Mac McAnally Old Time Country

McAnally Scratches Old-time Country Itch with “Everything”


Seven-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally had a craving—a craving for an old-fashioned, traditional country song that, as a songwriter, he could hear Merle Haggard or George Jones singing.

So he wrote one.

And he loved it so much that he kept it for himself.

Mac’s video for the song, “Everything,” is set to be featured on his upcoming Sept. 18th release, titled A.K.A. Nobody.

“’Everything’ is by far the most country song on the album,” Mac says during a recent interview withNash Country Weekly. “There are so many ways in the modern world to overcommit—whether in a demanding relationship or too big of a mortgage or things you can’t afford. I’ve sat in restaurants and listened to so many people talking about various versions of that aspect of it that I went ahead and wrote a song about it.”

But then, as the song developed, a whole new meaning revolving around its sweet lyrics began to materialize. “I thought about our troops and our police and the fireman and the people who put everything on the line every day,” continues Mac, who has written with artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Kenny Chesney. “It’s still everything, but it’s a noble thing in that way.”

“Everything” is one of the 15 eclectic tracks on McAnally’s latest solo album, which includes everything from a sequel to Jimmy Buffett’s “Come Monday” (“Coast of Carolina”) to a distinctive ’40s throwback (“Zanzibar”) to some good ole swampy blues (“Place Where You Belong”).

“Music still lights me up like a light bulb,” Mac says. “I wake up thinking about it and I go to sleep thinking about it and I write songs in the middle of the night. If I am two lines short in a song, I lie down and know that I will have them by the time I wake up in the morning. It’s no superpower or anything, but it does give me the confidence that my conscious and my subconscious are in line with one another, because we definitely co-write all the time.”




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