Jimmy Buffett Said He Got His Start in Southfield, Michigan Club
Many Michigan residents migrate annually to Flordia for warmer and snow-free weather. Ask anyone who calls themselves a 'snowbird' about how sticky the air can feel in the United States' other Peninsula, and they'll reply "You don't have to shovel humidity", and then they will skip away with a little extra pep in their step.
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That alone should show the special connection between Michigan and Florida but there's so much more, including our love of the water. Jimmy Buffet loved the life aquatic, and his songs fit just as well floating on a pontoon boat in one of Michigan's freshwater lakes as they do drifting in salt water.
Jimmy Buffett Credits This Southfield, Michigan Bar as His 'Start'
Buffett may have felt that connection as well, but we do know that the Mitten State had a huge impact on his career. That came from the mouth of The Parrothead himself.
Michigan audiences have always had a special place in my heart, because, unbeknownst to a lot of people, I started out many many years ago playing in a little club called the Raven Gallery out in Southfield.
The Raven Gallery was a hotspot for a slew of the country's current biggest names and soon-to-be icons who were just making their way into the world of entertainment. Much like German 'clubs' for the Beatles, the Raven Gallery served as a place for Jimmy Buffett to hone his craft, so that he could become a part of Americana. Waste away my friend, we'll keep looking for that shaker of salt in the Great Lakes state.
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