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Mississippi honors McAnally

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – Mac McAnally was honored twice last week by his home state of Mississippi.

During a ceremony in Jackson, and emceed by Marty Stuart, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and the Mississippi Arts Commission presented McAnally with the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. A bronze cast statue designed by artist Bill Dunlap represents the distinction.

The next day, McAnally became the sixth artist to be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker was unveiled at the same city park in Belmont, Miss. where McAnally once played as a child. He joins such music luminaries as Jimmie Rodgers and Marty Stuart.

"This is an amazing honor for me to be acknowledged in such a way by the state I grew up in and was inspired by," McAnally said. "Music is a vital part of life in Mississippi - from the Delta blues to country to Southern rock. It seeps into your very soul. I am proud to have grown up in a state so rich in culture and with such an amazing and deep musical heritage."

Music was a direct path for young Lyman "Mac" McAnally. Born in Red Bay, Ala. and raised in Belmont, he was a guitar and piano prodigy performing in clubs at 13, writing songs at 15 and a Muscle Shoals studio mainstay by 18. He scored his own record deal by the age of 17 and was later touring as a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, a position he holds to this day. As a songwriter, McAnally has scored numerous number 1 hits, including Kenny Chesney's 2009 Down The Road.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile takes her chances on feeling "Blue" – During a rare moment sitting at the piano and appropriately dressed in blue, Brandi Carlile paraphrased a memorable Joni Mitchell quote. Basically, it went that, if you listen to Joni Mitchell music and only picture Mitchell - but not yourself - something is wrong. While Carlile, who performed Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety for... »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
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