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Diggin’: Harvey Dalton Arnold’s “King Cotton”

Listen: King Cotton   I was lucky enough to be running the recorder when Harvey recorded "King Cotton." It's a short song with a lot of punch. Harvey writes from his own life experience. Growing up in Eastern Carolina off of old country roads, the house he grew up in | Read More»
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On the Blog: B’s Road Trip Memories

B reminisces on the blog about her first road trip as part of the Music Maker team! Check it out here. | Read More»
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Diggin: Big Boy Henry’s “John Henry”

Listen: John Henry "John Henry the Steel Driving Man," is one of America's most popular folk songs. It is about a legendary spike driver who challenged the new steam powered drill in driving a long spike into solid rock, building a train tunnel in West Virginia. This ballad song was | Read More»
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On the Blog: Black History Month

This February, Music Maker and several artists we reached out to are all writing blog posts specifically relating to Black History Month, either their thoughts about the celebrations, specific memories or stories they feel inspired to share. Get caught up, and read all of them on our blog!     & | Read More»
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Diggin’: Etta Baker’s “Peace Behind the Bridge”

Listen: Peace Behind the Bridge I first heard the song "Peace Behind the Bridge" played by the Carolina Chocolate Drops on their album Genuine Negro Jig. Then, while scouring Music Maker's website for a track to write about for my Diggin', that I came across Etta Baker's rendition. Born and | Read More»
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Ironing Board Sam at SDF’s Pop-Up Juke Joint!

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Diggin’: Lee Gates’ You Gotta Love Me Baby

Listen: You Gotta Love Me Baby Lee Gates arrives at every emotional revelation with raw intensity. He brings his guitar Lucy along for the ride and as listeners we can commiserate with the wails and moans of that guitar. “You got to hug me baby, like you did before!” I | Read More»
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Ironing Board Sam’s Workshop in Durham a hit!

High Strung Violins and Guitars hosted a workshop with Ironing Board Sam this past weekend, and it was a big success! Check out a photo of Sam and his students, and stay tuned for more workshops at High Strung with other MMRF artists! | Read More»
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Diggin’: Leyla McCalla’s “Latit Bonit”

Listen: Latit Bonit Leyla McCalla has had a brilliant career of late. In 2011 she was playing Bach on Royal St in New Orleans, the next year she was touring the world with the Carolina Chocolate Drops; she toured with the Drops for two years, and played in front of over | Read More»
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On the Blog: Harp Guitars and Music History

In 1997 Tim saw a photo negative plate owned by photographer Mark Austin - a young black man was holding a harp guitar. Through research Tim identified the man in the photo, and the photographer. Recently there was an article written about a nearly identical photo, now identified as the brother | Read More»

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