Saturday, March 2, 2024

Bill MacKay at Acme Records and Music Emporium in Milwaukee on September 4, 2022

A website search will reveal that Bill MacKay is one of the most frequently appearing musicians on this blog (and at a few more recent recordings have yet to be posted).

That's for very good reason: he is a fantastically talented guitarist and songwriter who lives just 90 minutes to the south of the Cream City. He has always been a favorite of the audiences at Acme.


Bill is one of those guitarists who somehow make playing challenging and intricate melodic lines seem like a pleasant walk on a summer day. Watching him perform betrays no obvious signs of effort. It often seems to me that there is a direct connection between his mind and his fingers on the fretboard. I'm sure that this apparent ease is the result of many hours of hard practice.

I came into this show hot off a car trip from O'Hare airport where I had landed a few hours prior after a 10-day trip in the UK where I followed both the Handsome Family and Ryley Walker around on tour, visiting several amazing cities including Brighton, Birmingham, Exeter, Oxford, Guildford and London. 

This evening, Bill performed songs from several of his solo albums including Fountain Fire and Esker

Purchase his upcoming solo album here.


Recording information:

Bill MacKay


Milwaukee, WI at Acme Records

Bill MacKay: guitar and voice


01 Honey Time

02 Powder Mill Park

03 Half of You

04 Late for Your Funeral Again

05 Lonesome Traveller

06 Birds of May

07 Wail

Total time = 32:16

Sources: Mono SBD feed and Line Audio CM3 in NOS 

Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 32/96

Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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