Mac Wiseman

New Traditions, Vol. 2

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This superior bluegrass vocalist took a career route that essentially disappointed fans of traditional country sounds, as his later albums descended into the morass known under the acronym of "MOR," or middle of the road. For the New Traditions series of recordings, he went back to his roots with fine results, although from time to time it sounds like his heart might not be completely involved in the proceedings. The musicians on board certainly liven things up, as there is above-par picking from players such as mandolinist Jeff Terflinger and the under-recorded banjo man Billy Edwards. The recording sound also helps, as the instruments are laid down with a crisp and resonant presence.

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