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By Gabi Mendick Ross Wells and Greg Pugliese spent the Fourth of July in Fountain, North Carolina. The two “mostly retired” old friends who worked together as carpenters years ago, volunteered their holiday weekend and their expertise to lend a hand at Freeman Vines’ studio, aka Music Maker East. Ross met Freeman for the first […]

The Gospel Comforters: A Rediscovery

inArtist Storyon July 13, 2021

When Music Maker heads to the legendary Telluride Blues & Brews festival in September, we will bring along our own beloved Music Maker Blues Revue — a group filled with old friends like Albert White, Ardie Dean, Fred Thomas and Robert Lee Coleman. We’re taking along some new friends, too — partner artists with whom […]

Happy Birthday Little Pink Anderson!

inArtist Storyon July 6, 2021

By Tim Duffy and Gabi Mendick Little Pink Anderson grew up in South Carolina playing guitar and singing with his father Pinkney “Pink” Anderson, a much beloved but not widely known blues player. The elder Anderson died in 1974, unaware of how influential he had become — never knowing that Johnny Cash had cited him […]

By Tim Duffy  Almost all the musicians who become part of the Music Maker family face various obstacles in getting their work to the public. Sometimes, they live in rural areas far from the big cities that offer regular nightclub gigs and recording facilities. And for many, the obstruction is economic. Just getting the equipment […]

By Gabi Mendick Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the opening of “Hanging Tree Guitars” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., last week!  It was so invigorating to see the work of Freeman Vines and Tim Duffy hanging on the walls and suspended from branches in the […]

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