Listen to "The Ballad of Buck Reilly" release by
Mailboat Records recording artist, Matt Hoggatt.
Before becoming a national songwriting awards winner, viral YouTube subject, bourbon street performer and the focus of a Jimmy Buffett song, he was an Army soldier and a police detective from the Gulf Coast town of Gautier, Mississippi. Sound good so far? His sharp wit and talent as a singer song writer led to his debut album, “Hotter Than Fishgrease” on Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records. Matt and I connected through social media, struck up an immediate friendship, which led his appearing as a tequila wielding hero in my third Buck Reilly novel, Crystal Blue. We have also co-written the Ballad of Buck Reilly—one of the songs on Matt’s new CD—produced by legendary songwriter, and all around great guy, Keith Sykes. I had the pleasure of hanging with Matt, Keith and the fantastic musicians in the studio in Memphis while they recorded the new CD, which features several Coral Reefers, and Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson — the Reeferettes — on the Ballad of Buck Reilly! Friendships happen in a lot of different ways, and Matt’s and mine started with a connection as writers. Check him out at www.matthoggatt.com.