We’re sending our get well wishes out to nine-time CMA Award winner Mac McAnally, who reportedly recently suffered a heart attack. The health scare came just days after he took home his ninth trophy in the CMA Musician of the Year category on Nov. 8.
Mac is also a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, and Jimmy posted an update on Mac’s condition on Facebook.
According to the post, Mac is expected to make a full recovery. He did have to miss the hurricane benefit concert Nov. 19 in Tallahassee, Florida, though. Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith joined Jimmy for that gig.
As he recovers from his heart attack, we’d like to take a moment to tell you about Mac’s latest musical project, “Southbound.” As a musician and hit songwriter, Mac has racked up several hits, including Kenny Chesney’s “Back Where I Come From” and Sawyer Brown’s “All These Years.” While writing those songs, Mac always envisioned a full orchestra playing on them. That’s the idea behind “Southbound.”
It all started when Mac did a charity show with an orchestra in South Mississippi to raise money for Extra Table, an organization that helps address hunger in Mac’s home state of Mississippi. He had such a good time with that show, Mac called on his Coral Reefer band mates and the University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra to record the new versions of his songs.
Hearing his songs with a full orchestra was an emotional experience for Mac.
On the CMA Awards red carpet, he told Rare Country, “It was like winning a lottery for me. Having heard it in my head that way, to actually hear it in the air. To stand in the middle of an orchestra and sing and hear that all around you, it’s better than any vacation you could ever take.”
All proceeds from “Southbound” go to Extra Table.
“We’re so lucky to be associated with music,” Mac added, “because music can turn bad into good, and it make good times better. We get to be associated with that.”