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Coral Reefer Ralph MacDonald Dies

posted December 18th, 2011 at 10:02 am

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by Josh Martin

Longtime Coral Reefer Ralph MacDonald died early this morning after battling lung cancer.

From his humble beginnings as the son of Caribbean immigrant parents, MacDonald followed his family’s musical heritage and, in the process, defined the the very nature of percussion in American music.

Our condolences to Ralph’s friends and family.

(H/T Bam Bam)

Update:



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Mac McAnally Wins CMA Musician of the Year Again

posted November 9th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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by Josh Martin

For the fourth year in a row singer/songwriter and Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally has won CMA Musician of the Year. The award was announced before the live airing of the 45th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night.

Mac beat out Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Paul Franklin, and Dann Huff.

Be sure to pick up Mac’s new live album, Live in Muscle Shoals. Get it here.

Congratulations Mac!


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Preview Videos from Mac’s Live Album

posted October 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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by Josh Martin

Mac McAnally’s new live album drops in a week and you can watch a couple videos from the show that the live recordings were taken from.

Go to www.margaritaville.com to see Mac perform “Bound to Get Down” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

Here’s the 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

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.

The album will be released October 11th.


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PreOrder Mac’s Album, Get it Autographed

posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 am

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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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