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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: 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 - 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: 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: Cabbage Man

Sam Frazier, Jr.: Cabbage Man $12.00

Following in a line of black country singers that include Charley Pride, Linda Martell, Ray Charles and more recently Darius Rucker. Sam Frazier, Jr. sings the sweet songs that have defined country music. He sings the blues and croons plaintive melodies on his trusted harmonica. Out of the backwoods of Alabama, Sam has been a staple of the black country music scene that emerged in the late 1970's in the Deep South. From the first note, one can hear the experience of many hard years coming up from the farm and onto the stages of those traveling shows. Just sit back, open a bottle of wine with your loved on and enjoy the stories, the soul and the love sung in the way only Sam Frazier knows how! -- Dom Flemons (The American Songster)
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