Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers | Live at Walsh's Lounge (1971 & 1972)

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Live at Walsh's Lounge (1971 & 1972)

by Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers

"Genuine, driving, and heartfelt Bluegrass from a master of the Monroe tradition"
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Just to Ease My Troubled Mind (Live)
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2. Doin' My Time (Live)
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3. Salt Creek (Live)
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4. Does It Have to End This Way (Live)
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5. Used to Be (Live)
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6. Why Do You Weep Dear Willow? (Live)
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7. Lee Highway Blues (Live)
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8. Don't You Cry over Me (Live)
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9. I'm Lonesome Without You (Live)
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10. Pretty Flowers for My Pretty Baby (Live)
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11. In Despair (Live)
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12. White House Blues (Live)
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Album Notes
There are few, if any, who can match Mac Martin’s mastery of historic country music, from its early days
in the 1920s through the bluegrass years and more recent decades. Mac once told me that when he
was in high school, he reveled in the music of Bill Monroe’s wartime band on the Grand Ole Opry.
Mac graduated in 1944, enlisted in the Navy, and came back home to Pittsburgh when his hitch was up
in 1948(??) He was unprepared for Monroe’s then new sound with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He
disliked it at first, but soon came around and couldn’t wait to make music of his own in the same
exciting style. He befriended the Lilly Brothers at WWVA in Wheeling and appeared occasionally with
them before assembling a band back in Pittsburgh, called the Pike County Boys. Later he formed his
celebrated Dixie Travelers, where good music flourished under his leadership for decades. Its members
had career and family obligations, so the music rarely left Pittsburgh, though it was captured on records
that became widely known through the band’s artistry and broad repertory.

This set has been assembled from tapes made informally in the early ‘70s at Walsh’s Lounge in
downtown Pittsburgh, where the Dixie Travelers held forth on Saturday nights from 1957 through
1976. Walsh's became known as the place to find bluegrass. Often, non-Dixie travelers
showed up not knowing what to expect and were agreeably surprised to hear great forgotten tunes
from broad areas of country, early folk, and bluegrass music. These tapes were made when the
Travelers’ friend and fan Fred Pement set a Sony tape recorder on a front table nearest the stage,
capturing the music and club ambience at the same time. Several good tunes from the Travelers’ 1974
album Dixie Bound (County 743) are heard here, with Mac’s classic “Does It Have to End This Way?” next
to more good ones from Roy Acuff, Jimmie Davis, Delmore & Bailes Brothers and (of course) Bill
Monroe. It’s well-chosen repertory music that kept Walsh’s Lounge customers happy while
entertaining country music connoisseurs who appreciated the exceptional skill, knowledge and taste
Mac Martin has always brought to music.

Now we get to hear it again, over forty years later.

Dick Spottswood
WAMU Bluegrass Country
Washington, DC
May 20, 2019



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