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Gulf and western is a term used to describe the music genre of Americanmarker popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and other similar sounding performers. The name derives from elements in Buffett's early music including musical influence from country and western, along with folk music and lyrical themes from the Gulf of Mexicomarker coast. A critic described Buffett's music as a combination of "tropical languor with country funkiness into what some [have] called the Key West sound, or Gulf-and-western." The term is a play on the name of the former megacorporation Gulf+Western (now part of National Amusements).

Other performers identified as gulf and western are often deliberately derivative of Buffett's musical style and some are tribute bands or, in the case of Greg "Fingers" Taylor, a former member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. They can be heard on Buffett's online Radio Margaritaville and on the compilation album series Thongs in the Key of Life.

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  1. Alanna Nash. "Margaritaville Madness." Entertainment Weekly. 13 July 1990. Retrieved on 25 July 2009. "Buffett, 43, who crafts a sunny variant of calypso, salsa, country, and Memphis soul described as 'yacht rock' or 'gulf and western'..."
  2. "Jimmy Buffett" at the Mississippi Writers Page. 5 August 2007. Retrieved on 25 July 2009. "...he began to mix country, folk, and pop music styles with tropical and coastal lyrical themes to create a musical sound sometimes called 'gulf and western.'"
  3. Lori Hoffman. "Booming Buffettville." Atlantic City Weekly. 21 August 2008. Retrieved on 25 July 2009. "[Buffett's] music is described as having a 'gulf and western' sound."
  4. Mark Humphrey with Harris Lewine. The Jimmy Buffett Scrap Book. Citadel Press, 2000. p. 68. ISBN 978-0806520995. "[ Jerry Jeff Walker said] 'I am repsonsible for all that island junk he does so well -- that golf-Gulf-and-Western thing.'"
  5. Music Achievers: Jimmy Buffett at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 25 July 2009. "Refers to his style of music as 'Gulf and Western.'"
  6. *Harrington, Richard. "Jimmy Buffett: Oh, the Stories He Can Tell." Washington Post 17 December 1989, G1. Cited in Dawn S. Bowen. "Lookin' for Margaritaville: Place and Imagination in Jimmy Buffett's Songs." Journal of Cultural Geography. Spring/Summer 1997. Vol. 16, Issue 2. p. 99. Accessed on 10 April 2007.
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  9. Kim Lyons. "Big big country." Trib p.m.. 8 June 2007. Retrieved on 25 July 2009. "Jimmy Buffett might have popularized the laid-back tropical 'gulf and western' sound, but Kenny Chesney has put his own toes in the sand, riding those ocean breezes to a million-dollar payday."
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