CMA Musician Nominee Mac McAnally Going Southbound

CMA Musician Nominee Mac McAnally Going Southbound

CMA Musician Nominee Mac McAnally Going Southbound

📅11 September 2017, 23:05

For Immediate Release                                         September 11, 2017


CMA Musician Nominee Mac McAnally Going Southbound

Country Music Hall of Fame Performance, Album Release Event, More On Tap


Debut Orchestral Album Of Original Music Releasing September 22

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album cover – Southbound

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Eight may not be enough for Mac McAnally. Having been named CMA Musician of the Year a record setting eight times in a row, the multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, and studio owner received news last week that he’s been nominated for the honor again. Although Mac has always first given thanks to everyone he’s collaborated with (which includes Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Sawyer Brown, Ricky Skaggs, Chris LeDoux, and Ned LeDoux), this nod gives his peers the chance to honor him again and to extend the historic mark to nine at November’s CMA Awards. And even for an in-demand A-list musician like Mac, things have been getting a little hectic.


McAnally began the celebration with the release of his new album Southbound on Thursday, Sept. 7 with a benefit concert in Cleveland, Mississippi with the Bicentennial Orchestra and members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, of which he is also a member. The show, held at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center, benefits statewide non-profit hunger relief organization Extra Table. Details here:


An organization near to McAnally’s heart, Extra Table will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the album release. Available September 22, Southbound was born from a benefit show that married his biggest hits and favorite songs with orchestral arrangements. Reaction was so strong, McAnally decided to record and release an album of the material featuring 16 songs.

photographer: James DeMain

McAnally recalls, “While we were stuck in a dressing room while they were doing their silent auction, award winning Mississippi chef Robert St. John started telling me about Extra Table, which he founded in my home state for underprivileged kids, of which we have many. Mississippi has always been one of the three poorest states in the union – usually the poorest. He told me about a fundraiser they do every year down in Hattiesburg, where he lives. He said, ‘I’d love to hear some of your songs with orchestra.’ And I said, ‘Let’s talk.'”


The marriage of large ensembles and popular songs had always intrigued Mac. His father’s collection of big band jazz records planted that awareness. So did the countrypolitan classics he heard over the signals that trickled intermittently into the family radio back in Belmont, Mississippi. He also bought copies of the classical LPs that band directors at his school would sell when they were replaced each year. “When I wrote ‘It’s Easy’ [from Cuttin’ Corners, 1980] I was trying to write a classical piece,” he notes.<


Southbound is now available for pre-order on all digital outlets (options for purchase are linked through here – ). With each iTunes pre-order, fans will have access to the instant gratification track, “On The Line.” On Mac’s website,, an exclusive Southbound bundle that includes a t-shirt and signed CD will be available until release date, September 22.


After the benefit concert with an orchestra in his home state of Mississippi, McAnally returned to Nashville Saturday, September 9, for a performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Mac was featured in the museum’s Nashville Cats series spotlighting top musicians. Next month, his fourth appearance on NPR’s Mountain Stage begins airing at affiliates nationwide. Check local listings for dates and times.


A musician’s musician, Mac McAnally is member of the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is acclaimed for his work as a recording artist, songwriter, producer and guitarist.




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