Jimmy Buffett goes for the gold
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
– Jimmy Buffett's second country release, "Take The Weather With You," was certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of 500,000 units. The album was Buffett's second consecutive number 1 debut album on the Billboard Country Chart with more 120,000 sold in its first week.
The album combines a variety of styles and sounds from Nashville, New Orleans and Key West. After recording more than 40 records, the 2-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter returned again to his country foundation with breezy ballads, interpretations of alt.-country songs, a version of Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" and mariachi horns in "Cinco De Mayo In Memphis."
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