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Mac & Bob -67

February 2, 2018

2nd Feb. Birthday of Lester Mac McFarland (Kentucky Feb 2 1902-July 24 1984) of early country music duet act Mac & Bob. Both were blind musicians from Kentucky who met at the Kentucky Institute For The Blind, and by the mid ‘20s had developed their distinctive style, relaxed close harmony, playing guitar and mandolin on traditional folk, country, gospel and blues numbers. One of the first ‘Close harmony, guitar & mandolin duos’, they were regular radio performers in 1925 (WNOX Knoxville) and began recording in 1926 (Brunswick/Vocalion) ; influenced the likes of the Blue Sky Boys , the Bailes Brothers and the Monroes. The Archive have produced two CD compilations …

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