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Mac Wiseman dies at 93

Monday, February 25, 2019 – Country music hall of famer Mac Wiseman died at 93 on Sunday in Nashville.

Wiseman, who had a career bluegrass, had two top 10 hits during his career - "The ballad of Davy Crockett"in 1955 and "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" in 1959.

Wiseman was born May 23,1925 in Crimora, Va. Due to contracting polio at six months,he spent his childhood listening to records.

Wiseman's musical career started by playing upright bass in the Cumberland Mountain Folks, who were the backing band to country singer Molly O'Day. He played in the Foggy Mountain Boys, the band formed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs when they left Bill Monroe's Band. Wiseman also played with Monroe's The Bluegrass Boys.

Following his service with O'Day, Flatt & Scruggs, and Monroe, Wiseman began recording for Dot, Randy Wood's new Gallatin, Tenn., independent label, in 1951. Wiseman's early work for Dot included "Going Like Wildfire," "I Saw Your Face in the Moon" and "Waiting for the Boys." He was a featured performer on WRVA's Old Dominion Barn Dance radio show in Richmond, Va., from 1953 to 1956.

While continuing to record, he became a Dot producer, helping Wood run the label's California office in the late 1950s. After 1965, Wiseman became a favorite on the bluegrass festival circuit, and hosted his own festival in Renfro Valley, Ky. from 1970 to 1983. He has recorded for various labels after Dot - Capitol, MGM, RCA, Churchill, CMH - including some well-received duets with Flatt in the 1970s. Wiseman managed Wheeling, West Va.WWVA Jamboree from 1966 to 1970.

Wiseman was co-founder of the Country Music Association. In 1986, he helped found the International Bluegrass Music Association.

In 2007 he released an album of standard American songs recorded with singer-songwriter John Prine for Oh Boy Records.

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I Sang the Song CD review - I Sang the Song
Mac Wiseman's album is one of the most unique collaborative efforts in recent memory. While many music figures have released late-career albums made in partnership with producers and musicians best-known for their work in other genres in an effort to either reinvent themselves or to bring their music to a new audience, bluegrass great Wiseman opted to partner with songwriters in order to turn stories from his life into new songs. "I Sang The Song (Life Of The Voice With A Heart)" »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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