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album: Etta Baker - Railroad Bill 12" Vinyl

Etta Baker - Railroad Bill 12" Vinyl $18.00

**This record includes digital download of all of Etta Baker's albums on Music Maker and never before seen video content** "Possessing a stunning beauty, Etta's husband refused to let her travel and perform away from home. She never stopped playing music! This gracious grandmother was the source of a great deal of joy and surprise when I found out that she still played guitar after I heard her early recordings in the '60s. One of the signature chords of my guitar vocabulary comes from her version of 'Railroad Bill.' This was the first guitar picking style I ever learned." -- Taj Mahal
album: Albert White & the Rockers

Albert White: Albert White & the Rockers $12.00

This album takes recordings from two different sweat-soaked 70s nights. One, The New Palladium on Bankhead Highway, was the premier venue for the top touring black acts of the day. The Rockers delivered high-energy funk and soul exactly as it’s supposed to be; greasy horns, Hammond B3, passionate vocals, funky tight and fervor galore! The second venue was the equally urban Sportsman Oasis Ballroom. Both electrifying nights were captured by a low-fi cassette recorder placed on the stage. Produced and remastered by Music Maker’s in-house engineer, Ardie Dean, the recordings are given all the polish they could afford. The experience of delving deeply into Albert’s catalog left Ardie with a deep respect for Albert’s mastery: “Albert White is a consummate guitarist with impeccable credentials. Raised by blues legend Piano Red aka “Dr. Feelgood,” he oozes Rhythm & Blues integrity. A masterful soul singer, it’s no wonder that Steve Cropper and Elvin Bishop both played on Albert’s award winning “Soul of the Blues” CD.”
album: Dom Flemons - Prospect Hill
Signed VINYL + CD

Dom Flemons: Dom Flemons - Prospect Hill Signed VINYL + CD $25.00

Where the Chocolate Drops focused on one style of music, Flemons takes a broader approach on Prospect Hill, an album that encompasses folk tunes, ragtime, early jazz and rock and roll and fife-and-drum music... ... Flemons' songs may draw heavily from old styles, but Prospect Hill is never locked in the past. "I've worked a lot of years, trying to balance that," he says. "I tried to make sure when I presented songs, I made them as good as the old songs I might try to interpret." Prospect Hill is a well-traveled album, with songs set in locales ranging from Arizona to Georgia, from San Francisco to Nashville. "These are all places that meant something to me," says Flemons, who lives near Chapel Hill, N.C. - USA Today
album: Dom Flemons - Prospect Hill VINYL

Dom Flemons: Dom Flemons - Prospect Hill VINYL $20.00

Where the Chocolate Drops focused on one style of music, Flemons takes a broader approach on Prospect Hill, an album that encompasses folk tunes, ragtime, early jazz and rock and roll and fife-and-drum music... ... Flemons' songs may draw heavily from old styles, but Prospect Hill is never locked in the past. "I've worked a lot of years, trying to balance that," he says. "I tried to make sure when I presented songs, I made them as good as the old songs I might try to interpret." Prospect Hill is a well-traveled album, with songs set in locales ranging from Arizona to Georgia, from San Francisco to Nashville. "These are all places that meant something to me," says Flemons, who lives near Chapel Hill, N.C. - USA Today
album: Prospect Hill

Dom Flemons: Prospect Hill $12.00

Where the Chocolate Drops focused on one style of music, Flemons takes a broader approach on Prospect Hill, an album that encompasses folk tunes, ragtime, early jazz and rock and roll and fife-and-drum music... ... Flemons' songs may draw heavily from old styles, but Prospect Hill is never locked in the past. "I've worked a lot of years, trying to balance that," he says. "I tried to make sure when I presented songs, I made them as good as the old songs I might try to interpret." Prospect Hill is a well-traveled album, with songs set in locales ranging from Arizona to Georgia, from San Francisco to Nashville. "These are all places that meant something to me," says Flemons, who lives near Chapel Hill, N.C. - USA Today
album: Outlaw

Harvey Dalton Arnold: Outlaw $12.00

Outlaw, the debut solo album from Harvey Dalton Arnold, offers a new take on traditional blues music. Harvey Arnold was the left-handed bass player for the Outlaws from 1976 to 1980. He was known for writing songs, taking the lead on vocals, and providing harmonies for the Southern rockers. Surprisingly, he did not grow up in a musical family. His summer job at a gas station in Wilmington, NC exposed him to both blues and gospel music. That’s where he heard B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin for the first time. “I knew this was the music I wanted to do,” Arnold said. Bluegrass and old country, like Hank Williams Sr., also flowed through his veins through his upbringing in eastern NC. The album includes a mix of traditional blues songs and his personal songs with a blues twist. He shows his flexibility and love for all things music in his first acoustic album. “Cold and Lonesome” is a standout track. The song has changed with each band he’s played it with, including the Outlaws, so the blues version was bound to happen. “I Got You” is another stand out. A girl he dated thought the song was about her, but it’s really about the love for his first Martin guitar. He recorded the album in one continuous take, providing a smooth and real quality to the track progression. “I’ve loved to rock out and most of my career has been with electric bands,” Arnold said, “but this album is the music that I think was the true me before the rock and roll and will be long after. I’m very lucky that Music Maker has given me this chance to share the style that I think I will play for years to come.”
album: Rugby, VA

Henderson Brothers: Rugby, VA $12.00

Rubgy, VA was recorded in May 1995, the day after the end of the Galax Fiddlers Convention. Wayne and Max laid down 12-tracks in Wayne's home, featuring instrumental renditions of bluegrass classics such as "Tennessee Waltz," "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and "Wayfaring Stranger." "Wayne and Max Henderson continue the long and great tradition of brother groups," Tim Duffy says. "In this instrumental album, they weave melodies only as blood relatives can. The tracks are classic traditional mountain music from southwest Virginia." Wayne Henderson has received acclaim as both a guitar builder and a guitar player. He has created guitars for musicians such as Eric Clapton, in addition to repairing guitars belonging to Elvis Presley and Neil Young. Wayne, who plays in a fingerpicking style, is the recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award and has played around the world and in venues such as Carnegie Hall. Wayne says of the album, "This is the only recording we did together. Ten years ago, Max suffered an illness that affected his memory, but he was able to make music longer than anything else. At this time he cannot play anymore."
album: Double Bang!

Ironing Board Sam: Double Bang! $20.00

After playing professionally for more than 55 years, Ironing Board Sam has amassed a staggering repertoire of both originals and classic blues and R&B songs. A truly gifted and engaging performer, Sam’s powerful, soulful voice and remarkable piano prowess remain undiminished. Double Bang is a result of those decades of experience combined with a creative and talented soul with a joy of spirit that is unrivaled. The Sydney Morning Herald said of Sam: “Ironing Board Sam, 73 years young, sang like his pants were on fire and attacked his keyboard as if it had sinned. He even dragged it from its stand and played it kneeling on the floor.”
album: Super Spirit

Ironing Board Sam: Super Spirit $14.00

Super Spirit is the newest album from Ironing Board Sam, released on Big Legal Mess Records and produced by Bruce Watson and Jimbo Mathis. Dangerous Minds said, "[On Super Spirit] Sam’s backed by a solid group of players, and the record includes soulful covers of songs written by Jack Oblivion, Ann Peoples, Roy Hawkins, and Mick Collins. Collins wrote “I Can’t Take It,” originally recorded by titans of Detroit garage rock, the Gories, as “I Think I’ve Had It,” and included on their raucous debut, Houserockin’ (1989). Ironing Board Sam’s version absolutely cooks, melding rock, soul, and blues to fine effect. Sam possesses the kind of weathered, soul-drenched voice that only a seasoned R&B veteran has these days. In the age of sterile Auto-Tuned vocals, we need him more than ever. Sam possesses the kind of weathered, soul-drenched voice that only a seasoned R&B veteran has these days. In the age of sterile Auto-Tuned vocals, we need him more than ever." Glide Magazine called Super Spirit, "... perhaps his finest album yet." No Depression said, "Even though his latest, Super Spirit, is a studio record, it has the same energy and wildness as his live performances... Sam is in fine shape here, taking on all comers and laying em out, his spirit and his skills stronger than ever." Among Ironing Board Sam’s many triumphs of the past few years – returning several times to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, playing Newport Folk Festival, performing at Lincoln Center, appearing on the PBS News Hour, signing with Big Legal Mess for his new album ‘Super Spirit’ is one of his proudest accomplishments.
album: Super Spirit - VINYL

Ironing Board Sam: Super Spirit - VINYL $18.00

Super Spirit is the newest album from Ironing Board Sam, released on Big Legal Mess Records and produced by Bruce Watson and Jimbo Mathis. Dangerous Minds said, "[On Super Spirit] Sam’s backed by a solid group of players, and the record includes soulful covers of songs written by Jack Oblivion, Ann Peoples, Roy Hawkins, and Mick Collins. Collins wrote “I Can’t Take It,” originally recorded by titans of Detroit garage rock, the Gories, as “I Think I’ve Had It,” and included on their raucous debut, Houserockin’ (1989). Ironing Board Sam’s version absolutely cooks, melding rock, soul, and blues to fine effect. Sam possesses the kind of weathered, soul-drenched voice that only a seasoned R&B veteran has these days. In the age of sterile Auto-Tuned vocals, we need him more than ever. Sam possesses the kind of weathered, soul-drenched voice that only a seasoned R&B veteran has these days. In the age of sterile Auto-Tuned vocals, we need him more than ever." Glide Magazine called Super Spirit, "... perhaps his finest album yet." No Depression said, "Even though his latest, Super Spirit, is a studio record, it has the same energy and wildness as his live performances... Sam is in fine shape here, taking on all comers and laying em out, his spirit and his skills stronger than ever." Among Ironing Board Sam’s many triumphs of the past few years – returning several times to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, playing Newport Folk Festival, performing at Lincoln Center, appearing on the PBS News Hour, signing with Big Legal Mess for his new album ‘Super Spirit’ is one of his proudest accomplishments.
album: Super Spirit Gift Package

Ironing Board Sam: Super Spirit Gift Package $250.00

The Super Spirit Gift Package includes a Universe Pendant designed by Ironing Board Sam and his latest release on 12" Vinyl. Super Spirit is the newest album from Ironing Board Sam, released on Big Legal Mess Records and produced by Bruce Watson and Jimbo Mathis. Dangerous Minds said, "[On Super Spirit] Sam’s backed by a solid group of players, and the record includes soulful covers of songs written by Jack Oblivion, Ann Peoples, Roy Hawkins, and Mick Collins. Collins wrote “I Can’t Take It,” originally recorded by titans of Detroit garage rock, the Gories, as “I Think I’ve Had It,” and included on their raucous debut, Houserockin’ (1989). Ironing Board Sam’s version absolutely cooks, melding rock, soul, and blues to fine effect. Sam possesses the kind of weathered, soul-drenched voice that only a seasoned R&B veteran has these days. In the age of sterile Auto-Tuned vocals, we need him more than ever. Sam possesses the kind of weathered, soul-drenched voice that only a seasoned R&B veteran has these days. In the age of sterile Auto-Tuned vocals, we need him more than ever." Glide Magazine called Super Spirit, "... perhaps his finest album yet." No Depression said, "Even though his latest, Super Spirit, is a studio record, it has the same energy and wildness as his live performances... Sam is in fine shape here, taking on all comers and laying em out, his spirit and his skills stronger than ever." Among Ironing Board Sam’s many triumphs of the past few years – returning several times to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, playing Newport Folk Festival, performing at Lincoln Center, appearing on the PBS News Hour, signing with Big Legal Mess for his new album ‘Super Spirit’ is one of his proudest accomplishments.
album: Lakota John & Kin

Lakota John & Kin: Lakota John & Kin $12.00

John Lakota Locklear, born in 1997, grew up listening to his dad’s music collection.  At seven years old, he picked up the harmonica and at nine his first guitar.  Intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar, by ten he had bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and has been sliding ever since. On this recording he is joined by Mama Tonya, Papa John and Sister Layla; a proud Lumbee and Oglala Nation family of talented musicians. The Lumbee Nation includes 50,000 members who call the enchanting area around Robeson County, with its swamps and cypress trees, home. The Oglala Sioux Nation of Pine Ridge, known for its rich historical sites and events, is the eighth largest reservation in the United States. Since the creation of blues music, Native people have paid an often overlooked but deep contribution to this musical tradition. The father of the blues, Charlie Patton, was a Choctaw Indian. Scrapper Blackwell, Jesse Ed Davis, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimi Hendrix and so many of our great blues and jazz artists celebrated their Native American heritage. Lakota John & Kin continue to stir our musical southern stew with their ancestors' ancient harmonies and traditional blues melded together.  <b>Listen to:</b> <a href="http://www.jukebox.musicmaker.org/jukebox/2208">Crooked World Blues</a> <a href="http://www.jukebox.musicmaker.org/jukebox/2220iframe=true&width=800">Women Be Wise</a>
album: Age Don't Mean A Thing

Robert Finley: Age Don't Mean A Thing $13.00

September 30 will see the emergence of a major new soul music voice with Robert Finley’s debut album ‘Age Don’t Mean a Thing’ on Big Legal Mess Records, a Fat Possum imprint. Already, the New York Times has called the 62 year old north Louisianan singer “more than convincing… venerable but vigorous” and he has performed at NYC’s prestigious GlobalFest and at the King Biscuit Festival. He is set to follow that with an appearance at LA’s Skirball Center on August 18. Produced by Bruce Watson and Jimbo Mathus, the album traverses the classic Booker T & The MGs-esque Memphis groove of “I Just Want To Tell You,” the tough soul-blues of the title track, “Snake In My Grass,” and “Is It Possible To Love 2 People,” the romantic deep soul of “Make It With You,” danceable funk on “You Make Me Want To Dance,” the tremolo- and organ-soaked heartache of “It’s Too Late.” Finley proves himself a powerful songwriter, penning seven of the album’s nine tracks himself. Facing vision troubles after careers in the US Army and as a civilian carpenter, Finley has decided to pursue music full-time with the assistance of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Finley traveled north to Memphis to work with members of the Bo-Keys. Players include a who’s who of the Memphis soul scene including drummer Howard Grimes (Al Green, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, OV Wright), Marc Franklin (Bobby “Blue” Bland), Jimbo Mathus (Elvis Costello), Al Gamble (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the Hold Steady, Alex Chilton), Kirk Smothers (Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Guy), Reba Russell (U2, BB King), Harold Thomas (James Carr), Daunielle Hill (Solomon Burke).
album: Take Me Back

Sam Frazier, Jr.: Take Me Back $12.00

Originally recorded at Sound of Birmingham studio by Neal Hemphill on equipment transplanted from Jimi Hendrix’s storied Electric Ladyland Studio, many of the recordings were never released and as the studio changed hands the tapes were thought to be lost. Now, for the first time they are available to the public. The 16 tracks recorded over 3 years from 1969-1971 feature Sam Frazier Jr.’s signature vocals and harmonica playing over lush studio arrangements incorporating orchestral arrangements, horns and choir vocals. Music Maker’s longtime record producer Ardie Dean searched for months for the fabled recordings until coming across them in the collection of Chicago based record store proprietor John Ciba.
album: Spencer Branch

Spencer Branch: Spencer Branch $15.00

Spencer Branch is the collaboration of siblings Martha and Kilby Spencer from Whitetop Mountain, Virginia along with North Carolina native, Kelley Breiding. Their music, a blend of original and traditional songs, draws from their mountain heritage, as well as traditional country and bluegrass. Their stunning vocal harmonies and rousing fiddle tunes are a powerful combination sure to captivate.
album: Blues, Sweet Blues

Various: Blues, Sweet Blues $20.00

Music Maker has been honored to work with a vast array of the finest unheralded Southern artists of modern times. This collection celebrates the work of 40 men and women from Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Texas, South & North Carolina. These recordings were made between 1994 and 2006, all but a very few were released here for the first time. This is a 2CD set with beautifully redesigned jacket.
album: We Are the Music Makers! 2-CD Set

Various: We Are the Music Makers! 2-CD Set $15.00

The companion CD to Tim and Denise Duffy's new book of the same name both compliments the book and stands entirely on its own. The two discs are packed with music showcasing the work we have done with artists over our 20-year history. We Are the Music Makers' 20th Anniversary CD is something for everyone, from the most ardent music lover to newcomers to the MMRF mission.
album: Biscuits For Your Outside Man

Various Artists: Biscuits For Your Outside Man $12.00

Food and music have always gone hand in hand around here in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Musicians work in restaurants and cooks go to the clubs to hear bands after work in equal measure. I remember one night years ago when there was a show we all wanted to see. I don’t remember the band now, but as soon as we got done, a bunch of us line cooks went tearing down the street to the Cat’s Cradle. We still had our aprons on even. The club was crowded and loud, but I could hear a woman beside me say to her friend, “It smells like someone is cooking a steak in here!” Actually, as usual, it was the music that was cooking. The language of the Blues is especially effective in using the metaphors of food and cooking. It’s both honest and funny. It may seem elemental and primitive at first, but to me, it is great poetry. This marvelously curated collection presents this at its best. Some songs are sexy, some are silly. All are clever. A few, like “Shortnin’ Bread” are familiar, but many were unknown to me. I don’t remember having heard either “Chicken Pie” or “Cabbage Man” before. Both were cool discoveries. There are narratives like “Old Bill” and the wonderful “Lima Beans” will delight both the cook and the poet alike. Listen to this collection as a whole. The songs of course can each stand on their own but together they have a wonderful feel of working people intelligently and unselfconsciously examining their lives with music. It makes sense that that thing as elemental as food and the table would find their way into song. Play this music when you sit down to dinner. It’s as satisfying as a T-bone steak. - Bill Smith