The Carter Family wonders how the old folks are, 7th in our countdown

Posted on September 17, 2013 

Many people styled themselves "folk singers" during the 60's and 70's who had no attachment at all to the land or to genuine folk traditions. Mac Wiseman is the real item. No one ever sang Bluegrass better. His unique voice really stays with the listener. Many, including myself, see him as the best of them all.


Continuing on to Number 7 in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown, we come to another venerable song in a key of nostalgia: “I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home,” an old spiritual adapted and popularized by the Carter Family back when they were more or less inventing country music.

Here we have what is arguably the best version, by Mac Wiseman — a bluegrass singer known as “The Voice With a Heart.”

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