IIIrd Tyme Out - Back to The MAC

Back to The MAC

IIIrd Tyme Out


Rounder Records Corp.
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price

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!


  • Come Back To Me In My Dreams (Monroe)
  • Medals For Mothers (Perry)
  • 'Good To Be Back At The MAC'
  • When My Time Comes To Go (O'Day)
  • 'Back Home We Have A Little Music Barn...'
  • Drifting Too Far From The Shore (Public Domain)
  • 'Y'all Wanna Hear A Little Fiddle Playing?'
  • Lost John (Traditional)
  • Please Search Your Heart (Goble/Lawson)
  • Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (Fiddler/M/M)
  • The Old, Old House (Bynum/Jones)
  • 'One Of The Greatest Mandolin Players In The Whole World Right Here...'
  • East Tennessee Blues (Traditional)
  • You Can Take Your Nine Pound Hammer (Drumm/Goble)
  • 'I'll Introduce You To The Guitar Player Right Now...'
  • A Little Unfair (Cochran/Howard)
  • I Hung My Head And Cried (Bruner/Davis)
  • I'll Stay Around (Flatt)
  • Why Did You Wander? (Flatt/Monroe)

Edited by Roberta B. Schwartz

Copyright 2002, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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