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Erica Loves the Blues!

“The blues tell you the truth,” the woman on the screen said with conviction. Even though I was watching Precious Bryant’s nearly twenty year-old interview on a giant iMac screen, it felt as if she was speaking directly to me.   I’ll admit– up until this summer, I | Read More»

Journey to “We Are the Music Makers!”

Our We Are the Music Makers! exhibit has been a year and change in the making. Really, the idea has been ruminating for all the years I have been a part of the Music Maker team, but began to take real shape last spring, as we planned out our 20th | Read More»

On the Blog: Ironing Board Sam & the Sticks

Check out the story behind Ironing Board Sam's incredible new album, here! | Read More»
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Video Diggin’: Cool John’s “Hey Joe”

This year, we’ve been able to hang with Cool John a lot, for which we are very grateful. Back in April, Cool John and his wife Shirley were both with me at Byron Bay Bluesfest. Our conversations focused on food, in particular, the abundant seafood practically crawling onto the | Read More»
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Video Diggin’: Como Mamas’ New One!

The Como Mamas - Meet Me At The River Being in the room while these five women sang was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The lead singer, Esther, sang with Mississippi gravel in her throat while the four others backed her powerful voice with the most | Read More»

Get Your InstrumentHead Poster of Ironing Board Sam!

Michael Weintrob’s InstrumentHead series of photographs captures an eclectic array of unique musicians and characters including Ironing Board Sam, Bootsy Collins and King Sunny Ade, Big Chief Boudreaux and Uncle Lionel Batiste. “Whether an individual is famous or an almost complete unknown, whether they play saxophone or sitar, the | Read More»

Diggin’: Captain Luke and Cool John’s “Chokin’ Kind”

Listen: Chokin' Kind A few weeks ago I picked up guest of honor John Dee Holeman and his girlfriend Joan to take them to the North Carolina Heritage Awards, an event familiar to the two as John Dee had won the award back in 1994. We arrived at the ceremony, found | Read More»
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Robert Lee Coleman & MMRF Featured in Savannah Morning News!

Robert Lee Coleman is playing at the Mars Theater in Springfield, GA on Friday, June 21st, as part of our series there. Today, we saw a wonderful article about Robert's decades long career, as well as Music Maker's mission. The article features interviews with Robert as well as Tim - | Read More»

Diggin’: Dap-Walk

  Listen: Dap-Walk At New Orleans Jazz Fest Tim ran into an old friend, rhythm and blues legend Ernie Vincent. A fixture of the New Orleans music scene for years, after Katrina, he received help from Music Maker. He never forgot the kindness and upon seeing Tim, the two discussed | Read More»
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Video Diggin’: Poke Salad Annie

  If you’ve never seen Cool John and Captain Luke play together, you are missing out. These two never fail to blow me away, and everyone I know feels the same. But Cool John lives in Atlanta and Captain Luke lives in Winston-Salem, so we don’t get to | Read More»

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