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 Limelighters. Bailey’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 Bailey arrives in Centerville 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 last concert of the Centerville Concert Association’s current series at Simon Estes Auditorium Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Using John Denver’s music, Bailey taught himself to play the guitar, so it was a thrill for him when he had the privilege of trading verses to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” with Denver in front of 9,000 people shortly before Denver’s death. Today The Limelighters and Denver continue to play an active role in Bailey’s professional life, even as he pursues his successful solo career.
As an accomplished guitar player, Bailey accompanies himself and between him and his guitar presents a wide ranging program of folk, pop and original songs, including such 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, Bailey has been a principal member of the reunited 60s group, 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 and Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Martina McBride and of course John Denver, confirming that indeed Bailey keeps very good musical company. He also performs with his wife, Rachel Levy, in a duo format.