It was just a few short years ago that IIIrd Tyme Out released Live At the MAC. It was just about the finest live bluegrass album I'd ever heard. So good that it is still one of the first CDs I'll grab when it's time to hear some bluegrass.
Live At the MAC succeeds where so many other live albums fail. It captures the true sound and feel of the band in concert. Even more importantly, it captures the warmth and friendliness of Third Tyme Out, as well as their technical prowess.
It was therefore curious why they would release a second live album. It would be like Michael Jordan coming out of retirement.
Back to the MAC exceeds MJ's success, as well as Mr. Jordan has done. It does not attempt to repeat or surpass their first live concert. Rather, it stands alongside it. Those of us fortunate enough to have seen and heard IIIrd Tyme Out live more than once will understand. Back to the MAC is the chance to not only hear a great second live recording, but to enjoy the depth of material this band plays.
Each player gets a piece to showcase their vocals and/or instrumental skill. There are Monroe tunes (Why Did You Wander), Flatt & Scruggs tunes (I'll Stay Around"), and old timey fiddle tunes (Lost John). Regardless of the source, IIIrd Tyme Out gives each song their own polished sound.
You can have Michael's exploits. Give me more of IIIrd Tyme Out at the MAC!