Mack Bailey & Rachel Levy

Mack Bailey & Rachel Levy

 Denver, Colorado, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy combine folk, country, and bluegrass for a sound all their own. Their passionate songs and melodic sound create an intimate atmosphere and make for special evening of music!

Biography

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.

Lyrics

He and Jack

Written By: Mack Bailey

A young man on a journey
Not sure of where he’s going
Got one friend by his side
Who’s never let him down

At sunrise on his tower
Somewhere in Colorado
He puts the bottle to his lips
And heads back in to town

He ain’t lost, he ain’t found
Just somewhere in the middle
He’s a wild spirit bound to roam
And at the end of the day
As he and Jack are talking
I wonder where his heart calls home

He’s seen both sides of a jail cell
And sometimes they’re the same
A slammin’ door is just
A slammin’ door

And all of life’s tough lessons
Are justified each day
It never seems to cross his mind
There could be another way

He ain’t lost, he ain’t found
Just somewhere in the middle
He’s a wild spirit bound to roam
And at the end of the day
As he and Jack are talking
I wonder where his heart calls home

And halfway cross the country
There’s a bedroom light still burning
It was the hardest thing to say
That this house ain’t your home

As months turn into years
And as the tunnel light gets dim
It seems the hole in this soul
Will never get filled in

Now I’ve always been a fixer
A builder and a mender
But this time I’ve been told
It’s got to be his own

Sometimes the feelings helpless
Some nights go on forever
But always know deep in your heart
I’ll always love you son

He ain’t lost, he ain’t found
Just somewhere in the middle
He’s a wild spirit bound to roam
And at the end of the day
As he and Jack are talking
I wonder where his heart calls home

C2005 Spa Creek Music
Mack Bailey, P O Box 201435, Denver, CO 80220
301-775-6901

Lucky Man

Written By: Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy

I got a four leaf clover in my pocket
Got a rabbit’s foot in my hand
Got a girl in Colorado who is waiting for me
You could say that I’m a lucky man

I got a full moon over my shoulder
I got an open ticket in my hand
I got the good Lord above who is filling me with love
You could say that I’m a lucky man

Ooh
You could say that I’m a lucky man
Ooh
You could say that I’m a lucky man

I got a horseshoe in the backseat
And every penny that I’ve found
I got a full tank of gas and I’m gonna make it last
You could say that I’m a lucky man

Chorus

But for all the luck that’s in my life
And all the ways to show it
What makes me proud down deep inside
Is I’m lucky enough to know it

I got a four leaf clover in my pocket
Got a rabbit’s foot in my hand
Got a girl in Colorado who is waiting for me
You could say that I’m a lucky man

I got a full moon over my shoulder
I got this guitar in my hand
I got the good Lord above who is filling me with love
You could say that I’m a lucky man

c2005 Spa Creek Music

Choose your Attitude

Written By: Mack Bailey and Chris Nole

The weatherman’s sayin’ partly cloudy today
Ah what’s he know, anyway
Look out my window, what do I see
A partly sunny sky smiling back at me

Run out the door start my routine
Another traffic jam waiting for me
I could cry, I could whine, just like every other time
But that won’t get me further down the road
There’s got to be a better way to go

CHORUS:
High or low, up or down
Eyes to the sky or eyes to the ground
You can see what you want to see
It’s up to you, choose your attitude

On those days life throws you a curveball
Whatcha gonna do, when your back’s against the wall
I see my cup half filled up
Don’t want none of that empty stuff
No Dr. Phil can’t fill it up for me
It’s my choice as to how it’s gonna be

CHORUS

Spa Creek Music ASCAP/ Strathmere Music BMI

Where Do I End and You Begin

Written By: Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy

Like the setting of the sun
And the rising of the moon
Where do I end and you begin

Like a softly falling rain
And the colors that it brings
Where do I end and you begin

I don’t know why these things happen
Or how they come to be
Like the love that drives this heart to beating
Where did you come from

Like the waves that roll on shore
And the tides that rise and fall
Where do I end and you begin

Like the breezes bring the spring
And the seasons following
Where do I end and you begin

We’ve always known each other
Like a song that’s yet unsung
Like a kiss that lasts forever
Tell me, where did you come from

Like the setting of the sun
Like the softly falling rain
Like the waves that roll on the shore
Like the breezes bring the spring
Like a kiss that never ends
Where do I end and you begin
Where do I end and you begin
Where do I end and you begin
c2005

It's Time

Written By: Mack Bailey and Rachel Levy Bailey (Spa Creek Music ASCAP/ Pyramid Peak Music BMI) 2007

The other day my daughter came and looked me in the eye
She said I’ve got a lot of questions and they all begin with why
I’m hoping that you just might have an answer or two
As to why it is we sometimes do the things we do

Like building things in places cause there’s nothing else there
And taking space from animals cause we don’t want to share

I looked and saw the innocence of an open eyed child
As I pondered her questions and tried to give a smile
There are times things are driven by the money it makes
We want it done now, no matter what it takes

Then she said these words that filled my heart with dismay
Is there time to change so kids like me will have another day

It’s time to stop thinking in red or black
It’s time to stop taking and give it back
It’s time to change the plan of attack
It’s time, it’s time, it’s time

We talked of how the Earth it is our only home
And it’s running out of ways it can sustain it’s own
With the way our lives are changing every day
We all could be more mindful in the smallest ways

Just knowing that the choices that we’re making now
Will effect the lives of future generations somehow

It’s time to stop thinking in red or black
It’s time to stop taking and give it back
It’s time to change the plan of attack
It’s time, it’s time, it’s time

It’s ironic how the color of the dollar is green
While that’s the color that we’re losing when we cut down all our trees
We love to blame the animals for invading our homes
But we leave them with no place that they can call their own

Will there come a time when we can say we have enough
And stop filling our lives with material stuff

It’s time to stop thinking in red or black
It’s time to stop taking and give it back
It’s time to change the plan of attack
It’s time, it’s time, it’s time

When I Dream

Written By: Mack Bailey

The sun comes up; I don’t want to open my eyes
It’s a harsh reality; I don’t want to realize
The face I see in the mirror is not the “me” that I remember.

Chorus: But at night I can dream
I can make believe I’m beautiful again.
I can dance, I can laugh,
I’m the “me” that I remember, When I dream at night.

These hands that once could write, letters and works of art
Page after page of poetry, or scriptures from the heart
Now I’m unsteady and failing, unable to grasp a pen.

Chorus: But at night I can write
Volumes and volumes of reading delight
Or maybe the novel I said that I’d write.
I’m the “me” that I remember, When I dream at night.

Now this hallway is my home; People pass right by my chair.
Sometimes I see a smile, But mostly I’m not there.
I long once again to be needed, To mean something to someone again

Chorus: But at night I can love
I can make believe that you’re with me again
We can dance, we can laugh,
I’m the “me” that I remember, When I dream at night.

When I dream, when I dream, when I dream . . at night.

Two Way Street

Written By: Mack Bailey

Two Way Street
Mack Bailey (Spa Creek Music)c 2008

It’s a funny thing
As time goes by
How all those lessons that we learned along the way just up and fly
The golden rule
Has turned to brass
We’re so caught up in our own world that life’s meanings just don’t last
I know life is a two way street full of morals and seduction
Most of the time I feel my lane is under road construction

The more we give The less we take
The more we gain The less we ache
The more we try To recognize
The more we see Through others eyes

You should on me
I should on you
We spend our time telling everybody else what they should do
It’s a kid’s game
It’s tit for tat
Don’t tell me how to run my life and by the way you can’t do that
I know life is a two way street full of morals and seduction
Most of the time I feel my lane is under road construction

The more we give The less we take
The more we gain The less we ache
The more we try To recognize
The more we see Through others eyes

The more we hear The less we speak
The more we care The less we sneak
The more we touch The less we hide
The more accepted The less denied

The more we give The less we take
The more we gain The less we ache
The more we try To recognize
The more we see Through others eyes