Here’s a good interview with Mac with lots of information: “Nashville.com Featured Songwriter: Mac McAnally”
Mac McAnally is one of the most recognized names in country music … by his peers. He may not be a household name to the general public, but he certainly should be. He’s a singer/songwriter/musician/producer who has had his hand on the pulse of many household, superstar names in country music by lending his talents to their body of work. The thing is, he feels like the luckiest guy on the planet to be in the company of so many great country superstars, having written No. 1 songs for so many (as a songwriter) and having played in their bands (as a musician), most notably with Jimmy Buffett for over 15 years.
His songwriting was his calling card, and it was Jimmy Buffett who was the first one out of the blocks to recognize his talent. Eventually, his songs would be recorded not only by Jimmy, but by the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama (took his “Old Flame” to No. 1 in 1981), Reba, Shenandoah, Ricky Van Shelton, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Kenny Chesney, and, well, the list just goes on and on.
Mac’s songwriting talents have been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, and has been named Musician of the year by the Country Music Association.
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.