On this Mac McAnally Interview: Getting his start singing & playing piano in the Baptist Church in small town Mississippi, and then suddenly playing honky-tonks… at age 13! The serendipity of how his first record got made, at age 17 because the studio artist booked for the day never showed up. His affinity for Muscle Shoals, music as “joyful noise” & why “joy records as well as sharps & flats”… Playing with Jimmy Buffet (GREAT story), Levon Helm, Roy Orbison, George Straight, Hank Jr., Keith Whitley… Living in his “bonus round,” a horrible business contract story, the backstory of tracks on Once In A Lifetime, food, friends, family, music and more. AWESOME convo!
Mac McAnally, is a singer, songwriter, session musician & producer closely affiliated with the Muscle Shoals scene. Mac’s been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he’s won Musician of the Year for the Country Music Association (10x), and he just released his 15th LP, Once in A Lifetime. He has written or co-written several #1 Billboard Country Hits and dozens of other very successful hit songs. As a sideman he has played on HUNDREDS of records for major artists, and has produced numerous records. He’s a long time member of Jimmy Buffett’s band, The Coral Reefer Band.
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