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$17,800 & A Million Thanks 

The Kickstarter campaign ended with a big bang on Thursday, with 145 friends, family, and fans contributing over $7,000 more than the original goal of $10,000!

We're absolutely blown away by the support and encouragement, and can't wait for y'all to hear the album in the new year. There is already some great stuff happening, from Kickstarter to the Wide Open Country premiere of the first single, "Blame on the Bottle"...and there's even more to come, so stay tuned. 

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Wide Open Country Song Premiere 

"South Carolina-born singer-songwriter Mac Leaphart channels the humor and heart of folk heroes like John Prine and Hayes Carll on "Blame on the Bottle," the debut single from his forthcoming album Music City Joke."

A big thanks to Wide Open Country for premiering "Blame on the Bottle," the first single from Music City Joke! Click here.

Stay tuned for more about Kickstarter, the single, and other exciting news to come! 

Facebook Live Event This Sunday 

Here we are, folks...just one week left of the Kickstarter campaign!

We're in full blown countdown mode with seven days left, and just over $4,000 away from the Phase 3 goal...and we need your help now more than ever.

Here's the thing: at this point, pretty much anyone who's gonna hear about this from us has already heard about it from us, so in these final days we really need YOU to help spread the word to your friends and family! Every share, like, comment, text, email (etc.) helps set Mac up for an…

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Kickstarter Update - Phase 3 

We made it to phase 3! 

Wait, you weren’t aware this campaign had phases? 

I wasn’t either! 

At least, not till last week when we reached the goal for the campaign in under a week. So we set a new goal and called it phase 2. And here we are, reaching THAT goal in just under a week. Dang. This is really, some very exciting stuff happening here! 

Since there are still TWO WEEKS left till the campaign ends, we’re doing it again...stretching  that goal & setting our sights on $20,000 by November 19.  


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Brunch Time Live: Wed Oct 28  

Well, y'all, that whole "if we get to 6500 I'll do a brunch time livestream" thing this weekend far surpassed our expectations and now it's more of a "holy cow, let's celebrate!" since you've helped us not only meet, but exceed, the original Kickstarter goal in under a week. (We're still reeling, by the way.) 

So, join Mac tomorrow, Wednesday October 28 at 12:30pm right here on Facebook for some storytelling, some Bloody Mary making, and some song playing live and in person...except, well, virtually. 


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Splintered from the foundations of The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, and John Prine, Nashville-based Mac Leaphart is an artist who puts the song first. A 2018 winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition, Leaphart tends keep his live performances on the rough side, mixing witty and heartfelt lyrics with an austere backdrop of guitar, bass and drums.

Leaphart’s live sound was developed over years of playing in bars around the Southeast; the kind of honky tonks and dives where if the crowd gets bored, bands don’t get asked back. He's sweated through his share of marathon sets, often performing over three hours without a break. Along the way, he's shared the stage with some of his biggest influences, as well as some contemporary troubadours, including Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, and Ryan Bingham.

In 2008, Leaphart released his first solo record, 'Line, Rope, Etc,' which was named one of the best albums of the year by the Charleston City Paper. A few years later, in the fall of 2011, Leaphart was sidelined from performing for six months for medical reasons. The summer of 2012 found him back on the road and on the stage, and in November of that year he moved to Nashville where he hosts a songwriters night called Southpaw Social Club. Leaphart's sophomore album, 'Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth' was released in February 2015, followed with 'Lightning Bob'–a five-song EP featuring collaborations with Sadler Vaden–in 2018.

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November 18, 2020: Wide Open Country
Song Premiere: Mac Leaphart Shuts Down Self-Righteousness on 'Blame on the Bottle'

November 3, 2018: Sycamore Creek Concerts
2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners

February 12, 2015: Greenville News
Mac Leaphart weaves life experiences into music

May 20, 2010: Skope Magazine
Mac Leaphart, Line, Rope, Etc.

May 13, 2010: Charleston Scene
Impressive lineup on tap for First Flush Festival

April 2010:
Southern Salt

February 20, 2010: Charleston City Paper
Mac Leaphart and the perfect song

February 10, 2010: Scene SC
Album Review

November 11, 2009: The Gobblers Knob
Mac Leaphart – Line, Rope, Etc.

November 11, 2009: Twangville
Mac Leaphart – Line, Rope, Etc.

Coffee rings on a yellow legal pad. A Martin D-28 leaning on a chair. Pacing, words and phrases tumbling, waiting for the right ones to fall into place. Minutes. Hours. Days. Weeks. On a few occasions, years. Sometimes words on paper never find a melody, passed over, crumpled in a waste basket. Sometimes finished songs never find an audience. Good ones sung over and over, like that song on the record that rarely makes it past the first 30 seconds before you start it over. When a song does reach an audience, and someone reaches back, I am instantly reminded of why I started down this road in the first place.


Low In The Saddle, Long In The Tooth

Mac Leaphart

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Splintered from the foundations of Waylon Jennings, The Rolling Stones, and John Prine, "Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth” is an album conceived in the trenches; on the bare- bones, blue-collar battlefield of the music industry: the honky tonks and bars.

Rousing numbers, “The Barrel,” “Ludowici,” and “The Bastards Won,” found a place among honky tonk standards in marathon bar sets before making their way onto a recording. Late night drives and blown chances inspired “Wrong Side of the Wind,” “Leaving Lonesome,” and “Cold Coffee and Yesterday’s News,” a duet with the great Danielle Howle. The songs bring down the tempo and drive the mood into a more introspective frame. “The El Paso Kid” may be the signature song on the record, melding a honky tonk stomp with thoughtful lyrics and a poignant story of hard luck and hope.

Produced and engineered by Mitch Webb at Mantis Studios in North Charleston, Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth is the culmination of three years of writing and performing live. The songs have been torn from yellow legal pads and thrown under faded stage lights from Charleston to New Orleans and most spots in between.

Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth is slightly irreverent and full of heart and wit. It does not pander to anyone in particular, but strives to make everybody take a little piece for themselves.

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Line, Rope, Etc.

Mac Leaphart

Download 10 songs from the physical CD for free with email.

If you like what you hear, visit to get the entire album with 4 bonus tracks for just $9.99.

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