Hall Of Fame Songwriter, Session Legend Mac McAnally’s New Album, A.K.A. Nobody, Out Now

Hall Of Fame Songwriter, Session Legend Mac McAnally’s New Album, A.K.A. Nobody, Out Now

📅01 October 2015, 00:50

“There’s the playful gypsy swing of ‘Zanzibar,’ the southern soul of ‘Mississippi On My Mind,’ the strutting piano rock of ‘Place Where You Belong’ and the bluegrass and zydeco-fueled ‘Proud to be Alive.’ Each track is filled with the rich characters and personal reflections that have long marked McAnally’s songwriting, but none are as poignant as ‘With a Straight Face.’ In a lush melody reminiscent of ELO or Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles work, McAnally weaves the plight of two gay children struggling with families that just don’t understand. The story is vibrant, stark, engaging and thought-provoking. The kind of work you get from a musician’s musician.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hall Of Fame Songwriter, Session Legend Mac McAnally’s
New Album, A.K.A. Nobody, Out Now

Reigning, Seven-Time CMA Musician of the Year
Garners Category Nomination for 2015 CMA Awards


Country Now, the most viewed and highest-rated dedicated country music YouTube channel, will get an early jump on its October lineup of all new “Live From Blackbird” performances when Mac McAnally debuts two new songs from his album A.K.A. Nobody on Tuesday, September 29th.

September 29th:  Mac McAnally
“All These Years” – https://youtu.be/uIOVbUhg9tE
“Little Martha” – https://youtu.be/OiCriJ_zw0Y

October 1st:    Mac McAnally
“Better Get Your Story Straight” – https://youtu.be/OpdDgu7TjdE
“Zanzibar” – https://youtu.be/tE6RrRSgfXQ

Press Release
July 28, 2015

Seven-Time CMA Musician Of The Year, Mac McAnally,
Unfurls Triple-Threat Talent As Singer, Songwriter and Picker
On New Album, A.K.A. Nobody

On Tour With Jimmy Buffett
As Part Of The Coral Reefer Band.

album cover art: A.K.A, Nobody

album cover art: A.K.A, Nobody

On Sept. 25, the world will be reminded why Mac McAnally enjoys unparalleled respect among the country music elite in Nashville.

Set to release on Mailboat Records, A.K.A Nobody is McAnally’s latest solo album, sung, performed and produced by the much beloved session ace. All but one of its songs were written by McAnally, either on his own or with illustrious co-writers including Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton, Al Anderson, and others.

Working with an all-star assembly of friends and studio colleagues, McAnally achieves a rare blend of deep soul and polished technique on each track. His expressive range is on full display — swampy blues on “Place Where You Belong,” some exotic Parisian-style swing on “Zanzibar,” a saucy Cajun swagger on “Loser Gumbo” with McAnally rocking the piano as Sonny Landreth wails on slide guitar, complex but catchy pop reminiscent of Steely Dan’s best on “Someday,” straight-ahead, steel-sweetened country with Southern rock seasoning on “Coast of Carolina.”

And perhaps the album’s biggest surprise, “With a Straight Face,” a sensitive portrayal of two gay children raised by parents who can’t understand their kids are “something God made.”

“I have a heart for the underdog and for the oppressed and persecuted,” McAnally says, addressing “With a Straight Face.” “And I have close friends who have suffered for no good reason I can see. This song is for all the above.”

McAnally’s depth and breadth as an artist are no secret within the recording community. Born in Alabama, raised on church choirs and formal lessons, playing pro gigs at 13, tutored on the mysteries of session excellence at the historic Muscle Shoals Studios and relocated to Nashville, he was an essential ingredient on studio dates with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Travis, George Jones, Billy Joel and many other headliners. He’s traveled the world as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. His peers have honored him every year since 2008 as Musician of the Year at the CMA Awards. And with a track record that includes writing No. 1 hits on his own for Kenny Chesney (“Down the Road”) and Alabama (“Old Flame”) as well as penning chart-toppers for Sawyer Brown (“All These Years”) and Shenandoah (“Two Dozen Roses”), it’s no wonder that he has been voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“This selection of music made me stay up late and get up early, filled up my fairly big heart and historically large head for the last several years in between also working on musical projects with other artists, which I also love to do,” Mac says. “Because of the long process in recording this album I had the chance to give some long attention to the songs that demanded it, and the ones I thought would benefit from a spontaneous joyfest in the studio with a great band were saved for last. I’m very proud of both the work and that my fans continue to follow my little career. Small though it may be it’s one of the biggest blessings ever. I’m grateful… and to borrow one of the song titles ‘Proud To Be Alive.'”

The ironic title notwithstanding, the music of A.K.A. Nobody speaks to everybody. This is music for all who love the marriage of art, craft and passion that Mac McAnally — and few others — have achieved.

For further information, visit MacMcAnally.com.

A.K.A. Nobody track listing:
1. A Little Bit Better (Chris Stapleton and Mac McAnally)
2. Last But Not Least (Zac Brown Wyatt Durrette, Jimmy De Martini, Coy Bowles and Mac McAnally)
3. Mississippi, You’re On My Mind (Jesse Winchester)
4. With A Straight Face (Mac McAnally)
5. Don’t Remember Leaving (Mac McAnally)
6. Zanzibar (Mac McAnally)
7. Place Where You Belong (Al Anderson and Mac McAnally)
8. Proud To Be Alive (Mac McAnally)
9. Better Get The Story Straight (Mac McAnally)
10. Everything (Ain’t Too High a Price) (Mac McAnally)
11. Loser Gumbo (Sonny Landreth and Mac McAnally)
12. Coast of Carolina (Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally)
13. Someday (Mac McAnally)
14. Island Rain (Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally)
15. Working Prayer (Mac McAnally)

Mac McAnally on tour:
OCT 9 City Winery – Nashville, TN
OCT 15 Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA *
OCT 17 MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, NV *
OCT 20 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM *
OCT 22 Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA *
OCT 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA *
NOV 7 Meeting of the Minds (Casa Marina) – Key West, FL
DEC 31 Barclays Center – New York, NY *

* These shows are with Jimmy Buffett as part of The Coral Reefer Band.

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CONTACT: Elaine Schock, elaine@shockink.com

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