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A Memorial Day with Captain Luke

He was sitting in his kitchen listening to a mix CD when we arrived.  Chomping at the last bit of his cigar Captain Luke welcomed Aaron and I into his home.  Since it was memorial day we all sat in his living room retelling crass jokes we've heard in our | Read More»
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Tim Duffy to speak at UNC School of the Arts

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has a new program, the Music Academy of the American South (MAAS.)  On Saturday, June 9th at 4pm, Music Maker's Founder Tim Duffy will participate in a panel discussion as part of this new summer program that will celebrate the music | Read More»
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Carolina Chocolate Drops video for “Country Girl” on CMT!

Music Maker board members the Carolina Chocolate Drops filmed a video early this year for their single “Country Girl,” and it has been #1 on CMT.com! It is also being featured daily on CMT's TV channel. The video was directed by Music Maker intern Tom Ciaburri, and includes many Music | Read More»
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NEA Funds Music Maker’s “Roots and Leaves” Series in Chapel Hill!

Music Maker has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to present a music series in Chapel Hill! The Music Maker Roots and Leaves series will take place on Fridays, June 8th - 29th, on the Village Green in Southern Village. The shows will highlight a diverse | Read More»
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Music Maker Revue at Back Porch Music

If you’re in the Triangle area of N.C., don’t miss this Friday night’s Back Porch Music at the American Tobacco District! The Music Maker Blues Revue, including John Dee Holeman, Boo Hanks, Captain Luke, Cool John Ferguson, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Ironing Board Sam, Bubba Norwood | Read More»
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Ironing Board Sam & Quint Davis

In 2010, Music Maker located Ironing Board Sam living in terrible poverty, having given up on his career. My first call was to Quint Davis, one of the founders of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He was excited to hear that Sam was still alive. He immediately sent a | Read More»
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MMRF Supporter Levon Helm passes away

Photo by Tim Duffy Levon Helm, a Music Maker Advisory Board member and supporter, passed away yesterday at the age of 71. He will be missed by all of us, but his contributions to music will live on, and we will remember him fondly. Tim Duffy, Music Maker’s Founder, recounts | Read More»
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Chocolate Drops at The Birchmere near DC May 10!

Carolina Chocolate Drops will play the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on May 10th! Come out for a show full of foot-stomping energy as the Drops play songs new and old. The show will be in the Bandstand, which means there is room to dance! Tickets are $25 and you can purchase | Read More»
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Eddie Tigner playing 4/18 with MM supporter Doria Roberts!

Atlanta based Singer/Songwriter and co-owner of Urban Cannibals Bodega + Bites Doria Roberts will be celebrating the release of her Odetta tribute project “Blackeyed Susan” at Eddie’s Attic on Wednesday, April 18. MM Artist Eddie Tigner will be playing with her, so don’t miss it! Tickets are $15 at the | Read More»
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6th Annual SOOTS Benefit Blues Revue

We hope you can make it for the 6th SOOTS Benefit Blues Revue, featuring Justin & The Mary Annettes, John Dee Holeman and Tad Walters! It will be a great night of blues, benefiting Music Maker’s mission of preserving and sustaining Southern musical traditions. In 2006, Raleigh Charter High School | Read More»

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