One of the most-often awarded artists each year at the CMA Awards is an artist many people don’t probably know about. That artist, Mac McAnally, has won six CMA Musician of the Year awards and if he wins again at the next ceremony, on November 5, 2014, he will become the record holder for most consecutive wins in the category.
McAnally has been continuously nominated in the Musician of the Year category for his guitar work since 2007 and has won each year since 2008, tying fiddler Mark O’Connor’s run from 1991-1996. McAnally’s current nomination puts him in elite company and the award itself has been presented since 1988, when Chet Atkins took home the award.
McAnally has also scored a CMA nomination in other categories, including 2009 for “Down The Road,” a single the star originally recorded two decades earlier. The 2009 nomination was for the collaboration with Kenny Chesney, a collaboration which went to #1.
McAnally continues to be an in-demand session musician and producer with credits including Jesse Winchester’s final album A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble and Jimmy Buffett’s Songs From St. Somewhere. Mac McAnally is also a member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and often performs solo sold-out shows across the USA. He recently also appeared on Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’ and made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage as a featured performer (he’s long appeared as a supporting artist on the hallowed stage).