Mack Bailey & Rachel Levy in Concert
Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy combine folk, country, and bluegrass for a sound all their own. The duo have been likened to a "similar pairing 40 years ago of Gram Parsons and a very young Emmylou Harris". Their passionate songs and melodic sound create an intimate atmosphere and make for a special evening of music!
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 an authority than Glenn Yarbrough, the original tenor in the fabulous world-renowned folk trio, The Limeliters. Mack's career came full circle when in 2004 he was asked to be the newest tenor in The Limeliters, with whom he now performs around the country.
Using John Denver's music, Mack taught himself to play the 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 Limeliters and John Denver continue to play an active role in Mack's professional life, even as he pursues a successful musical career with his wife, Rachel Levy.
Several of Denver's former band members have played on Mack's albums, including Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger, Jim Horn, and Bill Danoff. Other music royalty has joined him as well: Mary Chapin Carpenter sang on his first album, which was produced by Bill Danoff of "Country Roads" and "Afternoon Delight" fame, and the Jordanaires contributed soulful background vocals on his album, Why I'm Here. Most recently, prestigious musicians like Sam Bush, Pat Flynn, and Jack Pearson graced Mack's album, Choose Your Attitude, which features Rachel.
For almost two decades, Mack has been a principle member of the reunited 60s group, The Hard Travelers. He has a rich history of major concert appearances having performed with or shared the stage as opener with a long list of folk and country stars including Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill & Amy Grant, Kathy Mattea, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Leann Rimes, and John Denver confirming that indeed, Mack keeps very good musical company.
Mack also performs with his wife, Rachel Levy, and the duo have been likened to a "similar pairing 40 years ago of Gram Parsons and a very young Emmylou Harris". "Lucky Man", written by Mack and Rachel, was chosen as a finalist in the 2006 mid-atlantic song contest in the country/bluegrass category and was also selected to be profiled in sing out! Magazine. In addition, this past fall "Lucky Man" was a feature song on NASCAR Angels. Mack and Rachel also co-penned "It's Time", which has received critical acclaim from former Vice-President Al Gore, as promoting environmental awareness. Mack was awarded for his excellence with a WAMMIE for Best Traditional Folk Performer, and his song "High Gear" has been featured on NPR's popular Car Talk.
Originally hailing from the small town of Troy, North Carolina, Mack attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated with a degree in music performance. Besides writing, performing solo and in his two groups, and recording eight solo albums, Mack and Rachel are musically active in several medical and environmental causes, including Maryland Therapeutic Riding, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Johns Hopkins Children's Center, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Starlight Starbright, and Challenge Aspen. They also play in nursing homes and Alzheimer's units playing group concerts and individual outreach, and Mack continues to enjoy working with school students on songwriting in their creative writing classes. Mack and Rachel currently reside in Denver, Colorado. Mack recently returned to school to complete a graduate degree in neurological Music Therapy at Colorado State University.
Magnolia Music Studio (View)
210 W. Magnolia St, Ste 10
Fort Collins, CO 80521