By NEMS Daily Journal
Belmont native Mac McAnally won his fifth Country Music Association “Musician of the Year” Award on Thursday in Nashville as part of the 2012 CMA Awards.
“So Chet Atkins has nine of these awards and now I have been blessed with five,” McAnally said on his website, www.macmcanally.com. “My dad loved Chet and used to tell me to practice hard and maybe someday play like Chet. Well I’m still practicing, but not there yet. More work to do but proud to be in the vicinity.”
McAnally is a singer, songwriter and producer, and he’s a multi-instrumentalist.
Along with performing his own solo dates, McAnally tours with Jimmy Buffett and is a highly sought-after session player.