Mac McAnally Apr 26, 2007 9:24:53 GMT -5
Post by Rick Henry on Apr 26, 2007 9:24:53 GMT -5
Does anybody remember a song called "It's A Crazy World" by a singer/songwriter named Mac McAnally. The song was a semi-hit reaching #37 in August 1977.
These are the lyrics for "It's A Crazy World"
Younger men don't seem to need a purpose
They just stand and fight for anybody's cause
And older men see livin' as a circus
The ones who stand up for the longest need applause
From the young ones who proclaim to have the answers
To the questions no one ever asked before
And they cheer and have parades, but when it's over
They don't claim to know the answers anymore.
And it's a crazy world, but I live here
And if you can hear me singin' so do you
And I'm turnin' out my night light feelin' satisfied
That there's nothin' anyone of us can do
No there's nothin' anyone of us can do.
Baby's cry all day sometimes for nothin'
And I have cried all day for not much more
Well it ain't easy when you hate the things you're lovin'
And you wonder what or maybe who you're lovin' for
And girls seem to think that they're the chosen ones
And when women choose to let well enough alone
And it's their business 'til you stick your nose in one's
And then you've got yourself some problems of your own.
Here is a short bio on Mac:
Singer/songwriter veteran, Mac McAnally, is also a producer, session player, publisher, band member, studio owner, comic, story teller, and so on, a basic modern day William Faulkner living in the music industry.
He has recorded 10 studio albums all on major record labels, and has written multiple #1 records for the Country Music charts as well as others that roamed the top 40 Pop charts. Over 30 national recording artists have recorded songs written by Mac. He has produced country records for Sawyer Brown, Ricky Skaggs and more. Mac was the first artist ever to be signed by David Geffen for Geffen Records; the next couple of artists Geffen signed were John Lennon and Elton John.
Artists such as Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr., Amy Grant, Travis Tritt, Linda Rondstadt, Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Alabama, Patty Loveless, etc., have hired Mac for his guitar playing or vocal harmonies.
As a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, Mac has written a number of songs with Buffett, including two songs from Jimmy's upcoming record: “Coast of Carolina” and the title track, “License to Chill.” Jimmy also recorded Mac's song, “It’s My Job” which appears on Buffett's '81 release, “Coconut Telegraph.”
Now Mac has his own brand new record coming out, Semi-True Stories. The album contains ten songs influenced by rock, jazz, country, and gospel featuring Nashville’s A-session players and members of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. All songs were written or co-written by McAnally and two, “Semi-True Stories” and “Last Man Standing,” have been previously recorded by Buffett himself. Mac and Jimmy have been friends and co-workers since the 80’s, so it seems fitting that this release comes out on Buffett's own Mailboat Records.
With the exception of “Stephon (The Alternative Lifestyle Reindeer)” recorded on tour with the Coral Reefers, the entire project was tracked and mixed at Mac’s house in Muscle Shoals, AL.
Born in Belmont, Mississippi, Mac's songs speak the truth and revolve around stories of the South as well as realities of the world. Each song has a story behind it, and at his own shows, Mac draws in the crowd mixing humor with truth. His shows are roughly 40% storytelling and 60% music...Southern culture at it’s finest.
Mac is currently planning a tour throughout the Southeast this summer, recording every show for a future live release, and will also perform dates with Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, doing solo shows on Buffett off nights.