WUMB May Program Guide

Mac Wiseman Month

Well, it had to happen sooner or later.  And thankfully, it was later.  Mac Wiseman, the voice with the heart passed away this February down in Tennessee at 93.  Anyone who has ever heard the Dixie Bee Line knows what a huge fan I am of Mac Wiseman, and I will really miss him.  But we have recordings galore, he was quite prolific.  And varied.  He could sing a tear-jerker like “The Baggage Coach Ahead,” and sing a country kicker like “Wild Fire,” or tons of bluegrass, including his most famous, “Love Letters in the Sand.”  Do take a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNJkH2jvhYU.  He collaborated with Lester Flatt pretty extensively, even John Prine more recently; they came out with Mac’s penultimate album Standard Songs for Average People, which contains the first cover of “The Death Of Floyd Collins” I’ve heard since Bradley Kincaid did it 80 years ago.  I am lucky, I got to see him back in the late ‘70s when I was in college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He’d come play at the little coffeehouse in the basement of “The Towers” (probably long gone by now).  I’d be the only one reverently sitting by his feet, while he’d be getting miffed at the inattentive drunk college students.  Alas.  Very nice man.  And that voice.  Well, we’ll be playing extra Mac all this month.  Heck, all this year.  I’ll do a small tribute on the first Saturday of March as well.

I wish all of you a very pleasant end-of-winter, and do make plans to visit the New England Folk Festival, which is early this year, April 12-14 down in Mansfield Massachusetts (https://www.neffa.org/).

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~ Jon G.

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