Impact: Jimmy Buffett Gets into the Christmas Spirit on ‘Tis the SeaSon’

Jimmy covers Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" as well as "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

By Brian Ives 

In January of 1998, Jimmy Buffett braved the freezing New York weather to come to the Waldorf Astoria to induct the Eagles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “New York City in January, what the hell am I doing here?” he asked from the podium. Everyone laughed with him; the first thing that you think of when you think of Jimmy Buffett isn’t snow and cold weather.

Which doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy the holidays; in 1996, he released Christmas Island, and he’s just followed that up with Tis the SeaSon.

Like Christmas IslandTis the SeaSon includes mostly well-known holiday songs, combined with a few new Buffett gems. Last time he covered John Lennon’s “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over),” and this time he takes on Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.” Also on the track list is “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “White Christmas,” among others.  He also updates a classic with the “Parrothead Version” of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and there’s also two Buffett co-writes: “Drivin’ the Pig (Manejando el Cerdo)” and “Santa Stole Thanksgiving.”

Buffett will once again be braving the cold weather when he joins James Taylor and Sarah McLachlan at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for CBS-FM’s “Holiday in Brooklyn” concert. Get ticket info here.


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