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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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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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