Jimmy Buffett is no stranger to the country charts. But he's going after mainstream country acceptance in a big way with the release this week of his RCA debut album, "License To Chill." Nine of the album's 16 tracks feature Buffett in duets with many of country music's "A"-list artists. Alan Jackson, Buffett's partner on last year's eight-week No. 1 hit "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," joins Buffett on "Boats To Build."
Other artists joining in on duets are Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, George Strait, Clint Black, Bill Withers and Nanci Griffith. The first single, a cover of Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin,'" features Buffett with a whole bunch of pals: Black, Chesney, Jackson, Keith and Strait.
"License To Chill" is Buffett's first studio album since 2002's "Far Side of the World," which debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The artist is in the midst of a summer tour that will wrap Sept. 10 and 12 at Boston's Fenway Park.