Mac McAnally

ARDENLAND PRESENTS

Mac McAnally

Scott McQuaig

Apr 28 Friday

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Duling Hall

Jackson, MS

$35.00 - $40.00

This event is all ages

Seated event.  1st come, 1st seated.

Doors open at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $35 advance, $40 day of show. There will be a $3 uncharge for persons under 21.

Order tickets by phone at 877-987-6487.  

**Show Presented in part by Capital City Beverages, Inc., Cathead Vodka, A2Z Printing & Find It In Fondren!

Mac McAnally
Mac McAnally
If Mac McAnally never sang or played another note of music, his place in music history is more than assured. Writer, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and all around musical sage, Mac has seen and done it all. Now he is back once again with a new and energizing album – Live in Muscle Shoals.

Recorded live from the Norton Auditorium at the University of North Alabama during the W.C. Handy Music Festival, Mac put together an incredible band of musicians consisting of fellow Coral Reefers and Muscle Shoals/Nashville session friends in which they captivated the audience. “Last summer the fine folks in charge of the W.C. Handy Music Festival asked me to play a
show that ran the gamut of everything I’ve done,” Mac said. “In live performance you don’t have to look far for imperfections. I look at the imperfections as blessings too,” he added. “W.C. Handy made a career out of mixing influences from his surroundings and expressing them musically. I share that aspiration and hope to merit having shared the bill with his legacy on July 31, 2010 in his hometown of Florence, Alabama.” A master storyteller, Mac introduces each song with anecdotes, describing how the songs came to be and how they have impacted his life. Mac’s wit and love for life and music shine throughout. Live in Muscle Shoals includes his hits “Back Where I Come From”, “All These Years”, and “Down the Road”, as well as a cover of the ‘60s hit “I Heard It through the Grapevine”. The album serves as the perfect compliment to an incomparable career.

Music was the most obvious road for Lyman "Mac" McAnally to take from his Red Bay, Alabama birthplace and Belmont, Mississippi hometown. He was a guitar and piano prodigy who performed in clubs at 13, wrote his first song at 15 and landed as a Muscle Shoals studio musician at 18. Mac signed his first record deal, with Ariola, at 20 and launched two singles to moderate success on the Billboard Hot 100. "It's A Crazy World" peaked at No. 37 and "Minimum Love" topped out at No. 41.

His songwriting drew the attention of Jimmy Buffett and Hank Williams, Jr., both of whom cut McAnally songs. Alabama took his "Old Flame" to No. 1 in 1981. The song cemented his status as a hit maker, a reputation that has never waned. Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisly are just some of the artists who cut Mac's songs over the next 20 years.

In the late '80s and '90s, McAnally became an in-demand producer, along the way working with Ricky Skaggs, Chris LeDoux and Little Feat, among others. He produced the band Sawyer Brown through their biggest successes and penned their signature hits including "Cafe On The Corner," "All These Years" and "Thank God For You."

Meanwhile, Mac's skills as a musician continued to bring calls that carried him into the studio. Over the course of his career he's built an enviable registry of credits that includes Toby Keith, Roy Orbison, George Strait, Amy Grant and many more. And his guitar and vocal skills weren't confined to the studio as he joined Buffett's touring Coral Reefer band, an association that continues to this day. McAnally has also produced several of Buffett's albums and written many of his songs.

And even in the midst of creating a prodigious body of behind-the-scenes work, McAnally continued to make his own music. All told, he has recorded 11 albums, all for major labels. In
fact, he was the first artist signed to David Geffen's legendary rock label Geffen Records.

His accomplishments are now beginning to be fully recognized. In 2007, McAnally was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The following year, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame followed suit, while the Country Music Association named him Musician of the Year for the last six (6) years in a row. And, Mac continues to own and operate his own recording studio in Muscle Shoals.

So the question remains: Why? Why now? Why is his biggest success and notoriety as an artist happening after he's already achieved so much? McAnally is more than confirmed as one of the most accomplished and revered creative forces in the music business. He has nothing left to prove. Maybe this time, however, the music business has something to prove to Mac McAnally.
Scott McQuaig
Scott McQuaig
Scott McQuaig was born in 1959 and raised in Meridian, Mississippi, the birthplace of the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers. He began playing guitar when he was twelve and took lessons from Carl Fitzgerald, a Meridian legend known for his musicianship and DJ personality on WMOX radio. Scott played his first gig at the Stardust Inn in Bailey, Mississippi for $10, but it wasn’t until he was in college at Mississippi State that he began playing regular gigs. After meeting Britt Gully and joining his band, The Daybreakers, whose name came from a Louis L’Amour novel, Scott cut his teeth in the beer joints of East Mississippi and West Alabama playing sets filled with the music of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams.

Scott left college and returned to Meridian to pursue music. To support himself and his family he worked as a machinist by day. At night he wrote songs, and on weekends he continued to play with The Daybreakers.

Whenever country stars performed in the Meridian area, Scott would try to get songs to them, often with the help of local promoter Ken Rainey. Rainey brought him to the attention of Tex Whitson, an associate of Merle Haggard for many years.

Winning the Jimmie Rodgers talent show in 1987 boosted Scott’s confidence and heightened his interest in recording. Tex began a search for a Nashville record company with a place on the roster for their developing artists. After first trying CBS, Tex contacted a long-time friend, Jimmy Bowen, President of MCA/Universal records, who immediately made a commitment to record Scott. With Rainey and Whitson co-managing, Scott made a few trips to Music City on weekends and vacation time to write songs.

With the help of Paul Overstreet producing Scott’s demo sessions and Paul Davis singing harmony, a recording contract with MCA records was attained. In November 1988, he went into the studio to record his first album.

Scott wrote five of the songs on the album which proved his ability as a strong songwriter. Scott was also fortunate to co-write songs with renowned songwriters like Max D. Barnes, Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch, Mark Collie, and Mike Reid. His studio band consisted of legendary musicians Reggie Young on guitar, Mark O’Connor on fiddle, Leland Sklar on bass, Eddie Bayers on drums, Matt Rollings on piano, Billie Joe Walker, Jr. on acoustic guitar, and Sonny Garrish on steel guitar.

To support his newly-released self-titled album, Scott visited radio stations all over the U.S. while touring with his band, The Dreamers. He made personal appearances on Ralph Emery’s Nashville Now, On Stage, The Shotgun Red Variety Show, Video Country hosted by Shelly Mangrum, and the Country Music Association’s Annual Buyer’s Entertainment Marketplace, appearing with such talented entertainers as Garth Brooks and Lionel Cartwright. He performed shows on the road with George Jones, Shenandoah, Alabama, Vern Gosdin, Jerry Reed, Marty Stuart, Lori Morgan, Diamond Rio, Charlie Louvin, Freddie Hart, The Judds, and many others. One of the highlights of Scott’s career was meeting and becoming good friends with the legendary Bonnie Owens, who performed live with Scott singing harmony on “Honky Tonk amnesia.”

Scott achieved moderate success with his first single, “Honky Tonk Amnesia,” which reached #46 on the charts. Jimmy Bowen’s move to Capitol records took Scott and his album there, and his second single, Johnny and the Dreamers was released. He went on to also release “Old Memory.”

After years on the road, Scott began to feel the absence from his family was taking its toll, and he returned home. He spent the next several years raising his daughter, Jessi, and son, Hunter.

Scott continued to play locally, but music as a vocation began calling him again. Scott’s love of slide guitar began by learning Don Helms’ part on Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Much of Scott’s slide playing was initially patterned after Muddy Waters’ style. He began incorporating slide guitar in many of his songs, and his slide playing became a major component of his performances. After discovering the slide playing of Sonny Landreth of Lafayette, Louisiana, who is regarded as the premier slide guitarist in the world, Scott’s slide playing took a new direction and evolved into his own unique blend of many styles.

Scott continued to write and perform for years before finally being encouraged to record. Meridian native Chris Ethridge, known for his work with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ry Cooder and countless others, also performed regularly in the same venues as Scott. Chris expressed to Scott on many occasions the importance of sharing his songwriting with others. With Chris’ encouragement in hand, Scott teamed up with his band, The Tomcats, and Point Recording owner Clay Barnes, former guitarist for Steve Forbert, to record his latest album, I’m Still Falling.

I’m Still Falling is a collection of Scott’s songs which gives insight into where he has found himself musically. The album is a mixture of all his influences over the years, which is evident in the range of styles. Although the songs join together for an impressive compilation, one hears arrangements that include overtones of blues, country, and rock. This mixture of genres allows Scott’s music to be found appealing to people of all walks. However, he prefers to think of it simply as “Scott McQuaig Music.”
Venue Information:
Duling Hall
622 Duling Ave
Jackson, MS, 39216
http://www.dulinghall.com/