Singer Jimmy Buffet added to the Jazz Fest lineup

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Posted: Apr 11, 2012 7:01 PM
Singer Jimmy Buffet added to the Jazz Fest lineup

Jimmy Buffett will replace Pearl Jam singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder in the May 3 lineup at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Vedder canceled when he postponed his 15-city U.S. solo tour because of nerve damage in his right arm stemming from a back injury earlier this year.

Buffett is a Jazz Fest veteran who has built an empire based largely on such Caribbean-flavored rock hits as "Wasting Away Again In Margaritaville." He first performed at Jazz fest in 1989.

This time, Buffett will leave his rock band behind and sing and play acoustic guitar with Mac McAnally, a Mississippi native named the Country Music Association's Musician of the Year for the past four years in a row.

Jazz Fest spans two weekends, April 27-29 and May 3-6.