We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of longtime friend and partner Norman Hewitt. In 1991, Norman took a chance booking an unknown bluesman named Guitar Gabriel for the Blues to Bop Festival in Lugano, Switzerland. At the time I was 28 years old, just a kid, trying to help an old bluesman […]

Turn Off the Fear by Carl Rutherford The first days of autumn can put one in a kind of melancholy contemplation, and it’s usually around this time of year that mountain gospel sounds best to my ear. The brisk air is good for contemplating things that are bigger than yourself. So, it’s Carl Rutherford coming […]

From Billboard.com — 10/4/2017 by Allison Stubblebine Louisiana-based singer Robert Finley is a prime example that talent only improves with age. The 63 year-old has teamed up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys for his sophomore album Goin’ Platinum!, along with a studio full of seasoned musicians who have recorded with the likes of Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, among others — a fitting […]

In August, Music Maker booked a show for the Glorifying Vines Sisters in Lugano, Switzerland at the Blues to Bop Festival. Music Maker first played this festival in 1995 with founding artist Guitar Gabriel! The Vines’ journey was written about in the News & Observer with a short documentary about the Vines and their trip […]

Diggin’: Drink Small – Widow Woman

inTheir Musicon September 28, 2017

Hallelujah Boogaloo by Drink Small Drink Small’s bass voice is sweet and savory, his storytelling is wry and real. But on “Widow Woman” it’s the way he plays that sparse, delicate guitar riff steadily looping behind his voice, setting off the low with the high, that makes this particular song so captivating. Drink Small is […]

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