Mac McAnally was inducted into the Walk of Fame on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
McAnally grew up in Belmont, Mississippi where his father was a high school administrator. At the age of three, Mac started singing while his mother accompanied him on the piano. Mac was seventeen when he moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to work in the music recording industry. He signed on as a songwriter with Wishbone Production and Publishing Company. The rest of musical history.
On Sept. 18, 2015 the world will be reminded why Mac McAnally enjoys unparalleled respect among the country music elite in Nashville. Set to release 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.” And perhaps the album’s biggest surprise, “With a Straight Face,” a sensitive portrayal of two gay children raised by parents who can’t understand their kids are “something God made.” “I have a heart for the underdog and for the oppressed and persecuted,” McAnally says, addressing “With a Straight Face.” “And I have close friends who have suffered for no good reason I can see. This song is for all the above.” McAnally’s depth and breadth as an artist are no secret within the recording community. Born in Alabama, raised on church choirs and formal lessons, playing pro gigs at 13, tutored on the mysteries of session excellence at the historic Muscle Shoals Studios and relocated to Nashville, he was an essential ingredient on studio dates with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Travis, George Jones, Billy Joel and many other headliners. He’s traveled the world as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. His peers have honored him every year since 2008 as Musician of the Year at the CMA Awards. Read more here
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