Mack Bailey, folk singer, performs in Beloit

You can tell a lot about singer/songwriter Mack Bailey by the musical company he keeps. Mack has been hailed as "the next great singer in folk music" by no less authority than Glenn Yarbrough, the original tenor in the fabulous world-renowned folk trio, The Limelighters. Mack's career came full circle when in 2004 he was asked to be the newest tenor in The Limelighters, with whom he now performs around the country.

So as Mack arrives in Beloit, Kansas to do his solo gig we can say that we have 1/3 of one of the most famous folk trios of all time, The Limelighters! Yes, he will be performing as the next to last concert of the Beloit Area Concert Association's current series. The date for his appearance at the Beloit Auditorium is Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Using John Denver's music, Mack taught himself to play guitar, so it was a thrill for Mack when he had the privilege of trading verses to "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" with Denver in front of 9000 people shortly before John's death. Today, The Limelighters and John Denver continue to play an active role in Mack's professional life, even as he pursues his successful solo career.

As an accomplished guitar player, Mack accompanies himself and between him and his guitar presents a wide ranging program of folk, pop and original songs, including familiar tunes as "Misty," "Sunny Side of the Street," "Danny Boy," "Blue Moon," and a host of other fun songs, including some very humorous ones.

For almost two decades, Mack has been a principal member of the reunited 60s groups The Hard Travelers, with whom he has recorded five albums. He has a rich history of major concert appearances with great folk and country stars including Brooks and Dunn, Randy Travis, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, Chet Atkins, Emmy Lou Harris, Vince Gill & Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Martina McBride and of course John Denver, confirming that indeed Mack keeps good musical company. Mack also performs with his wife, Rachel Levy, in a duo format.

Originally hailing from the small town of Troy, NC, Mack attended the NC School of Arts and graduated with a degree in music performance. Besides writing, performing solo and in his two groups, Mack has recorded eight solo albums. Mack currently resides in Denver, CO. For ticket information, call the Beloit Area Concert Association at 785-543-2665.

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