Simple Life (Mac McAnally album)

Simple Life is a 1990 album by American country music singer Mac McAnally. It was released in 1990 by Warner Bros. Records Nashville.

Simple Life
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 13, 1990 (1990-02-13)
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Mac McAnally chronology
Finish Lines
Simple Life
Live and Learn


The album includes McAnally's only solo single to reach Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs charts, "Back Where I Come From", which peaked at No. 14 in 1990.[2] The album's only other single, "Down the Road", peaked at No. 70. Kenny Chesney and McAnally recorded "Down the Road" as a duet on the former's Lucky Old Sun album, and this version was a No. 1 single in 2009.[3] Chesney had previously recorded "Back Where I Come From" on his 1996 album Me and You,[4] and included a live version on his 2000 Greatest Hits package.[5]

Linda Davis covered "Company Time", the B-side of "Back Where I Come From",[2] on her 1994 album Shoot for the Moon, and her version was a No. 43 country single that year.[6] Also, Sammy Kershaw released "Southbound" as a single from his 1994 album Feelin' Good Train, taking the song to No. 27 on the country charts that year.[7] Finally, Andy Childs covered the title track on his 1993 self-titled debut, taking it to No. 61 that year.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

Rating it 3 out of 5 stars, Michael McCall of Allmusic wrote that "The album features well-crafted lyrics, fastidious acoustic-pop arrangements and his unremarkable voice."[9] A review in Cash Box was positive, saying that McAnally "makes the 'simple life' seem so intriguing, as he touches on every aspect of life" and "delights us with his own style of singing and musical accompaniment".[10]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Mac McAnally.

  1. "Back Where I Come From" - 3:32
  2. "Simple Life" - 2:58
  3. "Same Old Heart" - 3:23
  4. "She's All I've Got Going" - 3:34
  5. "Down the Road" - 2:57
  6. "Back Where I Come From (Reprise)" - 1:20
  7. "The Invisible Man" - 3:02
  8. "Mobile Home" - 3:33
  9. "Just That Way" - 3:08
  10. "She's Going Out of My Mind" - 3:29
  11. "Company Time" - 3:31
  12. "Southbound" - 3:49


  1. ^ Simple Life (CD booklet). Mac McAnally. Warner Bros. Records. 1990. 26136-2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  3. ^ Paul Kingsbury; Michael McCall; John W. Rumble (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press. p. 316.
  4. ^ "Me and You". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Greatest Hits". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  6. ^ Whitburn, p. 95
  7. ^ Whitburn p. 181
  8. ^ Whitburn, p. 76
  9. ^ "Simple Life". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Album releases" (PDF). Cash Box: 24. June 30, 1990.