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Wiseman book signing . . . Rel. #205-15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NASHVILLE – Bluegrass and Country Music Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman celebrates his long-awaited biography with a 1-3 p.m. book-signing Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Great Escape Superstore, Richland Creek Shopping Center, 5400 Charlotte Avenue, West Nashville.
Whimsically-titled “Mac Wiseman: All My Memories Fit For Print” (Nova Books), the 337-page book written in collaboration with Nashville journalist Walt Trott, boasts a Foreword by friend Charlie Daniels, amidst equally rare road stories and photos.
Gary Walker, who hosts Mac’s afternoon book signing, says expect some surprises and maybe a song or two. “The Voice With a Heart’s” greatest hits, of course, include “Jimmy Brown The Newsboy” and “Tis Sweet To Be Remembered.”
Despite suffering Polio as an infant, Mac strengthened himself on the family farm in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. He’s been steely enough since to preside over seven decades of music making, including more recent CDs with John Prine and Merle Haggard. Mac was the last artist to record with Johnny Cash, days before his 2003 death.
Wiseman first recorded with Molly O’Day in December 1946, at a historic Chicago session produced by Uncle Art Satherley, and soon shared studio time with Flatt & Scruggs (as an original Foggy Mountain Boy) and Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys.
As a solo artist for Dot Records, Mac’s soaring tenor scored hits like “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” and “Love Letters in the Sand,” and he also was Dot’s A&R country chief, producing fellow legends Cowboy Copas, Reno & Smiley and Jimmy C. Newman. Mac’s been a fixture on the music scene since, taking his flat-top guitar pickin’ style to a place of esteem.
Long a favorite of the campus crowd and folk festivals, he jump-started his career anew in the 1990s, with Scott Rouse’s BlueGrass Boyz, joining veterans Del McCoury and Doc Watson to record with R&B guitarist Bootsy Collins, cutting their “Country Macarena” and subsequent albums.
Now, Mac’s plugging not one, but two CD releases: “Songs From My Mother’s Hand,” a solo album; and “Timeless,” paired with pal Merle Haggard, just hitting stores. Mac covers all this and more in his bio, including squabbles with Sunshine Sue and Jimmy Martin, plus good times with Tex Ritter, Patsy Cline and Hank Snow’s “Tea Party,” way before the conservative group of that name began.
Now 90, Mac’s career achievements include induction into Virginia’s Music Hall of Fame, IBMA’s Bluegrass Hall of Honor, Country Music Hall of Fame, and recipient of the National Medal of the Arts. For details, on his Aug. 29 signing, call (615) 385- 2116.