Mac McAnally to perform in Pascagoula

From GulfLive: “Eight time Country Music Association Musician of the Year Mac McAnally is coming to Pascagoula

Multi-talented Mississippi musician Mac McAnally has bounced around from the back roads of Belmont to the beaches of Biloxi over the past several decades.

He’s comfortable no matter where he lands. And in mid-January, he will once again find his way back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a pair of shows.

He has written, recorded, performed and produced with the likes of Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Zac Brown Band, Alabama, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Sawyer Brown and Keith Whitley as well as George Jones, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood, Reba and of course the Pascagoula native Buffett over the years.

“Jimmy is my longest running co-writing relationship,” said McAnally. “We wrote ‘Coast Of Carolina’ as a sequel to ‘Come Monday.’

“Jazz Fest Unplugged” is a live music concept that takes national and regional artists that have played at the greatest music festival in the world in recent years and puts them together in a unique up close and personal setting for the enjoyment of live music fans.

Showtimes for both shows is 8 p.m. Pascagoula’s own Libby Rae Watson will open the show in Jackson County, while Radio Margaritaville DJ Matt Hoggatt will open the show in the Bay.

A limited amount of VIP tickets are available for $50 apiece, and include a pre-show audience with McAnally as well as a meet and greet photo opportunity and guaranteed reserved seating in front of the stage. General admission (standing room only) tickets are $35 apiece.

Interview with Roger Guth

Paul Leslie got a chance to interview drummer and songwriter Roger
Guth. Roger talks about songs from his new instrumental jazz album “Tin Roof” and is joined by Peter Mayer.

Roger and Peter talk about a few of the songs Buffett has recorded that Roger Guth wrote including “Mermaid in the Night” from “Off to the See the Lizard” (1989), “Frenchman for the Night” from “Fruitcakes” (1994), and “Colour of the Sun” from “Songs from St. Somewhere” (2013)

You can listen to the interview at:
http://www.thepaulleslie.com/roger-guth

Download Mac McAnally’s “AKA Nobody” for free

Coral Reefer McAnally is offering his latest album “AKA Nobody” as a free download through January 4th!

Says McAnally: This is my 12th Studio album and I am especially proud of the work my friends (Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Chris Stapleton, Sonny Landreth, The Coral Reefers and the McAnally Daughters ) and I did …. From writing to recording and performing I think it represents the best efforts of my God Given Limitations.

And since I don’t have it in me to ask anyone to buy it.. and since I spend (by choice) the bulk of my working life in the service of artists other than myself….

Read the rest of Mac’s letter, then download or stream the album online!

USM to Honor Buffett and Fingers Taylor

From Studentprintz.com: “University to honor legendary musicians

Two legendary musicians that met on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus 40 years ago will be commemorated Nov. 21 at the very spot they first encountered each other. Jimmy Buffett and Greg “Fingers” Taylor, who together created the famous Coral Reefer Band, met at Shoemaker Square in the early 1970s.

The ceremony will honor the musicians with a bronze marker outside The Hub at 10 a.m. Saturday, prior to the USM and Old Dominion football game.

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Some say it was destiny that the two musicians met and became one of America’s most prized musical collaborations. Buffett graduated from USM in 1969. Shortly after, he met Taylor, who was still enrolled at the time. This meeting occurred on the front steps of The Hub. Buffett was on campus to play his guitar for a group of students in between classes, and Taylor, known for his confidence, asked if he could join in.

Their chemistry sparked a friendship that led to their renowned collaboration, which created the band’s hit songs, including “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Fervent fans of the Coral Reefer Band are named “parrotheads” who continue to support and be inspired by their music. The legacies of Buffett and Taylor will be recognized on Saturday by a platoon of groups associated with Southern Miss, including the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Buffett was a member of Kappa Sigma during his undergraduate career.

Buffett was said to be thrilled about the ceremony and has sent a video for audiences to view during the football game. Speculation claimed that Buffett would attend the ceremony, but his schedule conflicts with the event.

Buffett appears at Stephen Talkhouse

Jimmy Buffett performed last night during Peter Mayer’s show at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY. Peter Mayer along with his son Brendan Mayer and Scott Kirby performed with Buffett on “Volcano”, “Margaritaville”, “A Pirate Looks at Forty”, “Son of a Son of a Sailor”, and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”. Thanks to Kenny Newman for posting the videos.

A Pirate Looks at Forty (click on the image below for the video)

Volcano (click on the image below for the video)

Mac McAnally’s New Album “AKA Nobody”

Songwriter Mac McAnally is set to release a brand-new album, A.K.A. Nobody, on Sept. 25 on Mailboat Records.

A.K.A Nobody is McAnally’s latest solo album, sung, performed and produced by the much beloved session ace. All but one of its songs were written by McAnally, either on his own or with illustrious co-writers including Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton, Al Anderson, and others.

Working with an all-star assembly of friends and studio colleagues, McAnally achieves a rare blend of deep soul and polished technique on each track. His expressive range is on full display — swampy blues on “Place Where You Belong,” some exotic Parisian-style swing on “Zanzibar,” a saucy Cajun swagger on “Loser Gumbo” with McAnally rocking the piano as Sonny Landreth wails on slide guitar, complex but catchy pop reminiscent of Steely Dan’s best on “Someday,” straight-ahead, steel-sweetened country with Southern rock seasoning on “Coast of Carolina.”

After winning CMA Country Music Association Musician Of The Year for the past 7 years, Mac has just picked up another nomination for 2015! Tune into the CMA Country Music Awards on November 4th at 8/7c on ABC