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Mac McAnally signs with Toby's label

Monday, March 16, 2009 – Songwriter McAnally, who just had an umber one hit singing with Kenny Chesney on Down the Road, now has a record deal again. He signed with Show Dog Nashville, Toby Keith's label.

"There's nobody more respected, at least when it comes to musicians and people who really know this business, than Mac McAnally," said Keith. "There aren't a lot of guys you put in that category, and I've gotten to work with a few. So getting to be a part of whatever Mac wants to do is an honor for me and for everyone at the label."

McAnally and Chesney are nominated for the ACM Vocal Event of the Year. The song is his sixth country number one as a writer.

McAnally got his start as a Muscle Shoals session musician as a guitarist. He's played behind or sang harmony for many artists including Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Jr., Amy Grant, Travis Tritt, Linda Ronstadt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dolly Parton and Jimmy Buffett, who Mac continues to tour with as part of his Coral Reefer band and has produced projects for including the number one album, "License to Chill." He also produced Ricky Skaggs, Sawyer Brown, Chris LeDoux and Little Feat.

McAnally previously was with Geffen, RCA, DreamWorks, Warner and MCA Records.

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A.K.A. Nobody CD review - A.K.A. Nobody
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Down By The River CD review - Down By The River
Mac McAnally has been in the music industry as a songwriter, producer, and studio musician since the 1970s, working with Alabama (he penned their hit,Old Flame), Jimmy Buffet (as part of his Coral Reefers band), Amy Grant, Dolly Parton and Roy Orbison. McAnally has recorded 11 albums of originals, which were unable to compete with the 20-something, pop-country singing, coifed performers popular today. That changed when he teamed with Kenny Chesney for their number one single, Down the Road. »»»
Word Of Mouth
Mac Mac McAnally has a long, rich history as a songwriter, session guitarist and producer; he's worked with or written for folks as diverse as Jimmy Buffett, Sawyer Brown, Nancy Griffith, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs. He's also been putting out solo albums - "unintentional collector's items," according to Mac - since the late 1970's. On his latest, McAnally puts that diversity to work on a collection covering many bases. An album of that sort - a jazzy number ("Pop Top Hop") here, an »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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