At 89 years of age, Wiseman is celebrating the release of a masterwork album, Songs From My Mother’s Hand. The album finds Wiseman revisiting the songs his mother, Ruth, wrote down in longhand in the 1930s, on composition book pages that became the foundation of his remarkable life in music. At the Franklin Theatre, Wiseman and an all-star band will gather onstage to play songs from the composition books and classics from his singular, genre-blurring musical catalogue. He’ll also tell stories from a life spent around iconic figures including Bill Monroe, Mother Maybelle Carter, Col. Tom Parker, Cowboy Jack Clement, A.P. Carter and many more.
“Mac is one of the heroes,” says Kris Kristofferson, in a statement echoed by Merle Haggard, John Prine and thousands of others.
In his lifetime, Mac Wiseman has made more than 60 albums filled with folk, country, bluegrass, pop (he recorded Fleetwood Mac’s “Never Going Back Again” and Gene Austin’s “My Blue Heaven” with big band legend Woody Herman) and rock ‘n’ roll music. He began recording in 1946, on a Chicago session with Molly O’Day. He was a founding member of Flatt & Scruggs’ band and a lead vocalist for Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. He helped found the Country Music Association. He sang at Carnegie Hall, at the Newport Folk Festival and all over the world. But his Franklin Theatre show will be like none other, as he prepares to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame and celebrates his brand new Songs From My Mother’s Hand, a traditional folk album co-produced by world-class guitarist Thomm Jutz and songwriter/ journalist/ professor Peter Cooper and released September 23 on Wrinkled Records.
“Songs From My Mother’s Hand is a treasure,” says roots music titan Marty Stuart. “Every song appears as a long-lost story that’s waited the better part of a century to be told. The words Mac’s mother wrote down come with a mother’s knowing and a mother’s love. She apparently knew which songs would make one of America’s premier balladeers shine in an even more reverential light.”
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