Jimmy Buffett was set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on June 27, but the "Margaritaville" singer-songwriter has announced that due to the recent spikes in COVID-19, he is postponing his Opry apperance.
"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," Buffett wrote. "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."
Despite Buffett's connections to country music, the legendary artist has never performed on the Opry. Buffett previously collaborated with Alan Jackson on the 2003 hit "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" and with Kenny Chesney on "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season," which Buffett wrote and recorded for his 1974 album A1A.
Buffett released Life on the Flip Side, his first studio album in seven years, in May.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Opry is being filmed and recorded without a studio audience. Fans can tune into the long-running program on WSM radio and watch the broadcast on Circle TV network. The broadcast will be hosted by Bobby Bones. You can also tune in on the Circle network's social pages.
Buffett's Margaritaville Resort will open its first Texas location this summer. The former La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa outside Houston has been transformed into the Buffett-inspired concept. The resort is currently accepting reservations for June 26,2020 and beyond. The resort has 360 guest rooms, an 18-hole golf course, a spa, tennis facilities, outdoor pools and a large outdoor meeting space.