MAC WISEMAN 'All My Memories Fit for Print' As Told to Walt Trott BOOK: MW

MAC WISEMAN 'All My Memories Fit for Print' As Told to Walt Trott BOOK: MW

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Most of our Bluegrass fans and customers will be absolutely fascinated by this book of over 300 pages (what seems like single spacing, too) that details WisemanÕs amazing career in Bluegrass musicÑboth in the business end of things as well as MacÕs wonderful musical contributions. It seems like Mac knew just about everyone in Country musicÑ including old time artists like Clayton McMichen, Bradley Kincaid and even FiddlinÕ John Carson! And every so often the reader has to kick back and say ÒwowÓ when we are reminded that Mac essentially started his career as bass player in Molly OÕDayÕs bandÑtalk about legends! And letÕs not forget WisemanÕs work with Bill Monroe and then being part of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs first recording session for Mercury. We learn how Mac became involved with many of the Òbarn danceÓ radio programs that helped so many country artists survive through the lean years, and his work as an A & R man for DOT RECORDS in the 1950s and 60s. ThereÕs a lot to be learned from this book, and Mac does not hesitate to Òcall a spade a spadeÓ, which is refreshing. About 35 pages of the book are devoted to a fascinating index and a list of all the recording sessions that Mac took part in over the yearsÑnot in the discographical form that we usually see, but still very informative and useful: either MacÕs memory is extremely sharp or the bookÕs co-author must have had access to the ledgers of various labels, as there is a lot of information that we have not seen before. The 33 chapters help make this a book that is hard to put down. (Published by NOVA BOOKS)