Jessica Nicholson • August 2, 2016 •
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will host producer and songwriter Shane McAnallyon Saturday, Aug. 13, as part of its songwriter series Poets and Prophets. McAnally will share stories behind hits he has penned for Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and more.
The session will be hosted by museum editor Michael Gray, and will include vintage photos, film footage and recordings from McAnally’s career.
After pursuing a recording career in Nashville and Los Angeles, Texas native McAnally emerged on the Nashville songwriting scene in 2008, as a writer of Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call.” McAnally went on to write chart-topping songs for Kenny Chesney (“Somewhere with You,” “Come Over”), Jake Owen (“Alone with You”), The Band Perry (“Better Dig Two”) and Sam Hunt (“Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time”).
McAnally also penned major hits for Luke Bryan (“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”), Miranda Lambert (“Mama’s Broken Heart”), Lady Antebellum (“Downtown”), Thomas Rhett (“T-Shirt”) and Keith Urban (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16).”
McAnally shared the 2013 Grammy for Best Country Song for Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ’Round,” and earned the 2014 CMA Song of the Year prize for Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow.”
In addition to songwriting, McAnally has produced albums for Kacey Musgraves (Same Trailer, Different Park; Pageant Material), Sam Hunt (Montevallo), Old Dominion (Meat and Candy) and Jake Owen (American Love).
Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and passes are required for admittance. Museum members can reserve their program passes in advance by phone (615-416-2050) or via firstname.lastname@example.org. The program will also be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.