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Blame it on Buffett

Blame it on Buffett

By Alia Moore
A podcast about Jimmy Buffett, parrot heads, trop rock, and all things escapism adjacent.

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Following Your Passion with Erica Sunshine Lee
Erica Sunshine Lee joins me again to talk about her new album, music video, and tour! Despite some technical difficulties I still wanted to share this episode with you all because I feel like we had such a great conversation. Not just about what Erica is up to these days, but also about following your passion and how to support the causes that inspire you while also ensuring you don't get burnt out. Hopefully you will forgive the audio issues and still enjoy this episode!  Check out Erica's new music video!  Where else you can find her: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Check out Hello Gorgeous, the cause Erica chose for this episode: 
March 03, 2022
Episode 39 | Changing Channels
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Hello phriends, just stopping in to say that things are super busy right now (for me and for potential guests) and it is becoming more stressful than it is fun to try to put an episode out every week. You can listen to this episode for the whole story, but to sum up I will still be making new episodes here and there, but probably only intermittently for the rest of the summer. I disabled listener support since I won't be putting out regular content, but I hope you will still listen when new episodes do go up!  To go with all the change in my life I have put together a playlist of Buffett songs for transitional times. If you stick around at the end of the podcast I will play clips of each song so you can get an idea of what's on it, but you can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify here:  Thanks so much for listening and I will hopefully be back soon!
July 26, 2021
Episode 38 | Garrett Hollowell from the band Dead Words
Hello phriends! We are mixing it up a little this week because my guest, Garrett Hollowell, is in a punk band called Dead Words. How is this relevant to Jimmy Buffett you say? Well I am glad you asked. They just released a new EP called Patron Saints of Paradise Vibes that basically answers the question of what it would sound like if Jimmy Buffett wrote punk rock songs. It even has a killer cover of Margaritaville! We talk about Garrett's experiences listening to Jimmy Buffett, the emotional stories behind the songs on this EP, the similarities between the punk scene and the parrot head scene, and how Jimmy Buffett himself is punk rock. Trust me, you do not want to miss this fascinating and educational (at least to me, because I didn't know much about punk before) interview! The charity Garrett Picked for this episode is Dallas Hope Charities and you can find out more about the organization here: Check out Dead Words on bandcamp: And spotify: And follow them on facebook: And Instagram:
July 04, 2021
Episode 37 | Me! (Danny Lynn interviews me on Tiki Man Radio)
This week we are doing something a little different because I am the guest! Danny from Tiki Man Radio asked if I would be a guest on their Sunday morning live show and I was happy to oblige (even though it was 8am for me)! I had a super fun time and thought it might be an interesting twist on my usual episodes if you got to hear me being interviewed instead of my usual role as the one interviewing people. Be sure to check out my podcast at 7pm est on Mondays on Tiki Man Radio, as well as all the other awesome shows they have got going on! You can also watch the full replay of the live show over on their youtube if you want to see how awesome (j/k) I look at 8am. Since I was technically the guest this week I chose a charity to share with you all. Think Wild is a local wild animal rescue and rehab that is new, but already doing amazing things here in Central Oregon. Go check them out at Find my show and others at Or watch on their youtube channel: 
June 20, 2021
Episode 36 | Anthony Monaco
Hello phriends, I am back! I am getting settled into my new place and am ready to start putting out episodes again. My guest this week is Anthony Monaco who is a huge Buffett fan with an impressive collection, the head of the ambassador program over at the Back to the Island Society, and just an all around great guy. You are not going to want to miss hearing about all the cool Buffett related items he has accumulated over the years, and all the experiences that go along with them! Seeing as I was out of the game for several weeks, I totally forgot to ask him about a charity for this episode, but I checked with him after the fact and he chose the ASPCA. You can find out more about them here: Find Anthony on Facebook: He is also on Instagram: Check out BTTIS here:
June 13, 2021
Episode 35 | Dave McKenney and the Hungry Hard Luck Heroes
My guest this week is Dave McKenney who is an awesome musician that some of you may know from his original music, or because he has played at many a Parrot Head Club event, but what you may not know is that he has started a new musical duo called Hungry Hard Luck Heroes! This duo covers classic Jimmy Buffett songs and has made some really great music videos that you are definitely going to want to check out. Dave and I chat about all kinds of things in this episode, but we get especially passionate talking about how Jimmy Buffett has inspired us and impacted our lives. So both Dave's band and this episode are kind of one big love letter to Jimmy! Dave chose Singing for Change as the charity for this episode. You can find out more information about what they do here: Dave's Website: Dave's Insta: Hungry Hard Luck Heroes Facebook Page: Buy the Hungry Hard Luck Heroes Shirt:
May 02, 2021
Episode 34 | Margarita Chris
My guest this week is Margarita Chris and I mean, with a nickname like that, how could I not invite him to be on?! He is a little bit newer of a Jimmy Buffett fan compared to those of us who grew up on it, but has a really funny and unique story about how he got into Jimmy. We also talk about his basement bar, the Parrot Den, Margaritaville frozen concoction makers, going all in on being a parrot head, and how he got his very appropriate nickname. So come join us to find out about all the things that make him Margarita Chris!  The charity he chose for this episode's donation from the podcast is Wags Animal Rescue. You can find out more about them here: Follow him on Instagram: @margarita_chris1 Check out the Back to the Island Society:
April 25, 2021
Episode 33 | The Back to the Island Society with Dan Smith and John Rossman
Hello phriends! If you have been hearing on the interwebs about the Back to the Island Society and have thought to yourself, "What the heck is that?!" Then this is the episode for you. My guests are Dan Smith and John Rossman who are the President and VP respectively of this cool new club and we chat about everything that is going on with the organization and of course, Jimmy Buffett. Also, if you saw Jimmy on social media wearing that Oysters and Beer shirt, that is from the club shop! You can get your very own from the website and all the proceeds go to charity.  Visit BTTIS here: Find Dan Smith: Insta: @classic_buffett Podcast: Facebook group: Find John Rossman: Facebook: Insta: @john_rossman_author
April 18, 2021
Episode 32 | The Return of Mike Nash
The podcast has come full circle and after a year of not going anywhere I am back at an in person house concert interviewing Mike Nash! If you want to listen to my first episode with him for more of his life and music background, you can go back and check that out, but in this episode we chat more about how things have been for him this past year and what things will look like going forward. It was just so nice to see and talk to people in real life and I got to test my new mic in the field which was exciting! The charity Mike chose for this episode is Montana Warriors on the Water and you can find out more about them here: Check out all things Mike Nash at:  Have some fun at the SOB festival: More information about SWIM can be found at: (Also I just realized I forgot to share my contact info in this episode, oops! You can email me at or follow me on all the social medias at @blamebuffettpod)
April 11, 2021
Episode 31 | Dani Hoy
Hello phriends! My guest this week is the super cool Dani Hoy. She is an awesome Trop Rock musician who plays solo and in the duo The Shanty Hounds with Key West Chris Rehm. We chat about what it is like to make the decision to write your own songs, move to Key West, and really pursue that artistic life in multiple ways!  The charity she chose for this episode is the Great Cycle Challenge which she does every year to raise money to fight kid's cancer. You can find out more about it here: *Technical note: There was some audio drop out on my end, so it may seem like I am talking over her in some spots, but it was because I couldn't hear her talking. Sorry about that! All the places to find Dani:
April 03, 2021
Episode 30 | New Buffett Fan, Lee Adams
My guest this week is Lee Adams and he is a brand new Buffett fan! I was really interested when he sent me his story because he only just got into Buffett last year and I was curious to hear what being a JB fan is like from the perspective of someone who is so new to it. Especially because he really jumped in with both feet, listening to all the music (including all the old stuff), reading Pirate Looks at Fifty, and even including Key West in an upcoming trip! I had a great time chatting with him and hope you will have a great time listening. The charity he chose for this week's donation from Blame it on Buffett is the Alzheimer's Association and you can check them out here: Follow him @cl_adams on instagram if you ever want to talk Buffett. His account is private so just shoot him a message so he knows why you are requesting to follow.  Sign up to hear about the new Back to the Island Society here:
March 28, 2021
Episode 29 | Tim and Angela Meredith
My guests this week are Tim and Angela Meredith. They are Jimmy Buffett fans, sail boat owners, and big supporters of the podcast! It was so much fun to get to chat with them about all their sailing adventures (both the good and the bad) and just living that escapism lifestyle whenever possible.  The charity they chose for this episode's donation is Helping Hands Ministry, which has done a ton for both Covid and disaster relief. You can get more info about them here: Follow Tim and Angela's adventures here: 
March 21, 2021
Episode 28 | Mick Utley, Brendan Mayer, and Erin McAnally from Floating Collective
Hello phriends! Do you love amazing music? Do you love Jimmy Buffett connections? Do you love ALL THE PUNS? Then you are going to love this episode! My guests this week are Mick Utley, Brendan Mayer, and Erin McAnally, also known as the new band Floating Collective. Their single On the Run is the kind of music I love, with a Folk/Americana feel and lots of awesome harmonies, so I was super excited to get to chat with them about it. We talk about what inspires their music, what it was like growing up as kids of the Coral Reefers, and of course I had to get in a question about their beverages of choice. Be sure to stick around after the interview to hear their single, On the Run! The charity they chose for this episode's donation from Blame it on Buffett is MusiCares, an organization dedicated to providing a safety net of critical health and welfare services to the music community. You can find out more information about what they do here: Where to follow Floating Collective Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:
March 14, 2021
Episode 27 | Tony Head, Author of Driftwood: Stories from the margarita road
Hello Phriends! I am super excited about this week's guest Tony Head because I read his book Driftwood: Stories from the margarita road and I honestly loved it. It is fiction, but inspired by his real life experience of owning a little bar and hotel in in Playa del Carmen Mexico. It is poignant and funny, and a real portrait of the characters one meets in the expat life. Tony also loves Jimmy Buffet and he and his wife have let Jimmy's lyrics inspire their travels and adventures. If you have ever thought about travelling to places mentioned in Jimmy's music, or running away to live a life in paradise, this episode is for you! Also, margarita recipes are involved. You are not going to want to miss it!  Tony's charity of choice for this episode's donation from Blame it on Buffett is All Hands and Hearts, and you can learn more about them here: Check out Tony's website: Follow him on facebook: Other Stuff to check out! Tiki Man Radio: Sign up to hear more about the Back to the Island Society when it goes live:
March 07, 2021
Episode 26 | Hank Harawood from the Under 40 Victims of Fate Podcast
Hello phriends! My guest this week is Hank Harawood, one of the co-hosts of the new Buffett related podcast Under 40 Victims of Fate. In a classic amateur hour move I totally forgot to give him a chance to plug the socials for the podcast so please make sure you go check them out at the various links below! This was a fun, truly Buffett focused chat and in the second half of the podcast we really deep dive into what it means to be a JB fan, the different types of fans, and why it really hurts when people say they love or don't love Jimmy because of Margaritaville. It was an eye-opening conversation for me and I think if you are a Jimmy fan, you will find it super interesting too! The charity Hank chose is Catering to Cats and Dogs, and animal related charities are always close to my heart, so please go check them out here:  Under 40 pod on Twitter: On Instagram: The podcast: 
February 22, 2021
Episode 25 | Danny Lynn from Tiki Man Radio
I'm back baby! Thanks for hanging in there while I hibernated for a bit over the winter, but I am back and will hopefully be bringing you episodes more regularly. This week my guest is Danny Lynn from Tiki Man Radio, who in addition to running a radio station, also puts on a songwriters showcase in Key West, and all kinds of other fun escapism adjacent things! It was really interesting to hear about the process for choosing songs and how each radio station in the Trop Rock/Coastal Americana genre brings something different to the table. So even if you are a fan of one of the other stations, give Tiki Man Radio a listen too! I apologize for the audio quality during the interview, for some reason my mic didn't engage properly so I think it just recorded on the computer mic, which is not as great. But oh well, as Jimmy says: Breathe in, breathe out, move on! Check out everything we talk about at Follow on Instagram: Follow on Twitter: Like on Facebook: Check out the non-profit Danny picked for our donation, Bahama Village Music Program at: 
February 13, 2021
Episode 24 | Delaney Buffett
I am super excited to have Delaney Buffett as my guest this week! We talk all about her contribution to Jimmy's recent Songs You Don't Know By Heart video series, but also about her own film work, and fun stuff like her favorite places to travel and what it is like to have people named after you. It was just a real pleasure chatting with her! Delaney's organization of choice for this episode's donation is the Innocence Project and you can find out more about it here: Check out her short film The Spring here: Check out the Songs You Don't Know By Heart series here:! Follow Delaney on Instagram:
December 23, 2020
Episode 23 | B-Man and mi-Shell
This week my guests are the lovely trop rock duo B-Man and mi-Shell! They are both retired from the Air Force and are now down in Key West playing music and living the good life. We talk about how they got their catchy nicknames, the great virtual shows they have been putting on this year, and so much more! Be sure to check out their youtube channel and hit subscribe to support them. This episode is also the introduction of my new idea for bringing the purpose to "party with a purpose" for this podcast. Every episode I will have the guest pick their favorite charity and then the podcast (which is just me, haha), will be making a donation to that charity! So for each new episode there will be a great charity for us all to learn about and donation will be made. I am pretty excited about it and I hope you are too. For anyone who is choosing to use that Support button on anchor and helping to support this podcast financially, thank you so much and please know that part of your donations are helping to support these awesome causes as well. Where to find Brian and Michelle:  Website: facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
December 17, 2020
Episode 22 | Helen the Welsh Parrot Head
My guest on this episode is Helen Kendra, also known as Helen the Welsh Parrot Head! She is a major parrot head, frequenter of the Paris and UK JB shows, and admin for the Parrotheads in Paris facebook group. It was so interesting to get to talk to a JB fan from another country and hear what their experience is like compared to being a fan here in America. We also chat about her scuba diving with shark adventures and the first time she met the man himself, Jimmy Buffett! 
November 14, 2020
Episode 21 | Parrot Head and so much more, Eddie Kertis!
Eddie is a huge Jimmy Buffett fan but that's not all! He is also an environmental engineer, retired from a career in the military, lives in Key West and owns a sailing charter company there, has been on the board for the Surfrider Foundation, and has been to many JB shows including the one in Paris. He really is the whole Parrot Head package! As usual, it was super awesome to get to just chat about my love for Jimmy's music for an hour and hear so many great stories from a fellow fan. If you are a big Parrot Head, this is the episode for you! Check out his sailing company here: Learn more about the Surfrider Foundation here: Follow Eddie on Instagram: @capteddiekeywest
October 23, 2020
Episode 20 | The Return of Dan Smith
To try to get back in the swing of podcasting after a hiatus due to being laid off (sorry about how I say hiatus at the beginning of the episode, my brain just broke or something), I invited my good friend Dan Smith from @Classic_Buffett on again for a super laid back chat. So come join us as we catch up on what each other has been up to and generally just shoot the shit.  Check out Dan's new Classic Buffett group on facebook and his podcast Stories We Could Tell!
September 26, 2020
Episode 19 | Trop Rock Musician and Conservationist Michael Eric
Michael Eric is a fairly new voice to the trop rock scene. We chat about his unique song writing process, how he got into Jimmy Buffett, and a subject very close to both our hearts, marine conservation! Check out his recent album Mile Zero here: Follow him on Instagram: Blame it on Buffett Youtube: Support Blame it On Buffett through PayPal:
August 24, 2020
Episode 18 | Captain Vinnie LaSorsa from Last Mango Boatworks
Vinnie LaSorsa has been a boat captain for Jimmy Buffett for years and just recently they started Last Mango Boatworks which is an awesome brand that donates their proceeds to charity. Captain Vinnie and I chat about Last Mango and the causes behind it, Jimmy's different boats, and even what it is like to see sharks out on their fishing trips! Vinnie also shares his favorite hang outs in Key West and Nantucket. I hope you will consider checking out Last Mango Boatworks and maybe buying some rad stuff because it really is for a good cause!  Last Mango Website: Last Mango Instagram: Last Mango Faecbook: Blame it on Buffett Youtube: Support Blame it On Buffett through PayPal:
August 17, 2020
Episode 17 | Shawn Martin, Marine Scientist and Distiller for Papa's Pilar Rum
Okay seriously, I am pretty envious of Shawn's life. He is a marine scientist, makes rum for Papa's Pilar, lives in Key West, and is a big Buffett fan! And he is super nice to boot. If you are at all interested in rum I really encourage you to listen to this episode because I asked him all sorts of questions about how rum is made and it is fascinating! I really learned so much on several different topics from this interview and I hope you will too. But it's like, you know, FUN learning. Check out Papa's Pilar here: Subscribe to my youtube channel here:
August 08, 2020
Episode 16 | Boomer Blake from Boomer's Basement
This week my guest Boomer Blake is a trop rock musician AND has an awesome facebook live show! We talk about trop rock, all the awesome guests he has had on his show so far, and of course, our mutual love for Jimmy Buffett! Boomer Blake and the ShoreBreak is his band name and Boomer's Basement is the name of his show, so go check both out. Where to find him: Website: Facebook: Instagram:
August 02, 2020
Episode 15 | RumShopRyan and Castaway Crystal from the Caribbean Castaways Travel Blog
I chat with Ryan and Crystal about the empire (my word, not theirs haha) that they are building with Caribbean Castaways. They have an awesome travel blog, instagram, and now podcast, all dedicated to helping you have the best possible vacation in the Caribbean. We talk about what it is like behind the scenes of being a travel blogger, what other places they like to travel besides the Caribbean, and of course, their favorite drinks! (with a nickname like RumShopRyan how could I not ask this?) Be sure to follow them for tons of great information about traveling in the Caribbean and beautiful photos! Website: Instagram: Facebook:
July 27, 2020
Episode 14 | Trop Rock Musician Tiki Thom Starkey
Tiki Thom has been doing his trop rock thing for quite some time now, but I only just discovered him, so I wanted to have him on to share his music with other people who might not have heard him before. We talk about his career as a musician, how he writes songs, his radio show, and of course, his tiki bar! And stay tuned at the end of the episode to hear his song Key West Attitude, which was the first of his songs I ever heard. Check out his website: Find him on facebook:
July 19, 2020
Episode 13 | Backyards of Key West Host Mark Baratto
I had a great time chatting with Mark because not only did we talk about Key West and his awesome Backyards of Key West Instagram account and podcast, we also kind of geeked out about podcasting and marketing. I hope that if you have ever been on the fence about starting that podcast or other creative project, that this episode will inspire you! Where to find Mark and all his cool projects: Website: Art Website: (listen to the podcast for a 20% off discount code!) Facebook: Backyards of Key West Instagram: Songwriters Podcast Instagram: Mark's how to start a podcast article:
July 13, 2020
Episode 12 | Classic Buffett Curator Dan Smith
Dan Smith runs the super awesome Jimmy Buffett related instagram account @classic_buffett, loves all things JB, and recently made the move to Key West. Basically he is living the parrot head dream, so you do not want to miss this interview to hear all about it! Definitely check out, follow, and share his instagram account and if you want to contact him you can reach him on insta or at Send me your voice messages here!
July 05, 2020
Episode 11 | Kim Becker from Hello Gorgeous!
I was excited to have Kim on because not only is she a Jimmy Buffett fan, but she also runs a really amazing non-profit called Hello Gorgeous! The organization provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education to women battling all cancers. Hear all about the work they do on this episode! Where you can find Hello Gorgeous! Website: Facebook: You can send me a voice message here: or just go to my main Anchor page and hit the "Message" button.
June 30, 2020
Episode 10 | The Miles Between with Bob Karwin
What's his name? Why it's Bob Karwin of course! So happy to have Karwin on this episode to chat about his new album The Miles Between. In addition to talking about some of the stories behind the songs, and which songs are his favorites, he also filled me in on the production side of things which, I'll be honest, I was pretty clueless about, but found super interesting. We also touched on his campaigns for TRMA EOTY and Menifee City Council. That's right, he is running for both of those at the same time and has a t-shirt to cover all the bases! You can find it here:  Get the new album here: Find Bob Karwin on facebook here: or here: or on one of like three other pages he has. No, seriously. 
June 13, 2020
Episode 9 | Party with a Purpose with PHIP President Billy Brehm
Billy Brehm, the current president of PHIP, comes on to talk about the direction he wants to take the organization, the postponement of MOTM, and he even throws in a few great ideas for Parrot Head clubs!
June 03, 2020
Episode 8 | Talkin' (Radio) Trop Rock with Eric and Gina Babin
Eric and Gina Babin from Radio Trop Rock join me to chat about Trop Rock, the radio station biz, and what will still be happening in Key West now that MOTM is postponed.  Check them out here:
May 24, 2020
Episode 7 | Beach Vibes with Aubrey Wollett
Aubrey is a newer face on the Trop Rock scene and we talk about her new single Beach Vibes, her career in music so far, and how important it is to be yourself in the music business! Where to find her: Website: Facebook: New Single:
May 16, 2020
Episode 6 | Geeking Out About Jimmy Buffett with Evan DeGraff
My friend and fellow young parrot head Evan DeGraff comes on to talk about his parrot head journey and all things Jimmy! Follow him on Facebook: And Twitter: @EvanDeGraffLive And check out his adorable kid Evan performance videos, he has played with major Trop Rockers!
May 11, 2020
Episode 5 | A Lovely Chat and New Songs with Jim Hoehn
Jim and I talk about his career as both a musician and a journalist, and stay tuned at the end to hear two brand new Jim Hoehn songs! Where you can find Jim: Website: Facebook:
May 02, 2020
Episode 4 | Cookie Dough and Wine with Erica Sunshine Lee
Erica and I chat about her musical roots, her favorite foods, and of course, her new album Bulletproof which is available now!  Where to find her: Website: Facebook: Instagram: 
April 23, 2020
Not a Real Episode #1: Life Happens
Things have been going less than ideally over here in podcast land and I didn't want to leave you hanging. So this is an episode, but not a real episode, if you know what I mean.
April 14, 2020
Episode 3 | From Sales to Showbiz with Brent Burns
An interview with Brent Burns and send me your tropical book recommendations!  Check out all Brent has to offer here: Send me a voice message! Follow the podcast: Facebook: Twitter: @BlameBuffettPod Instagram: @BlameBuffettPod
March 07, 2020
Episode 2 | The New Peace and Love Movement With Mike Nash and Melissa Donor
I talk about how excited I am to have introduced someone new to the house concert world and also interview Mike Nash and Melissa Donor!
January 31, 2020
Episode 1 | In The Hot Tub With Kelly McGuire
An introduction to what Blame it on Buffett is all about and an interview with Kelly McGuire, in a hot tub of course!
January 09, 2020