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Diggin’: Henderson Brothers’ “Wayfaring Stranger”

Listen: Wayfaring Stranger Brothers have long played together throughout bluegrass and country history—from Bill and Charlie Monroe to Ira and Charlie Louvin to Carter and Ralph Stanley. The Henderson Brothers are no exception. Wayne and Max, who were born in Grayson County, Virginia, grew up playing music together. It’ | Read More»
Ironing Board Sam

Local news visits Ironing Board Sam’s “Master Class”

Ironing Board Sam is sharing his talents with youth through an exciting program at the Orange County Charter School in Hillsborough, made possible by the Jazz Foundation's Agnes Varis Jazz in Schools Program. For this five-month program, Sam will make regular visits to classrooms to pass his musical knowledge on | Read More»

Video Diggin’: Ironing Board Sam’s “Cherry Pie”

There is no wrong answer when Ironing Board Sam asks you “What kind of pie do you like?” If you ever go see him play, you inevitably will be asked to surrender your preference to public scrutiny. And after you’ve heard him share his own preference, you might just | Read More»
Tim & Guitar Gabe by Kevin Hoppe

Check out the Music Maker Signifier!

 The Music Maker Signifier has launched! Music Maker's new blog written by staff, friends, fans and musicians will bring you original, interesting content with a dash of signature Music Maker humor every Tuesday and Friday. Why is it called the Signifier, you ask? Tim says "Signifyin'" is a slang | Read More»
Ironing Board Sam

Ironing Board Sam a “King of the Keyboard”

Ironing Board Sam's first visit to Atlanta in over a decade will be playing at the "Kings of the Keyboard" Gala event at Blind Willie's on March 1st and 2nd. He'll be performing alongside another MMRF artist Eddie Tigner (another King of the Keyboard.) The event marks Blind Willie's 27th | Read More»

Cornbread for Your Husband

It's not Valentines Day without Valentines! The tradition of witty one-liners, professions of love with candy or just plain good feeling is a great way to cheer up dreary February, and don't think Blues musicians will be left out! We've cooked up some great Music Maker artist valentines for your | Read More»
Cpt Luke with Girls

Diggin’: Put On Your Red Dress

Listen: Put On Your Red Dress Captain Luke's recording of this much-loved tune is particularly appropriate given the time of year. (Need a last-minute Valentine for your sweetie? Check out our options.) I can attest to this from personal experience - when Captain Luke wants to chat up a lady, | Read More»
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Tim joins Carolina Chocolate Drops at Grammys

The Carolina Chocolate Drops were nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album at this year's Grammys, and while they didn't come away from the day with their 2nd award, we're still so proud of them and the work they do spreading traditional music to new audiences. As Tim says, "“It's an | Read More»
Ben Payton

Orange County’s Musical Heritage

Orange County, North Carolina has been home to some of our nations most influential blues musicians.  Libba Cotton became a darling of the folk revival and her finger style guitar playing remains a staple of guitar players till this day. James Taylor, our most famous songwriter, singer and guitarist is | Read More»
Tim Duffy

Tim to Lecture at Burwell School in Hillsborough

Music Maker's Founder, Tim Duffy, will give a talk on the Roots of Music Maker and our 20-year history working with traditional musicians here in North Carolina and throughout the South. The evening event, on February 21st at 7pm, will also feature a performance from Ironing Board Sam. Tim said | Read More»

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