Mac has partnered with singer/songwriter Barbara Martin since 1996 and they’ve released 6 CDs together, most of them recorded in Mac’s studio. Their music is a rich stew of earthy blues peppered with sassy, swinging jazz. Their performances are rooted in a healthy respect for the traditions of American music from Josh White to Bessie Smith to Billie Holiday. Barbara’s sultry, soulful voice is interwoven with the bending, sliding strings of Mac and create an experience that covers a full emotional palate moving audiences from tears to laughter.
Barbara and Mac offer educational programs ‘From Ragtime to Rock and Roll’ and an American musical history program, ‘Jivin’ Jazz and Blues,’ a history of blues and jazz from 1890 to 1930, and ‘Women in Blues’ about the music, life and times of American women blues artists from the 20’s through the 50’s. Their children’s recording ‘From Ragtime to Rock and Roll’ received the National 2000 Parents Choice Silver Honor.