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Listner’s Circle Volume 3 out this week!

We're about to ship out Listener's Circle Volume 3 - and it's pretty awesome. Featuring tracks from artists like Harvey Arnold, Essie Mae Brooks, Guitar Gabriel, and more - it is exclusively available to Circle members and will not be around after October. The Listener's Circle is a $30 monthly contribution, and | Read More»

Diggin’: Albert Smith’s “Big Belly Momma”

Link: Big Belly Momma There is a bar on Broad Street in Richmond, VA called Triple. It sits on a mostly abandoned block along one of the city’s grandest thoroughfares. On either side of it are parking lots and the rest of the block is dotted with various supply | Read More»

Diggin’: Red Rover, “The Winding Stream”

Listen: The Winding Stream “Oh, give to me a winding stream, it must not be too wide, where waving leaves from Maple trees do meet from either side, the water must be deep enough to float a small canoe, with no one else but you. Do not disturb my waking | Read More»
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Diggin’: Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, “Back in Business”

Listen: Back in Business Grandma's got groove, and she ain't about to try and hide it. Ever since I started at Music Maker a year ago, images of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins on stage, on her knees, with her guitar slung behind her head and her face screwed up in concentration | Read More»
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Rhiannon Receives Star-Studded Standing Ovation at ‘Another Day, Another Time’

Rhiannon Giddens, an MMRF Next Generation Artist, performed Sunday night at the "Another Day, Another Time" concert at Town Hall in NYC, among other artists such as Joan Baez, Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch and others. The concert was a spinoff of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a film | Read More»
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Diggin’: Lakota John and Kin “Crooked World Blues”

Listen: Crooked World Blues Lakota John and Kin (that’s Momma Tonya, Papa John and Sister Layla) live in Pembroke, NC. They are members of the Lumbee Indian tribe, the largest tribe East of the Mississippi. Lumbee are named after the Cypress lined Lumber, a blackwater  river that slowly meanders | Read More»
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Diggin’: Pernell King & Guitar Gabriel “Late In the Evening”

Listen: Late in the Evening Pernell King and Guitar Gabriel’s “Late in the Evening” is on my playlist this week. Pernell was Guitar Gabriel’s half-brother, who spent 27 years in prison. Guitar Gabe was one of the founding Partner Artists at Music Maker’s very beginning. I am haunted | Read More»
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Diggin’: Rufus McKenzie’s “Slavery Time Blues”

Listen: Slavery Time Blues I have been thinking a lot about slavery as of late. Growing up in Connecticut we learned about it, but it was very abstract to my experience. Many of our artists that I have spent time with had great-great-grandparents born into slavery that lived to be | Read More»

Thank you! MM Benefit Huge Success!

We just want to say thank you to everyone who came out to the Music Maker Benefit, featuring the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Ironing Board Sam, on September 3rd. The sold-out evening was a huge success! It was a wonderful event - highlights being Leyla McCalla performing "Cherry Pie" with | Read More»

Diggin’: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

Listen: Will the Circle Be Unbroken I love the Henderson Brothers’ album, Rugby, VA. Wayne and Max Henderson’s only recording together, it includes classic bluegrass, and as Tim puts it “is just killer.” It’s on heavy rotation in the Everett-Belch house, being some of the only music all | Read More»

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