Mac was known as one of the friendliest folks around. Mac has had
a long illustrious career that we'll be adding to as we go along here.
We'll tell you this personal note that one album he did with Lester Flatt
perhaps in the mid 1970's was played to death by us with some of the
best bluegrass sounds around.
Mac was a native of Virginia, from the foot of White Top Mountain,
born near Crimora. He grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. From
that kind of atmosphere, he grew up learning the traditional folk
music from the farmers, from church and traveling gospel singers. His
first guitar was a $3.98 mail order one and after he learned to play it,
he began down the road of entertaining the folks at parties,
gatherings and fairs.
Mac won a radio amateur contest that managed to get him a job
on the radio on Saturday nights at a station in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
He was working other jobs besides entertaining folks then so he
could put aside some money and took a course in radio announcing
and then came back to the station to do weekend work.
While he was at the Old Dominion Barn Dance in the mid-1950s, he
had also appeared regularly on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport,
Louisiana, Knoxville, Tennessee's Tennessee Barn Dance and
WSM's Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. It was while he was
appearing on the Louisiana Hayride that Dot Records heard him and signed
him to a recording contract.