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Mac McAnally

A prolific Nashville singer/songwriter who authored hits for Jimmy Buffett, Alabama, and Steve Wariner, Mac McAnally was born July 15, 1957, in Red Bay, AL. Singing in church throughout childhood, at age eight he began taking piano lessons and within five years was performing professionally; McAnally later took up guitar and at 15 composed his first song, "People Call Me Jesus." After quitting high school he went to work as a session player at Muscle Shoals' Wishbone Studios; one night, during a break in a Hank Williams Jr. date, McAnally began playing some of his own original material, so impressing producers Terry Woodford and Clayton Ivey that they convinced Williams to record the tune "I Need You Tonight." Signing to Ariola, in 1977 McAnally issued his self-titled debut album, scoring a crossover hit with the single "It's a Crazy World" and touring in support of Randy Newman.

Acclaimed for the richly literary appeal of his songcraft, McAnally returned in 1978 with No Problem Here, followed two years later by Cuttin' Corners; neither sold as well as his debut, but he remained one of Nashville's most sought-after writers, penning material for Buffett ("It's My Job") and Alabama (the chart-topping "Old Flame"). In the wake of 1983's Nothin' but the Truth, McAnally did not release another new LP until Finish Lines five years later, in the interim penning hits for Buffett ("When the Coast Is Clear") and Ricky Van Shelton ("Crime of Passion"); with 1990's Simple Life, he returned to the charts with "Back Where I Come From," and a year later authored the Wariner smash "It's a Precious Thing." After 1992's Live and Learn (which generated the minor hits "The Trouble With Diamonds" and "Junk Cars"), McAnally resurfaced two years later with Knots, remaining silent until releasing Word of Mouth in mid-1999. It was a long wait again before Down by the River appeared in 2009 from Showdog Nashville. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live In Muscle Shoals

1. It's A Crazy World

2. New Orleans Intro

3. Blame It On New Orleans

4. Down The Road Intro

5. Down The Road

6. Down By The River

7. Dark Ages Intro

8. Dark Ages

9. Pop Top Hop Intro

10. Pop Top Hop

11. Miracle

12. Cafe On The Corner Intro

13. Cafe On The Corner

14. Opinion On Love Intro

15. Opinion On Love

16. All These Years Intro

17. All These Years

18. This Time Intro

19. This Time

20. Bound To Get Down

21. Little Blue Pill

22. On Account Of You

23. Last Man Standing

24. Back Where I Come From Intro

25. Back Where I Come From

26. It's My Job

27. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

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Track List: Down By The River

1. Blame It On New Orleans

2. Down By The River

3. If You Hang Around Long Enough

4. On Account Of You

5. (Nothing Like A) Sunny Day

6. Over And Out

7. You First

8. Unresolved

9. Bound To Get Down

10. Big Disappointment

11. Until Then

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Track List: No Problem Here

1. Opinion On Love

2. Funeral

3. Driving Away My Pain

4. It's Only Love

5. She's A Doll

6. The Lord And The Devil

7. Lazy In Love

8. Country Boy

9. Catherine

10. No Problem Here

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Track List: Knots

1. Down The Road

2. No Sign Of Weakness

3. Take It Easy (All I Know About Love)

4. Good For Nothing

5. Wide Open Spaces

6. The Knot

7. There I'll Be

8. Ordinary Girl

9. Something Of Myself

10. Miracle

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Track List: Live And Learn

1. Only Passing Through

2. Weight Of The World

3. All These Years

4. The Trouble With Diamonds

5. Live And Learn

6. Still Life

7. Socrates

8. Junk Cars

9. It's All Over Now

10. Not That Long Ago

11. Somewhere Nice Forever

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Track List: Simple Life

1. Back Where I Come From

2. Simple Life

3. Same Old Heart

4. She's All I've Got Going

5. Down The Road

6. Back Where I Come From (Reprise)

7. The Invisible Man

8. Mobile Home

9. Just That Way

10. She's Going Out Of My Mind

11. Company Time

12. Southbound

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Track List: Mac McAnally

1. It's A Crazy World

2. Bad Boy

3. Alive

4. Samuel Arisin'

5. Can That Alone Be Love

6. People Call Me Jesus

7. Real People

8. Let Him Go

9. Barney

10. Packed Up And Left

11. We Can Be Strong Together

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Track List: AKA Nobody

1. A Little Bit Better

2. Last But Not Least

3. Mississippi You're On My Mind

4. With A Straight Face

5. Don't Remember Leaving

6. Zanzibar

7. Place Where You Belong

8. Proud To Be Alive

9. Better Get The Story Straight

10. Everything

11. Loser Gumbo

12. Coast Of Carolina

13. Someday

14. Island Rain

15. Working Prayer

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Track List: Finish Line

1. Finish Lines

2. Be With Me

3. Remote Control

4. Hush Money

5. History

6. Alien

7. Desiree

8. E=(MC)2 (She Picked You Up)

9. Little Blue Pill

10. Everything's All Right (Distant Observation)

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jrchar1
Folks NEED to hear Live and Learn! It is a masterpiece! ! Mac is indeed one of my favorite artists EVER!! He is deserving of much more recognition! ! !
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Please add to the library. Mac's best work is some of his early albums.
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arkhammer7
That Mississippi sun is a monster!!
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wcaincj
Havent seem Mac in alot of years , well since he left Belmont Ms . I was about 12 or so back then . I went to school with his lil sis . Man was always talented and a great reflection on Life in little town Ms .
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I love every song on his first album. The pride of Belmont, MS. I am NOT a modern country fan. I love Mac's stuff. He also played a lot in the Jackson MS area. Hal & Mal's. Samuel Arisin' Crazy WorldAlive. I seem to never get through Real People without thinking back to my youth and how so many things we thought were important actually meant very little. Caught Mac, Paul Davis and Steve Wariner on ETV one night. Three man show by the MS singer/songw r i t e r s . All acoustic. They sat on bar stools an
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I think I Go Crazy is one his best efforts.
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Mac spent a goodly amount of time playing the small bars in and around Meridian, Missisippi.
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never quite understood why his work has not been "superstar" in terms of popularity. He is a great writer, excellent voice, very recognizable and diverse. I personally like his earlier work where he tells stories instead of more commercialy viable "country". His first album had a wonderful painting that included a small piece depicting william faulkner and that album truly stood up to that test.....the r e is no one better at telling a story.
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Also a member of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band

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