WISEMAN, MALCOLM B. “MAC” (1925-)

A native of Crimora, Virginia, Mac Wiseman is an influential bluegrass singer and guitar player who became a member of the IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1993. After playing with Molly O’Day, Wiseman joined Flatt and Scruggs and was included on their first recording session, held in Cincinnati in the fall of 1948. From there, he joined Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys before initiating a solo career. In his early recording days on Dot, Mac Wiseman was tremendously popular around the Dayton and Hamilton areas. His records crowded the country jukeboxes. Much later, he revisited his early hits by re-recording some of them on two LPs on Cincinnati’s Vetco label with backing by members of the the Shenandoah Cut-Ups and the Katie Laur Band. He also headlined the Buckeye Barn Dance, presented by WYSO, Lyceum Productions, and the Little Miami Theater Works at Sinclair College’s Blair Hall in Dayton on January 17, 1987. In 2015, his autobiography, Mac Wiseman: All My Memories Fit For Print with Walt Trott was published by Nova Books Nashville.

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