musings 250_edited-1No, not that phrase; in this case, it stands for Same Story, Different Day.  And I’m not talking about Groundhog Day.  This will be my first musing where I muse about the same subject, a second time.

I previously wrote about seeing Mac McAnally (read it here) at the Franklin Theatre (“re” vs. “er” since it is in Franklin, TN).  I had the opportunity to see him again at a relatively new music venue in Nashville named City Winery.  It bills itself as a listening room which basically means – shut up and listen while the band/artist is playing.

The stage is in a huge room with tables instead of regular theater style seats.  They pride themselves on their wine list and their menu.  The menu for the listening room is limited compared to the dining room menu.  All of the items would fall in what I call “pretty food” and they only have micro-brews.  However, it is a great place to listen to music.

Enough about the food; this is a music column, not a restaurant review column.  I was very excited about this show because I had great seats.  As a Christmas present to my wife, I had gotten us seats at the front table.  [Yeah, she saw through that as well].  We literally were resting our elbows on the stage.   We were surrounded by Mac fans.  One drove from Atlanta to see the show and quickly introduced himself and presented a business card touting his Jimmy Buffett fan club.  Our other table mate also drove in from far away (can’t remember) and had an influence on the set list – more on that later.

As Mac played, you really got the feeling that he loved what he does and acted as if he couldn’t believe that people would actually pay to hear him play.  He also went through about six different guitars as he wound his way through the set list.  He didn’t disappoint in his song selection or showing why he is seven-time CMA musician of the year.  As I said in my previous post, he is a songwriter’s songwriter and a musician’s musician.

set listSpeaking of the set list, here is a pic of the actual set list taken by the lady sitting across from us:

I told you we were close.  The handwritten notes to the side are notes on which guitar Mac would use for the song.  He added another song about two or three songs from the end.  It was a song named “Barney” which is on his debut album from 1977.  He added it because of the previously discussed lady at our table.  She kept asking him to play it and he did.  It was refreshing that he did that because it is a great song and it shows that his shows are some slick, highly produced sets.  He also closed with the Duane Allman’s instrumental “Little Martha”.  He told the story again of how he kept trying and trying to learn this song years ago only to find out that it was two guitars on the song and not just one.  You can also see that he paid tribute to Mr. Buffett by playing “A Pirate Looks at Forty” which was another song not on the list.

As you can tell, I am a huge Mac fan and encourage anyone to go see him if you can.  He truly loves his songs and the stories that each tell.  Here is a no zoom picture to show again how close we were:


Musing in Music City


P.S.  As a closing nugget, the stage announcer introduced Mac as “Mac McNally” to which the majority of the crowd heckled the announcer.  Later in the show, Mac referenced that and told the story of how Buffett is always laughing when he calls Mac.  Seems that Siri pronounces Mac’s name as “Mac-Anally” with a long “A” on the Anally part (as in “anal”).

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”


  1. Zach,

    Thanks for the “shout out” for our club and for sharing a PHnomenal musical experience – IslandTime Bob Abdich, PHounder/Captain, West Georgia ParrotHead Club, Carrollton, Georgia.

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