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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»

Diggin’: “Give Me Back My Wig” by John Dee Holeman

John Dee will be at the Richmond Folk Festival this weekend, Oct. 12-14!  Check out this "Diggin'" straight from our newsletter: John Dee Holeman has a new dog. Whitney and I stopped by to visit with John Dee and Joan after work one night last week. As we walked in, | Read More»
Axel Kustner

Axel Kustner on Sunday Blues!

German photographer Axel Kustner has been a great friend to Music Maker and has taken so many wonderful photos of our artists. Don't miss hearing him interviewed this Sunday from 5-7pm on Big Road Blues - a show on Jazz90.1 that airs out of Rochester, NY. Axel has been | Read More»
Ironing Board Sam

Sweet Palmetto Blues – Ironing Board Sam and Drink Small perform together for the first time!

Ironing Board Sam and Drink Small will perform together at  Sweet Palmetto Blues at the Richland Fashion Mall this weekend. The two blues artists have more in common than just their South Carolina heritage and unique nicknames - they have both embarked on decades-long music careers that started in their | Read More»

Capitol Blues Night is back — and bigger!

 The Blues is back in D.C. - Capitol Blues Night is October 24th! This time though, a full Music Maker Blues Revue will be performing at The Hamilton, and tickets will be $25. Don't miss this - it's not often you get to see Ironing Board Sam, Captain Luke, Cool | Read More»
Precious in her new mobile home

You changed Precious’s life!

Music Maker is dedicated to the preservation of the Roots, musical traditions that share a birthplace among our nation's working poor. Our cultural identity is threatened daily as traditional musicians are silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker gives these artists a voice, and ensures they can live out their | Read More»

Whitney Baker Joins MM Staff!

Whitney has joined Music Maker as our new Community Coordinator. She will be taking over where Cornelius Lewis left off when he headed to Appalachian State University this August, as well as coordinating our social media efforts, working with the website, and helping with PR. We're so thrilled to have | Read More»
Ninth Wonder Cover

Ironing Board Sam’s “Ninth Wonder of the World of Music” Released!

On's poll last week, Ironing Board Sam's Ninth Wonder of the World of Music was voted the most anticipated album of this week! We understand how people would be waiting anxiously for this album. Originally recorded in the 1970s in Gary, IN, only 100 copies were ever made. When | Read More»

Diggin’: Algia Mae Hinton

Listen: When You Kill The Chicken, Save Me The Head This week's Diggin' is Algia Mae Hinton's "When You Kill The Chicken, Save Me The Head." What struck me first about this song is the unusual request, but what kept me listening was Algia Mae's deft 12-string playing. She plays | Read More»

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