About the bands
The M&M Express has been playing since 1983. We may be the longest running bluegrass band in the region that still has all its original members! The band consists of guitar, banjo, dobro, and bass. John Mackin is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, and writes some of the band’s original material. Wendy Mackin plays banjo and finger-style guitar and sings harmony vocals. Debbie Mesing plays bass and also sings harmony. Ron Mesing, the band’s dobro player, is know internationally as a master instrumentalist. The M&M Express specializes in traditional bluegrass and old-time country music. It is well known regionally and has performed many times on the Wheeling WV Jamboree and on WQED television. The band can be seen at festivals and concerts in the tri-state area. We have recently released a cd version of our hit LP (an antique version of a cd, played on a turntable for those of you who are too young to know), Reno Bound.
The Mackin Band
is an ever-changing configuration of Mackins and friends. John and Wendy are regulars, as well as son Jack Mackin, who plays fiddle and guitar and can sing any part required! The band is currently missing its favorite bass player and blogger extraordinaire, Erin, who, possibly influenced by the success of the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover at the Hillbilly Ranch, has recently up and moved to Boston. The Mackins are typically joined by Mark Yacovone on mandolin, sometimes Billy Chuck Boehmer on clarinet, and many other notable guest artists. The band has recorded a cd, Moonlight Night, of very obscure but lovely bluegrass, country, and original tunes.