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Dr. Burt featured on BBC News!

MMRF Artist Dr. Burt was interviewed for the BBC News and it appeared online this week! Learn more about Dr. Burt’s life, his involvement with the civil rights movement, and his career since meeting Music Maker. Dr. Burt also explains why the “rough side, not the slick side of | Read More»
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Look for Music Maker on the Blues Cruise!

Music Maker Founder Denise Duffy will be on Blues Cruise #18 - if you’ll be on the boat, she would love to see you and say hi! Calling All Blues Societies! Will you be cruising? Denise wants to sit down and talk with you about bringing more live Blues to | Read More»
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Lakota John Plays N.C. Museum of History

MMRF Next Generation Artist Lakota John Locklear will be at the N.C. Museum of History on January 8th for PineCone’s Music of the Carolinas Series. Fourteen-year-old Lakota John is a Lumbee/Lakota Native American musician blending traditional styles of the Delta and Piedmont acoustic blues with bottle-neck slide | Read More»
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Silent Strings: Whistlin Britches Passes Away

Thank you to all of you who sent well-wishes when we last mentioned he was unwell. Haskell Thompson a.k.a. Whistlin’ Britches passed away early last week succumbing to throat cancer.  Services have yet to be announced. Haskel Thompson was born in Winston-Salem, NC in 1932, and lived there until | Read More»
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Ironing Board Sam at The Depot!

Starting in January, Ironing Board Sam will be playing every second Friday of the month at The Depot in Hillsborough, N.C.! Sam has come a long way since he started his partnership with Music Maker last year. We work with Partner Artists to elevate their careers, with the hope | Read More»
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Cary Morin’s Sing It Louder Available Now!

“Sing It Louder” is MMRF Next Generation Artist Cary Morin’s first release on the MMRF label. It features pared-down acoustic Native Americana blues, and highlights Morin’s deft fingerstyle guitar talents and distinctive songwriting style. Buy Sing It Louder HERE! | Read More»
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Special Holiday Membership!

Get Cool John Ferguson’s instrumental holiday album, Cool Yule, as part of a special $25 Holiday Membership! Cool Yule has a universal appeal that stretches beyond the borders of Christmas. It is an instrumental masterwork performed and arranged by one of the world’s finest musicians. Performing on drums, bass, | Read More»
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Digging through the stacks: Old Time Religion

The power of Elder James and Mother Pauline’s vocals rising together against the tension of Elder James’ guitar style, rooted in an ancient West African Lyre style, drew Corinne and I to this recording of “Old Time Religion” by the Gospel couple from Ridgeway, South Carolina. The story behind | Read More»
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Going Up

By Cliff Bellamy cbellamy@heraldsun.com; 419-6744 CHAPEL HILL – Samuel Moore, better known as Ironing Board Sam, takes a notepad from a reporter and draws a diagram of a keyboard he created years ago, after his Hammond B3 burned up in a fire. Over coffee, Sam explains how he took | Read More»
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Digging Through the Stacks: John Lee Zeigler

John Lee Zeigler‘s “Lose My Money” has been on repeat in our office this week. Aaron and I love the character of the track, and the ambience it evokes. One interesting thing about John Lee is that he plays the guitar left-handed, without the strings changed, just like other | Read More»

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