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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: 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: 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.