bluegrass singer, Nashville
National Heritage Fellowship (2008)
Mac Wiseman (1925- ) was born in Virginia and had a long career in country and bluegrass music before coming to Nashville in 1969. After stints in the bands of Molly O’Day, Bill Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs, Wiseman was the only bluegrass pioneer to distinguish himself as an independent singer, known for his pleasant tenor voice and melodic sentimental songs. Also a strong guitarist, Wiseman enjoyed a varied career in radio, the recording industry, and live performance before becoming a fixture at bluegrass festivals beginning in the late 1960s. He continues to be a popular senior statesman of bluegrass, keeping a deep repertory of traditional songs active in the genre.