The Coral Reefer Band

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From Wikipedia:

The Coral Reefer Band is the touring and recording band of American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett (until Buffett’s death in September 2023). The band’s name alludes to both coral reefs (in line with Buffett’s tropical-themed music) and “reefer” (slang for marijuana).

Fingers Taylor, an original Coral Reefer, would discover Buffett performing solo one evening at The Hub on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in 1970. This resulted in Taylor contributing harmonica accompaniment for part of the performance, the beginning of their long-term collaboration. The band performed their final concert with Buffett on May 6, 2023, in San Diego, about three and a half months before Buffett’s death in September of that year. On October 30, 2023, Mac McAnally stated in an interview that the Coral Reefer Band would continue touring and performing Buffett’s music at his request.

Current line-up

As of 2023, the band’s lineup consists of:

  • Doyle Grisham – pedal steel guitar (1974–1976, 1981, 1998-present)
  • Michael Utley – keyboards (1975–present)
  • Robert Greenidge – steel 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 – vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar (1995–present)
  • Nadirah Shakoor – vocals (1995–present)
  • Eric Darken – percussion (2011–present)


Recording sessions The Coral Reefer Band participated in

Recording "My Gummie Just Kicked In"

2022 or 2023 ? • Songs recorded during this session appear on My Gummie Just Kicked In

Albums, EPs & singles which The Coral Reefer Band contributed to

Equal Strain on All Parts

By Jimmy Buffett • Official album

Contribution: Instrumentation • 1 songs

My Gummie Just Kicked In

By Jimmy Buffett • Streaming

Contribution: Instrumentation • 1 songs


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