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Mac McAnally Wins CMA Musician of the Year

posted November 9th, 2017 at 8:03 am

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by Josh Martin

Mac McAnally has once again won the CMA Award for Musician of the Year:

This is the ninth time McAnally, a chart-topping recording artist, producer, songwriter and studio owner, has been honored by his peers in this specific category. He has a previous record-breaking eight consecutive wins (2008-2015) for this award — quite the feat.

When accepting the award, McAnally said, “Wonders never cease. My friends in the country music world have seen fit to honor me for the ninth time! I’m as blessed as guitar pickers get. Thanks CMA!”

McAnally ties with Chet Atkins for the most wins for CMA Musician of the Year (originally called Instrumentalist of the Year).

Congrats Mac!


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“Margaritaville” Included in Grammy Hall of Fame 2016

posted June 8th, 2016 at 10:47 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s iconic tune “Margaritaville” is one of 26 songs being included in the 2016 Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame Class 2016.

Part of the reason Jimmy Buffett’s iconic hit “Margaritaville” has stood the test of time is that it’s a song everyone can relate to, Shoals bassist, producer and former recording studio owner Norbert Putnam said.
Putnam should know.

He produced the track in 1977 with Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band.

“Margaritaville” is also connected with a restaurant chain, a chain of hotels, and a variety of other products such as “frozen concoction makers,” commonly known as blenders.

“It has every element for a good story,” Putnam said.

The singer refers to sitting on his front porch swing, strumming his six string. He’s noticing tourists covered in suntan oil, smelling shrimp beginning to boil, and cuts his foot on a pop top.

And like all good stories, Putnam said, the song has that element of drama or conflict.

“Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know, it’s nobody’s fault,” the chorus goes. Later in the song, however, the chorus changes and he laments, “… it’s my own … fault.”

Putnam said he agreed to produce a new Buffett album in the late 1970s after being approached by Buffett’s producer, Don Gant. According to Putnam, Buffett wanted to record his next album with his touring band, but Gant preferred recording with his favorite Nashville, Tennessee, session musicians.

So Putnam agreed to meet with Buffett at his favorite Nashville restaurant.

Putnam said Buffett told him “my band is more like the Rolling Stones than Nashville studio musicians.”

“I thought that was a pretty profound statement,” Putnam said.

He caught the band live and just like Buffett said, they came out “like a big heavy rock band.”

“And the crowd went wild,” Putnam said. “I thought, this must work. I met with Jimmy the next week and said, play me some songs. Everything he played had saltwater in it.”

Putnam had been in Miami, Florida, the year before with the Pousette-Dart Band, so he thought getting Buffett out of Nashville and into some Miami salt air might be good for the recording sessions.

About a week later, Buffett came to Putnam with “Changes in Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes,” and they were off to the beach.

One morning over breakfast, Buffett told Putnam he had a new song he titled “Margaritaville.” Putnam asked what “Margaritaville” was.

He said Buffett replied,”It’s a day in my life in Key West.”

“I’m sitting there thinking, I don’t know if this is a song or not,” Putnam said. “About the second week, he comes in and throws his legal pad down, grabs his guitar and said, listen to this. We gathered around and he sang ‘Margaritaville’ from start to finish.”

It appeared on “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” which was recorded at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami and Putnam’s Quadrophonic Recording Studios in Nashville.

The song became Buffett’s highest charting solo single, reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart.

Read more here.


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Mac McAnally Wins CMA Musician of The Year Again

posted November 4th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

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by Josh Martin

Would you believe it if we told you that singer/songwriter and Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally won the CMA Musician of the Year Award again this year? You should, because it’s the 8th consecutive win in the category for Mac and 10th win overall.

With last year’s seventh win, Mac broke the record for consecutive Musician of the Year wins.

Congrats Mac!

Get Mac McAnally’s new album ‘AKA Nobody’ at iTunes or MailboatRecords.com.


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Watch Jimmy’s University of Miami Commencement Speech

posted May 8th, 2015 at 10:35 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett delivered the commencement speech at the University of Miami on Friday afternoon. Before his speech, he was given an honorary Doctor of Music degree.

Buffett told the crowd he was inspired to become a marine biologist after visiting the aquarium while on vacation in Florida with his family – and he wanted to study at UM.

“I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau with a Southern accent,” he said.

The closest he got was a nearby bar that’s now called Titanic Restaurant and Brewery, where Buffett said he landed his first paying gig.

He distilled his advice into a checklist for the “ever-elusive future.” The four bits of wisdom he shared: Everything in moderation. Make your avocation your vocation. Go see the world. And “be Santa Claus when you can.”

Wearing aviator sunglasses (he said he forgot his reading glasses,) Buffett encouraged students to get out and see the world. “Use your time well. Beware of falling into the sedentary trap.”

The Miami Herald has a photo gallery from the ceremony.

Watch Jimmy’s speech:




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Mac Wins Musician of the Year for 7th Straight Time

posted November 5th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

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by Josh Martin

He did it! Mac McAnally once again won Musician of the Year tonight at the 48th annual CMA Awards. It’s Mac’s seventh consecutive win, breaking a record held by fiddler Mark O’Connor.

“I have to be the least deserving winner … but that doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for it,” says McAnally. “The guys I’m nominated with honestly deserve it at least as much as I deserve it … But I’m the most grateful guy that’s ever gotten the award, I’ll say that.”

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Mac McAnally Goes for Record at CMA Awards

posted November 4th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

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by Josh Martin

The 48th annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday night, and singer/songwriter (and Coral Reefer) Mac McAnally is looking to set a record for consecutive Musician of the Year wins.

The multi-talented performer has already won seven CMA Musician of the Year awards – six in a row – and he’s once again nominated in the same category. First nominated in 2007, he’s won the award each year since 2008, tying the consecutive-win record set by fiddler Mark O’Connor (1991-96). If he picks up another CMA award for his artistry with a guitar Wednesday night, he’ll become the record-holder for most consecutive wins in the category.

Watch the CMA Awards live on ABC at 8pm ET. The Musician of the Year award is typically awarded before the live show.


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