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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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Don Was joins MMRF Advisory Board!

Don Was, the legendary record producer who has recorded with and produced artists such as Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and B.B. King (pictured here with Don Was), to name a few, has just joined the Music Maker Advisory Board! You might have also seen Mr. Was | Read More»
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Keep Music Maker Alive!

Help us reach our $25,000 goal to support the Musician Sustenance program - specifically the Emergency Relief Fund, that assists Partner musicians in crisis due to illness, theft, natural disaster, etc. Donate to Support Sustenance Here. Music Maker steps in and averts disaster to help these musicians continue to create their | Read More»
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Cool John Plays Celebrate N.C. History Festival

Guitar marvel Cool John Ferguson will be on the Edenton Street music stage at the Celebrate N.C. History Festival on November 5th. The event is a kick-off for the largest exhibit ever at the N.C. Museum of History, which will explore North Carolina throughout the last 14,000 years. The | Read More»

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