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Diggin’: Mr. Q’s “Cocktail Boogie”

Listen: Cocktail Boogie We’ve been working with a lot of photos of Mr. Q lately, and Tim always tells the story of Mr. Q’s hat, which he painted over and over again until it weighed a ton. The paint ensured the hat always looked shiny and new. Every | Read More»

Tim and Corn designed a guitar for David Bryant!

Tim and Corn decorated this guitar for David Bryant last week. He was elated when he received it and said,  "All I'm gonna do is play guitar!" Read about Tim, B and Aaron's visit on the blog here! | Read More»

Berklee Students Visit Music Maker Next Week!

Berklee College of Music’s Country Blues Program will travel to Durham, N.C. from March 20th-23rd to learn about the history of the Piedmont Blues tradition!   The group includes students from across the world that have found an interest in the rural pre-war blues styles of the | Read More»
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Diggin’: Harvey Dalton Arnold’s “King Cotton”

Listen: King Cotton   I was lucky enough to be running the recorder when Harvey recorded "King Cotton." It's a short song with a lot of punch. Harvey writes from his own life experience. Growing up in Eastern Carolina off of old country roads, the house he grew up in | Read More»

On the Blog: B’s Road Trip Memories

B reminisces on the blog about her first road trip as part of the Music Maker team! Check it out here. | Read More»
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Diggin: Big Boy Henry’s “John Henry”

Listen: John Henry "John Henry the Steel Driving Man," is one of America's most popular folk songs. It is about a legendary spike driver who challenged the new steam powered drill in driving a long spike into solid rock, building a train tunnel in West Virginia. This ballad song was | Read More»
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On the Blog: Black History Month

This February, Music Maker and several artists we reached out to are all writing blog posts specifically relating to Black History Month, either their thoughts about the celebrations, specific memories or stories they feel inspired to share. Get caught up, and read all of them on our blog!     & | Read More»

Diggin’: Etta Baker’s “Peace Behind the Bridge”

Listen: Peace Behind the Bridge I first heard the song "Peace Behind the Bridge" played by the Carolina Chocolate Drops on their album Genuine Negro Jig. Then, while scouring Music Maker's website for a track to write about for my Diggin', that I came across Etta Baker's rendition. Born and | Read More»

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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