Mac began with a banjo in 1976, learning the Scruggs and Keith styles from records, Earl’s book, and anything in print.
Rhythm guitar followed around 1980, with Mac playing and singing Grateful Dead songs. It was also about that time Mac found an upright bass and learned enough on it to be dangerous. He played bass and sang for the bands Dyer Switch and Burnt Hills Bluegrass for about 18 years.
Mac took up the Dobro about 1997 and then formed Out of the Bluegrass with old friends Bert Wilson (bass), Jeff Belding (guitar), and Pete Conklin (mandolin). OOBG was the winner of the 2015 Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival Band Contest and continues to be an active band.
Mac says, “I was very lucky to have seen most of the first-generation bands and a ton of great players. In addition to Earl and Bill, I really enjoy Ben Eldridge, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, and Dave Shaw.”
In addition to performing, Mac has taught math, made cookie-tin banjos and travel dobros, penned some songs, and taught banjo privately and at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne.