Across the Blue Ridge #60 - Mac Wiseman, 91-year-old star with a new album

Across the Blue Ridge #60 - Mac Wiseman, 91-year-old star with a new album

3:00pm Feb 17, 2017
Bluegrass and country star Mac Wiseman is out with another new album at age 91. Here he talks with ATBR host Paul Brown in his Nashville home.
Paul Brown

Mac Wiseman is one of the last of the original generation of bluegrass players.  And he’s much more than that.  He’s a farm boy-turned-musician, a polio victim who learned guitar while recovering from the childhood operation that let him walk correctly, an ambitious figure who could hold his own as a solo act in the bluegrass world when others needed full band backup.  He also has been one of the most effective music producers in bluegrass, country and pop, and helped found two organizations promoting bluegrass and country music.  At 91, he sings as well as ever, and has just released an album of songs telling his life story.  Collaborators include John Prine, Sierra Hull, Milan Miller and many more.  Hear some of the new music from the album, some earlier Mac Wiseman favorites, and excerpts from our host Paul Brown’s interview with Mac at his Nashville home in 2016.  Also on the show: music of Tommy Jackson, Molly O’Day, Bill Monroe, The Slate Mountain Ramblers and more.

Episode 60 playlist

  1. Tomahawk
    Tommy Jackson
    Square Dance Tonight
     
  2. Born Ramblin' Man
    Balsam Range
    Papertown
     
  3. Going Home
    Slate Mountain Ramblers
    Family Tradition
     
  4. The Sound Of The Whip-Poor-Will
    Beverly Smith & John Grimm
    The Sound Of The Whip-Poor-Will
     
  5. Cabin of Love
    Bill Monroe
    In The Pines
     
  6. Little Home In Tennessee
    Mac Wiseman
    Classic Bluegrass
     
  7. Polk County Breakdown
    Tommy Jackson
    Square Dance Tonight
     
  8. Break 1 - Dusty Miller
    Paul Warren
    Paul Warren With Lester Flatt
     
  9. Wabash Cannonball
    Mac Wiseman
    Early Dot Recordings Volume 2
     
  10. Shackles & Chains
    Mac Wiseman
    Early Dot Recordings Volume 2
     
  11. Barefoot Till After The Frost
    Mac Wiseman & Jim Lauderdale
    I Sang The Song
     
  12. The Guitar
    Mac Wiseman, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses
    I Sang The Song
     
  13. Six More Miles
    Molly O'Day & Mac Wiseman
    Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks
     
  14. Break 2 - Sally Ann
    The Strange Creek Singers
    The Strange Creek Singers
     
  15. Manganese Mine
    Mac Wiseman & Shawn Camp
    I Sang The Song
     
  16. I'm Going To Make Heaven My Home
    Flatt & Scruggs
    1947-1959 Volume 1
     
  17. When The Roses Bloom Again
    Mac Wiseman
    Classic Bluegrass
     
  18. When I Get The Money Made
    Mac Wiseman
    Early Dot Recordings Volume 3