Category:American country record producers
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1. Pete Anderson – Pete Anderson is an American guitarist, music producer, arranger and songwriter. Anderson became known as a producer who could get the job done. On guitar, Andersons technical proficiency and versatility allows him to perform a variety of styles, including country, western, rock, rockabilly, soul, blues, Flamenco, Tex-Mex. Among the artists Pete Anderson has produced are Dwight Yoakam, Roy Orbison, The Meat Puppets, Jackson Browne, Michelle Shocked, Buck Owens, lang, Lonesome Strangers, and Lucinda Williams He most recently produced country legend Mark Chesnutts album Outlaw. In 1993, along with Dusty Wakeman, Anderson joined Barbara Hein, a longtime Capitol Records executive with a history in the music business, and engineer Michael Dumas to form Little Dog Records. Recording his first solo CD on his own label in 1994, Anderson placed himself on the road in support of Working Class, while continuing to work with Yoakam, being the president of a record label opened new worlds for Anderson. Signing artists that he and his partners believed in gave Anderson the creative freedom he craved. Having to be part businessman and part artist was a part to play every day. Anderson stuck with Wakeman for his release, 1997s Dogs In Heaven
2. Busbee – Michael James Ryan Busbee is an American songwriter, record producer, publisher and musician from the San Francisco Bay area. Born in Walnut Creek, California, Busbee was introduced to music at 7 when his parents enrolled him in piano lessons and he took to music instantly and throughout his youth studied piano, trombone, tuba, saxophone, and everything else he could get his hands on. In high school he discovered jazz and focused his passion on the trombone. In his junior year of college he was honored with The Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship award recognizing him as the top college-age jazz trombonist in the world. Throughout college he also freelanced as a player in and around New York City and San Francisco playing everything from weddings. A dedicated jazz aficionado, it wasnt until after college that he actually began discovering the vast world of pop, rock, R&B, and soul. A few years later, his new fascination with music led him to Los Angeles where he got a job working for the well-known producer Eric Valentine. A year later, he started freelancing as a producer and began writing more, in 2006, a friend invited him to Nashville to write songs. Within a few months he landed a deal with Crosstown Music through Nashville super-producer Dann Huff. He experienced his first success as a songwriter in Nashville penning the hit single Summer Nights for Rascal Flatts, shortly thereafter he scored his first #1 on that chart with the song “Our Kind of Love” by Lady Antebellum. He followed it with the Hunter Hayess Storm Warning”, around the same time, his career in pop music took off as well. He went on to write the hit single “Dark Side” for Kelly Clarkson, in 2013 he signed a multi-faceted publishing deal with BMG Rights Management which included a joint-venture publishing company of his own
3. Anita Cochran – Anita Renee Cockerham, known professionally as Anita Cochran, is an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. Signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1997, she made her debut on the U. S. country charts that year with the release of her first album Back to You. Although she never entered the Top 40 on the charts again. Anita Cochran was born in South Lyon, Michigan, into a family that enjoyed listening to country music and she began to play guitar at an early age, and later learned to play banjo, mandolin and Dobro as well. A local country musician, Anitas father often took her to music festivals. She later found both in bands and as a solo act, and was eventually hired to manage Pearl Recording Studios. In 1997, after moving to Nashville, Tennessee, she was signed to Warner Bros, released in 1997, her debut album, Back to You, was produced by her as well. She co-wrote all but one of the songs and played several instruments on it. The albums lead-off single, I Could Love a Man Like That,64, followed by the No.69 Daddy, Can You See Me. The third single, a duet with Steve Wariner titled What If I Said, following this song was the albums fourth and final single, Will You Be Here. Her second album, Anita, produced three singles all of which failed to reach Top 40, for the first single from her third album, God Created Woman, Cochran spliced in Conway Twittys vocals from earlier songs of his to form a duet entitled A Cheatin Song. 57, although the album was never released and its title track failed to chart, in 2007, Cochran produced country music singer Tammy Cochrans album Where I Am. The two singers are not related
4. Mickey Jack Cones – Mickey Jack Cones is an American record producer, engineer, session musician, singer and songwriter. Raised in a family, he is the grandson of Glenn Gray Orchestra singer Jane Cones and son of Jackie Cones of The Cones Sisters. Cones moved to Nashville in 1996 to finish his BBA at Belmont University, after graduating from Belmont Mickey produced, engineered, wrote and played all of the music that landed Joshua and Jacob Miller/”Nemesis Rising” a recording contract with Curb Records. He also produced Curb Recording artist David Kersh in early 2000, in 2002, Cones toured with Mercury recording artist Julie Roberts as her band leader and road manager. He toured with Roberts for 2 years and performed on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, recently Cones has produced Joe Nichols, including the #1 single Yeah, as well as the singles Hard To Be Cool and Freaks Like Me. The second single Hell Of A Night also hit #1 on the Billboard Country Charts, in 2016, Cones produced Craig Campbell s single Outskirts of Heaven as well as Trace Adkins single Jesus And Jones. He also produced Canadian artist Brett Kissels album Pick Me Up, Cones is well known for producing Trace Adkins’ “Love Will. ”, Jeff Bates, Kristy Lee Cook & Randy Houser’s “Wherever Love Goes”, Joe Nichols’ “Crickets” album and its number 1 single “Sunny and 75”. He has also produced projects for Exile, the Act of Valor soundtrack, James Wesley, Matt Stillwell, Chad Hudson, Nicky Barot, Damien Leith, Cones is also a recording engineer. Cones not only produces and engineers records, he plays, programs and sings on them as well
5. Rodney Crowell – Rodney Crowell is an American musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. Crowell has had five number one singles on Hot Country Songs and he has also written songs and produced for other artists. He was influenced by songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, Crowell played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris Hot Band. He has won two Grammy Awards in his career, one in 1990 for Best Country Song for the song After All This Time, Crowell was born on August 7,1950 in Crosby, Texas, to James Walter Crowell and Addie Cauzette Willoughby. He had come from a family, with one grandfather being a church choir leader. His grandmother played guitar and his father sang semi-professionally at bars, at age 11, he starting playing drums in his fathers band. In his teen years, he played in garage rock bands in Houston. In August 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a musical career and he later met and befriended fellow songwriter Guy Clark, who became a major influence on his songwriting and vice versa. While there, he said, I got a real cold splash in the face of what songwriting is about. I started filling my mind with as many symbols and images as I could, I got real hungry to have something to contribute. Emmylou Harris had recorded one of Crowells songs, Bluebird Wine, on her Pieces of the Sky album and made a request to meet him. After he sat in with Emmylou at her gig at the Armadillo World Headquarters in early January 1975, she asked him to play guitar in her backing band. He accepted and left the day to join Emmylou in Los Angeles. In 1977 as a project, he formed a musical group, The Cherry Bombs, together with Vince Gill, Tony Brown. One year later, he signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records and in late 1978, released his debut album. His debut album, as well his following two albums, But What Will the Neighbors Think and Rodney Crowell, were not commercially successful despite garnering a cult following. Crowell himself criticized his debut album for not translating onto vinyl the same clarity and his single Ashes by Now from But What Will the Neighbors Think reached No.37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. Though he had several country hits by artists covering his songs
6. Jay DeMarcus – Jay DeMarcus is an American bassist, vocalist, pianist, record producer and songwriter. He is a member of the country group Rascal Flatts, DeMarcus was born in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the Tree of Life Christian School in Columbus while living with his mother and sister and he also has a half-sister from his fathers side of the family. DeMarcus attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee, from 1990 to 1992, at the time, he traveled and performed as a keyboard player in the Christian music group New Harvest, led by Danny Murray. DeMarcus co-founded the contemporary Christian music group East to West and moved to Nashville and they engineered the album together, and became Englishs back-up band and road manager. The album was nominated for the Dove Award for Inspirational Song of the Year, in addition to producing for English, he has also produced albums for James Otto, Jo Dee Messina, Austins Bridge and others. He produced the 2006 release for the band Chicago titled, Chicago XXX and he soon became bandleader for Chely Wright. Eventually, he met Joe Don who is now the other member. DeMarcus called Joe Don to fill in for a guitarist who had left the one night. On March 4,2010, DeMarcus and his mates were guest stars on CSI, Crime Scene Investigation. In the episode titled Unshockable, he is electro-shocked by his bass guitar during a performance at a Vegas club, DeMarcus has continued to explore his acting career, appearing in the film A Country Christmas, as well as episodes of ABCs Nashville and Lifetimes Drop Dead Diva. On May 15,2004, DeMarcus married Allison Alderson a former beauty queen who has held the titles Miss Tennessee 1999, DeMarcus met her on the set while filming the video for the Rascal Flatts song, These Days. Their first child, Madeline Leigh, was born in December 2010, in July 2012, he and Allison welcomed son Dylan Jay. Rascal Flatts Melt Feels Like Today Me and My Gang Still Feels Good Unstoppable Nothing Like This Changed Rewind The Greatest Gift of All Jay DeMarcus at the Internet Movie Database
7. Radney Foster – Radney Foster is an American country music singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo. Foster began his career in 1992 and his album Del Rio. However, his success waned with the release subsequent albums such as Labor of Love, See What You Want to See. Another Way to Go and This World We Live In, overall, Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits Just Call Me Lonesome and Nobody Wins. His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish, Radney Foster was born July 20,1959, in Del Rio, Texas, as the second of four children. His father was a lawyer who sang and played guitar and by age 12, Foster began playing the guitar as well, and by 14, he began writing songs. After graduating from school, Foster attended University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He dropped out in 1979 and at the advice of veteran songwriter Randy Goodrum, moved to Nashville, Foster later returned to college and completed his degree, while performing at local venues in his spare time. Foster moved to Nashville in 1985 and found work at MTM Publishing Company as a songwriter, there he met Bill Lloyd and they co-wrote the song Since I Found You which became a Top Ten hit for the Sweethearts of the Rodeo. In 1986 Foster formed the duo Foster & Lloyd and they received a contract with RCA Records Nashville. Between 1986 and 1990, they recorded three albums and had nine singles on the country charts. The two parted ways in 1990 to pursue solo careers, later, in 1990, their song Dont Go Out was released by Tanya Tucker in 1990 as a duet with T. Two years later Foster signed with Arista Nashville and released the album Del Rio, the album produced two consecutive Top Ten hits, Just Call Me Lonesome and Nobody Wins, which respectively reached No.10 and No.2 on the Billboard country charts. Two later singles, Easier Said Than Done and Hammer and Nails, also reached Top 40, peaking at No.20, in 1994, Foster began work on his second album, which was originally to be titled Never Say Die. Steve Ripley, who recorded on Arista as lead singer of The Tractors at the time, remixed the following single Willin to Walk and the album was released under the title Labor of Love in April 1995. Later that year, Foster contributed the song Close Up the Honky Tonks to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization. Fosters third album was 1999s See What You Want to See, featuring a more pop-oriented sound and backing vocals from Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish
8. Gibb-Galuten-Richardson – They produced albums and singles for Andy Gibb, Samantha Sang, Frankie Valli, Teri DeSario, Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Diana Ross. The trio produced five singles in the USA, and six singles that reached the US Top 10. In an effort to retain the sound, the group recorded its next album. 1976s Children of the World, at the same studios using the same engineer that Mardin had used, at this point the Bee Gees decided to produce the album themselves, with Barry Gibb taking the lead role, along with engineer Richardson. They added young musician and arranger Albhy Galuten to the room as musical adviser. The new team of Gibb, Richardson, and Galuten saw the group through a series of top selling recordings over the four years. A few months after Children of the World, the trio worked together again on Andy Gibbs Flowing Rivers album, recorded in October 1976. Barry and Joe Walsh also performed on two songs from the album, I Just Want to Be Your Everything and Thicker Than Water, although the album was produced by Galuten. The album was released in late 1977, Samantha Sangs 1977 hit Emotion, which the trio produced, reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another song the trio produced was Save Me, Save Me by Network, the trio also produced singles by Frankie Valli and Teri DeSario. In 1979, the Bee Gees, Galuten and Richardson won the Grammys for Best Producer of the Year, the trios last project on an Andy Gibb full album was After Dark which contains his last US Top 5 single Desire. Although Andy Gibbs Greatest Hits album only three new songs. In 1980, the trio produced Barbra Streisands Guilty which became Streisands best-selling album to date internationally when it was released, the album features two US Top 10 singles, Guilty and What Kind of Fool. Their next production was in 1982 when Clive Davis, the president of Arista Records asked Barry Gibb to write songs for Dionne Warwick who recorded for Arista. Heartbreaker was released in October 1982, the track reached #10 in the US and #2 in the UK. Also in 1982, Barry met Kenny Rogers and Rogers asked Barry about writing songs for him. By August, Barry started recording demos for Rogers by doing the demo of Eyes That See in the Dark, the release of Rogers Eyes That See in the Dark album reached #1 on US Country charts. The lead single on Rogers album was a duet between himself and fellow country singer Dolly Parton entitled Islands in the Stream that became US No
9. Brett James – Brett James Cornelius is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Signed to Career Records as a solo artist in 1995, James charted three singles and released a debut album that year. He returned to Arista as a recording artist in 2002, releasing two more singles, since the early 2000s, James has become known primarily as a songwriter for other country and pop music artists. Among his compositions is Carrie Underwoods 2006 Number One hit Jesus, Take the Wheel and his writers credits also include Number One hits for Jessica Andrews, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Rodney Atkins, and Jason Aldean. Brett James Cornelius was born June 5,1968 in Columbia, Missouri to the late Carolyn and Dr. Sam Cornelius, graduating from Christian Heritage Academy high-school in Del City, Oklahoma in 1986. He attended Baylor University, pledged Sigma Chi Fraternity, and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. After attending medical school for a time in the early 90s, James began his career as a recording artist on Career Records. That year, he released his debut album, which included the charting singles Female Bonding, If I Could See Love. Also included on album was Wake Up and Smell the Whiskey. In addition, he appeared on two albums issued by Arista Nashville. This latter album was promoted via a special on The Nashville Network. In 1998, James and Tammy Graham were both dropped from Career Records when it merged with Arista Nashville, James returned to his singing career in the early 2000s. After declining to join the band Sixwire, he re-signed with Arista Nashville, although he twice charted in the Top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts with Chasing Amy and After All, he never released a full album. After taking time off to begin raising his family, James attended University of Oklahoma medical school again until 2000 and he began writing singles for other artists in the early 2000s, including the Number One hits Who I Am by Jessica Andrews and Blessed by Martina McBride. Jesus, Take the Wheel also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, the latter of which was awarded to James and the songs other two songwriters. Rodney Atkins Its America, Chesneys Out Last Night and Carrie Underwoods Cowboy Casanova, all co-written by James, in 2010 James charted number one with Jason Aldeans The Truth and Chris Youngs The Man I Want to Be. ASCAP named James their country songwriter of the year in 2006, non-country artists who have recorded his works include Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi and Paulina Rubio. James also co-wrote American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreerys debut single I Love You This Big, James songwriting credits include seven Number One hits
10. Shooter Jennings – Waylon Albright Shooter Jennings is an American singer-songwriter active mainly in the outlaw country music and Southern rock genres. He is the son of music legend Waylon Jennings. Signed to Universal South Records, Jennings made his debut with the single 4th Of July of his 2005 album Put the O Back in Country, born May 19,1979, Shooter Jennings is the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. On February 13,2002, Shooters father died in his sleep of complications in Chandler. He was buried in the Mesa City Cemetery, in Mesa, at the funeral ceremony, on February 15, Shooter sang Ive Always Been Crazy for the attendees, who included Waylons close friends, family, and fellow musicians. Jennings began dating actress Drea de Matteo in 2003 and they have two children together, daughter Alabama Gypsyrose Jennings and son Waylon Albert Blackjack Jennings. Jennings and de Matteo eventually ended their relationship without marrying, Jennings married Misty Brooke Swain on June 4,2013 in Joshua Tree, California. Shooter Jennings lived the first few years of his life in a crib on his parents tour bus surrounded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, by age five, he was playing drums. At 8 years old, he began taking piano lessons and he started playing guitar at fourteen and on occasion hed play percussion in his fathers band. In high school Jennings fronted a rock band called KilRaven for his high schools talent show. In 2011, he released the KilRaven track Only You on the album Missed The Boat, in 1996 Jennings and his father recorded an album together. They called it Fenixon but couldnt find a label to distribute it, some of the material was remastered and used for the album Waylon Forever. The full Fenixon recording was released by Jennings label Black Country Rock in 2014. In 2001, Jennings left Nashville, Tennessee to seek his fortunes in Los Angeles. He assembled and performed with Stargunn, a band who, through three distinct phases, sounded like a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Bowie, Guns n Roses. The band featured Jennings on piano and lead vocals, Carter Falco, and Kevin Sciou on guitar and background vocals, Curtis Roach on bass, and Lex Lipsitz on drums. Towards the end of 2001, Stargunn released their first album The Only Way Up Is Down and toured with Saliva, Tesla, Mark Ford and that same year Music Connection magazine listed Stargunn as one of the Hot 100 Unsigned Artists of 2001. In 2002 Stargunn was featured on Ive Always Been Crazy, A Tribute to Waylon Jennings, shortly after, Touchstone Pictures licensed the song White Lines N Black Ties for the film The Crew starring Burt Reynolds
11. Toby Keith – Toby Keith Covel is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. The song has received three million spins since its release, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated, signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville in 1998, Keith released his breakthrough single How Do You Like Me Now. that year. This song, the track to his 1999 album of the same name, was the number one country song of 2000. His next three albums, Pull My Chain, Unleashed, and Shockn Yall, produced three number ones each, and all of the albums were certified 4x Platinum. A second Greatest Hits package followed in 2004, and after that, when DreamWorks closed in 2005, Keith founded the label Show Dog Nashville, which merged with Universal South Records to become Show Dog-Universal Music in December 2009. Overall, Keith has released seventeen albums, two Christmas albums, and four compilation albums. He has also charted sixty-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including twenty number one hits and his longest-lasting number one hits are Beer for My Horses and As Good as I Once Was, at six weeks each. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, the son of Carolyn Joan and Hubert K. Covel, Jr. and is of English ancestry. He has a sister and a brother, the family lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for a few years when Keith was in grade school, but moved to Moore, Oklahoma when he was still young. Before the family moved to Moore, he visited his grandmother in Fort Smith during the summers and his grandmother owned Billie Garners Supper Club in Fort Smith, where Keith became interested in the musicians who came there to play. He did odd jobs around the club and started getting up on the bandstand to play with the band. He got his first guitar at the age of eight, after the family moved to Moore, Keith attended Highland West Junior High and Moore High School, where he played defensive end on the football team. Keith graduated from Moore High School and worked as a hand in the oil fields. He worked his way up to become an operation manager, at times, he would have to leave in the middle of a concert if he was paged to work in the oil field. Keith played defensive end for the 1980 Oklahoma Sooners but never saw the field before dropping out to play football in OKC. In 1982, the oil industry in Oklahoma began a rapid decline and he fell back on his football training and played defensive end with the semi-pro Oklahoma City Drillers while continuing to perform with his band. He then returned to once again on music. His family and friends were doubtful he would succeed, but, in 1984, Easy Money began playing the honky tonk circuit in Oklahoma and Texas
12. Julian King (recording engineer) – Julian King is a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, mix engineer, record producer and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. In one capacity or another, he has been involved with records that have more than 100 million units. King has worked some of the most notable artists in country music, such as George Jones, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers. Other artists he has worked with include Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams, Jr. Clint Black, Martina McBride, Randy Travis, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Alabama and The Judds. His credits also extend to some of the hottest young acts in music today, such as Sugarland, Chris Young, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina. King earned a Grammy as the engineer of Faith Hills multi-million-selling. In 1987, during his year at college, he landed an internship working as an assistant to the assistant engineer at recording sessions for producer Jimmy Bowen. King learned quickly and was told a job would be there for him when he graduated the following year, working under producer Bowen, King was instantly in sessions with such country superstars as George Strait. While working on an album with Charlie Daniels, King was teased by the star for being a trumpeter, eventually, Daniels not only asked King to play trumpet on the record, he paid for King to join the American Federation of Musicians union. In time, King became a favorite of top producers James Stroud, some of the earliest Number One hits King engineered were the career-launching singles by Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker. One of his projects from those early years is the 1992 John Anderson CD Seminole Wind. In 1993, he was tapped to engineer the debut of the then-unknown Tim McGraw. King has engineered every Tim McGraw album since that time and he also helped create the sound that kick-started Toby Keiths career. King was behind the board for Common Thread, The Songs of the Eagles, Stroud brought him on board as a co-producer in 1998, and King delivered Im Yours as a hit for Grammy-winning singer Linda Davis. In the following year came Faith Hills Breathe, which earned King his own Grammy Award, noting his increasing prominence, Mix magazine profiled Julian King in 2001. Since then, King has produced I Should Be Sleeping and Only God as 2001–2002 hits for Emerson Drive, in 2007, King reunited with Tracy Lawrence and co-produced the stars CMA Award-winning hit Find Out Who Your Friends Are
13. Michael Knox (record producer) – Michael Knox is an American record producer. Knox is best known for discovering Jason Aldean and producing all of his albums and he also helped Crossin Dixon sign to Broken Bow Records, the same label to which Aldean is signed, after a friend of his saw the band perform. Other artists whom he has produced include Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins, before working as a producer, Knox was an executive at Warner/Chappell Music. His first production credit was Danni Leighs 29 Nights, Knox worked as a song plugger. In 2011, Knox won Album of the Year from the Country Music Association for his production on My Kinda Party, in 2012, he won two Academy of Country Music awards for Aldean and Kelly Clarksons Dont You Wanna Stay. He also won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Event in 2013 for producing The Only Way I Know with Aldean, Luke Bryan and he is the son of Rock n Roll singer Buddy Knox. Song recordings produced by Michael Knox
14. Luke Laird – Luke Robert Laird is an American country music songwriter and producer. Eric Churchs Talladega, Luke Bryans I See You, and Jon Pardis Head Over Boots. He has also written and produced songs for Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, and many others. After graduating from Grove City Area High School, Laird moved to Tennessee in 1997, in December 2001 he graduated from MTSU with a degree in Recording Industry Management, then became an assistant tour manager for Brooks & Dunn while seeking a contract as a songwriter. He was named BMIs Country Songwriter of the Year in 2012, additionally, his song with Rodney Atkins, Take a Back Road was named Song of the Year. The company has partnerships with Universal Music Publishing Group and Pulse Recording, creative Nation is based in Nashville, Tennessee
15. Lloyd Maines – Lloyd Wayne Maines is an American country music record producer, musician and songwriter. He was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame as one of the first three members, the two being Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Maines was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and is now based in Bulverde, Texas. He toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band and has played with Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Golden Bear. Maines was a member of The Maines Brothers Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s and has contributed to alt-country releases, including Uncle Tupelos Anodyne and Wilcos debut, AM. Maines began producing some of his own music, branching out beginning with other artists, early on starting with Terry Allens seminal 1979 album. He frequently tours with Terri Hendrix throughout the United States, and is a part of her band. Maines won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2003 as producer of the Dixie Chicks album, susan Gibsons Wide Open Spaces, which had been sent to Maines, proved to be a hit from their debut album, and has remained their signature song. Music of Austin Official website Interview with Lloyd Maines Complete Lloyd Maines discography
16. Mac McAnally – Lyman Corbitt Mac McAnally, Jr. is an American country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. In his career, he has recorded ten albums and eight singles. Two of his singles were hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and his ninth chart entry came in late 2008-early 2009 as a guest vocalist on Kenny Chesneys Number One cover of his 1990 single Down the Road. He has also produced for Sawyer Brown and Restless Heart, written several singles for other artists, McAnally was born July 15,1957 in Red Bay, Alabama. He began playing piano and singing in church at the Belmont First Baptist Church in Belmont, Mississippi as a child, from there, he went on to become a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. During a session break, McAnally began to perform original material, the producers there encouraged him, and by 1977 he was signed to Ariola Records. His self-titled debut album produced the single Its a Crazy World which reached No.37 on the Billboard Hot 100, a second album, No Problem Here, was issued a year later, followed in 1980 by Cuttin Corners on RCA Records. These latter two albums produced no chart singles, however, he found success as a songwriter for Jimmy Buffett, in addition to co-writing Alabamas Number One hit Old Flame. McAnally continued to record even while writing for Buffett, Mac eventually signed with Geffen Records with two albums being issued in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He and Walt Aldridge co-wrote Ricky Van Sheltons 1987 single Crime of Passion, in 1990, McAnally signed to Warner Bros. Records, releasing Simple Life that year and this album produced his first Top 40 country hit in the No.14 Back Where I Come From. Kenny Chesney would also record McAnallys Back Where I Come From for his 1996 album Me, also in 1990, Steve Wariner released a McAnally co-write, the Top Ten hit Precious Thing. The only other single from Simple Life was the No.70 Down the Road, McAnallys seventh studio album, Live and Learn, followed in 1992, producing three low-charting singles. His second and final release for MCA, 1994s Knots, failed to produce any singles, although Linda Davis charted that year with Company Time. Throughout the 1990s, McAnally also found work as a musician, playing guitar on several artists albums. It was not until 1999, when he signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville and this album, Word of Mouth, also failed to produce any singles. Another album, Semi-True Stories, followed in 2004 on Mailboat Records, also in 2004, McAnally and Kyle Lehning produced Restless Hearts reunion album Still Restless, which included covers of three McAnally songs. In 2008, McAnally was awarded Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association, also in 2008, he participated in the production of the album Psalngs, the debut release of Canadian musician John Lefebvre
17. Shane McAnally – Shane McAnally is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Originally a solo artist for Curb Records in 1999, McAnally charted three singles on Hot Country Songs, including the No.31 Are Your Eyes Still Blue, before becoming a songwriter, the Academy of Country Music named him Songwriter of the Year in 2014. McAnally began performing at clubs at age 12 and appeared on Star Search when he was 14. He moved to Branson, Missouri at age 15, then to Nashville at 19, McAnally and music producer Rich Herring recorded a demo of a song that McAnally had written. The song, Just One Touch, earned McAnally a publishing deal as well as a contract with Curb Records. In 1999, McAnally signed with Curb and began recording his first album for the label as well as his first single, say Anything was released in 1999 as his debut single. The song peaked at No.41 the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, the follow-up single, Are Your Eyes Still Blue, became his first top 40 single, peaking at No.31. McAnally charted a third and final time with Run Away, which reached No.50, in 2001, McAnally moved to Los Angeles, where he came out. He composed six songs for the soundtrack of 2007 independent film Shelter, returning to Nashville in late 2007, McAnally began writing songs for other artists, starting with Last Call, released by Lee Ann Womack in 2008. In 2010, he had his first No.1 on Hot Country Songs as a songwriter with Kenny Chesneys Somewhere with You, other songs that McAnally has written that have reached No. He also co-produced Hunts major-label debut studio album Montevallo with Zach Crowell, in 2013, McAnally and Brandy Clark wrote the music and lyrics for a new, original Broadway musical inspired by the TV classic, Hee-Haw. The book was written by Robert Horn and Moonshine, That Hee Haw Musical debuted in Dallas at the Dee, McAnally married his boyfriend of six years, Michael Baum, in September 2012. The couple welcomed a daughter and a son in December 2012, McAnally has produced or co-produced the following works, Shane McAnally - Official Shane McAnally - Curb Artist Shane McAnally - Overview