Author Archives: konramp

Diggin: Bishop Dready Manning’s “Glory Glory”

Listen: Glory Glory I’d like to believe that Bishop Dready and Sister Marie Manning’s rendition of “Glory, Glory” gives a taste of what salvation must feel like. Bishop Dready and Sister Marie’s singing and playing swells with jubilation, freedom and joyful abandon. What is truly amazing is how only a guitar, handclaps and vocals do everything necessary to imbue this…

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Diggin: How Lucky Can One Man Be

Listen: How Lucky Can One Man Be “How Lucky Can One Man Be” appears on Big Ron’s Music Maker release The Great Unknown.  This week’s dig is an earlier recording. It’s stripped down, Big Ron accompanying himself on guitar only. His delivery has such an intimacy, a rawness, I feel as if he is singing these deep and beautiful words…

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Thank You for 2012!

In 2012 Music Maker accomplished so much with your support. Boo Hanks went on tour with Dom Flemons to promote their collaborative album that crossed generational lines. Ironing Board Sam was named Living Blues Comeback Artist of the Year, and we were able to provide Precious Bryant with a safe mobile home. Gigs booked in the USA are up over…

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Catherine Elkins shares Membership Story

Our capacity to give grows through giving, and my appreciation for Music Maker continues to grow the more I’m involved in supporting the mission. It’s truly a mission for all of us. These amazing musicians represent us—as individuals and in relationships, rooted in history and and resonating through our living culture. They share talents from the deepest reservoirs of artistic…

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Diggin: Ironing Board Sam is no Grinch

Listen: Santa Claus is Coming to Town Ironing Board Sam entertained the crowd at our annual Musical Gathering in November with some holiday spirit – in the form of his own joyful take on some Holiday classics. This live track, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was one of our favorites – Sam puts his own style into everything he…

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George Higgs in our thoughts

In 1992 Denise and I drove from Winston-Salem to Tarboro, NC, to meet Piedmont Bluesman George Higgs. At the time it seemed like a big trip – a four-hour drive east. We had heard George at a concert in Greensboro in 1988 but had not heard about him performing anywhere else since then. Meeting with George was wonderful, but seeing…

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Diggin: Cool John’s Classic Holiday

Listen: Cool Yule   Cool John Ferguson’s Holiday album is full of traditional Christmas tunes given a good dose of “Cool” guitar prowess. It also features an original song, “Cool Yule.” We play this so much during December – it’s just classic and perfect for those days you need some amazing guitar and some non-cheesy Holiday cheer. Especially when it…

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