Songs from My Mother's Hand

Songs from My Mother's Hand

by Mac Wiseman


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Songs from My Mother's Hand may well be the most personal album Mac Wiseman has ever recorded, and it came to be when he was nearly 90 years old -- he was 89 at the time he recorded this little gem. As a child growing up in Crimora, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1930s, Wiseman suffered from a bout with polio and was prone to frequent spells of pneumonia as well, and he turned to music as his solace. Listening to the family's old Victrola radio, his mother would write down the lyrics to songs she heard and liked, most of which were variants of old British folk songs that had filtered into the American folk songbook, and Wiseman and his mother would then play these on the family pump organ. This unassuming, warm, and gentle set revisits his mother's notebooks, the formative songs of Wiseman's childhood. These songs were, and continue to be, at the heart of Wiseman's music, and while he is famous for his time in Flatt & Scruggs' band and as a vocalist for Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, these songs are not bluegrass (which wouldn't appear on the American scene as a genre until the mid-'40s), and neither is this album. It's a folk outing, really, carried by Wiseman's worn but still solid singing, and as a testament to both his mother and to his own considerable musical legacy, it brings him, at 89, full circle.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Label: Wrinkled Records
UPC: 0634457662827
catalogNumber: 8336

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mac Wiseman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jimmy Capps   Dobro,Guitar
Alisa Jones Wall   Hammered Dulcimer
Mark Fain   Bass
Craig Market   Vocal Harmony
Eric Brace   Vocal Harmony
Peter Cooper   Vocal Harmony
Justin Moses   Dobro,Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Thomm Jutz   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Sierra Hull   Mandolin,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jelly Roll Johnson   Harmonica
Lindsay Hayes   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Mac Wiseman   Arranger
Sam Mitchell   Composer
Carson Robison   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
John Nicholson   Engineer
Curt Poulton   Composer
Dean Upson   Composer
James Thornton   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sandy Knox   Executive Producer
Shauna Dodds   Art Direction
Peter Cooper   Producer,Liner Notes
Thomm Jutz   Producer,Engineer
Eliza E. Hewitt   Composer
Sam Hart   Composer
Cliff Hess   Composer
E.M. Bartlett   Composer
john r. sweeney   Composer
Charles Pratt   Composer
Joe Lyons   Composer
Sarah Dodds   Art Direction
Harold Goodman   Composer
Louis P. Goullaud   Composer
Lindsay Hayes   Creative Producer
Clara Hauenschild   Composer
Charles A. White   Composer

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