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Mack and Rachel receive glowing reviews:

"Great program! Perfect song choices! Thank you for sharing your talent with our community. Your music is upbeat, you blend nicely together, and your commentary adds so much. You were universally enjoyed!"

  ~ Sally Ehrle, Heritage Harbour Concert Coordinator

 

"Backed only by his own guitar and Rachel's harmonies, Bailey's tenor voice was clear and seemingly effortless - music writers have used words like 'soaring' and 'wonderous' to describe it, and that works for me."

  ~ Chuck Agonito, Finger Lakes Times

Mack and Rachel, along with Bill Danoff - Tour Ireland  (March 15 - 23)

Imagine St. Patrick's Day in Ireland.  Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy will be sharing the bus, the tourist sites, and the stage with folk legend Bill Danoff on a tour of Ireland.  Friends and fans will join them.  See Traveling Troubadour's site for more information  

 

 

The Limeliters featured on XM Satellite Radio - Live

The Limeliters performed in the XM Satellite Studio in a LIVE broadcast on August 8th.  The one-hour concert is being replayed on September 23rd at Noon and 26th at Midnight.  This is another chance to hear it.  See Mack's Schedule or Click HERE to listen.

 

 

Mack's "Come O Thou Traveler" featured on Radio

Mack's "Come O Thou Traveler" cut from his 2003 CD titled "Why I'm Here" was featured on Weekend America of American Public Radio.   Here's the link:

 http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/26/soundtrack_biatek/

Additional Information about the CD    *    Production details and lyrics

 

 

Mack and Rachel debut their new MY SPACE page

Click on the link to open a new browser page for the My Space page:

Mack and Rachel's MySpace Page

 

 

CD - "Choose Your Attitude" receives INTERNATIONAL ACLAIM

 

Recent review from RTW  Radio Teutoburger Wald in Herford, Germany
"One of the best albums of the year!"

CD is HERE.

 

About song the new song: "It's Time" (written by Mack with Rachel Levy):

 

"I think it is great that you both are promoting environmental awareness in your new song "It's Time"."

- Al Gore (former Vice-President)

 

"It's Time" is not released, but you can listen to a sound clip by clicking Song HERESee the words by clicking:  Words HERE

 

A video of the song "It's Time" is available BELOW and by linking to YouTube

 

 

THE LIMELITERS: Right From The Start

 

  *  Limeliters Unveil their new WEBSITE

  *  Limeliters New CD Just Released!  See Details:  Limeliters - "Just From the Start"

  *  Limeliters Tour hits the road again - Spring 2008 Tours:  Schedule

Hard Travelers fans: 

Please see update information on fiddler Jon Glik.   He was featured on a local TV piece.  Reports are that he's recovering very well and should be fiddling with the Hard Travelers this summer.   There are four Hard Travelers concerts scheduled for Summer 2008.  See The Hard Travelers Schedule.

 

 

 

Mack adopts "M'Nzanga"

 

On March 23rd, Mack took possession of his new custom styled guitar.  It was hand-made to Mack's specifications by David Holmes of Holmes Guitars.  The Grand Auditorium Cutaway is constructed of European Flamed Curly Maple back and sides with Alaskan Sitka Spruce top.  Paua abalone highlights the rosette and fingerboard at the twelfth fret, and European Swiss Pear binding outlines the top and back. A Fishman Ellipse Matrix under saddle and microphone blend pickup captures all the power and subtle nuances of Mack's clean guitar style.  Mack named his new guitar "M'Nzanga" which means "my friend."

Additional photos of the crafting of M'Nzanga.

 

NEWS UPDATE:  March 15, 2008

 

It is with great sadness that Mack has learned of the passing of Dave Holmes on Thursday, March 13, after his brave battle with a brain tumor.  Mack and Rachel as well as friends who knew Dave offer his family their heartfelt condolences.   Mack loves the guitar that Dave custom made for him and will treasure it along with his memory. 

 

 

 "M'Nzanga" - The Making and Adoption of Mack's New Guitar

 

       

Mack's new custom-styled guitar was hand-made to Mack's specifications by David Holmes of Holmes Guitars.  The Grand Auditorium Cutaway is constructed of European Flamed Curly Maple back and sides with Alaskan Sitka Spruce top.  Paua abalone inlay highlights the rosette and treble clef in the fingerboard at the twelfth fret, and European Swiss Pear binding outlines the top and back. A Fishman Ellipse Matrix under saddle and microphone blend pickup captures all the power and subtle nuances of Mack's clean guitar style. 

 

     

On March 23rd, Mack took possession of his new custom styled guitar from Dave Holmes.  Mack named his new guitar "M'Nzanga" which means "my friend."  Subsequently, Dave Holmes passed away on March 13, 2008, after his brave battle with a brain tumor.  Mack and Rachel as well as friends who knew Dave offer his family their heartfelt condolences.   Mack loves the guitar that Dave custom made for him and will treasure it along with his memory. 

 

 

 

 

Mack releases his new CD - "Choose Your Attitude"

 

Mack was in the studio in July and recorded many of his new songs, in addition to some old favorites that are no longer available on the original CDs.  

CD is HERE.

Mack announces the Limeliters and Mack's Cruise to the Mexican Riviera - April 2007

The Limeliters with Mack and special guest, founding Limeliter Alex Hassilev, will be performing three concerts (one will be Mack solo) for tour participants.  Cruise departs from San Diego with stops at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  For more information, please visit:  Traveling Troubadour.   DEADLINE approaching soon.  Sign up  NOW!

Mack is featured on a new John Denver Tribute CD released by the M.U.S.E. Foundation

Titled "Flying Again", the tribute CD to John Denver features former members of John's band and his colleagues:  Kenn roberts, Mack Bailey, Jim Salestrom, Bill Danoff, Mollie Weaver, Chris Nole, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Ira Gitlin and the are backed by the entire Columbia (Maryland) Orchestra.  More information on Mack's CD Page and the M.U.S.E. website.

Mack returned to Florence, Oregon Winter Festival with John Denver Tribute

Bringing along John Denver tribute colleagues, Mack returned to the Florence, Oregon town winter festival.    Mack was joined by pianist Chris Nole, guitarist Pete Huttlinger, and the very charming and beautiful Mollie Weaver.   (photos courtesy of Laurie Kern)   Photo of Entire Group.  Read glowing REVIEW of concert.

Mack on TV

Mack appears with Chris Nole on Denver TV Station's morning show

By popular demand, here is a link to the video clip on KUSA-TV of the performance by Mack and Chris of Chris's song "Am I Ready" followed by a short interview about how John Denver impacted their music careers.  Chris Nole & Mack Bailey- Tribute to John Denver
 

The Limeliters embark on a concert tour of the SF Bay area

This photo was taken by Judy Therrien on the first night of their six-night tour.  Note Mack on the left, playing the bass.  Check out the lastest photos.
 

    

   

Mack performed in John Denver Tribute Concerts in Aspen

Mack performed in two big shows at the Wheeler Opera House, as well as at smaller shows, a chapel service in Snowmass and at his own concert, with Chris Nole and Pete Huttlinger.  

       
 

 

Mack's New Christmas CD is available now -

This new CD features Christmas songs, with former John Denver musicians; Mack wrote the title song "Star Light," and shares his favorite holiday songs - some well known and others less known but beautifully done - sure to be your favorites, too.  And the first review is great!  From Carol Swanson of ChristmasReviews.com:  ""Star Light" is a beautiful number, one that could easily become a holiday favorite." and "Bailey's tender phrasing on "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" can provoke tears." and "Mack Bailey's Star Light would be a bright addition to anyone's holiday music collection. This is one outstanding seasonal package!"
 

Thanks! 

Mack thanks all who supported CD Baby's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

In a special arrangement with CD Baby, Mack had arranged for all proceeds from his sales of CDs to go towards the Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds. 

Thanks to all who bought Mack's CD's through CD Baby in support of Katrina Relief.   CD Baby says, "In the end, it raised a total of $165,060 over the last 7 weeks, sent directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through our local Portland Oregon branch.  (You should have seen their faces when we brought in that very first check, in person, for $113,000!)"

While the campaign is over, you can still go to his CDs page on this website for CD information or go directly to ordering at CD Baby 

Mack is featured in John Denver Tribute Concert in Alto, NM

The beautiful Spencer Theater atop a plateau surrounded by mountains in the resort area of Ruidoso, New Mexico, was the setting for a special concert paying tribute to John Denver.  Mack was joined on vocals by Bill Danoff and Mollie Weaver and backed by members of John's band, Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger, Jim Horn, John Sommers, and Chris Engleman.  More photos . . .

Mack records in Nashville during June

Mack was in Nashville recording his new Christmas CD and some demo songs.  While in Nashville, Mack appeared on The Crook and Chase television show on TNN.  He was interviewed by host Charlie Chase about his experience of recording a Christmas CD in the middle of June.  Mack also sang a new song, "Up to Now."  Other photo of Mack on studio set.

The Hard Travelers celebrate their 20th Anniversary with charity concert

In a concert fundraiser for The M.U.S.E. Foundation, The Hard Travelers were the honorees on the occasion of celebrating their 20th Anniversary of reuniting.  The concert was held at the Smith Theater on the campus of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.   Guests included original Hard Traveler - Ed Windsor - and musical friends: John Sommers, Chris Nole and Pete Huttlinger, the latter two of whom created an overture of Hard Travelers songs.   Photos

 

Mack Sings in performance of "Elijah"

In mid-April, Mack returned to his hometown of Troy, North Carolina, where he performed the solo tenor parts in a performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah."   This was just a week after doing a successful concert with The Limeliters in Sanibel Island, Florida. 

Ireland

Mack's 2005 Trip to Ireland - March 15 - 22, 2005

Mack had a fun and successful trip to Ireland with Kevin Brooks & John Sommers.   See Itinerary and  Photos . . .

Mack and The Limeliters fill the hall in West Virginia

The Limeliters traveled from their successful Baltimore concert at the Cellar Stage to an audience of over 2000 in Charleston, WV.   See photosRead review  

Mack's Photo Appeared on a Large Billboard in Nashville

For several weeks, Mack's photo along with basic information was on a 19-foot wide billboard in downtown Nashville to promote his release of "Am I Ready" from his latest CD, Why I'm Here

More photos . . .

Mack grabs headline Press during Aspen Tour -

Mack Bailey speaks to the power of music in Aspen Times article, February 6, 2005.  Read article - Power of Music.

Concert Review in the Aspen Daily News, Feb. 12, 2005 - Read article - Simple Pleasures.

Mack and The Limeliters perform Sold-Out Concerts to RAVE Reviews

The Limeliters received glowing reviews for their two children's and one general concert at Florence, Oregon's Winter Folk Festival.   See photos.  Read excerpts or full review  

The Limeliters perform at the World Folk Music Association's 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert

The Limeliters were one of the featured acts for the Friday night concert at The Birchmere in Alexandria on January 14th.  

Mack helps raise funds in "Songs for Sarah" benefit Concert

Mack entertained at a fundraising concert sponsored by The Whisper Foundation in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on January 8 for Sarah Kennedy Mairs, a very positive upbeat 7-year old, who suffers from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.   Funds raised will go towards a therapeutic pool for her.  Mack debuted a new song, "Sarah's Smile."  More about Sarah

Mack and John Denver's Musicians in NY's Eve Benefit Concert

Mack starred in a warm tribute to John Denver with his former bandmates in Phoenix on New Year's Eve.   more . . .

Mack and the Limeliters return to Aspen

The Limeliters, whose name came in 1959 from the Limelite Lodge in Aspen, returned for a concert at the Wheeler Opera House.   more . . .

Mack participates in John Denver Tribute Events in Aspen

Mack sang in seven shows during the week-long celebration of John Denver's life in Aspen this past October.   more . . .

Mack and John Denver's Musicians gather for Benefit Concert

In Annapolis, "Music From The Mountains" Concert, featuring Mack and John's former band,  helped raise funds for Maryland Therapeutic Riding's programs.   more . . .

Mack's "Am I Ready" climbs the Country Charts

A second song, "Am I Ready," from Mack's latest recorded solo CD, "Why I'm Here", has premiered at #49 on Powersource's  Independent Country Charts and has risen to #24.  more . . .

Mack and The Hard Travelers open for Reba McEntire

In a concert for Cystic Fibrosis at the Baltimore Arena, Mack & The Hard Travelers opened for headliner Reba McEntire.   more . . .

"Nightingala" - Mack and John Denver's Friends in Concert

The newly restored Peabody Theater was the setting for another fundraising concert celebrating the life of John Denver.  The beneficiary was the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing's Outreach program.   more . . .

 

 

 

 

The photos are write-ups below are currently being edited and consolidated.  Please check back for a more concise version of Mack's past performances.

 

     Mack in Oregon, January 22, 2006

 

The Limeliters tour the San Francisco Bay Area in early November, 2005

From Santa Cruz and Monterey to Antioch and Redwood City, with San Francisco in the middle, the Limeliters were warmly received on their tour.  Mack performed for local school children and ended the tour with a solo concert in a Monterey church, followed by a late drink with friends Judy Therrien, Rachel Levy, Laurie Kern and her friend.  Backstage in Antioch, the Limeliters signed the wall of the dressing room in the El Campanil Theatre.  All photos by or courtesy of Judy Therrien.

  

   

     

 

Mack is busy in Aspen with John Denver Tribute Concerts as well as his own solo concert.

In a long weekend, Mack performed in five concerts, two at the Wheeler Opera House (with the Chad Mitchell Trio), the Let This Be a Voice auction with Chris Nole, a chapel service, and his own "dessert" concert, using Rachel Levy on background vocals and Pete Huttlinger and Chris Nole.  Here are a few photos.  More will be coming.

       

 

Mack is featured in John Denver Tribute Concert in Alto, NM

The beautiful Spencer Theater atop a plateau surrounded by mountains in the resort area of Ruidoso, New Mexico, was the setting for a special concert paying tribute to John Denver.  Mack was joined on vocals by Bill Danoff and Mollie Weaver and backed by members of John's band, Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger, Jim Horn, John Sommers, and Chris Engleman.

     

 

Above, rehearsal.  Chris Engleman, Pete Huttlinger, Bill Danoff, Chris Nole, Jim Horn, Mollie Weaver, John Sommers, and Mack

 

 

Cast posing with sponsors and director of The Spenser Theater.

Photos:  Webmaster for Website

 

Mack returns to Maryland for Concerts:

In late July, Mack performed with The Hard Travelers at Baldwin's Station and gave a solo concert at Starland Cafe.

  

  

 

Mack keeps busy, appears on Nashville TV

In late June, Mack was in Nashville to record a new Christmas CD and a few demo songs.  Music producer is Chris Nole and the CD features Chris on piano, organ and synth, Pete Huttlinger on guitar, Jim Horn on various instruments and Mack's fellow Hard Traveler, Mike Munford on banjo.  While in Nashville, Mack appeared on The Crook and Chase show on TNN.  He was interviewed by host Charlie Chase about his experience of recording a Christmas CD in the middle of June.  Mack also sang a new song, "Up to Now."

  

Mack's new Christmas CD should be ready for release in October.

 

The Hard Travelers celebrate their 20th Anniversary with charity concert

In a concert fundraiser for The M.U.S.E. Foundation, The Hard Travelers were the honorees on the occasion of celebrating their 20th Anniversary of reuniting.  The concert was held at the Smith Theater on the campus of Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.   Guests included original Hard Traveler - Ed Windsor - and musical friends: John Sommers, Chris Nole and Pete Huttlinger, the latter two of whom created an overture of Hard Travelers songs. 

     Mack in rehearsal and in performance.    

 

The Hard Travelers:  Ira Gitlin, Mike Munford, Kenn Roberts, Mack Bailey, and Jon Glik;  joined by Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger, John Sommers & Kris O'Connor

More photos at: http://www.musicunites.com/Past.htm

 

Mack Sings in performance of "Elijah"

In mid-April, Mack returned to his hometown of Troy, North Carolina, where he performed the solo tenor parts in a performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah."   This was just a week after doing a successful concert with The Limeliters in Sanibel Island, Florida. 

 

Mack's 2005 Trip to Ireland - March 15 - 22, 2005  

Mack had a fun and successful trip to Ireland with Kevin Brooks & John Sommers.   See Itinerary and more Photos . . .

   

John Sommers, Mack & Kevin Brooks

        

Mack checks out the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin; kisses the Blarney stone and jumps for joy at another seven years with the gift of "blarney"; Mack reveals the real reason he traveled to Ireland - so much Guiness and Jamison, so little time!

          

The guys perform their first concert;  Mack phoning home on museum phone; Mack chilling out and Mack in the role of King of the Banquet Feast at Bunratty Castle.

        

Between all the touring and fun, there was the music, sweet sweet music!

 

Mack and The Limeliters fill the hall in West Virginia

The Limeliters traveled from their successful Baltimore concert at the Cellar Stage to an audience of over 2000 in Charleston, WV.   See photos.  Read review   

   

 

Mack's Photo Appeared on a Large Billboard in Nashville

For several weeks, Mack's photo along with basic information was on a 19-foot wide billboard in downtown Nashville (around the corner from the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Old Opery) to promote his release of "Am I Ready" from his latest CD, Why I'm Here

More photos . . .

   

 

Mack grabs headline Press during Aspen Tour -

Mack Bailey speaks to the power of music in Aspen Times article, February 6, 2005.  Read article - Power of Music.

Concert Review in the Aspen Daily News, Feb. 12, 2005 - Read article - Simple Pleasures.

 

Mack hosts Tsunami Benefit Concert with Guest Musicians

Mack brought in friends Cary Creed, fellow Hard Traveler Mike Munford, and long-time friend, Bill Danoff, for a special concert to raise funds for the victims of the Asian tsunami. 

     

 

Mack and The Limeliters perform Sold-Out Concerts to RAVE Reviews

The Limeliters received glowing reviews for their two children's and one general concert at Florence, Oregon's Winter Folk Festival, January 22, 2005.   See photos.  Read excerpts or full review   

     

 

The Limeliters perform at the World Folk Music Association's 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert

The Limeliters were one of the featured acts for the Friday night concert at The Birchmere in Alexandria on January 14th.

           

Mack with the original members of The Chad Mitchell Trio; rehearsing a new Limeliters song with Alex and Andy.

 

Mack helps raise funds in "Songs for Sarah" benefit Concert

Mack entertained at a fundraising concert sponsored by The Whisper Foundation in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on January 8 for Sarah Kennedy Mairs, a very positive upbeat 7-year old, who suffers from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.   Funds raised will go towards a therapeutic pool for her.  Mack debuted a new song, "Sarah's Smile."  More about Sarah

 

 

Mack and John Denver's Musicians in NY's Eve Benefit Concert

Mack starred in a warm tribute to John Denver with his former band mates in Phoenix on New Year's Eve.   more . . .

   

 

Mack & The Limeliters make a big return to Aspen:

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The publicity has been great for the Limeliters' concert in Aspen on October 23.  The group, whose name was derived from the Limelite Lodge in Aspen, returns after many many years, this time with Mack as the tenor member.

Read the articles copied from The Aspen Times.

Alex, Andy and Mack pose by the Limelite Lodge, the "birthplace" of the Limeliters in the late 1950's (pre-Mack, of course), and enjoying Aspen.  They set up their semi-public rehearsals in the Lounge, where the music club used to be.  Alex and other original member Glenn Yarbrough owned the club, formed the group and performed there; needing a group name, they used the club's name. 

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Photos 1, 2, & 5 by Jenny at the Limelite Lodge;  Photos 4, 6, & 7 by Rachel Peck.  More Photos on Limeliter's Page.

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John Denver Tribute Concert in Wilmington, NC:

The following article appeared in the Yawheh Newsletter, regarding the John Denver tribute concert fundraiser for their children's village:

 

John Denver Tribute Concerts & Events in Aspen:

Thanks to all who have sent photos; more are welcome.  There are so many great ones to choose from.  You may be under the impression that Mack sang a lot in Aspen.  Well, he did - seven concerts and events.

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Photo: Karen Tupek

 

 

Mack exacting revenge on his PESKY camera-crazy webmaster, Karen, during rehearsal break.

Photo: Mary Ledford

Rehearsal at the Wheeler Opera House for the John Denver Tribute Concerts.

Photos: that pesky webmaster

Public Rehearsal for the VIP Ticket holders

October 7;

Photo: Aileen Blomgren

 

 

Presentation for the VIP reception honoring  Challenge Aspen.

Photo: Aileen Blomgren

 

After the public rehearsal, Mack sang his own song, "One and Only You" accompanied by a slide show of "Challenge Aspen" participants.

Photo: Aileen Blomgren

Friday night concert at the Wheeler

Photo:  Judy Therrien

 

 

Mack brought the audience to tears and cheers

Photo:  webmaster

Photos at right: top - Judy Therrien; bottom - Mary Ledford

Top R: "Thank God John Wrote Country Boy" with John Sommers, Jim Salestrom and Mack

Middle: Mack, Chris and Pete sang in round-robin, but  joining each other.

"Let This Be A Voice" Concert at Mountain Chalet.

Photo: Mary Ledford; October 9

 

Lower L: Mack, Chris & Pete face the "press" - the fans.

 

 

Mollie, Bill, Denny Brooks, Herb Petersen, Mack and Jim singing "Hard Times."

Photo: Barb White

Mack in concert at the Wheeler.

Photo: Barb White

Noel Paul Stookey, Jim Salestrom, Kenn Roberts and Mack at the Wheeler in Aspen.

Photo:  webmaster

 

 

Mack parties after the Wheeler concerts with Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary) (Photos:  webmaster)

Morgan Bailey (Mack's dad) and Erma Deutschendorf (John Denver's mother)

Mack performing during garden stone memorial dedication ceremony at Snowmass Chapel.

Photo: Mary Ledford; October 10

 Chris and Mack at their concert on Monday

Photo by Judy Therrien

October 11

Photo by Steph Dubick

 

 

Mack introducted his musical guests.

Photo: Mary Ledford

We had a Mack and Chris Cake - and we ate it, too.

Photos:  webmaster

Mack performed  his own songs and a few of John Denver's.

Photo:  Mary Ledford

 

 

"Pete" the dog (affectionately named for Pete Huttlinger) helped Chris on the keyboards.

Chris and Mack meet the "paparazzi."

Photo: Mary Ledford; October 11

Concert cast: Mark Robinson, Mark Cormican, Mack, and Chris.

Photo: Mary Ledford;

 

 

Photo: Karen Tupek

 

 

CD's - "The Demos"  and "Live at the Casa"

Mack issues a limited release of 12 demo recordings, made from 1983 - 1998, "The Demos." 

Mack participated in the John Denver's 60th Birthday Tribute Concert in Phoenix on New Year's Eve 2003, now available as a CD, "Live at the Casa"

 

Update:  Mack's 2nd Listing on "The Charts" - "Am I Ready?" climbs to #24 for October - 

A second song from Mack's latest recorded solo CD, "Why I'm Here", has premiered at #49 on Powersource's  Independent Country Charts.  The song, "Am I Ready"  was written by Chris Nole and Bonnie Moon.  Chris, a good friend of Mack's, is a former keyboardist with John Denver, among other well-known singers, and works often with Mack at John Denver tribute concerts.   Click on CD title for link to order it. 

To hear a short sound clip, click here: 

 

Congratulations, Mack!

 

 

"Music From the Mountains" - 4th Annual Concert for Maryland Therapeutic Riding

Two nights of festivities during the last weekend of September helped MTR raise funds needed to build an indoor riding arena.  The Friday night Fiesta showcased the riders' achievements, highlighted with a moving horse riding demonstration.  Saturday night's concert was a triumph - fun for both the audience and the performers. 

 

At the Friday night "Fiesta," John Sommers and Mack greet rider Zane Jackson after his riding demonstration performance.

 

Mack brought the MTR crowd to their feet with his emotional rendition of "Eagles and Horses" - which they have adopted as their theme song.

 

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" was led by its composer, John Sommers on fiddle, joined by Gary Muledeer, Mack, Bill Danoff, Mollie Weaver and Kenn Roberts.

 

 

Cast: Chris Nole (hidden), Gary Muledeer, Ira Gitlin (hidden), John Sommers, Kenn Roberts, Mack, Bill Danoff & Mollie Weaver

Photo: William Reed of AmberLea Photography, courtesy of MTR

 

Mollie Weaver, John Sommers, & Mack

Photo: William Reed of AmberLea Photography, courtesy of MTR

View from the Balcony: Ira Gitlin, Mollie Weaver, John Sommers, & Mack

Photo: William Reed of AmberLea Photography, courtesy of MTR

 

 

 

Kenn Roberts gets the crowd waving to "Calypso"

The Finale to a wonderful show: Gary Muledeer, Bill Danoff, Mollie Weaver, Mack, and Kenn Roberts, with Ira Gitlin in the background.

After the concert, MTR riders Chad DeVilbiss and Zane Jackson pose with the performers, John Sommers, Mollie Weaver, Chris Nole, and Mack.

 

 

See Review of Concert in the Annapolis newspaper, "The Capitol." 

About Mack, it says:

 

MTR is a Crownsville-based nonprofit that puts the healing energy of horses to work for more than 160 special needs riders ranging from age 2 to 76.  Mr. Bailey has been an ardent supporter of this group ever since they adopted his stirring (version of the) ode “Eagles and Horses,” as their unofficial theme song six years ago. 

Mr. Bailey is a phenomenal guitarist with a full, mellow voice that is exquisitely suited to Mr. Denver’s repertoire.  He was complemented by the lovely Mollie Weaver, a velvety-toned mezzo who harmonized beautifully with him in such showstoppers as “Sweet Surrender,” “Shanghai Breezes” and “Fly Away,” to name but a few.

 

Mack and The Hard Travelers "Open" for Reba McEntire:

Photo:  webmaster

Photo:  webmaster

Photo:  Leslie Hazle

The Hard Travelers warm up the crowd at the Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser concert at the Baltimore Arena which starred Reba McEntire.  Country recording artist Billy Dean joined the Hard Travelers to sing "Thank God I'm A Country Boy." His new version of the song is #27 on the charts

John Sommers, Kenn Roberts, Mack, Billy Dean, and Kevin Brooks pose after the concert.

Photo:  webmaster

Mack sang his song "High Gear"

Over 11,000 people cheered them in the Baltimore Arena.

July 17th 

 

 

"Nightingala" - "A Musical Tribute to John Denver" Concert

for Johns Hopkins School of Nursing on June 5th at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland

Mack with Kenn Roberts and Friends  including Chris Nole, Jim Salestrom, Bill Danoff, Mollie Weaver, John Sommers, & Jim Horn

     

    

The various expressions and moods of the concert.  So many great photos!

     

Kenn Roberts, Bill Danoff, Mollie Weaver, Jim Salestrom and Mack.

Photos by Joseph A. Kemp, used by permission - Kemp Images

 

 

Mack's Song on "The Charts" - reached #44

Mack's self-composed song  "Cross at the End of the Road" from his latest solo CD "Why I'm Here" debuted at #94 for April in PowerSource Country Christian Charts.  For May it moved to #76, and in July, it peaked at #44.    Elvis's famed backup group, The Jordanaires, provided great background harmonies on the song.   Click on CD title for link to order it.

To hear a short sound clip, click here: 
 

 

Mack on TV in Denver

On  April 29 and 30, Mack appeared on two television programs: on KUSA - TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver and KWGN - TV, Channel 2, the WB affiliate in Denver.  He was joined by Chris Nole for the second one.  Mack was interviewed and sang a song, promoting his show with Chris on April 30, at Swallow Hill, a music venue in Denver.  The concert, titled "John Denver Remembered," was a benefit sponsored by the Windstar Colorado Connection for the Two Hearts Cabin Restoration Project.

 

        

Mack posing outside KUSA-TV 9News station; Mack and Chris pose in the TV studio on the news set before singing live on the noon news show; Chris and Mack performing at Swallow Hill; the Windstar Colorado Connection group join Mack in song.  Photos by or courtesy of Stephanie Dubick

 

 

Mack has accepted an invitation to become a member of

The Limeliters

Andy Corwin, Alex Hassilev and Mack Bailey

 

Yes, the fabulous world-renowned folk trio that launched their career in 1959 at San Francisco's famous "Hungry I" and went on to become a dominant force of the early '60s folk music scene.   The Limeliters have entertained audiences all over the world for over 35 years with their great harmonies and songs.  The group's new lineup consists of original member Alex Hassilev, and new members Andy Corwin, and Mack.)

 

See a new Limeliters Webpage devoted to Mack's new endeavor. 

It includes Photos from their concerts and their Schedule.

 

 

 

Mack receives Praise for his Performance at the International Folk Alliance:

 

Mack recently received these words from the President of CD Baby:

 

"Thank you so much for playing in our CD Baby showcase down at the Folk Alliance.  Your performance was really amazing and it was great to see you perform live!  I hope we can do it again next year!" 

 

 

Mack receives Maryland Performing Artist Award:

 

Mack recently received a letter with a monetary award and the following recognition:

 "Congratulations!  The Maryland State Arts Council is happy to inform you that you have been selected to receive an Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance for FY 2004.  The jurors reviewed all work submitted on the basis of artistic excellence and recommended you for an award."  

 

 

Mack opens the New Year with a concert in Phoenix

 

In celebration of what would have been John Denver's 60th birthday, there was a concert in Phoenix.  Billed as "The John Denver Band," in addition to Mack, the musicians included Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger, Jim Horn, Jim Salestrom and Mollie Weaver.

Various shots of rehearsal and the concert, with two of Mack at the New Year's Party. 

        

Mack had a little help:

       

Chris Nole - keyboards / Pete Huttlinger - guitar / Jim Salestrom - vocals, banjo / Jim Horn - flute

 

 

 

"Music From the Mountains" Concert

The Hard Travelers performed with guests Chris Nole, John Sommers, Bill Danoff and Mollie Weaver in a John Denver Tribute Concert benefiting Maryland Therapeutic Riding at the Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts in Annapolis on October 24, 2003.

See the MTR Video of special children flying free on their horses along with soaring eagles and graceful horses, set to the music of Mack's "Eagles & Horses."

From left to right, Chris Nole, Bill Danoff, Mollie Weaver, Mack, and Kenn Roberts, with Ira Gitlin, John Sommers and Mike Munford in the background.

 

 

 

Review of Mack's Performance with the Annapolis Chorale:

From "The Capital" on 10/22/03  By: Jane Elkin

Pops Gala had something for everyone.

"The star attraction of the pops portion of the program was local favorite Mack Bailey, whose folksy tenor, guitar playing and whistling are reminiscent of John Denver.  He's funny, too!  Filling Maryland Hall with vocal and human warmth, he was the consummate one-man show. His renditions of "The Nearness of You" and "Eagles and Horses" made me want to run out and buy all of his recordings."

 

 

Aspen Adventures:

Mack triumphed in Aspen, with his sold-out solo concert and numerous standing ovations for his performances in the three John Denver Tribute Concerts at the Wheeler Opera House. 

 

Photos below by Mary Ledford & Katie Webb

              

             

(Click on thumbnail to see enlarged photo.) Mack enjoys the scenery at Maroon Bells, two shots from rehearsal, Mack's solo concert (well, with guest musicians, including Chris Nole) Saturday afternoon, another rehearsal shot, Wheeler concert 1, Wheeler concert 2, Mack acknowledges standing ovation.

Many photos below by Karen Fera and Aileen Blomgren

              

             

First six are from Mack's concert at the Mountain Chalet, Mack and the dedication service at Snowmass Chapel; Mack at the Aspen Jam on Sunday night.

 

See also several new photos at the bottom of the "Friends and Supporters" Photo Album.

 

 

 

     

Mack's Very Busy Week:

On Friday, August 29, Mack's group The Hard Travelers opened for country superstar Martina McBride in Concert for Cystic Fibrosis at the Baltimore Arena. 

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Photos above are courtesy of the Maryland Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis

 

Then, the next day, The Hard Travelers were featured in a long set at the Country Roads Folk Festival in Kearneysville, West Virginia.

   top two photos by Chuck Morse, courtesy of MoFolk       

 

                                       

The Hard Travelers at                               Mack with Caroline                                  The Hard Travelers

Country Roads Folk Festival                    and the Orioles Mascot                                   pose at Baldwin's

                                                                  

On Tuesday night, September 2, Mack sang the National Anthem before the Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards.  We understand that his rendition of the anthem was broadcast on radio nationwide.

 

And last but not least, two nights later, The Hard Travelers put on another one of their wonderful concerts at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville, Maryland.

 

 

 

Review of Mack's new CD "Why I'm Here"

Mack's new CD was reviewed by "Music Monthly," a music news magazine, in  the August 2003 issue.  In her column, the Wollan Report, reviewer Laurin Wollan writes:

 

"Mack Bailey is tellin’ us all Why I’m Here.  Some spiritual music can be found on this folksy, bluegrassy release.  It is very Christian.  He’s got a good voice.  The flute really works it for me during some moments.  . . . it sure could bring a smile to someone’s face.  He sang back up for Vince Gill and Amy Grant in the past and Mary Chapin Carpenter sang back up on his first release.  Elvis’ backing singers, the Grammy award winning Jordanaires sing on this album so if you are into that sort of thing, well there you go."

 

 

 

Mack enjoyed discovering paradise in California:

 

See photos from his mini-tour of California -

a house concert in Monterey at Judy Therrien's and

a performance at "The Underground" in Ontario 

 

Photos from the CD Release Concerts:

 

June 8th at The Rams Head, Annapolis, MD

     

     

     

Above Photos: Mary Ledford

     

     

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Mack at rehearsal; the remaining are from the show, with his All-Star Band: Jim Horn on flute, CD producer Chris Nole on piano, Jeff Cox on bass and Pete Huttlinger on guitar; Mack is joined in finale by Kenn Roberts for "Eagles and Horses;" and with Chris Nole after concert.

 

 

June 1st at Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA

        

  

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Photos 2 and 6:  Mary Ledford

Mack and Chris; Frank DeLaMarre with Mack and Chris

 

 

Mack's First Concert Cruise - a Big Success!

Twenty-seven adventurers enjoyed cruising on Carnival's "Imagination" and reveled in Mack's music, performed during two private concerts.  The ship departed Miami on Saturday, April 5, visiting first Georgetown in the Cayman Islands (activities included island tours, gardens, ship wrecks, snorkeling, swimming with sting rays, and shopping), then on to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, (activities included island tours, garden walks, plantations visits, visiting and climbing the Dunn's River Falls, and interacting with dolphins).  The highlights for all participants were Mack's two concerts.  Mack ended the second hour and a half concert, also the last night at sea, with an acapella version of the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.  More Photos from Cruise.

             

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Mack performing against a beautiful ocean back-drop at the first concert (right); the official group photo - all 27 (middle) and second concert (left).

 

 

New CD Recorded: "Why I'm Here"

 

On March 23, Mack returned from Nashville, having finished recording his new CD.  It showcases some fabulous songs and will feature some wonderful musicians with whom Mack has worked with in the past, such as the CD's producer,  Chris Nole, on keyboards; Pete Huttlinger on guitar; Jim Horn on flute and recorder; Dennis Belfield on bass, Jack Pearson on guitar, mandolin and dobro; Dave Harrison on drums; Wanda Vick on strings; Brittany Allyn on background vocals; and special featured guests: Elvis's famous back-up group,  The Jordanaires, sing back-up on four songs.  The sound is full and lush. 

 

 

 

Mack's performance at the World Folk Music Association was very well-received. 

                 

Photos by Chuck Morse

Mack started his set with one of his own songs, Cross at the End of the Road and Just Because, a song he wrote with Tom Paxton.  He next sang What a Wonderful World, written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele and another of his own compositions, Pine Crest Wolves.  Mack followed that with the beautiful Time to Time, which he wrote with Jeff Crytzer.  Mack brought his set to an end with his magnificent rendition of the John Denver/Joe Henry song Eagles and Horses.   (As quoted on the WFMA web site.)

 

 

Mack performs at John Denver Tribute Events in his hometown of Troy, NC, in Aspen, and in Annapolis - see photos (by clicking on City) and read recent articles about Mack's performances. 

With The Hard Travelers, Mack opens for super-star Alan Jackson in Baltimore fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.

 

 

 

Mack helps M.U.S.E. raise over $81,000 for Maryland Therapeutic Riding at "Music From The Mountains - A Tribute to John Denver" concert in Annapolis

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Concert Photos by Karen Tupek

Chris Nole, Kenn Roberts, Ira Gitlin (hidden), Jim Salestrom,

Mike Munford, Jon Glik (hidden), Mack, and John Sommers

In a sell-out concert on Friday, October 25th at Annapolis's Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Mack, along with Kenn Roberts, Jim Salestrom, Chris Nole, John Sommers, and the Hard Travelers musicians, Mike Munford, Ira Gitlin, and Jon Glik, performed many of John Denver's best known songs, and helped raise money for the therapeutic riding program.  A highlight was a moving, heartfelt testimonial from an enthusiastic riding participant, Tom Ostrye.

 

 

Mack performs in John Denver Tribute Concerts at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado

 

Fans from England, Italy, and even Japan, as well as all over the U.S., gathered in Aspen to celebrate the life and musical legacy of John Denver on the 5th anniversary of his death on October 12, 1997.  Many events in Aspen, including luncheons and a chapel service, featured Mack's presentations of Denver's music, but the highlights were the three concerts at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, the last of which featured country stars Vince Gill and Amy Grant.  In addition to Bill Danoff, Jim Salestrom, Mollie Weaver, Gary Mule Deer, and Kenn Roberts, many members of John's former band participated, including Chris Nole, Alan Deremo, Dan Wheetman, Herb Peterson, John Sommers, Jim Horn, Richie Garcia, Denny Brooks, and Pete Huttlinger.

 

             

   

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Photos by Karen Tupek (1, 4, 5), Mary Ledford (2, 7, 8, 11), Marcia Theriault (3), Dreux deMack (6),

Chris Nole (backstage shots - 9 & 10), & Heidi Levasseur (large concert photos - 12 & 13)  

 Peace Cloth concert at Mountain Chalet (1 - 4); Auction Luncheon at Mountain Chalet (5); John Denver memorial garden dedication at Snowmass Chapel (7); The Wheeler Concerts: Mack's solo, (6); Mack at the Wheeler (8 & 11); Mack and Annie Denver, back stage at the Wheeler (9); and, Vince Gill, Gary Mule Deer and Mack, backstage (10); in front row: Amy Grant, Gary Mule Deer, Vince Gill, Denny Brooks, Jim Salestrom (12); and Mack singing solo (13).

More photos in Mack's Photo Album 2002

 

 

 

Mack's Hometown of Troy, NC, Welcomes Mack and Musical Guests

 

Mack brought friends Bill Danoff, Kenn Roberts and John Sommers, along with musicians Marc MacGlashan and Ira Gitlin, to his hometown of Troy, North Carolina.  The occasion was a benefit concert for the Trinity Music School's scholarship fund honoring Mack's mother, the Gerry Bailey Music Scholarship Fund.  The auditorium was filled with many old friends, many new friends, and great music, featuring a tribute to John Denver.

 

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Photos by Tammy Dunn of The Montgomery Herald (1, 2, 4) and Karen Ronne Tupek for the website

Mack performs a short set for the Rotary Club as a preview; Mack, Kenn, and John performing at the Rotary Club; rehearsal with Marc, Kenn, John & Mack; showtime - Mack wows the hometown crowd; sound-check; John and Ira; Mack; John, Mack and Kenn; John, Ira, Mack, Bill, Kenn; the guys in the groove; Mack watching John's solo; Mack and Bill.

 

A front page article in the Montgomery Herald, September 25, 2002, and a preview article with interview in the Courier-Tribune on September 28, 2002 announced the event.  Another front page article in the Montgomery Herald on October 9, 2002, reviewed the Concert.

 

 

 

The Hard Travelers' Cystic Fibrosis Concert in Baltimore raises over $1,300,000.

 

The Hard Travelers, with special guests, opened for country super-star Alan Jackson at the Baltimore Arena on September 13th.  It was a fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis.

 

John Sommers, Kenn Roberts, Jon Glik, Mack, Jim Horn, and Jim Salestrom

Photo by Caroline Bailey

 

 

 

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