Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mac Wiseman - Bluegrass Architect

Born May 23, 1925 it's the 85th birthday of the great Mac Wiseman.

Mac Wiseman is one of the true architects of Bluegrass music along with Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. His light tenor voice and incredible relation to the songs he sings are instantly recognizable. I feel he's the one who brings the humanity to this music, relating the lyrics as a person rather than just singing and playing the notes and bringing a little humor to the oft tragic stories in these songs.

His lilting voice and substantial size lead someone to say about him, "He looks like Gene Vincent sounds and sounds like Earnest Tubb looks". Truth is, he's a true natural original.

Here's some Mac Wiseman:







Thanks Mac! For letting the humanity in the music.

2 comments:

Marco said...

I think this is your long lost son... Watch it thru the hook before you decide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atBg9zLI2bA&feature=PlayList&p=2AC1624327B513FF&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

Jeff Overturf said...

Awesome Marco!

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