On Break from Jimmy Buffet’s Band: Mac McAnally at City Winery Chicago (September 30, 2022)

Mac McAnally is from a small town in Northern Mississippi. All the tourists who come there are lost, he says. During his show, he has long introductions for his song.

He talks about how before he turned 40, he thought he had plenty of time to do everything. But after turning 40, he realized the fuse on life wasn’t infinite and that he should be more intentional about how he spent his time. He put these thoughts into the song “Meanwhile”.

He wrote a lot of songs that he gave to other bands to play. He plays two of the songs he gave to Sawyer Brown tonight, “This Time” and “Cafe On The Corner”.

Mac talks about how Kenny Chesney one day just called him up and asked him to come into the studio to record any song that he had written.  In just 30 minutes, they recorded “Down the Road” which turned out to be a huge hit. It has over 8.4 million streams on Spotify.

McAnally’s day job is playing in Jimmy Buffet’s band, the Coral Reefers. He says it’s a fantastic job to have and that Jimmy will be better soon and they’ll be back on the road. The drummer playing with him tonight is also a Coral Reefer. They play a few Buffet songs that he wrote including “Changing Channels”, “A Pirate Looks At Forty”, and “It’s My Job”.

Cost of a ticket: $55 (Mezzanine)

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney


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