Down by the River

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As a performer, Mac McAnally has had a limited run of success on the charts, though he's had a long career that began with in 1977 with his self-titled debut and the hit "It's a Crazy World." He didn't scale those heights again until 1990 with the single "Back Where I Come From." He's recorded only 11 albums between 1977 and the self-produced Down by the River. But this only tells a tiny part of the story. McAnally is a wildly successful songwriter, penning hit tunes for everyone from Jimmy Buffett and Alabama to Ricky Van Shelton and Steve Wariner. Again, that's only another part of the story. McAnally's own records are amazing in their consistency, craft, and material. He ...
See more details below
CD
$6.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (8) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $4.18   
  • Used (3) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As a performer, Mac McAnally has had a limited run of success on the charts, though he's had a long career that began with in 1977 with his self-titled debut and the hit "It's a Crazy World." He didn't scale those heights again until 1990 with the single "Back Where I Come From." He's recorded only 11 albums between 1977 and the self-produced Down by the River. But this only tells a tiny part of the story. McAnally is a wildly successful songwriter, penning hit tunes for everyone from Jimmy Buffett and Alabama to Ricky Van Shelton and Steve Wariner. Again, that's only another part of the story. McAnally's own records are amazing in their consistency, craft, and material. He seldom covers anyone else, and in recent years, he's taken the producer's role upon himself. He is in a league with songwriters such as Randy Newman, Bobby Charles, and Robbie Robertson. Down by the River is a stellar example. Age and time haven't hindered McAnally's ability as a recording artist. He's in terrific voice, and the array of styles and lyrics on the set is startling. The album opens with the easy living, laid-back stroll of "Blame It on New Orleans," with its horn section, clarinet fills, and righteous upright piano and syncopated drums. Then there's the Caribbean-kissed blues of "(Nothing Like A) Sunny Day," with its hip B-3 organ fills, popping bassline, and mandolin riff. "Over and Out," melds Western and Gypsy jazz swing, featuring some smoking guitar work by McAnally and fiddle work by Aubrey Haynie and Larry Franklin. There are some tough honky tonk songs such as "If You Hang Around Long Enough," (written with Jeff Hanna). The title track is a funky jive shuffle co-written by Mac and Al Anderson. There's even a contemporary country ballad in "You First," co-written with Lenny LeBlanc. McAnally wrote most of the set himself, however, and the finest track on the disc is the gospel-inflected, Muscle Shoals groove on "On Account of You" (McAnally has a right to that pedigree, having worked as a member of its house band before going solo). The entire album has a warm, intimate feel. The sound is very organic and doesn't carry a whiff of contemporary country's sheeny production. McAnally is a real Americana artist whose is not as easy to pigeonhole as singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Tom Russell, or Steve Earle -- brilliant talents all. He uses the entire array and history of American roots music, and is musician enough to pull them off, not only in his writing, but in his recording and performing. The bottom line, of course, is that Down by the River is a real achievement by any standard, and coming so far into the artist's career it stands as an anomaly in the music biz: rather than revisit his successes or rest on his laurels, McAnally has gone wider and deeper to release what is arguably his crown jewel, which is a fertile as the land and the history of America itself. This is music that comes from the ground and ascends to the heart.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 812080010646
  • Catalog Number: 26
  • Sales rank: 82,423

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mac McAnally Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Ukulele, Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Steve Nathan Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano
Dave Pomeroy Bass
Charles Rose Trombone
Denis Solee Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Stone Vocals, Yells
George Tidwell Trumpet
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Robert Mullen Vocals, Yells
Charles Solee Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Robert Mullen Vocals
Charleston Miles Vocals
Charles Solee Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Al Anderson Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Jeff Hanna Composer
Lenny LeBlanc Composer
Mac McAnally Composer, Producer
Charles Rose Horn Arrangements
Chris Stone Engineer
Alan Schulman Engineer
Kyle Ford Engineer
Jimmy Nutt Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously