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Mac McAnally Finds Sweet Spot as CMA Musician of the Year - Cybergrass
And in the case of guitarist extraordinaire Mac McAnally, winner of Musician of the Year at the 2008 CMA Awards, that may have made all the difference. Make no mistake: McAnally can pick with the best in the business. He's recorded 11 studio albums,...
Mac McAnally donates royalties to soldiers group - Country Standard Time
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 – Show Dog Nashville singer Mac McAnally will donate all his artist royalties from his debut single You First, released on April 27, to the Wounded Warriors Project, which helps wounded soldiers. The single, which is available...
Chesney plays Austin City Limits - Country Standard Time
Chesney, who told stories about his experiences in Austin, was joined by singer/songwriter Mac McAnally - who sang their recent number one duet Down The Road then stayed for his Back Where I Come From, long a mainstay of Chesney's live shows - as a...
Buffett guitarist to take turn in the spotlight - Las Vegas Sun
By Jerry Fink (contact) Mac McAnally steps out of his backup role tonight for a solo show before 300 fans at Green Valley Ranch's Ovation Lounge. The guitarist and singer will be back with Jimmy Buffett's 11-member Coral Reefer Band on Saturday before...
Kenny Chesney Lives Those Songs Again in Alabama Concert -
He carried the tune solo since duet partner Mac McAnally wasn't around. Uncle Kracker wasn't there to bounce around during "When the Sun Goes Down" either. During his performance of "Never Wanted Nothing More," I wrote this in my notebook: "You can...
Vince Gill Faces Financial Facts - Great American Country
Vince and his wife, Amy Grant, will take part in a June 8 benefit concert for wounded veterans in Washington, DC, with Darius Rucker, Alison Krauss, Mac McAnally and Michael McDonald. Two days later, Vince and Darius are set to take part in the annual...
Buffett brings good summertime vibe - AZ
Buffett pulled out a ukelele for a fun version of "My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don't Love Jesus," accompanied by Mac McAnally on guitar, just after intermission. The star later did a nice solo turn on "A Pirate Looks At Forty,"a reflective song...
Just-announced concerts - Baltimore Sun
"Challenge America" tour with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Darius Rucker, Mac McAnally and Melinda Doolittle Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on June 8. 800-444-1324 or
Amy Grant, Vince Gill host Challenge America benefit concert - Ticket News
Special musical guests for the event include Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Darius Rucker, Melinda Doolittle and Mac McAnally, with an appearance by New York Times best selling author Stephen Mansfield. Tickets are priced at $50, $75 and $95 for...
A Look at the Next Few Weeks - Washington Post
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 am through the Kennedy Center for "Challenge America" featuring Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Darius Rucker, Mac McAnally, Melinda Doolittle and Stephen Mansfield June 8 at the Kennedy Center...

Mac McAnally

Lyman Corbitt (Mac) McAnally, Jr. (pronounced /ˈmækənæliː/; born July 15, 1957, in Red Bay, Alabama) is an American country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. In his career, he has recorded ten studio albums. Two of his singles were hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and six more on the Hot Country Songs charts. His ninth chart entry came in late 2008-early 2009 as a guest vocalist on Kenny Chesney's cover of his 1990 single "Down the Road". He has also produced for Sawyer Brown and Restless Heart, written several singles for other artists, and has performed in the Coral Reefer Band, which is Jimmy Buffett's backing band.

McAnally was born July 15, 1957 in Red Bay, Alabama. He began playing piano and singing in church as a child, and by age fifteen, he had composed his first song. From there, he went on to become a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. During a session break, McAnally began to perform original material. The producers there encouraged him, and by 1977 he was signed to Ariola Records. His self-titled debut album produced the singles "It's a Crazy World" and "Minimum Love", which respectively reached #37 and #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second album, No Problem Here, was issued a year later, followed in 1980 by Cuttin' Corners on RCA Records. These latter two albums produced no chart singles. However, he found sucess as a songwriter for Jimmy Buffett, in addition to co-writing Alabama's Number One hit "Old Flame".

McAnally continued to record even while writing for Buffett, with two albums for Geffen Records (Nothin' but the Truth and Finish Lines) being issued in 1983 and 1988, respectively, although neither accounted for any chart singles. He and Walt Aldridge co-wrote Ricky Van Shelton's 1987 single "Crime of Passion" as well.

In 1990, McAnally signed to Warner Bros. Records, releasing Simple Life that year. This album produced his first Top 40 country hit in the #14 "Back Where I Come From." Kenny Chesney would also record McAnally's "Back Where I Come From" for his 1996 album Me and You. Also in 1990, Steve Wariner released a McAnally co-write, the Top Ten hit "Precious Thing." The only other single from Simple Life was the #70 "Down the Road", and by year's end, he exited Warner Bros. as well.

McAnally's seventh studio album, Live and Learn, followed in 1992, producing three low-charting singles. Also that year, he produced Sawyer Brown's album The Dirt Road, and continued to produce almost all of their subsequent albums, in addition to co-writing several of the band's singles between then and the late 1990s, including the Number One "Thank God for You", as well as the Top Five hits "All These Years", "Cafe on the Corner", "The Boys and Me", and "This Time". His second and final release for MCA, 1994's Knots, failed to produce any chart singles, although Linda Davis charted that year with "Company Time", which he wrote. Throughout the 1990s, McAnally also found work as a session musician, playing guitar on several artists' albums, which he would continue to do throughout the 2000s as well.

It was not until 1999, when he signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville, that McAnally released his next album. This album, Word of Mouth, also failed to produce any singles. Another album, Semi-True Stories, followed in 2004 on Mailboat Records, the same label to which Buffett is signed. Also in 2004, McAnally and Kyle Lehning produced Restless Heart's reunion album Still Restless, which included covers of three McAnally songs. In 2008, McAnally was awarded Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association.

Kenny Chesney covered McAnally's 1990 single "Down the Road" on his 2008 album Lucky Old Sun, as a duet with McAnally. This rendition, released in late 2008 as its second single, became McAnally's first Top 40 country hit since "Back Where I Come From" in 1990. In February 2009, it became his first Number One as a singer. One month later, McAnally signed to Show Dog Nashville, a label owned by Toby Keith.

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Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney performing on March 8, 2008 at the Jupiter Bar & Grill in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Kenneth Arnold (Kenny) Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music artist. Since 1993, Chesney has recorded thirteen albums, eleven of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than thirty Top Ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, sixteen of which reached Number One. In addition, Chesney has received six ACM (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards), as well as six CMA awards. Chesney is also one of the most popular touring acts in country music, regularly selling out the venues at which he performs; his 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour was the highest-grossing country road trip of 2007. He was awarded his 4th consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year award on May 18, 2008.

Chesney studied in East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity and was member of the ETSU Bluegrass Program. Chesney played tunes at local places around Johnson City like Chucky's Trading Post (a small Mexican restaurant), Quarterbacks BBQ, and Rafters. He recorded his first album in 1989 at Classic Recording Studio in Bristol, Virginia. A thousand copies were produced and Chesney sold them at his busking gigs, using the money from album sales to help buy a new guitar.

In 1990, Chesney graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in advertising. After graduation, he headed to Nashville, where he performed at several local clubs. After making the rounds of the music publishers in Nashville, Chesney signed to contract in 1992 with BMI and Opryland Music Group.

Chesney's first album, 'In My Wildest Dreams, was released on the independent Capricorn Records label in 1994. The album's lead-off singles, "The Tin Man" and "Whatever It Takes", both reached the lower regions of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. The album sold approximately 10,000 copies before Capricorn Records closed its country music division that year.

After Capricorn's closure, Chesney signed to BNA Records, which released his album All I Need to Know in 1995. The album produced three hit singles: "Fall in Love" and the title track (both of which reached Top Ten), and "Grandpa Told Me So", which peaked at #23. "The Tin Man" was also included on this album, although it was not re-released as a single at the time.

Released in 1996, Chesney's second major-label album was Me and You. Although its lead-off single peaked just outside the Top 40 on the country charts, the album's title track (which was reprised from All I Need to Know) and the single "When I Close My Eyes" (which was previously recorded by Larry Stewart on his 1993 debut album Down the Road) both peaked at #2 on the Billboard country charts. Me and You was also Chesney's first gold-certified album. A cover of Mac McAnally's 1990 single "Back Where I Come From" was also included on this album; although Chesney's version was never released as a single, it has become a staple of his concerts.

I Will Stand, Chesney's third album for BNA, was released in 1997. "She's Got It All", which served as the album's lead-off single, became Chesney's first Billboard Number One single, spending three weeks at the top of the country charts. The album's second single, "A Chance", peaked just shy of Top Ten, while its follow-up, "That's Why I'm Here", went to #2 on Billboard in 1998. ("That's Why I'm Here" reached Number One on Radio & Records, giving Chesney his third Number One overall.) Also in 1998, Chesney recorded a limited-edition single titled "Touchdown Tennessee". The single was a tribute to John Ward, a former broadcaster for the University of Tennessee Volunteers' football team; St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the John Ward Scholarship Fund received a portion of the single's sales.

1999's Everywhere We Go, Chesney's fourth album for BNA, produced two consecutive Number One singles in "How Forever Feels" and "You Had Me from Hello" (the latter inspired by a line in the movie Jerry Maguire). The album also produced two more hits: "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and "What I Need to Do", which peaked at #11 and #8 on the country charts, respectively. Everywhere We Go was also Chesney's first platinum-selling album.

By 2000, Chesney released his Greatest Hits compilation. It included four new tracks, as well as re-recordings of "Fall in Love", "The Tin Man" and "Back Where I Come From". The new version of "The Tin Man" was one of the disc's three singles, with two of the new tracks, "I Lost It" and "Don't Happen Twice", also serving as singles.

The album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems was released in 2002. Its lead-off single, "Young", peaked at #2, while the follow-up "The Good Stuff" spent seven weeks at Number One, becoming Billboard's Number One country song of the year for 2002. A year later, Chesney recorded an album of Christmas music, titled All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan; the album's title track peaked at #30 on the country charts from holiday airplay.

2004 saw the release of Chesney's album When the Sun Goes Down. Its lead-off single, "There Goes My Life", spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts; the album's title track, a duet with Uncle Kracker, was also a Number One. At the Country Music Association awards that year, When the Sun Goes Down won an award for Album of the Year.

In January 2005, Chesney released the album Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair), supporting the album with his Somewhere in the Sun Tour and in November 2005. Chesney released his second album of that year, The Road and the Radio, which produced three Number One singles: "Living in Fast Forward", "Summertime", and "Beer in Mexico", as well as Top Five hits in "Who You'd Be Today" and "You Save Me".

In February 2006, Chesney was presented with a plaque commemorating his sales of 25 million albums. On May 23 of the same year, Chesney was honored at the Academy of Country Music Awards as Entertainer of the Year. In 2007 he was once again named Entertainer of the Year. On November 7, 2007 Chesney was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year for the third time in four years.

Chesney, along with Tim McGraw, contributed to a version of Tracy Lawrence's single "Find Out Who Your Friends Are", which can be found on Lawrence's album For the Love. The official single version, featuring only Lawrence's vocals, was released in August of 2006, but did not reach the Top 40 on the country charts until January of 2007, when For the Love was released. After the album's release, the version with McGraw and Chesney began receiving significant airplay, helping to boost the single to Number One on the country charts. The song became Lawrence's first Number One single in eleven years, as well as the second-slowest climbing Number One single in the history of the Billboard music charts.

On September 11, 2007, Kenny released the album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. The album's lead-off single, "Never Wanted Nothing More", became Chesney's twelfth Number One on the Billboard country charts. However, there was some controversy surrounding the release of this album, as Kanye West's album Graduation, as well as 50 Cent's album Curtis, were released on the same day. Kanye West and 50 Cent were in the midst of a competitive sales war, with 50 Cent claiming he'd end his solo rap career if West sold more albums than he did (remarks he later retracted as terms with his contract conflicted with the promise). Kenny Chesney, however, decided he'd give country music a place in the competition, claiming country artists were just as popular as rap artists. Chesney came in third place in number of record sales.

On the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated for the week ending September 15, 2007, Chesney's single "Don't Blink" debuted at #16, setting a new record for the highest debut on that chart since the inception of SoundScan electronic tabulation in 1990. This record was broken one week later by Garth Brooks' song "More Than a Memory", which debuted at Number One on the same chart, making it the first song ever to do so. The third single off the Just Who I Am album, "Shiftwork", a duet with George Strait went and peaked at #2 on the Billboard country chart. The 4th single, "Better as a Memory", has become his fourteenth number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of June 28, 2008.

Chesney also co-wrote Rascal Flatts' 2007 single along with Djuan Edgerton, "Take Me There", which served as the lead-off single to their album Still Feels Good.

Chesney's most recent charity work includes working with the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

On July 24, 2008 Kenny Chesney announced that he will be releasing a new single off an upcoming album entitled Lucky Old Sun. The song is titled "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and for the chart week of August 16, 2008, it has debuted at #22 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The album was released on October 14th, 2008. "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" became a Number One hit. It was followed by a cover of Mac McAnally's 1990 single "Down the Road".

It was announced on December 2nd, 2008 that Chesney would perform at Gillette Stadium again in 2009, marking the fifth year in a row that Chesney will have played at the Foxboro, Massachusetts football field. Chesney's tour this year will be entitled the Sun City Carnival Tour and will feature various venues both small and large to continue to keep his ticket prices down.

Kenny Chesney's new single, "Out Last Night" will be released on May 19 2009 as the lead single from his upcoming Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 album set for release May 19 via BNA Records. It will be his first greatest hits album in nine years (not counting his Super Hits album).

On May 9, 2005 Kenny Chesney married actress Renee Zellweger in a ceremony at the island of St. John. They had met in January at a tsunami relief benefit concert. On September 15, 2005, after only four months of marriage, they announced their plans for an annulment. Zellweger cited fraud as the reason in the related papers. After media scrutiny of her use of the word "fraud", she qualified the use of the term, stating it was "simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character". The annulment was finalized in late December 2005.

Chesney was dating Amy Colley, a 24 year old former Miss Tennessee USA. The two were introduced by a mutual friend, but they broke up on April 21, 2009.

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Cafe on the Corner

Cafe on the Corner cover

Cafe on the Corner is the title of the ninth studio album released by the American country music band Sawyer Brown. Their second album for Curb Records, it produced three singles on the Billboard country music charts: the title track (#5), "All These Years" (#3), and "Trouble on the Line" (also a #5). "All These Years", previously recorded by writer Mac McAnally on his 1992 album Liv eand Learn was also a minor hit for the band on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, peaking at #42 there.

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Restless Heart

Restless Heart is an American country music band established in 1984. The band's original members were John Dittrich (drums, background vocals), Paul Gregg (bass guitar, background vocals), Dave Innis (piano, keyboards, rhythm guitar, background vocals), Greg Jennings (lead guitar, background vocals), and Verlon Thompson (lead vocals). Thompson was replaced with Larry Stewart shortly before Restless Heart was signed to a recording contract with RCA Records in 1984.

Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the band saw considerable crossover success in both country music, pop and adult aontemporary (AC) formats. Stewart and Innis left in 1992 and 1993 respectively, with Stewart beginning a solo career on RCA. By 1996, the three remaining members had disbanded. Except for a brief reunion for one album in 1998, the band remained inactive until 2002, when Dittrich, Gregg, Innis, Jennings, and Stewart all reunited. Two years later, they released Still Restless, the first album since 1990 to utilize the entire five-piece lineup, on Koch Records. This album produced one more country chart single before the label's closure.

Overall, Restless Heart has released seven studio albums, two greatest hits albums, and a live album which is only available on their website. Their second through fifth albums are all certified gold by the RIAA. Twenty-six of their singles have entered the Billboard country charts, including six Number One hits. Two more singles were released only to the Adult Contemporary format, with the higher-peaking of those two being the Number One "Tell Me What You Dream", a collaboration with saxophonist Warren Hill in 1993. Their greatest crossover hit with country and pop music fans is the single "When She Cries" which was released in late 1992.

Nashville record producer Tim DuBois created the band in 1984 to record demos of songs that DuBois had written. Initially, it was composed of John Dittrich (drums), Paul Gregg (bass guitar, vocals), Dave Innis (keyboards, vocals), Greg Jennings (guitar, vocals), and Verlon Thompson (lead vocals). The still unnamed band was soon signed to RCA Records' Nashville division. Verlon Thompson left the band before even going into the studio to record the first album, and was replaced by Larry Stewart, who had known Innis when both were attending Belmont University. Thompson was later signed to Capitol Records and became a guitarist for Guy Clark.

Restless Heart released their self-titled debut album on RCA in 1984. This album included only eight songs, of which four were singles: "Let the Heartache Ride", "I Want Everyone to Cry", "(Back to the) Heartbreak Kid" and "Til I Loved You." Of these, the latter three singles were all Top Ten country hits. Following it two years later was Wheels, their breakthrough album, which produced four straight Number One country hits: "That Rock Won't Roll", "I'll Still Be Loving You", "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)" and the title track. "I'll Still Be Loving You" and "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)" were both hits on the Adult Contemporary charts, as was "New York (Hold Her Tight)", which was released only to that format. The album was certified gold by the RIAA, as their next three studio albums would be as well.

The band's third album, Big Dreams in a Small Town, came in 1988. From it came two more Number Ones: "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" and "A Tender Lie", as well as Top Five hits in its title track and "Say What's In Your Heart". The latter of these was also a Number One on the RPM country charts in Canada. Several of the singles from the band's first three albums, including "The Bluest Eyes in Texas", were co-written by former pop singer Van Stephenson, who would later become a founding member of the 1990s country band BlackHawk.

Restless Heart's fourth album, Fast Movin' Train, was released in 1990. This was their first album not to produce a Number One hit, although its first two singles — the title track and "Dancy's Dream", respectively — were both Top Five hits. "When Somebody Loves You" and "Long Lost Friend" were less successful, however, reaching #21 and #16 respectively. A greatest hits package, The Best of Restless Heart, followed in 1991. It included two new recordings, both of which were released as singles: "You Can Depend on Me" at #3 and "Familiar Pain" at #40.

The next album, 1994's Matters of the Heart, included only Gregg, Jennings and Dittrich, with studio musicians rounding out the roster. Its only single, "Baby Needs New Shoes", fell short of the Top 40, and the remaining three members disbanded at the end of 1994. Jennings joined Vince Gill's band, while Dittrich founded a band called The Buffalo Club in 1997 with Charlie Kelly and lead singer Ron Hemby, formerly of The Imperials. The Buffalo Club recorded one album for Rising Tide Records and charted three singles, including the Top Ten country hit "If She Don't Love You" (a song which had previously been turned down by Restless Heart), before the band split at the end of the year.

The original Restless Heart members, except Innis, reunited to record three new tracks for their second greatest-hits compilation in 1998, Greatest Hits. This album produced their first Top 40 country hit in five years, "No End to This Road." After a yearlong tour with Vince Gill and another year of dates on their own, Restless Heart went on hiatus once more.

In 2003, Gregg placed a phone call to Innis, with whom he had not had any contact in ten years. Gregg, Innis, Dittrich, Jennings and Stewart officially reunited two months later, began touring, and released a single called "Torch of Freedom" which did not chart. In 2004, the band signed to Koch Records, then went into a Muscle Shoals, Alabama recording studio to record their first full-length album to feature the original lineup since 1990's Fast Movin' Train. The new album, entitled Still Restless, was co-produced by Mac McAnally and Kyle Lehning, with three of its songs having been previously been recorded by McAnally himself. Its lead-off single, "Feel My Way to You", peaked at #29 on the country music charts. However, Koch closed its Nashville division in early 2005, and the album did not produce any other singles. The band released a live album, 25 and Live, in 2007 through their website.

Restless Heart's sound draws influences from mainstream country music, as well as from pop and rock. Their use of layered harmonies and multiple Adult Contemporary crossover hits have drawn comparisons to the Eagles.

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Linda Davis

Linda Kaye Davis (born November 26, 1962 in Dotson, Texas) is an American country music singer. Before beginning a career as a solo artist, she charted three minor country singles as one half of the duo Skip & Linda. In her solo career, Davis has recorded five major-label studio albums and more than fifteen singles. Her highest chart entry is "Does He Love You", her 1993 duet with Reba McEntire which reached Number One on the Billboard country charts and won both singers a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration, while her highest solo chart entry is 1996's "Some Things Are Meant to Be" at #13. Davis is also the mother of Hillary Scott, lead singer of the group Lady Antebellum and wife of Lang Scott, who charted two minor peaking singles in 1984.

Linda Kaye Davis was born November 26, 1962 in Dotson, Texas. She made her singing debut on a local radio show at age six. By the time she was 20, Davis moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she paired up with singer Skip Eaton to form the duo Skip & Linda. Skip & Linda signed to MDJ records and had three minor singles on the Billboard country charts.

After Skip & Linda parted ways, Davis found work as a jingle singer, and subsequently as a backing vocalist for Reba McEntire. Davis's first solo chart entry came in 1988 on Epic Records, although it was not until 1991 that she released her debut album In a Different Light on Liberty Records. This album produced two chart singles, but no Top 40 hits. It was followed by a self-titled second album in 1992, which did not produce any chart singles at all.

Davis saw her biggest chart success in 1993 when she and McEntire recorded their duet "Does He Love You". Davis' first and only Number One country hit, it also won her and McEntire a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration that year. Soon afterward, Davis signed to Arista Nashville and recorded her third album, Shoot for the Moon. This album's lead-off single, the Mac McAnally composition "Company Time", fell short of the Top 40. It was followed by "Love Didn't Do It" at #58.

Davis did not enter Top 40 on the country charts again until 1996 with the title track of her 1996 album Some Things Are Meant to Be, her second album for Arista. This song peaked at #13 on the country charts, becoming her highest solo chart entry. Following it were "Love Story in the Making" at #33, and "Walk Away" which failed to chart. After the latter single, Davis exited Arista as well.

Davis' fifth album, I'm Yours, was released in 1998 on DreamWorks Records, then a newly-established record label. Its lead-off single, "I Wanna Remember This", was also featured on the soundtrack to the film Black Dog.

In 2003, Davis self-released a Christmas album with her husband, Lang Scott, and their daughter, Hillary. Two more self-released albums, I Have Arrived and Young at Heart, followed in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Hillary founded her own country music group, Lady Antebellum, in 2006.

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