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On the Blog: Tim Talks About Discovery Artists

Many times when an artist passes away, Tim is asked "is that it? Is this the end of the music?" Tim addresses that concern and the answer is no - we have much more work to do and many more artists out there playing traditional Roots music. There are many " | Read More»
Tim & Guitar Gabe by Kevin Hoppe

Diggin: Guitar Gabriel’s “Summertime”

Listen: Summertime There is something spooky about Guitar Gabriel’s “Summertime”. “Summertime” is a George and Ira Gershwin song from the musical Porgy and Bess. It is one of the most recorded songs in history according to Wikipedia. On this recording, Michael Parrish plays piano and Mark Levinson sits in | Read More»

Adolphus Bell Passes Away

We heard, sadly, that Adolphus Bell passed away this morning. Last week Aaron, Ardie Dean and I all met up in Birmingham to see our old friend. His four-year fight with lung cancer had taken a turn for the worse and he was fighting pneumonia. Despite his tough situation, Adolphus | Read More»
Lou Reed

MMRF Sad to Hear of Lou Reed’s Passing

We here at Music Maker are very sorry to hear of the passing of Lou Reed. Back at the beginning of Music Maker, Mark Levinson invited Lou and Laurie Anderson to Cello Studios in NYC to listen to country bluesmen Neal Pattman and Cootie Stark do a recording session with | Read More»

Miss Ironing Board Sam on NPR? Check it out online!

Last January Ironing Board Sam appeared on The State of Things with Frank Stasio - they aired the segment again today, right before TENTH debuts in its first screening in Durham NC! (Details here.) If you missed Ironing Board Sam on NPR, make sure you click here to listen to | Read More»
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Ironing Board Sam’s Double Bang Reviewed in Clarion Ledger!

We have all been loving Ironing Board Sam's recently released album Double Bang! It is a truly amazing blend of Sam's first CD on the MMRF lable, Going Up!, new album Big Bang!, and 45s Sam recorded in the 1970s. There is so much music on this thing, some of | Read More»

Rhiannon and Leyla Play France in November

Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla are teaming up for a few more dates in France coming off a great European tour this fall. The Art of Jazz Blog called their performance "a whirl of lyrical songs and beautiful craftsmanship." Leyla's CD is getting attention too - it will be released | Read More»
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Diggin’: George Conner’s “I’m Gone But I Don’t Know Where I’m Going”

Listen: I’m Gone But I Don’t Know Where I’m Going "I’m Gone But I Don’t Know Where I’m Going," by George Conner, is a great tune for so many occasions. I tend to listen to it when I’m having one of those days | Read More»

Screening of TENTH in Durham this Friday, 10/25!

The first screening of Tom Ciaburri's documentary of Ironing Board Sam is happening this week in Durham! The event will feature the film as well as a discussion with Tom. Come out and watch with us! From CDS: The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Southern Documentary | Read More»
Dr. G.B. Burt

On the Blog: Tim’s memories of Dr Burt

Dr. Burt is facing some major health concerns, and we are all thinking about him and praying for him and his family this week. In honor of Dr Burt, Tim wrote a wonderful blog post detailing his story and how he came to be a part of the Music Maker | Read More»

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