Jimmy Buffett's free Gulf concert channels anger
"But there's a huge amount of frustration and probably it will boil over in summertime anger, and I know what I've done for years is entertain. What I'm best at is two hours of escapism for people that have to go back and either live jobs that they don't like or whatever," he told the Associated Press. "It's that Mardi Gras mentality."
Anyone wanting to listen in but unable to get down to the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., Sunday can get the live concert stream on CMT.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio. A portion of the show will also air live on CMT from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
The concert was first set for July 1, but was postponed because of Hurricane Alex. A tropical weather system now gathering strength near Mexico's Yucatan peninsula could threaten this show as well.
Buffett said the final concert lineup is also changing -- country singers Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown had to drop out because of other commitments. The concert will feature Jesse Winchester and Allen Toussaint and Buffett is trying to line up more acts. Born in Pascagoula, Miss., and now calling Fairhope, Ala., home, Buffett is organizing the concert to show support for the ravaged Gulf Coast.
More known for laid-back party tunes like "Margaritaville," Buffett has been placing the blame for the oil spill on the administration of former President George Bush -- a move that has drawn criticism from fans on the band's Facebook page. Buffett is a supporter of President Obama.