" Jay Spell – keyboards – **Deceased
  • Greg "Fingers" Taylor – harmonica (1975–2000, 2007)
  • T.C. Mitchell – saxophones and flute (1994–2005)
  • Amy Lee – saxophone and writer of the Buffett hit – Fruitcakes (1991–2005)
  • Mary Harris – Background vocals and vocal arrangements.
  • Barry Chance – lead guitar background vocals. Deceased, May 2010
  • Hadley Hockensmith – Bass
  • Claudia Cummings – Background vocals
  • Andy McMahon – Organ, Fender Rhodes
  • Bob Naylor – Mouth Organ, backend vocals
  • Harry Dailey – Bass, background vocals. Co-writer "Volcano." (1975–1982; died 2003)
  • Matt Betton – Drums
  • M.L. Benoit – Congas and percussion, background vocals
  • David Briggs – Piano
  • J.D. Souther – Background vocals
  • Dr. Kino Bachellier – Shakers and French
  • Freddie Buffett – Background vocals
  • Norbert Putnam – Upright bass
  • Dominic Cortese – Accordion
  • Deborah McColl – Background vocals
  • David "Cool" Persons – Guitars, Vocals
  • Reggie Young – Electric lead guitar
  • Mike Gardner – Drums – Deceased 1991
  • Ed "Lump" Williams – Bass guitar
  • Sammy Creason – Drums
  • Phil Royster – Congas
  • Johnny Gimble – Fiddle
  • Shane Keister – Moog synthesizer
  • Kenny Buttrey – Drums and Percussion (1977–1978)
  • Vassar Clements – Fiddle
  • Ferrell Morris – Percussion
  • Sam Clayton – Congas and Percussion (1982–1988)
  • Larry Lee – Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
  • Tim Krekel – Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Brie Howard – Percussion, Vocals
  • Russ Kunkel – Drums
  • Keith Sykes – Guitar

Timeline[edit]

Honorary members and special guests[edit]

Many artists have recorded and/or appeared on stage with Buffett, earning them status as honorary Coral Reefers.[2] Some of the more notable names are listed here.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Eng (October 15, 1997). Jimmy Buffett: The Man from Margaritaville Revealed. St. Martin's Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-312-16875-9.
  2. ^ "BuffettNews.com – The Coral Reefer Band". October 27, 2007. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2020.