Mac McAnally deserves a little more than 'Minimum Love'
Who is Mac McAnally? A footnote in pop music chart history or perhaps more? In a couple of paragraphs we'll let you know about Mac and see if he gets your maximum or Minimum Love.
Alabama native McAnally hit the Top 40 in 1977 with a minor hit called It's A Crazy World and returned to the pop charts just once in the '80s with the song Minimum Love that just missed the Top 40 peaking at No. 41 in 1983. With a great bass line and sing-a-long chorus, perhaps Minimum Love fell short because it had no promotional video. However, we do have a storyteller-type video that was made years later in which McAnally tells a humorous introduction about how he wrote Minimum Love. Sounding a little like James Taylor, the video gives an acoustic version that is equally appealing. Here is a link if you want to hear the 1983 studio version that is very delicious.
By the end of the '80s, McAnally left pop music and drifted towards county music and even hit the country charts a few times in the '90s. Throwing himself into the country music scene sparked McAnally's career as a songwriter extraordinaire as the author of multiple number one country hits for Alabama, Sawyer Brown, Shenendoah and Kenny Chesney. He also became an ace session player and in 2008, McAnally won the CMA for Musician of the Year and they should change the name of the award to the McAnally Award as he has won the Musician of the Year Award ever since - a total of eight consecutive years running.