MAC MARTIN & The DIXIE TRAVELERS Rural Rhythm Recordings

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Bluegrass legend Mac Martin and his band "The Dixie Travelers" made four classic albums for the Rural Rhythm label between 1968 and 1971. This was a really great and possibly underrated band and I really feel these albums stand up very well against any of the classic era stuff, and I am pleased to present all four of them here in their entirety. Below is a brief biography of Mac from allmusic.com:

b. William D. Colleran, 26 April 1925, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Colleran began his career as a teenager singing with Ed Brozi in a touring medicine show, and was influenced by acts such as the Monroe Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys. After World War II, he became interested in bluegrass music. In 1949, he and his band played regularly on WHJB Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and since there were three members of the band called Bill, he decided he would become Mac Martin. In the early 50s, he was noted for his banjo playing and fine vocal work, and in 1953, was playing with a band on WHOD Homestead, Pennsylvania, which was likened to that of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. In 1957, he and his band took a residency at Walsh’s Lounge in Pittsburg where they played weekly for the next 15 years. In 1963, the Travelers recorded two albums for Gateway records, although only one was released. A few years later, they recorded four albums for Rural Rhythm. Noted mandolin specialist Bob Artis (b. 26 July 1946, Santa Monica, California, USA) joined the band and when Mac Martin left for a time in 1972, Artis took over. In 1974, when the band recorded for County, Martin had returned. In addition to his playing, Artis wrote many articles for publications such asBluegrass Unlimited and Muleskinner News, and his bookBluegrass was published in 1975.

I first heard of Mac Martin as an adolescent when I checked Bob Artis' great book "Bluegrass" out of the local library and read it cover to cover, and I am glad to pass this great music along. Enjoy!

Rural Rhythm Presents Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers
"With The Travelin' Blues" Rural Rhythm RRMM 201

Tracks:

1. Weary Lonesome Blues
2. Smoky Mountain
3. Mississippi Sawyer
4. Memphis Blues
5. Farewell Blues
6. Maple Sugar
7. Home In Tennessee
8. Natchez
9. I Don't Love Nobody
10. Peacock Rag
11. Fiddler's Farewell
12. Train On the Island
13. Lost River Blues
14. Reuben's Pardon
15. Mustang
16. I'm Working On A Banjo
17. Old Uncle Joe
18. Travelin' Dixie
19. Black Mountain Blues
20. Life's Railway To Heaven

*download here*

Rural Rhythm Presents Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers
"Goin’ Down The Country" Rural Rhythm RRMM 214

Tracks:

1. Goin' Down The Country
2. Southern Moon
3. Love In My Heart
4. Little Star
5. Would You Care
6. Blue Railroad Train
7. Billy's Choice
8. We Can't Be Darlings
9. Me And My Fiddle
10. Katie Kline
11. Cotton Eyed Joe
12. Francis Lee
13. Why Do You Weep
14. Fireball
15. Faded Rose
16. Wheel Hoss
17. Don't Forget Me
18. Billie Wilson
19. Honeysuckle Rose
20. Gold Watch And Chain

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Rural Rhythm Presents Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers
'Just Like Old Times" Rural Rhythm RRMM 232

Tracks:

1. Charlotte Breakdown
2. Sparklin' Brown Eyes
3. I'll Be A Friend
4. Stacey Lynn
5. Have You Come To Say Goodbye
6. Resurrection Morn
7. Durham's Reel
8. I Can't Forget
9. Corn Bread
10. This Rambler's Ramblin'
11. Greenfields
12. Swinging A Nine Pound Hammer
13. The Last Request
14. My Bonnie Banjo
15. Is She Praying There
16. How Will The Flowers Bloom
17. Sugar In The Gourd
18. Some Must Win
19. Going Home This Evening
20. Lee Highway Blues

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Rural Rhythm Presents Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers
"Backtrackin'" Rural Rhythm RRMM 237

Tracks:

1. Backtrackin'
2. After Dark
3. This World Can't Stand Long
4. Fiddler's Farewell
5. Come Back Darling
6. If You See My Savior
7. Moonlight Waltz
8. Nobody Cares
9. I'll Live On
10. Fourteen Days In Georgia
11. When The Cold Rain Is Falling
12. Wake Up Susan
13. Will You Miss Me
14. East Tennessee Blues
15. Guilty Tears
16. Last Waltz
17. Weary Heart
18. I'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darling
19. Dixie Breakdown
20. A Silent Place

*download here*

4 comments:

Jon said...

This looks great. Thanks very much!

Ted P said...


Mac Martin is a much under-rated bluegrass singer. I look forward to listening to the albums you've posted. Many thanks.

Jan V said...

Thank you for the music.

rushmyessays said...

All the tracks are very melodious and rythymic. I have downloaded few of them and listened, I felt very relax. I will recommend to all that do dry all these tracks, you will fall in love with them.