Mac McAnally recovering from heart attack

Coral Reefer Mac McAnally suffered from a heart attack this week and is doing better now. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile Jimmy Buffett is helping Snoop Dogg on a new movie called “The Beach Bum”.

From Buffett: “OK, by now, most folks have heard about Mac’s heart attack, which was a little more serious than a Big Mac attack. He is fine now and stable and should leave the hospital tomorrow, which is great news for all of us. Sadly he will not make the hurricane benefit this Sunday in Tallahassee, while I was working on the set of “The Beach Bum”, in Miami on Tuesday, Snoop said he would try and work up “Little Martha”. I will keep you posted on his progress. No, I am not the beach bum in the movie. He is played by Matthew McConaughey. I am JB, Snoop’s writing partner. Movie is directed by Harmony Korine. Coming soon to a theatre new you! Fins Up. JB”

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.

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!

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

McAnally & Utley talk about Buffett and musical influences

From WGN Radil: “Coral Reefers Mac McAnally and Michael Utley talk Buffett, the Dixie Flyers and more from the session circuit

Guitarist Mac McAnally and keyboardist/musical director Michael Utley take some time out from their tour with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band to talk with Dave Hoekstra on the Journal.

They talk about what it’s like collaborating with Buffett, how the unique blend of blues, country and jazz influences from the southern US have shaped their respective sounds, Utley’s work as part of Atlantic Records’ “Dixie Flyers”, and McAnally’s lengthy songwriting career. Listen to the interview here

Mac McAnally earns 7th CMA Award

From AL.com: “Mac McAnally earns 2014 CMA Award for Musician of the Year; Alabama native has 7 wins in a row

Just call it Lucky No. 7. Alabama native Mac McAnally has won the 2014 CMA Award for Musician of the Year, continuing his streak in this category.

McAnally — a guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer — has won this award six times previously, 2008-2013. He faced some tough competition this year, besting fellow nominees Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Dan Huff and Paul Franklin.

McAnally, 57, was born in Red Bay and grew up in Belmont, Miss. He maintains strong ties to Alabama, and has a home and studio in Sheffield.

He’s a solo artist with a 12-album catalog, a go-to songwriter for many country artists and a longtime member of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers.

Mac McAnally to release new live album

Mac McAnally has recorded his first live record “Live in Muscle Shoals”, to be released on October 11. You can pre-order his new album at Amazon.com or MacMcAnallyStore.com.

Grammy nominated, award-winning, prolific hit songwriter, singer, musician and producer Mac McAnally will release his first live recording Live in Muscle Shoals on October 11th on Mailboat Records.

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.

As reigning three time winner, Mac is once again nominated for a CMA Award for Musician of the Year; the awards will be handed out November 9th on ABC-TV.

To watch new videos of Mac performing songs from his new album “Live In Muscle Shoals” click here.