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Matching Grant – We still need you!

There's still time - give now and your support is doubled Have you heard? Generous supporters have offered to match any gift you make to Music Maker before June 30th - up to $80,000, and only if we hit that goal. Thanks to all your support so far, we're over halfway | Read More»
I Know I've Been Changed Album Cover

Giddens Sisters’ “I Know I’ve Been Changed” Set to Release 4/30

Rhiannon Giddens, a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an MMRF board member and a Next Generation artist, has partnered here with her sister, Lalenja, to release a unique, multidimensional album featuring gospel duets, old-time music, and original poetry. On the 15-track album, Rhiannon plays banjo and fiddle on the | Read More»

Diggin’: “Here Come the Girls”

Listen: Here Come the Girls In our past twenty years, there are many artists Music Maker has worked with; some needed more help than others. In the case of Ernie, photographed here with legendary Bluesman Taj Mahal, he needed assistance with paying for his medicine, and with the opening of | Read More»

Diggin’: Cootie Stark & Neal Pattman’s “John Henry”

Listen: John Henry I was listening to the local jazz station on my way into work this morning and Kenny Burrell’s “Chitlins con Carne” came on. Kenny Burrell is a jazz guitarist and composer who’s style is deeply influenced by blues and his musical surrounding growing up in | Read More»
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Blues Revue Heads to Shakori Hills

Music Maker at Shakori in 2011 The Music Maker Blues Revue will perform at Shakori Hills Music Festival in Pittsboro, NC this weekend. If you're at the festival, you can see Ironing Board Sam, Pat Cohen, Boo Hanks, Bubba Norwood, Ben Payton, Captain Luke, and Ron Hunter in the Cabaret Tent | Read More»
DR Burt in Dartmouth

Diggin’: Dr. Burt’s “What Can A Man Do But Sing the Blues?”

Listen: What Can A Man Do But Sing the Blues “Here was the deep, common core of humanity singing of its suffering and stoicism,” read a Sydney Morning Herald article about Dr. Burt’s recent performance with the Music Maker Blues Revue. Although I have yet to see Dr. Burt | Read More»

Major Handy’s Comeback

Read about how you can help artists through our $80,000 matching grant! At MMRF, some artists we partner with have never had a career in music, and have only played for their home communities. For others, their music was their livelihood, derailed by a disaster like Katrina. We received this note, | Read More»

MMRF Artists to perform at Jazzfest 2013

The Branchettes, the Pura Fé Trio and Little Freddie King will perform at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April/May! For The Branchettes, a gospel group from Johnston County, NC, that has been performing for four decades, this performance will be their Jazzfest debut. Well-known performers in | Read More»

Diggin’: Branchettes’ “I Know I’ve Been Changed”

Listen: I Know I've Been Changed Listening to “I Know I’ve Been Changed” by The Branchettes brings to mind a rolling wave, beginning with gentle, slight movements until it rises in intensity and comes crashing down. This process doesn’t take place over the course of the song, however; | Read More»

Give by June 30th and your gift is doubled!

Give today! Calling all Music Maker supporters! Generous Music Maker members have combined forces to propose a matching grant. They will match your gift up to $80,000 if you give by June 30th! These donors want to ensure Music Maker can continue to preserve our Southern Roots by supporting the pioneers | Read More»

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