You can look far and wide throughout the music world, but you’ll never find anyone more deserving of respect and acclaim than Mac McAnally.
It’s not like he’s a stranger to the spotlight. He’s been releasing albums since he was 20 years old – this being his 13th so far. His star shines even brighter among music business insiders. For years a first-call musician in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals, he has amassed vast session credits with George Strait, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Keith Whitley, George Jones, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood, Reba … really, it’s probably easier to list who Mac hasn’t played with since he started doing studio dates in the late ’70s.
His peers have voted him CMA Musician of the Year for an unprecedented eight years in a row. He’s a member of the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. It’s gotten to the point where he can’t even drive down Second Street in his old hometown of Belmont without seeing his name on a marker, honoring him along with Jimmie Rodgers, Marty Stuart and a few other legends along the Mississippi Country Music Trail.
A.K.A. Nobody is his new album, a masterpiece born perhaps in spite of its creator’s endearing, genuine humility. Ultimately, though, that becomes as indispensable to this music as McAnally’s multi-faceted skills. With his love for literature and reverence for evocative lyric and melody, he emerges here as less of a star in the modern sense but more like a classic storyteller.
“I’ve been around storytellers all my life — Southern whittlers and guys at the courthouse,” he says. A.K.A. Nobody proves to the world that Mac McAnally is somebody — unique and irreplaceable.
Mac will be performing at The Borderline in London on 27th September – details HERE