Oral History Information
Mac McAnally, inspired by his mother took piano lessons and then later switched to guitar. His mother played piano and organ in their church, and the hymns he heard also inspired him to pursue songwriting. After working as a studio musician in Muscle Shoals, Mac recorded several solo albums including his self-titled debut album 1977. He wrote his first song as a teenager and went on to write for Shenandoah, Jimmy Buffett, and Alabama, for which he penned their number-one hit song “Old Flame.” Mac and Walt Aldridge wrote the 1987 hit “Crime of Passion" for Ricky Van Shelton. Mac was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007, and has been the recipient of the Country Music Award’s Musician of the Year a record nine times!