Biography

Malcolm B. Wiseman (born May 23, 1925 in Crimora, Virginia), better known as Mac Wiseman, is a bluegrass singer, nicknamed “The Voice with a Heart”. The bearded singer is one of the cult figures of Bluegrass music.

He studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Dayton, Virginia and started his career as a disc jockey at radio station WSVA in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

His musical career began as guitarist in the band of country singer Molly O’Day. When Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs left Bill Monroe’s band, Wiseman became the guitarist for their new band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Later he played with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. After a performance at the Louisiana Hayride he became popular as solo artist.

During the Folk revival in the 1960’s Wiseman had successful concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. In 1993 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.

Discography

[edit] Notable Albums

* I Hear You Knocking (1955)
* Songs From The Hills (1956)
* Tis Sweet To Be Remembered (Dot 1958)
* Beside The Still Waters (Dot 1959)
* Great Folk Ballads (Dot 1959)
* Mac Wiseman Sings 12 Great Hits (Dot 1960)
* Keep On The Sunny Side (Dot 1960)
* Fireball Mail (Dot 1961)
* Best Loved Gospel Hymns (Dot 1961)
* Bluegrass Favorites (Capitol 1962)
* Sincerely (Hamilton 1964)
* A Master At Work (Dot 1966)
* This Is Mac Wiseman (Dot 1966)
* Songs Of The Dear Old Days (Hamilton 1966)
* Sings Old Time Country Favorites (Rural Rhythm 1966)
* Mac Wiseman I (1967)
* Sings Johnny’s Cash & Charley’s Pride (1970)
* with Lester Flatt Lester ‘N’ Mac (RCA Victor 1971)
* with Flatt On The Southbound (RCA Victor 1972)
* with Flatt Over The Hills To The Poorhouse (RCA Victor 1973)
* Concert Favorites (1973)
* Singing Country Favorites (Rural Rhythm 1973) (a reissue of Mac’s previous Rural Rhythm album, with added instruments dubbed in)
* Country Music Memories (CMH 1976)
* with Shenandoah Cut-Ups New Traditions Volume 1 (Vetco 1976)
* with Shenandoah Cut-Ups New Traditions Volume 2 (Vetco 1977)
* Sings Gordon Lightfoot (CMH 1977)
* Mac Wiseman II (1977)
* with Osborne Brothers Essential Bluegrass Album (CMH 1979)
* Songs That Made The Jukebox Play (CMH 1980)
* with Chubby Wise Give Me My Smokies & The Tennessee Waltz (Gilley’s 1982)
* with Merle Travis The Clayton McMichen Story (CMH 1982)
* Bluegrass Gold (1982)
* Live In Concert (1982)
* If Teardrops Were Pennies (1984)
* Mac Wiseman III (1986)
* Grassroots To Bluegrass (CMH 1990)
* Teenage Hangout (Bear Family 1993)
* Del Doc & Mac (Sugar Hill 1998) (with Doc Watson and Del McCoury)
* Standard Songs For Average People (Oh Boy 2007) Duets album with folk legend John Prine

[edit] Compilations

* Golden Hits Of Mac Wiseman (Dot 1968)
* 16 Great Performances (1974)
* The Mac Wiseman Story (CMH 1976)
* Golden Classics (Gusto 1979)
* Early Dot Recordings Volume 1 (County 1985)
* Early Dot Recordings Volume 2 (County 1985)
* Greatest Bluegrass Hits (CMH 1989)
* Early Dot Recordings Volume 3 (County 1992)
* Rare Singles And Radio Transcriptions (Cowgirlboy 1992)
* Tis Sweet To Be Remembered: Complete Recordings 1951-1964 6-CD box set (Bear Family 2004)


Edited by why2kbooth on 26 Jan 2009, 02:41

Sources

References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
* Mac Wiseman Biography
* Biography at Musicianguide.com

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