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Album Review

Mac Wiseman may not be the best-known country singer, but he was certainly was one of the most authentic. This fine collection by Rural Rhythm pieces together 25 of his best-known performances and compiles them in a stellar manner on Best of: Essential Original Masters 25 Classics. This is the kind of introduction to an artist everyone can appreciate because, with the exception of his rockabilly sides, every period of his development is represented. Wiseman's voice was a musical instrument, whether he was singing bluegrass ("Rovin' Gambler"), gospel ("Just Over in Glory Land"), hillbilly blues ("Sittin ' on top of the World") or straight-up traditional folk songs ("Midnight Special") The best tracks here — though there are no weak ones — capture the magic, drama and emotion in that voice. An excellent beginning.


Born: May 23, 1925 in Crimora, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Famed for his clear and mellow tenor voice, Mac Wiseman recorded with many great bluegrass bands, including those of Molly O'Day, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and the Osborne Brothers; his command of traditional material made him much in demand by bluegrass and folk fans alike. Wiseman was born in Crimora, Virginia and grew up influenced by traditional and religious music and such radio stars as Montana Slim Carter. Wiseman started out working as a radio announcer in Harrisonburg in 1944. At the...
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