It’s not every day a super-talent like Mac McAnally comes to the tiny island of Stone Harbor, but that’s exactly what’s happening 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Harbor Square Theatre. McAnally, an eight-time winner of the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year Award, is performing at this intimate venue, and you’d better believe it’s a can’t-miss show.
“I’m looking forward to coming,” McAnally says of his visit to Stone Harbor. “I’ve missed it.”
While Sunday marks the first time McAnally is scheduled to perform at Harbor Square Theatre, he’s no stranger to Stone Harbor, having performed an annual benefit show at the Wetlands Institute in the past.
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“If you get to do your favorite thing and call it a job,” McAnally says of his decades-long career, “you’re extremely blessed.”
With a 14th album scheduled for an Aug. 25 release, McAnally could rest on his solo career. Instead, he’s equally revered for his collaborations, playing with musical superstars like Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel and most often, Jimmy Buffet, as a member of the Coral Reefer Band.
“My favorite moment with Jimmy, and there are bunches, is when he and I played for the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital,” McAnally says.
At that performance, several of the soldiers weren’t able to attend due to their injuries and instead were bound to their rooms.
“Jimmy said, ‘Let’s go to them,’” McAnally explains.
The two played from room to room in the hospital, thanking soldiers for their sacrifice.
“It makes me know what kind of a guy Jimmy is,” McAnally says. “I won’t forget that.”
And while McAnally has amassed accolades from just about everyone in the music business, he’s known as much for his humility as for his talent.
“I’m not the biggest fan of my own voice,” McAnally says, laughing. “I tend to only sing things I’m passionate about … I’ve gotten to play with Ray Charles, and I know what league I’m not in.”
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Look for McAnally to entertain with some serious guitar picking, some storytelling and, of course, some singing, at the Stone Harbor show. Though he jokes that he’s “suspect as a singer,” McAnally is only too happy to continue doing the thing he loves.
“I’m eaten up by music day and night,” he says. “And I’m OK with that.”