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Mac McAnally Delivers a Heartfelt Tribute to Jimmy Buffett at the 57th Annual CMA Awards

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

MAC McANALLY DELIVERS A HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY JIMMY BUFFETT AT THE 57TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS, SHARING THE STAGE WITH AN ICONIC GROUP OF BUFFETT’S FRIENDS KENNY CHESNEY, ALAN JACKSON AND ZAC BROWN BAND

Photo Credit: Hunter Berry/CMA
Photo Credit: Hunter Berry/CMA

Watch Here NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 9, 2023) - Last night, at the 57th Annual CMA Awards, the illustrious singer/songwriter, musician and producer Mac McAnally graced the awards stage alongside celebrated artists Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band to pay homage to the beloved late Jimmy Buffett. Together, Chesney and McAnally delivered a heartfelt rendition of Buffett's classic hit, "A Pirate Looks at Forty." This iconic song, both written and performed by Buffett, made its debut on his 1974 album, A-1-A. The performance can be enjoyed here.


Following the duo’s acoustic performance, Zac Brown Band and Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson debuted a fitting tribute song “Pirates and Parrots” following with the legendary “Margaritaville” which turned into a sing-along for the entire arena and, surely, viewers at home.


As highlighted to Billboard on the red carpet, Mac McAnally shared a unique bond with Jimmy Buffett during his nearly three-decade journey as an integral member of The Coral Reefer Band - touring around the world with the “Margaritaville” icon. He even co-produced the most recent album from Buffett, titled Equal Strain On All Parts which came out last Friday. Listen to the album here: sunrecords.lnk.to/ESOAP


Mac McAnally Tour Dates:

Nov. 11 - Pensacola, Fla. - Veterans Memorial Park Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

Nov. 12 - Pascagoula, Miss. - Grand Magnolia Ballroom - SOLD OUT

Nov. 18 - Manchester, N.H. - The Dana Center - SOLD OUT

Nov. 19 - Boston, Mass. - City Winery Boston - SOLD OUT

Nov. 21 - New York City, N.Y. - City Winery NYC - SOLD OUT

Nov. 22 - Philadelphia, Pa. - City Winery Philadelphia - SOLD OUT

Nov. 30 - Florence, Ala. - Down The Road for the Holidays Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

Dec. 1 - Franklin, Tenn. - Franklin Theatre - SOLD OUT

Dec. 3 - Atlanta, Ga. - City Winery Atlanta - SOLD OUT

Dec. 6 - Greensboro, N.C. - Margaritas and Memories at Piedmont Hall

Dec. 13 - Annapolis, Md. - Ram's Head On Stage - SOLD OUT

Dec. 14 - Annapolis, Md. - Ram's Head On Stage - SOLD OUT

Dec. 15 - Hopewell, Va. - The Beacon Theatre - SOLD OUT

Jan. 25 - Key West, Fla. - Key West Theater - SOLD OUT

Jan. 26 - Key West, Fla. - Key West Theater - SOLD OUT

Jan. 27 - Key West, Fla. - Key West Theater - SOLD OUT

Jan. 28 - Key West, Fla. - Key West Theater - SOLD OUT

Feb. 23 - Shipshewana, Ind. - Blue Gate Theater

March 21 - Birmingham Ala. - Hoover Library Theater - SOLD OUT

March 22 - Birmingham Ala. - Hoover Library Theater - SOLD OUT

March 23 - Columbus, Miss. - The Lyceum at Lee


About Mac McAnally

Record setting 10x CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee. The renowned singer, songwriter and instrumentalist has written dozens of hit records for other artists, several of which peaked at No. 1. His own recording career began with the debut hit single “It’s A Crazy World” and has grown to 14 album releases. He has written hits for Alabama ("Old Flame"), Jimmy Buffett ("It's My Job"), Kenny Chesney ("Down The Road" and "Back Where I Come From"), Shenandoah ("Two Dozen Roses") and Sawyer Brown ("All These Years" and "Thank God For You"), and has studio credits that include albums by Toby Keith, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait and Dolly Parton among many others.

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