It's in Alabama where he grew up, but it's a long way north of Mobile. It's the first featured appearance of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band since the singer's death on September 1, 2023.

The "May Bash Parrothead Party" will take place May 11 at the Mort Glosser Amphitheatre in Gadsden.

The eyes of the large Parrothead World will focus on Gadsden.

Singing the part of Buffett will be his longtime sidekick, Mac McAnally. He led a moving tribute to Buffett during the Country Music Awards show in Nashville on November 8 of last year.

Opening for McAnally and the Coral Reefers will be the official Buffett tribute band, A1A, based in Atlanta.

According to Mayor Craig Ford, the Gadsden City Council authorized a $36,000 expenditure for the acts.

McAnally is a native of Red Bay and now lives in Tuscumbia. He has been a member of the Coral Reefer Band for 30 years and was a frequent songwriting contributor to and partner of Buffett.

Mac has an impressive repertoire of his own with 10 solo albums and was the writer or co-writer of No. 1 country hits for Alabama ("Old Flame"), Sawyer Brown ("Thank God for You") and Shenandoah ("Two Dozen Roses"). Mac is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and has won "Musician of the Year" 10 times from the Country Music Association.

Ticket information will be announced at a later time.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected].

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