Jimmy Buffett is amazing, but as a songwriter, Mac MacAnally is my idol. Not only has he been the mastermind behind some of my favorite Buffett songs like In the City, License to Chill, Coast of Carolina and It’s My Job, but he’s written songs for artists like Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Brad Paisely, Dolly Parton and Toby Keith. And that’s just in the past six years. He’s an amazing artist and an inspiration to every song writer worth their salt.
I had the chance to meet Mac at Meeting of the Minds 2013, and he was every bit as nice and down to earth as I had hoped he would be. I told all my trop rock buddies that this is a picture of me giving Mac song writing tips and him taking notes, but that’s about the biggest load of bull I’ve ever shoveled. He signed my Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club badge, and it’s something I’ll probably treasure forever.
One of my favorite times of the year is summer because it’s Parrot Head house party season! I have met so many awesome Parrot Heads at the house parties I’ve played and attended, and I think I have as much fun as the audience does. While I sometimes need to tone the show down a bit (for the more sensitive ears in the restaurant), house parties are different. Not only do the Parrot Heads and beach worshipers want to hear my crazier songs like Shit Hit the Fan, they also want to hear about the inspiration for the song. Not that my show is raunchy — it’s definitely not — but there are a few songs that are a little nautier than others.
Rich “Schooner” McGuire playing a house party at the house of Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads’ president on Siesta Key.
House parties also give me a chance to go a little deeper in my play list. While we all love Jimmy Buffett’s Songs You Know By Heart, the house partiers usually want to hear some songs that are a little more off the beaten track. It’s also a blast to bring other trop rockers up on stage who might be in the audience (and there are usually a few).If you’re hosting a house party this summer, whether it’s on the deck, by the pool, on the beach or in the basement, I’d love to play for you. But contact me soon, because dates are filling up. See you soon!
Just booked my first beach wedding of the summer, and I’m pretty pysched. I’ve performed for weddings many times over the past decade, but this is my first Anna Maria Island wedding. (Yes, just call me the wedding singer. But at least I’m the Sarasota wedding singer! ) My wife and I were married almost 20 years ago on Fort Myers Beach on a beautiful September day, so I’ve always had a fondness for beach weddings. Of course, I’m fond of just about anything that involves a beach.
My summer is booking up, but I’ve still got dates available if you or someone you know is hosting a Florida beach wedding and looking for beach-style entertainment. As you can see from my site, I specialize in creating that Jimmy Buffett vibe by playing a variety of tropical tunes plus my own originals. You can check out my song list page for a sample of the songs I regularly sing. If your special wedding song isn’t on there, I can learn it.
To book a wedding or other event, just visit my contact page. call me at (941) 387-6650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.