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Jazz Foundation helps MM help artists

The Jazz Foundation's Agnes Varis Jazz and Blues in the Schools Program creates performance and teaching opportunities for elderly artists who still have so much to give back to their communities. Ironing Board Sam, Alabama Slim, Eddie Tigner, Dr. Burt, Boo Hanks, and John Dee Holeman will now have more | Read More»
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Ironing Board Sam, a song a day, for life

On the final day of May, Ironing Board Sam recorded new tracks in the former Music Maker studios. Just a few days before Music Maker had me bring a handful of pens to Ironing Board Sam.  Sam said he had never bought a pen in his life and for the | Read More»
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Ironing Board Sam featured in the Herald-Journal

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, SC, wrote an article on Ironing Board Sam! Check it out here: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120524/ENT/205241006?tc=ar | Read More»
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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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