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 or

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.

Mac talks about upcoming Museum Show

The Pensacola News Journal has an article: “McAnally looks forward to Buffett’s museum show” (Jimmy Buffett at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola Florida, Thursday April 28th)

Mac McAnally will accompany Buffett in an intimate performance Thursday night at the National Naval Aviation Museum. In a phone interview, McAnally said the sold-out fundraising concert is something that he and Buffett are both excited about.

“We were just bragging about that show last night in Raleigh,” McAnally said. “Jimmy’s been a longtime supporter of the military and the Wounded Warrior Project, and so have I, drafting off him in the NASCAR sense. Both of our fathers were connected to the military. (Jimmy) is a sailor and a military historian, so the Navy and the air, it’s an interest to him. I hesitate to speak for him, but I know there’s a passion there. There’s nothing not to like.”

McAnally said the show will consist of he and Buffett on guitar, accompanied by steel drummer Robert Greenidge. “It’s a reincarnation of what we did two years ago in Tahiti,” McAnally said. “We enjoy playing that configuration, so we’re looking forward to it.”

McAnally said he’s looking forward to seeing the museum for the first time. “I’m somebody who takes being an American seriously,” he sad. “My father was one of seven brothers who were all military. Out of my musician circle of friends in Nashville, I’ve had a couple of friends that have told me I needed to see the museum, so I’m looking forward to it. And I’m honored to be a part of all of this.

Interview with Mac McAnally

Here’s a good interview with Mac with lots of information: “ 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.

McAnally wins CMA for Musician of the Year

From Country Standard Time: Mac McAnally won the Country Music Association award for Musician of the Year.

McAnally, who has enjoyed a solo career and toured with Jimmy Buffett, took the honor over Paul Franklin – steel guitar, Dann Huff, Randy Scruggs and Brett Mason – guitar.

The guys nominated with me were better than me, but if this means I get to keep picking with them, then I’m the luckiest guy in the bunch,” McAnally said.

Article on Mac McAnally

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.”

Mac McAnally Wins CMA Musician of the Year

From Congratulations to Mac – CMA Musician of the Year! Mac was honored by his peers, as he was named Musician of the Year at the CMA Music Awards held in Nashville, Tennessee on November 11th! 2009 has been a big year for Mac, with a No. 1 hit and an acclaimed solo album release. Congratulations Mac!

“I’m very happy,” McAnally said during a telephone interview from Nashville. “I’m very grateful and thrilled. I’m particularly happy I was nominated in a category where I don’t have to go on a diet.”

Article on Mac McAnally has a nice article on Mac McAnally: “CasiNotes: He’ll be backing Buffett, as usual, at Boardwalk

It was 1977, and McAnally was touring in support of his self-titled debut album. The road trip took him to the old Bijou Cafe, an intimate nightclub on Lombard Street just west of Broad. Because some of the execs at his label, Ariola, had worked for the likewise defunct ABC/Dunhill imprint (which at that time had Buffett in its stable of stars), Buffett was familiar with McAnally’s work.

“Jimmy either played that night [in Philly], or he was in town [for an upcoming gig],” recalled the Alabama-born, Mississippi-bred singer-songwriter. “He wrote me a note that said, ‘We’re both from Mississippi and we’re both storytellers. We’re gonna write together and we’re gonna be friends.’ “