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Diggin’: Major Handy’s “Zydeco Feeling”

Listen: Zydeco Feeling This week’s Diggin’ introduces Major Handy’s track ”Zydeco Feeling.” The first time I saw Major play, I was about a foot away from him, wedged into a booth with my feet trying to avoid the mike cords in front of me and completely captivated by | Read More»

Music Maker Listener’s Circle Debuts

Founder Tim Duffy has been recording artists for twenty years - now he's releasing exclusive, limited edition compilations to Listener's Circle Members! Music Maker has an immense catalog of unreleased material in addition to everything we have produced over our past 20 years - and now we are giving you the | Read More»
Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen II

Rain in Your Life… Which shows are affected by Trop. Storm Andrea

Still going! Come on out we've moved it indoors: 6/7 - Roots and Leaves Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen and Ben Payton are performing their Delta Blues - they will make you forget about the clouds! Rain location: Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall 800 Market St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 It's on! These | Read More»

Diggin’: Adolphus Bell “I Need Some Money”

Listen: I Need Some Money Adolphus Bell's birthday is this week, so I thought it would be a good time to really visit his Music Maker release "One Man Band" and spend some time with it – to get an idea of this dynamic performer, who I haven't had the opportunity | Read More»

Major Handy’s Gumbo

My favorite part of this recipe is that it includes an ingredient called "Slap Your Mama." This was so delicious that it was entirely gone and there were no leftovers to be shared in the office this week! Major Handy’s Gumbo ­­­­­­­­­ Ingredients: 3 bell peppers chopped 2 large onions chopped 1 bulb | Read More»
Big Boy Henry

Diggin’: Big Boy Henry’s “Vellevina”

Listen: Vellevina I love this classic tune, almost more talking than singing, telling the story of, what else, a girl. It’s a simple tune, with Big Boy on the guitar and belting out lyrics. In between the chorus, he continues the story, and you can feel yourself transported to | Read More»

Documentary Featuring Carolina Chocolate Drops, Win Signed Banjo!

The Librarian and The Banjo is a one-hour documentary about the life and legacy of a Milwaukee-born music librarian who proved that the banjo came from Africa with the slaves. Her work shattered long-held stereotypes and laid the groundwork for a remarkable revival of black string band music. Buy the | Read More»

Diggin’: Robert Lee Coleman “Raisin’ Cain”

Listen: Raisin' Cain Robert Lee Coleman celebrated his 68th birthday yesterday. Having the opportunity to work with Coleman has been a privilege; after all, he is, in part, responsible for the fledgling funk and soul sound of James Brown’s Hot Pants and Live at the Apollo and all the | Read More»
Kickstarter Live

Kickstarter alert! Ironing Board Sam launches 5/13

Kickstarter has launched! Support it now! A new film, TENTH, by current filmmaker and former MMRF intern Tom Ciaburri, shines new light on Ironing Board Sam's decades-long career, and a Kickstarter campaign launching May 13th will help get that film out to the world. Check out the Kickstarter here! Sam | Read More»

Ironing Board Sam’s Elementary School Backup Band

Ironing Board Sam and the students of Orange Charter School in Hillsborough, NC, wowed parents, faculty, and other students with their performance of Blues and Rock & Roll yesterday! They have been preparing for this moment for months (check out more about this awesome program here), with thanks to funding | Read More»

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