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Musical Instrument Museum - MIM says
You can look far and wide throughout the music world, but you will never find anyone more deserving of respect and acclaim than Mac McAnally. You will also never find anyone who feels more awkward about accepting kudos from his many admirers.
It’s not like he’s a stranger to the spotlight. He has been releasing albums since he was twenty years old—this being his thirteenth so far. He has experienced the heady thrill of topping the singles charts, in a duet recording of his composition “Down the Road” with longtime pal Kenny Chesney. He has also written several number-one hits, beginning with Alabama’s “Old Flame.”

His star shines even brighter among music business insiders. For years a first-call musician in both Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 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 McEntire . . . really, it’s probably easier to list who Mac hasn’t played with since he started doing studio dates in the late 1970s.

His peers have voted him Country Music Association (CMA) Musician of the Year for an unprecedented eight years in a row. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. It has gotten to the point where he cannot 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.

All of that would swell anyone’s head but McAnally’s. His humility is nearly as well known as his many accomplishments—a fact he humorously acknowledges in the title of his new album A.K.A. Nobody, scheduled for a September 11 release on Mailboat Records.

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“I am really happy about having a No. 1 with my very good friend, and frankly, one of my songwriting heroes [Mac McAnally].”—Kenny Chesney

“The superlative term ‘musician’s musician’ is bandied around often. But few folks deserve that level of praise like Mac McAnally.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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