LeRoy Mack settles down 

mackLeRoy “Mack” McNees is well-known for playing dobro with the Country Boys (later the Kentucky Colonels), and for his appearances on the Andy Griffith Show.

He is a favorite at the annual Mayberry Days reunions in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

A devout Christian, he led an organization called Businessmen for Christ.

In 1966 he co-founded a Gospel group called the Born Again Bluegrass Band. The band was together for 31 years and has 12 albums to their credit.

McNees has six CD solo projects and has been a frequent guest with many of the top bands in the USA and Canada, recording with Vince Gill, John Denver, Nashville Bluegrass Band and the Laurel Canyon Ramblers.

In 2005 he was the recipient of the prestigious L.A. Treasures award for outstanding contributions to the City of Los Angeles in the area of bluegrass music.

“Mack” recently brought us up to date ….

“My wife and I have been on the road for the last ten years in our motor home full time. We have now taken our house back, did a remodel, and [are] sticking a little closer to home.”

Home is in the Shadow Hills district in northern sector of Los Angeles.

McNees went on to say …

“One of the things I wanted to do was to put together a Gospel group and perform in the regional area. All the guys in the band really love the Gospel songs and that is what we are focusing on. Our first gig is on February 14th.”

Leroy Mack McNees & Gloryland - Evan Winsor, Jerry Kincaid, Leroy McNees, Craig Wilson and Roger Phillips. The band, LeRoy “Mack” McNees and Gloryland (LeRoy Mack McNees – Dobro/guitar and vocals; Craig Wilson – guitar and vocals; Roger Phillips- banjo and vocals; Evan Winsor – bass; and Jerry Kincaid – mandolin and vocals) has been rehearsing for several weeks in readiness for the first performance that McNees mentioned. It is at La Crescenta Baptist Church in La Crescenta, California on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.