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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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Don’t Miss Leyla’ McCalla’s CD Release Party in Durham!

Leyla McCalla releases her album at The Pinhook!   Tuesday 2/4 - Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm   Leyla McCalla has been a Music Maker Next Generation Artist since 2011, and now we're so excited for her release Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes - releasing on February 4th! Join us at | Read More»
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Diggin': David Bryant’s “One More Time”

Listen:  David Bryant's "One More Time" Around Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, it is tradition to listen to the blowing of the shofar, a primitive bugle made out of a ram's horn. The idea is that hearing the shofar wakes up your conscious, and even though the year may | Read More»
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Watch: Short Little Freddie King Documentary

Former MMRF Intern and Filmmaker Tom Ciaburri made this short documentary of Little Freddie King, where he talks about his two-wheel Cadillac, the Blues and living in the south. Check it out!   | Read More»
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On the Blog: Hanging in the NOLA Musicians Village

Day three of the Music Maker Road Trip saw Tim, Aaron and B in New Orleans visiting several artists, including Little Freddie King. Read about their stop in NOLA on the blog! | Read More»
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Diggin': Etta Baker’s “Carolina Breakdown”

Listen: Carolina Breakdown Etta Baker has been playing guitar since she was three, and it's obvious.  Carolina Breakdown is one of her best.  Maybe it's because I can't listen to it without tapping my feet.  Maybe it's because the melody gets stuck in my head all day.  Or maybe I'm | Read More»
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Welcome B!

B (right) and David Bryant My name is Rebecca Parsons but I go by my nickname “B.” I’m originally from New York, but just recently moved to Hillsborough, NC to work for Music Maker Relief Foundation. I'm passionate about the arts, particularly music, and I love to travel and | Read More»
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Karen, MMRF volunteer, hosts exhibition in Hillsborough!

MMRF volunteer Karen Mack and her husband Greg are curating a 40-piece exhibition of folk art hosted by The Orange County Main Public Library in Hillsborough, NC. “Road Trip: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck” will run from January 24 through March 24. Longtime collectors of “outsider art” and friends of | Read More»
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On the Blog: The First Day on the Road – Drink Small

  Tim, B and Aaron went out on the road last week, visiting Music Maker artists across the South. Along the way they visited artists, worked to help them meet their needs, recorded and documented them, and got caught up on these artists lives. We wanted to share these visits | Read More»

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