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PreOrder Mac’s Album, Get it Autographed

posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 am

by Josh Martin

As we reported last week, Mac McAnally is releasing a live album in October. If you pre-order through his website, you can get it autographed by Mac!

Go to www.macmcanallystore.com to pre-order Live in Muscle Shoals for $15.00.

Recorded live from the Norton Auditorium at the University of North Alabama during the W.C. Handy Music Festival, Mac put together an incredible band of musicians consisting of fellow Coral Reefers and Muscle Shoals/Nashville session friends in which they captivated the audience.

Track Listing:
1. It’s a Crazy World
2. New Orleans Intro
3. Blame It On New Orleans
4. Down the Road Intro
5. Down the Road
6. Down by the River
7. Dark Ages Intro
8. Dark Ages
9. Pop Top Hop Intro
10. Pop Top Hop
11. Miracle
12. Cafe on the Corner Intro
13. Cafe on the Corner
14. Opinion on Love Intro
15. Opinion on Love
16. All These Years Intro
17. All These Years
18. This Time Intro
19. This Time
20. Bound to Get Down
21. Little Blue Phil
22. On Account of You
23. Last Man Standing
24. Back Where I Come From Intro
25. Back Where I Come From
26. It’s My Job
27. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

You can also pre-order a non-autographed copy from Mailboat Records for $9.99. The album will be released October 11th.

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Mac McAnally Releasing Live Album

posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:03 am

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by Josh Martin

Mac McAnally will release his first live album, ‘Live in Muscle Shoals,’ on Mailboat Records next month.

Recorded live from the Norton Auditorium at the University of North Alabama during the W.C. Handy Music Festival, Mac put together an incredible band of musicians consisting of fellow Coral Reefers (Mac is a member of Buffett’s band) and Muscle Shoals/Nashville session friends in which they captivated the audience.

“Last summer the fine folks in charge of the W.C. Handy Music Festival asked me to play a show that ran the gamut of everything I’ve done,” Mac said. “In live performance you don’t have to look far for imperfections. I look at the imperfections as blessings too,” he added. “W.C. Handy made a career out of mixing influences from his surroundings and expressing them musically. I share that aspiration and hope to merit having shared the bill with his legacy on July 31, 2010 in his hometown of Florence, Alabama,” he added.

The CD includes his hits “Back Where I Come,” (Kenny Chesney), “All These Years” (Sawyer Brown), and “Down the Road,” (Kenny Chesney), as well as a cover of the ‘60s hit “I Heard It through the Grapevine.” A master storyteller, Mac set up each song with an anecdote and those bites of observation and humor which are included on the disc.

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McAnally Nominated Again as CMA Musician of the Year

posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:12 am

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by Josh Martin

Nominations were announced Tuesday morning for the 45th annual CMA Awards and Mac McAnally was once again nominated as Musician of the Year.

Mac has won the award the past three years. Can he win a fourth?

Here are the nominees in the category:

  • Sam Bush – Mandolin
  • Jerry Douglas – Dobro
  • Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
  • Dann Huff – Guitar
  • Mac McAnally – Guitar

After being nominated a third time last year (and subsequently winning again), a very humble Mac said “I was flattered and felt unworthy to be nominated the first time and now I’ve won two. Once again, I’m awfully grateful to be thought about in any positive light by my peers. Playing music is my favorite thing to do,” he said. “It’s certainly not a bad thing to get called to do some more.”

The 45th annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, November 9th on ABC with hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. The Musician of the Year award is typically given out before the live broadcast.

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Mac Discusses Upcoming Naval Aviation Museum Benefit Show

posted April 22nd, 2011 at 9:45 am

by Josh Martin

Next Thursday Jimmy Buffett, along with Mac McAnally and Robert Greenidge, will play a benefit show in Pensacola for the National Naval Aviation Museum.

The Pensacola News Journal has an interview with McAnally on the show:

In a phone interview, McAnally said the sold-out fundraising concert is something that he and Buffett are both excited about.

“We were just bragging about that show last night in Raleigh,” McAnally said. “Jimmy’s been a longtime supporter of the military and the Wounded Warrior Project, and so have I, drafting off him in the NASCAR sense. Both of our fathers were connected to the military. (Jimmy) is a sailor and a military historian, so the Navy and the air, it’s an interest to him. I hesitate to speak for him, but I know there’s a passion there. There’s nothing not to like.”

McAnally said the show will consist of he and Buffett on guitar, accompanied by steel drummer Robert Greenidge.

“It’s a reincarnation of what we did two years ago in Tahiti,” McAnally said. “We enjoy playing that configuration, so we’re looking forward to it.”


McAnally said his relationship with Buffett on- and off-stage is something that is still enjoyable and exciting, all these years on.

“We are truly old, good friends, and that’s never a bad thing,” McAnally said. “He’s been a supporter of what I do from the very beginning. He sent me a note after my first record came out (in 1977), and it said, ‘we’re both from Mississippi and both songwriters and we’re going to be friends.’ I was a fan before I met him, and I am now. I’m honored to get to stand beside him and play. I was and am sort of bashful. I was from the — as he says — ‘not fun’ part of Mississippi. He was from the fun part near the water, and is less bashful. I was always more inclined to stand to the side. Maybe I’m of more use to him there; I try to be, anyway.”

Read the full interview here.

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Interview with Mac McAnally

posted April 4th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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by Josh Martin

The reigning three-time CMA musician of the year and Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally gives a good interview to Nashville.com:

You still perform with Jimmy Buffett, but do you have your own band now?
I can’t imagine not playing with Jimmy as long as he has a use for me. I mainly perform my shows as a solo but I did put together a bit of an all-star band made up of some fellow Coral Reefers and some of my best studio buddies from Nashville and Muscle Shoals to record a live CD last fall. It will be called “Live from Muscle Shoals” and was recorded at the W.C. Handy Festival down in Alabama.

What are your favorite songs that you’ve written for other artists and why do you like these songs?
Well, once again, I’ve really been blessed in that area but I’ll single out a few. “All These Years” by Sawyer Brown; “Back Where I Come From” and “Down the Road” by Kenny Chesney; “It’s My Job” by Jimmy Buffett and the one that started it for me “Old Flame” by Alabama. These are favorites because in addition to being successful they represent the best I can do. Sometimes a writer’s best work is not what ends up representing them in the charts. These were satisfying, both ways.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about the music business?
To enjoy it. It’s music. It should be enjoyed. I think people can hear whether you’re having a good time or not. And that’s contagious. Having a good time is contagious and not having a good time is also contagious. I’ve learned it from one of the best, from Jimmy [Buffett]. The secret to him when he was playing frat parties and keg parties as a young man, he enjoyed the heck out of it. I don’t think he enjoyed it any less or more than now. He’s always enjoyed playing music. I think it’s important to do that. How many people in the world don’t have even an opportunity to something they like?

Read the full interview here.

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Mac McAnally Honored by the State of Mississippi

posted March 3rd, 2011 at 12:47 am

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by Josh Martin

He’s won CMA’s Musician of the Year award three years running, and now Coral Reefer Mac McAnally’s home state of Mississippi has bestowed even more honors on the singer/songwriter:

First during a ceremony in Jackson, and emceed by Marty Stuart, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and the Mississippi Arts Commission presented McAnally with the 2011 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. A bronze cast statue designed by artist Bill Dunlap represents the distinction.

The next day, McAnally became only the sixth artist to be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker was unveiled at the same city park in Belmont, MS where Mac once played as a child. He joins such music luminaries as Jimmie Rodgers and Marty Stuart.

“This is an amazing honor for me to be acknowledged in such a way by the state I grew up in and was inspired by,” McAnally said. “Music is a vital part of life in Mississippi—from the Delta blues to country to Southern rock. It seeps into your very soul. I am proud to have grown up in a state so rich in culture and with such an amazing and deep musical heritage.”

Music was a direct path for young Lyman “Mac” McAnally. Born in Red Bay Alabama and raised in Belmont, Mississippi, he was a guitar and piano prodigy performing in clubs at 13, writing songs at 15 and a Muscle Shoals studio mainstay by 18. He scored his own record deal by the age of 17 and was later touring as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, a position he holds to this day. As a songwriter, McAnally has scored numerous #1 hits, including Kenny Chesney’s 2009 #1 “Down The Road.”

Congrats Mac on another well-deserved honor!

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