Music Maker is proud to announce that partner artists, The Como Mamas, will be playing the Chicago Blues Festival on Sunday, June 11th on the Front Porch Stage at 12:00pm. Since partnering with Music Maker the Como Mamas have toured Europe and the US and will be releasing their second album with Daptone Records on […]

04 Apr 2017 Written By: Linda Sickler From: Do Savannah The Piedmont blues is music birthed out of suffering. In a music and multimedia presentation co-commissioned by the Savannah Music Festival, an important era and region in the history of southern music is explored. Gerald Clayton’s Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, featuring René Marie, will […]

Diggin’: Ironing Board Sam – Good Neighbors

inTheir Musicon April 7, 2017

In 2013, when Music Maker hired two interns from France, I offered to help find them housing. An area supporter had an apartment complex where Ironing Board Sam had already been living and the apartment right next to Sam had opened up. So began a beautiful intergenerational relationship that has continued to this day. The […]

FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES MUSIC SERIES HONORING PIEDMONT BLUES WOMAN ELIZABETH ‘LIBBA’ COTTON CELEBRATES 3rd YEAR IN CARRBORO WITH FREE WEEKLY CONCERTS STARTING MAY 19TH  Carrboro, N.C., March 31, 2017 – Three years ago, Hillsborough non-profit Music Maker Relief Foundation partnered with the Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department to create the Freight Train Blues Music Series held at Carrboro Town […]

Color Fades, but the Blues Endure

inNewson March 31, 2017

Tim Duffy and the Music Maker Relief Foundation work to preserve and support the music and culture of Southern blues artists BY ALEXANDRA KENNON MARCH 23, 2017 Cool John Ferguson and Captain Luke, who created a genre of music they call “Outsider Lounge,” in Guitar Heaven, Hillsboro, NC. The Music Maker Relief Foundation “wasn’t started […]


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