Mac Wiseman

(guitar - 4/1949-12/1949)

Born: 5/23/1925    Died: 2/24/2019

As a Blue Grass Boy: Mac Wiseman, later known as "The Voice With A Heart", joined Bill Monroe just before Easter in 1949. He only recorded one session with Bill, but was featured on two fine duets: "Travelin' this Lonesome Road" and the first recording of the classic "Can't You Hear Me Calling". He left the band around Christmas of that year.

Recording Sessions: 10/22/1949

Before and After: Mac's professional career began as a bass player for Molly O'Dell in 1946. He joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs in an early edition of their group in 1948, and appeared on their first recording session. After leaving Monroe, Mac performed as a solo act, performing both bluegrass and country at various times. He has also been active in the business side of music, as an A&R man for Dot Records, a founder of the Country Music Association, and later secretary-treasurer of the musicians' union in Nashville.

Honors: Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame (1984); SPBGMA Preservation Hall of Greats (1987); IBMA Hall of Honor (1993); Country Music Hall of Fame (2014)

Links: Country Music Hall of Fame profile