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Four Cups of Love in Carolina

inArtist Storyon December 15, 2020

“My great-grandparents and grandparents were not educated because state laws prohibited the education of slaves; but they developed their own language, music, and other means of communication. My family has always been talented. That’s where my girls got some of their talent.”    — Arie Gay Vines Artis Walking in the Shadow of My Past, 2016 […]

Happy Hour with Henry

inUncategorizedon December 7, 2020

You can blame Henry Slyker’s two decades-plus loving relationship with Music Maker on Holiday Inn Express. Up through 2002, if you checked into a Holiday Inn Express, you would find in your room a magazine called Navigator with the snappy tagline, “Leave the towel. Take the magazine.” The final issue of Navigator carried the cover […]

A Thanksgiving Note From Director Tim Duffy

inUncategorizedon November 23, 2020

After 26 years of running the Music Maker Foundation, I have a lot to be thankful for, and most all of it comes down to the laughs and good times I’ve had with Music Maker artists in their homes, and on planes, hotels, and stages. And mostly, I remember the great sense of joy they’ve […]

Music Maker’s Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!

inholidayson November 16, 2020

Here are our suggestions for holiday gifts at every budget. Proceeds from every purchase go directly to help our partner artists — Southern musicians who live on the edge of poverty, but keep our music alive. For the folk music or acoustic blues fan: Etta Baker – Railroad Bill LP – $20 A landmark, essential […]

Bringing Comfort & Joy to the Blues

inArtist Storyon November 9, 2020

I first met Freeman Vines in 2015 at his home in the rural town of Fountain, North Carolina. Vines’ work had slowed down considerably as a result of poor health and isolation—both geographic and social. As Freeman began to show me his guitars, I instantly knew that I was in the presence of a great […]

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