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Silent Auction to Benefit MMRF up online!

Are you coming to the Music Maker Benefit on 9/3 featuring the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Ironing Board Sam? If so, browse the online catalog for the silent auction, and you can see/bid on the items in person at the show! Need a banjo? We've got one signed by the | Read More»
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Diggin’: “We Three” by Mr. Q

Listen: We Three Lately, Mr Q is all I listen to on my car rides between work and home and anyone who may speak to me on the phone during these rides will have to suffer a few phrases belted out by me. My mom almost hung up on me | Read More»

Diggin’: Benton Flippen’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me”

Listen: The Girl I Left Behind Me As I made my first visit to Asheville, North Carolina, last week I couldn’t help but think about the musical traditions rooted in the mountains I headed towards. As I drove on I-40, passing signs for places like Mount Airy and Black | Read More»

Music Maker Listener’s Circle – Vol. 2 out this week!

This past June Music Maker debuted a new project - our Music Maker Listener's Circle. The idea behind the Listener's Circle came from our French interns, Raphaël and Simon, who diligently worked for nine months to digitize all the MMRF field recordings. Just to give you some perspective - | Read More»

Diggin’: Cool and Rainy Day

Listen: Cool and Rainy Day   I love this tune by Cora Mae – it’s laid back, calm and very “you’ll be back.” Full disclosure – I chose this song because I’m feeling somewhat grateful for the cool days we’ve had in North Carolina this summer, but the | Read More»

Ironing Board Sam Named “Most Outstanding Musician” by Living Blues!

We are so excited to see that Ironing Board Sam, Dom Flemons, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops have been honor by Living Blues for 2013! Ironing Board Sam was named "Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)" and Dom Flemons was named "Most Outstanding Musician (Other-Banjo)." Check out the other winners! The Carolina Chocolate | Read More»
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Diggin’: “Let’s Make Love”

Listen: Let's Make Love On “Let’s Make Love” Larry Shores’ voice exemplifies a cowboy tenderness in all its mythic glory. It also tells a story that I believe every person listening can find themselves in. Often, I hear the tales of lost love and loneliness in country songs and | Read More»

Diggin’: Little Freddie King’s “Sweet Home New Orleans”

Listen: Sweet Home New Orleans I've never been to New Orleans. The closest I ever got was Shreveport, LA – but that was back when my concept of culture was limited to the Cartoon Network. I had another brush with New Orleans back when I almost decided to go to Tulane | Read More»
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MMRF Artist Pete Whitcher Passes Away

Junior Ray "Pete" Whitcher of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, passed away on July 15th, we were saddened to hear. Pete was a Music Maker artist for close to twelve years, a talented musician who preferred to stay in his home county. MMRF Founder Tim Duffy met Pete through a friend of | Read More»

Epic Diggin’: Music Maker Staff Join Forces for “Nothin’ But Your Butt”

Listen: Nothin' But Your Butt Ironing Board Sam's first single off his new album is Nothin' But Your Butt. Understandably, everyone wanted to write a Diggin' on this one. So, everyone did! Enjoy. Ironing Board's Sam, "Nothin' but your Butt" is Sam's celebration of love and joy, he believes laughter, | Read More»

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