Mack Blevins came under the very early influence of the masters of Bluegrass music when he was a senior at Tennessee High School in 1950. He visited radio station WCYB during a performance of Farm and Fun Time, a two hour program of music and farm news which was broadcast with live musicians during the noon time period. Here he witnessed the mastery of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He was one of the very first disciples of Earl Scruggs who was playing something brand new for the banjo world.
Mack was so impressed with this new music that he purchased a banjo and used Scruggs as his mentor. After about a years time Mack was playing well enough to be invited to accompany the local VFW to a national convention.. There he met and played with Red Vance of the Fiddling Vances. They played on national TV before the Tri-City, Tennessee / Virginia area had its first TV station and went to national conventions with the VFW in New York abnd Philadelphia. Red Vance and Mack Blevins played together for many years.
Mack has spent the last 49 years learning and playing this wonderful new music. He has played at dances, theatres, radio stations, schools, parties and most anywhere that Bluegrass was played. Since his retirement in 1990 he has expanded his exposure to playing regularly in a band and in October 1994 he began broadcasting his Bluegrass likes over Music and Fun Time on WOPI each Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. During the program he shares his knowledge of the people involved and his evaluation of the musicians. Music and Fun Time is more than just spinning records that are popular to the listeners; it is also about the people Mack meets at festivals and person appearances.
Mack and his wife, Ann have been married 46 years and have two daughters, a son-in-law, and four grandchildren.
When he's not on the air Saturday Mornings, you may phone Mack at:
1-423-968-2600 or 1-423-968-1710
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