Buffett was scheduled to make his debut on Saturday, June 27 during the 4,930th broadcast of the Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry Show. However due to recent spike in cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic, he has been forced to postpone to a later date that is currently unknown.
“To all Opry fans, I would just like to say how disappointed I am that because of circumstances with the recent spikes in COVID-19, I have had to postpone my trip to Nashville to play with Mac and Brad Paisley,” Buffet said in a statement on his facebook. “I have loved the Grand Ole Opry since the days I covered shows at the Ryman as a Billboard reporter on Music Row in the early 70s before I moved to Margaritaville. As soon as it is safe for me to travel back to Music City and meet up with Mac and Brad, I will come play for you. Can’t wait. See you then and keep your Fins Up. JB.”
Buffett was expected to make his debut alongside Opry member Brad Paisley and award-winning singer/songwriter/musician Mac McAnally, who is also a longtime member of Jimmy’s backing band, The Coral Reef Band.
Paisley is still slated to appear on the Opry on June 27, according to Opry.com, while Mac McAnally has also been removed from the lineup.
Known for his carefree, island-inspired music, Jimmy Buffett is known for songs like “Margaritaville” and “Come Monday.” In 2003, Buffett collaborated with country superstar Alan Jackson on the song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” The track was a massive hit and spent eight non-consecutive weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
His first studio album in seven years, Life On The Flipside, was released a few weeks ago and was produced by McAnally.
Shows with live audiences at the Grand Ole Opry remain paused until further notice, however, fans can tune in each week via live stream or WSM Radio. We will update you when Buffett’s rescheduled date for his Opry debut is announced.