By Shannon Frost Greenstein
Mac McAnally is not just a songwriter. He’s not just a session musician. He’s not just a singer. He is all of those things, and more, so that the entire musician is greater than the sum of his parts.
That’s why the country community is reeling after news of a heart attack he suffered last week.
LUCKILY, he has since been released from the hospital and is doing well, according to his publicist, Elaine Schock of Shock Ink. However, he was forced to cancel his November 19th appearance in Florida for a Hurricane benefit with Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Jake Owen.
McAnally is a member of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers, as well as a session musician and singer/songwriter in Nashville. He’s a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a NINE TIME winner of the Musician of the Year honor at the CMAs. Yes, nine times. He has written hits for Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Shenandoah, and Sawyer Brown, to name only a few.
Jimmy Buffett took to Facebook to share the news about his friend and colleague, writing, “OK, by now, most folks have heard about Mac’s heart attack, which was a little more serious than a Big Mac attack. He is fine now and stable.”
McAnally was in Los Angeles at the time of the heart attack, but has since been released and is, hopefully, able to resume making music soon. Until then, I’m sure the entire country community joins me in sending him best wishes and healing vibes. Hope to see you up on stage as soon as possible, Mac!