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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 | Read More»
Cool John Xmas

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 | Read More»
Ben Payton

Meet Ben Payton

Please give Ben Payton a warm welcome to Music Maker! Payton, of Jackson, Mississippi, is an acoustic blues artist with strong roots in the Delta. As a teenager in the 1960s his family moved to Chicago, and he took advantage of the city's vibrant blues scene, playing with artists such | Read More»

Christmas with Cootie

As Aaron puts it "this is the 'We Are the World' of Blues Christmas!" We have to admit, we wrote a Diggin' on this last year, but its worth repeating - if you don't have Cootie Stark's "Christmas with Cootie" album on your rotation this Holiday, you're missing out. The | Read More»

The Kerosene That Saved Willa Mae (and Her Snakes)

In the winter of 1995, I discovered how a simple gift can be the difference between life and death for our elderly artists. In that year, there was a terrible ice storm in Winston-Salem, NC and many parts of town were without electricity. The first day after the storm MM artist  | Read More»
French interns

Music Maker welcomes interns from France

Raphael Evrard and Simon Arcache were riding their bikes through downtown Hillsborough on Wednesday afternoon when they saw a woman from nearby Village Diner who recognized them and shouted a greeting. If they had to sum up their experience the last month in America, that's what they think of: quickly | Read More»
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Cookin’ with Mother Blues: Thanksgiving Edition

It's no secret that good home cookin' has a big place in southern culture, especially in the annals of southern roots music -- just ask anybody who has had "Cornbread and Butterbeans" by the Carolina Chocolate Drops stuck in their head for weeks at a time (you're welcome.) With Thanksgiving | Read More»
Photo by Jimmy Williams

George Higgs recovering in the hospital

We've just gotten word that Tarboro, NC Bluesman George Higgs has been moved out of the ICU after an issue with his lungs, and is on the mend. Unfortunately George has had to cancel his gigs for the rest of 2012 to re-cooperate, but Music Maker will continue be there for | Read More»

Music Maker Members keep our culture vibrant

We know that to a lot of organizations, "Membership" can mean a lot of different things. To us at Music Maker, everyone who donates to our cause is a member of our community. When you donate to Music Maker, you're actively supporting and uplifting hundreds of Roots musicians. For us, | Read More»

Ironing Board Sam heads to the high seas!

Ironing Board Sam is heading out on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise next week to play alongside a lineup that includes MMRF Board Members the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Advisory Board Members Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more! This is a busy month for Sam - he's just back from | Read More»

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