George McAnthony (6 April 1966 - 8 July 2011), born Georg Spitaler, was a country singer and songwriter. Since 1988 he toured around Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.
McAnthony was born in Eppan, Italy. He recorded 14 albums, three of them in Nashville. George McAnthony performed as a "Country One Man Band", playing seven acoustic instruments at the same time, live, without playback or support from other musicians. He played 12-string guitar, dobro, mandolin or electric guitar, harmonica and kazoo. With his feet he played percussion instruments such as bass drum, snare, tambourine and hi-hat.
McAnthony performed a duet with John Denver and appeared in radio and TV broadcasting shows. He has been awarded the "Best European Country Artist", "Vocalist" and "Country Song of the Year". George McAnthony was much dedicated to charity projects.
McAnthony's thirteenth CD, "Bridge To El Dorado", was given airtime on the international radio network by "Comstock Records USA", and came in second place at the European Country Music Awards 2009 in the Category "Best European Album of the Year". In April 2010 George McAnthony recorded his fourteenth album "Dust Off My Boots" in Nashville, Tennessee, with Brent Mason, Paul Franklin and Bryan Sutton.
McAnthony died of myocardial infarction on 8 July 2011 in Terracina, Italy.
European Country Music Award - Best European Country Vocalist of the Year 1998,
European Country Music Award - Best European Country Artist & Song of The Year 2001
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