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Diggin’: If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

Listen: If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again When Elder Anderson Johnson shouts “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again/How happy I would be” there is no doubt the raw truth of those words. I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard anybody play like him. He | Read More»

George Higgs Funeral Arrangements

George Higgs (b.1930-d.2013) has been on our minds here at Music Maker this week. The multi-talented bluesman passed away on January 29th, and he leaves a warm legacy behind. Funeral arrangements have been announced: Public Viewing 2pm-8pm Saturday, February 2, 2013 Willoughby Funeral Home 266 N Carolina 33  Tarboro, NC 27886 (252) 823-5129 Funeral 2 | Read More»
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Music Maker parters with Center for Documentary Studies

We're excited to announce a partnership with an undergraduate class offering at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies this spring. DOCST 460S: “Multimedia Documentary” is a course taught by Christopher Sims.  Students will have access to MMRF archives but will also create original content for our website through video, still | Read More»

Diggin: George Higgs’ “Reuben”

Listen: Reuben George Higgs (b.1930-d.2013) has been on our minds here at Music Maker this week. The multi-talented bluesman passed away on January 29th, and he leaves a warm legacy behind. One of his tracks, “Reuben,” was recorded for Music Maker in June 1998 and appeared on his album Tarboro | Read More»

Tim & Aaron use wet plate technique to document artists

MMRF is perhaps as known for its talented blues musicians as it is for its legendary photographs capturing the artists. The walls of the MMRF office in Hillsborough are lined with black and white snapshots from over the years—Boo Hanks holding his guitar, Precious Bryant smiling sweetly for the | Read More»
Byron Bay Announcement

Music Maker Blues Revue invited to Australia!

Bluesfest Byron Bay is bringing the  Music Maker Relief Foundation Blues Revue to Australia and the Northcote Social Club will host the players on March 27! Bluesfest Byron Bay is one of the premier venues worldwide. Artists making up the Revue will be Ironing Board Sam, Dr. Burt, Major Handy, and | Read More»
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Chicago Bob Nelson Remembered

Music Maker artist Chicago Bob Nelson passed away on January 16, 2013 at the age of 69. Music Maker staff, as well as all of his fans, are very saddened by the news of the passing of such an incredible and accomplished blues musician. Chicago Bob, born on July 4, 1944, entered a family with | Read More»

Diggin: “Fever”

Listen: Fever The late Precious Bryant (b.1942-d.2013) didn’t release an album until 2002, despite first being recorded by folklorist George Mitchell almost four decades earlier. Precious, who sadly passed away on January 12, 2013, was a long-time friend of Music Maker. Her 2005 album with us, titled My Name is Precious, contains 26 | Read More»
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Orange Charter School Welcomes Ironing Board Sam

What do 42 Ukuleles, 21 Glockenschpiels, a middle school jazz band and one ironing board have in common? They will be jamming with blues legend Ironing Board Sam throughout the spring term under the direction of music teacher William Dawson at Orange Charter School in Hillsborough, NC. Ironing Board Sam will be | Read More»

Taj Mahal Remembers Precious

Tim, the news of the passing of our dear lady of sweet song and voice underscores the enduring significance of "The Music Maker Foundation." That these amazing people and artists were able to, through your efforts as an organization, live dignified lives and although,in many cases,their golden years, | Read More»

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