Buzz Matheson and Mac Martin - Echoes of the Past

Echoes of the Past

Buzz Matheson and Mac Martin

WO CD-104

White Oak Records
P. O. Box 253
Finleyville, PA 15332

A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied

Do you like the old time sound of bluegrass and acoustic country music as it was performed in the Forties and Fifties? Buzz Matheson and Mac Martin, two "old timers" in the fields of bluegrass and country music have put together a CD album which should appeal to you.

There are 18 songs and 3 instrumentals for your listening pleasure. Matheson plays mandolin and some lead guitar. Matrin plays rhythm guitar and both sing lead and backup on the various songs.

For the bluegrass folks there are some nice harmonies as well as tight instrumental fills. Songs include: Darling Do You Know Who Loves You, Childish Love and a Don Reno number called I Could Cry. In addition, there are several gospel songs, the best is Angels Watching Over Me.

In a country style are songs from the heart like Emotions and Just When I Needed You. The musicians show their versatility in three instrumentals featuring Buzz's hot mandolin playing on tunes like New Memphis Blues and Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Stomp. So if you are tired of the modern and sometimes overproduced sounds of many bluegrass and country music albums, maybe you should pick up Buzz and Mac and turn your radio back 50 years.

Edited by: Virginia Wagner

Copyright 2001, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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