Mac McAnally wins 10th CMA Award for Musician of the Year |

Mac McAnally wins 10th CMA Award for Musician of the Year
Updated Nov 14; Posted Nov 14
By Mary Colurso |

Mac McAnally probably needs to buy a new trophy case. Tonight at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, he scored his 10th win as Musician of the Year.

McAnally — a guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer — has a lock on this category, winning the CMA in 2008-2015 and 2017. He’s clearly a favorite among voters in the Country Music Association, but as McAnally will be the first to tell you, he never takes a CMA victory for granted.

“I continually demand a recount for every one I get,” McAnally told in 2016, after his eighth win. “And I feel compelled to call myself out, every time I make a mistake during a studio recording session. I’ll stop and say, ‘Let’s do one more for the Musician of the Year.’”

McAnally’s award was announced before the televised ceremony, which started at 7 p.m. CT at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The musician, 61, probably is best known as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, but McAnally also has a solo career as a singer-songwriter. His songs are in demand among many artists in the country world, and have been recorded by Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Sawyer Brown, Ronnie Dunn, the Alabama band and more.

Most recently, one of McAnally’s songs, “It’s My Job,” was featured in “Escape to Margaritaville,” a Buffett-themed musical that spent four months on Broadway.

McAnally’s primary residence is Nashville, and he spends a great deal of time on the road. However, he also has strong ties to Alabama. McAnally was born in Red Bay and has a home and recording studio in Sheffield.

“The road has grown, from about a third of my time to close to half,” McAnally told in 2016. “I have three daughters who all live in Nashville, and my time has been skewed there. That way, I get to spend time with my kids. Muscle Shoals is a little more about work for me, and I believe the work benefits. If I have control of a project, I try to go to Muscle Shoals. And it’s not just me — the music likes to be there, too.”

Three other acts with Alabama ties — Little Big Town, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line — were nominated for CMA Awards this year. All were defeated in their categories.

Escape To Margaritaville Closes On Broadway

Escape to Margaritaville Closes on Broadway July 1
JUL 01, 2018

The Jimmy Buffett musical arrived at the Marquis Theatre in February.
Escape to Margaritaville, featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett, says farewell to paradise July 1 as the company takes their final bows at the Marquis Theatre. Following the 3 PM performance, the musical will have played 29 previews and 124 regular performances.

Alison Luff and Paul Alexander Nolan Matthew Murphy
A national tour will launch in October 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Featuring a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, Escape to Margaritaville uses Buffett’s familiar catalog to tell the story of a relaxed island paradise and its inhabitants—including a carefree bartender and a visiting, career-minded scientist who challenges his worldview.

The production, directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine, premiered at La Jolla Playhouse before subsequently playing Houston, New Orleans, and Chicago.

Shortly after closing on Broadway, the cast will travel to Washington,. D.C., to perform on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth July 4.

Leading the cast is Paul Alexander Nolan as island bartender-singer Tully. He reprises his role from the pre-Broadway tour alongside fellow principal cast members Alison Luff as Rachel, Lisa Howard as Tammy, Eric Petersen as Brick, Rema Webb as Marley, Don Sparks as J.D., and Andre Ward as Jamal.

Rounding out the company are Matt Allen, Tessa Alves, Sara Andreas, Tiffany Adeline Cole, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Steven Good, Angela Grovey, Albert Guerzon, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ryann Redmond, Jennifer Rias, Julius Anthony Rubio, Nick Sanchez, Ian Michael Stuart, and Brett Thiele.

Escape to Margaritaville features sets by Walt Spangler, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Brian Ronan, and orchestrations by Michael Utley.

PHiP Scholarship Is Open For Application

Hello Club Leaders:

It’s that time of year again for the PHiP Scholarship Essay Contest. Please pass this information along to your club members. You can cut and paste this email and include it in your email you send out to your members. This is the only way that your members will know of this great opportunity and we need you as leaders to make sure that this information gets out to each and every one of them. This is a wonderful opportunity for your members and their families. Please forward this email to you club at least once a month for the next three months in your clubs communications. This is a great opportunity that we want all eligible students to take advantage of. Thanks in advance for helping to get the word out and good luck to all the applicants.

We are proud to announce that the PHiP Scholarship Essay Contest for 2018 is NOW OPEN!!!!!!

Summary of the PHiP Scholarship:

The PHiP Scholarship is for current Parrot Head Club Members of an officially Chartered Chapter or their children or wards of Parrot Head Club Members, for post secondary education.

This program was established in 2008. Three scholarships will be awarded in 2018. The funds may be used for tuition, books or living expenses, at an accredited four-year university or college of the student’s choice. The award will be paid to the winners’ school account, when a student account is established.

PHiP awards 3 awards in the amounts of:

First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

Eligibility: Parrot Head Club Members and members children (Sorry nieces, nephews or other extended family members beyond those mentioned are not considered eligible)

The Scholarship instructions and application can be found on the PHiP Website at:

It is VERY important the applicant follow ALL of the rules and instructions. Only typed, electronic submissions will be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered eligible.

Make no references to your identity, your local parrot head club or your location in your essay entry OR your question and statement responses.

All applications must be signed at the appropriate place. We accept electronic signatures.

To Apply: Complete the Parrot Head Scholarship Application found on the PHiP website at Please email your completed application and essay to:

David Cohen
PHiP Secretary

DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS is MARCH 31st, 2018, for enrollment for fall term (summer terms not applicable). Students may apply yearly; the awards will be given annually, based on a new application process.

Good Luck to all applicants!

David Cohen,
Secretary – Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc.
2012-2018 Scholarship Chair

PPHC Anniversary Celebration January 25th! Join Us!

From PPHC Treasurer:

Good Morning All!

Just a quick reminder of our upcoming Happy Hour Thursday, January 25th at Murray’s in Cayce. This will also be designated as the PPHC 21st Anniversary Celebration. The club will buy each member in good standing 2 drinks (beer, wine or well drink). We will also provide wing and veggie trays.

The Holidays are over but there is still a great need in the Midlands so we are asking for cash donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank with PPHC matching donations up to $100.

So come out and help us celebrate 21 years of Partying with a Purpose!! I hope to see you there.

Are you kidding me? Smoothies & Supplements?

The name Margaritaville is basically the antithesis of healthcare supplements. Are they serious with this?


Margaritaville Life High Protein Smoothie is a protein-rich, whole food, antioxidant drink mix perfect for anybody looking to improve health, energy and vitality.  Tropical whole foods like pomegranate, guava and pineapple make this smoothie mix a delicious, island-inspired option as a healthy dietary supplement or meal replacement when mixed with milk, water or a liquid of your choice. Combines 20g of strength-building whey protein with a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals and anti-aging antioxidants to promote overall well-being, healthy recovery, inflammation control and healthful hydration.



Margaritaville Life Whole Food Multivitamins pack more than 50 fruits and vegetables, including tropical whole foods like acai, banana and passion fruit, in two convenient mini tablets made for the whole family (ages 12+). The formula has an array of healthful benefits to address all systems of the body with immune-boosting ingredients, powerful antioxidants, probiotics and a live enzyme blend that help with digestion and absorption of healthful nutrients in foods.



Tropically-sourced, smooth and creamy Margaritaville Life Coconut Oil has a myriad of health benefits and is sure to transport you to the tropics when incorporated in your daily routine. Add it to smoothies for enhanced brain-boosting and heart-healthy benefits, add to a diet plan as a healthful source of fatty acids to support weight loss, use as a healthy substitute in recipes and apply to skin and hair as a clarifying moisturizer.

Source: Margaritaville Foods :: Smoothies & Supplements

“Walk To End Alzheimer’s”, Saturday, Oct. 21st (Spirit Communications Park)

It’s that time of year again! The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is this Saturday, October 21st at Spirit Communications Park.

PPHC has volunteered to help with refreshments and we are scheduled to work 8:30 to 11:00 am. If you are interested in helping be at the Ball Park no later than 8:45 and report to the Home Plate Bar. This is a great event so plan to join us for a few hours of community service.

Finz Up!!!!

Buffett’s “Buried Treasure” coming in November


Buffett to release “Buried Treasure” in November
October 5, 2017

Jimmy Buffett will release a collection of songs from the late 60’s called “Buried Treasure” on November 17, 2017. It is available at in two formats:


A few years ago when legendary Nashville producer Buzz Cason sold his recording studio, there was some cleaning up to do. That’s when Jimmy learned they had found a collection of 1⁄4-inch tapes that turned out to be the original demos of songs Jimmy had written and recorded for Buzz in the late 60’s. There were over 125 songs in that pile of tape boxes. In addition to the song demos there were also the first recordings Travis Turk had engineered in Mobile, and that is where the whole story of Buried Treasure begins.

JB : “There is a reason we are calling this collection of songs and stories Buried Treasure – because they were literally buried in a closet in a recording studio in Nashville for decades. They were discovered by an old friend, Travis Turk, who actually recorded these tracks in Mobile, Alabama in 1969, and more in Nashville in the years following when we both wound up moving there. Travis eventually produced the first two albums I recorded in Nashville, as well. When we first found the tapes of Buried Treasure, I didn’t know that it would turn out to be such a unique situation where I’d actually get to honor and introduce the people who started me out.”

It will be available in standard and deluxe packaging. Both releases contain 11 acoustic tracks and song-by-song narration by Jimmy Buffett. The Standard version contains a 28 page book. The Deluxe version is a 40-page collector’s book with never before seen photos which holds the CD and a bonus 20-minute documentary DVD: The Story Behind Buried Treasure.

Track Listing:

Don’t Bring Me Candy
Circle Is Small
Abandoned On Tuesday
I Can’t Be Your Hero Today
Rickety Lane
Wino Has Something to Say
California Dreamin’
The Gypsy
Hopelessly Gone
Simple Pleasures
Close the World At Five

Coast of Carolina’s Throw Back Shell Beach Party is only two weeks away!

For those interested in South Carolina’s biggest Parrot Head party (outside of a Jimmy Buffett concert) you might want to make plans to attend the Coast of Carolina’s 22nd Annual Throw Back Shell Beach Party in Myrtle Beach upcoming Thursday, September 14th through Sunday, September 17th. You can find out all the details on their website.