The California Chronicle has an interview with Mac McAnally: “McAnally, McNeil to perform in Hub City”
McAnally, who first released an album in 1977, has seen a recent surge in popularity thanks to connections with country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith.
McAnally signed this year to Keith’s Show Dog Nashville record label, and scored his first number one song duetting with Chesney on “Down the Road.” Chesney covered “Down the Road,” originally penned and performed by McAnally in 1990, as well as McAnally’s “Back Where I Come From.”
McAnally noted that “Down the Road” was written on Christmas morning, when he was putting toys together for his daughter.
“It was too close to daylight to go on to sleep so I decided to wait until the kids got up and looked under the tree,” he said. “That was in 1987 and Kenny resurrected it last year.”
McAnally said he was headed to the studio Wednesday to demo a few songs he has accumulated recently.
“I produced the new Jimmy Buffett record that’s just about to come out, along with Mike Utley,” he said. “We’ve produced the last three or four. We’re also going to be on one of those CMT ‘Crossroads’ shows with Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band.”