Mac Wiseman


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Musician, Guitarist, Vocalist

 Mac Wiseman joined the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1946, the same year the legendary bluegrass band was formed.  The groups two founders, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, formed their own group after performing and recording with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.  When the Foggy Mountain Boys began recording, Mac played guitar.  In later years he also sang with the group, but it wasn’t until he branched out on his own did he become known as the “voice with a heart.”  Mac released a string of hit songs and classic roots and country albums beginning in the 1950s.  It was during that same decade that he began recording gospels and hymns, a category for which he is also highly regarded.  The million selling gospel albums are also perfect examples of his versatile and mellow tenor voice and his impeccable phrasing.