Bluegrass music's golden tenor
Malcom B. Wiseman was born on May 23, 1925, in the town of Crimora, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. (For local riders on the Bus, the small town of Crimora is just north of Waynesboro.) Mac Wiseman left the family farm to study music theory, piano, and radio broadcasting at the Conservatory of Music in Dayton, Virginia, making him one of the few classically trained bluegrass musicians. In 1946 Wiseman joined Molly O'Day's band and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1947 he left the Molly O'Day band and played on WCYB's "Farm and Fun Time" in Bristol, Tennessee.
After Flatt and Scruggs split from Bill Monroe's band, they asked Wiseman to join their new Foggy Mountain Boys in 1948. Wiseman must have been born with itchy feet, by 1949 he left the Foggy Mountain Boys to join up with Bill Monroe. A couple years later and he was off again, this time to form his own band. Mac Wiseman and the Country Boys became regulars on the Louisiana Hayride.
In 1956, Wiseman moved to California to became A&R director for Dot Records. He had a few country hits with songs such as the classic "Jimmy Brown, The News Boy" and "'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered". He was a founding member of that evil organization, the Country Music Association. (I'll refrain from my usual speech about this Chamber of Commerce for country music and it's detrimental effect on the music it represents, turning country music into nothing more than "pop music with a twang".)
Here a couple live cuts from the 1963 Newport Festival. Mac Wiseman's wonderful tenor shining on each one.