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  To hear Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes’ 1970s single “Dap Walk” for the first time is like standing in a hurricane of funk. “Hey, get up, brothers! Don’t sit there with your head hangin’ down,” Vincent shouts. “Hey, get up, brothers! I know the ghetto’s got your down. But there’s something I wanna […]

Critical Praise for Alabama Slim’s “The Parlor”

inArtist Storyon February 23, 2021

Turns out that we’re not the only ones who believe that our partner artist Alabama Slim’s January album, “The Parlor,” is a masterful take on the blues. Here is a roundup of all the critical praise the album has received, and you’ll find links to stream and to buy the album at the bottom. “Authentic […]

Black History Month: the Lynching of Oliver Moore

inBlack History Monthon February 23, 2021

“I went to Mr. Jefferson because a guy told me Mr. Jefferson had wood. And he said, ‘Vines, I’m gonna tell you right now. You’re black and I’m white. That wood there came off a hanging tree.’ I said, ‘I don’t even believe that.’ He said, ‘I don’t give a damn what you believe. They […]

Black History Month: Racial Terror and the Klan

inBlack History Monthon February 16, 2021

“Ma told me all the time. ‘The Ku Klux Klan is gonna get you, boy, hanging ’round with that white man.’” — Freeman Vines For the exhibition of Freeman Vines’ Hanging Tree Guitars, Music Maker commissioned Dr. Will Boone of North Carolina State University to write a series of four historical essays to give context […]

Shedding Kindness With Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen

inThe Artistson February 16, 2021

By Jed Finley These days it seems like everybody’s got the blues. At least that’s what Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen tells me. “I think a lot of people have the blues these days. It’s behind the frustration, this COVID nonsense, and the politics. People are still mad, what are they mad at? What do they […]

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