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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: John Henry

John Henry $12.00

The story of John Henry, like any good folk legend, has been told countless times. The song is considered a standard in many American folk traditions, not least, those of the American South. In Tim’s years of recording, he has recorded it so many times he has lost count. John Henry represents the very best of those recordings. One might assume that a record full of the same song would be repetitive or boring. That cannot be said of this record. As a listener, I have constantly admired Music Maker catalogue’s amazing diversity of musical personalities. They have never been more blatantly on display. Each artist plays the song in their own way, highlighting what about the songs speaks to them most.
album: We Are the Music Makers! Book & CD

We Are the Music Makers! Book & CD $40.00

Get your copies of We Are the Music Makers Book and CD today! “We Are The Music Makers: Preserving The Soul Of America’s Music,” written by Timothy and Denise Duffy, features over 65 photographs taken by Tim Duffy over twenty years along with stories and songs. Of the book, B.B. King said, “We are the Music Makers highlights an essential part of our culture, providing us a glimpse into the lives of the amazing, and often little known, musicians of the American South. Tim Duffy has taken every opportunity to sustain a dimension of Blues culture that could easily be lost forever, and nowhere is that more apparent than in his new book.” Character sketches and black and white photographs of great American musicians Etta Baker, John Dee Holeman, Jerry ‘Boogie’ McCain, Taj Mahal, Willie King, Othar Turner, Little Freddie King, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ironing Board Sam, and the original guiding light for the Foundation’s formation, Guitar Gabriel, are shared in the book. The book also highlights other artists nestled deep in southern culture and telling a hidden story of American music. The book also highlights the musician’s vital role in Southern culture. The companion CD 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. *** PLEASE NOTE International Buyers: We can only ship this item to the US addresses through our webstore. If you are an international customer and would like to purchase a book please click <a href="https://shop.musicmaker.org/products/371-we-are-the-music-makers-book-cd-international-orders-only"> here</a>.***
album: We Are the Music Makers! Book & CD: International orders only

We Are the Music Makers! Book & CD: International orders only $85.00

*** PLEASE NOTE this item is for International Buyers only and includes shipping.*** Get your copies of We Are the Music Makers Book and CD today! “We Are The Music Makers: Preserving The Soul Of America’s Music,” written by Timothy and Denise Duffy, features over 65 photographs taken by Tim Duffy over twenty years along with stories and songs. Of the book, B.B. King said, “We are the Music Makers highlights an essential part of our culture, providing us a glimpse into the lives of the amazing, and often little known, musicians of the American South. Tim Duffy has taken every opportunity to sustain a dimension of Blues culture that could easily be lost forever, and nowhere is that more apparent than in his new book.” Character sketches and black and white photographs of great American musicians Etta Baker, John Dee Holeman, Jerry ‘Boogie’ McCain, Taj Mahal, Willie King, Othar Turner, Little Freddie King, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ironing Board Sam, and the original guiding light for the Foundation’s formation, Guitar Gabriel, are shared in the book. The book also highlights other artists nestled deep in southern culture and telling a hidden story of American music. The book also highlights the musician’s vital role in Southern culture. The companion CD 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: One Man Band

Adolphus Bell: One Man Band $12.00

“I got the advantage over a lot of artist. I got my whole band by myself.” Feet flying, eyes flashing, hands on the guitar and song coming from the heart, that’s the Adolphus Bell One-Man Band.
album: The Mighty Flood

Alabama Slim and Little Freddie King: The Mighty Flood $12.00

When Hurricane Katrina struck, Milton “Alabama Slim” Frazier and his cousin Little Freddie King made it out of New Orleans with their lives but not much else. The story of their encounter with the storm is related in the two versions of the Mighty Flood that bookend this disc’s dozen selections and give it its name. Slim, who takes the vocals on all but two tracks, comes by his nickname honestly- he was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and stands almost seven feet tall. As harrowing as his account of Katrina is, it gains power from its understated delivery (like John Lee Hooker’s Tupelo, on which it was modeled). Slim also employs the device of updating an old blues theme by transforming "Tin Pan Alley" into "Crack Alley." The other tracks include a version of Mr. Charlie by the way of Lightnin’ Hopkins, a Going Upstairs that¹s loosely based on Howlin’ Wolf’s "No Place to Go", and "I Got The Blues", which bears a faint resemblance to Buddy Guy’s "Dam Right I’ve Got The Blues." These, and all of Slim’s other performances, owe their primary stylistic debt to Hooker and Hopkins, with King supplying most of the guitar work and Slim adding simple rhythm patterns on some cuts. The occasional assist from varying combinations of harmonica, bass, and drums is unnecessary but unobtrusive, though it helps add drive to King’s gospel piece "Lord, I’m Good For Something." His other lead, on "I Don’t Know What To Do", is a moody number cut from much the same cloth as his cousin’s efforts. This is one of those rare albums where the listener enjoys the sensation of sitting in on a private gathering of friends playing and singing with and for one another. -Jim Dekoster, Living Blues
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: Live at The Hamilton

Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson: Live at The Hamilton $12.00

Captain Luke's voice like honey dripping on hot chocolate and the beautifully stunning guitar of Cool John Ferguson breathe new life and nuance into this set of old songs. In 2012, Tom Meyer and Bart Farrell invited their friend Captain Luke (84) to perform a special show at The Hamilton, a new venue they opened just three blocks from the White House. Captain Luke, from Winston-Salem, NC, used to sing locally with the legendary 5 Royale’s in the 50s. And for the last 60 years, he has been king of Winston-Salem's drink-house milieu. Cool John Ferguson from Beaufort, SC is a youngster by Music Maker’s standards, a living bridge between his Gullah heritage and the psychedelic rock and roll and R&B of his childhood. When these two Carolina men join together onstage, jaws drop. -Tim Duffy, MMRF Founder
album: Turn off the Fear

Carl Rutherford: Turn off the Fear $12.00

Here is grandfatherly Carl Rutherford's devastating take on "The Old Rugged Cross" and other jewels that showcase his unique blend of Buck Owens-style twang, old time goospel number and harrowing mining songs, making him a true American original. -CD Baby Reviews
album: Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind Vinyl 12"

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind Vinyl 12" $15.00

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an African-American string band based in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Rooted in the traditional music of the foothills and mountains of North and South Carolina, this unique string band is made up of two Carolina natives, Rhiannon Giddens (b.1977) (banjo, fiddle, voice) and Justin Robinson (b.1982) (fiddle, voice) as well as a songster from Arizona, Dom Flemons (b.1982) (guitar, banjo, jug, harmonica, snare & voice). In this album, The songs on the record touch on ancient blues and country, but to align what the CCD do with either of those branches would be an error. Songs like "Ol' Corn Likker" and "Black-Eyed Daisy" evoke a time and place far removed not only from the present but from contemporary notions of what those genres signify. When the trio plays "Dixie," you're listening not to a patriotic rebel anthem but a yearning, mournful moan. And the purity of Giddens' solo a cappella vocal on "Little Margaret" belongs to an era when music was not something to be sold but something from the soul. The Carolina Chocolate Drops have stated that they are on a mission to keep this tradition alive, and that they do. But they do so not from the staid position of lecturers on ethnomusicology or as strident sociopolitical posturers but as musicians truly in love with this disappearing slice of Americana, more specifically a little known slice of black Americana. That they do it with zeal as well as respect, and that they have the talent to back up their knowledge, is why it works on its own merits, not merely as a historical study.
album: High Steppin' Momma

Clyde Langford: High Steppin' Momma $12.00

Clyde Langford of Centerville, Texas learned guitar from Joel “Thunder” Hopkins as a young boy. He grew up in the cotton fields and as a young man he joined the Army. Returning from service he began a career of digging wells by hand. Clyde never stopped playing his music. In this field recording, his old Gibson guitar rattles, hums and grinds as his hypnotic serenade carries you way back into deep Texas blues.
album: Cool Yule

Cool John Ferguson: Cool Yule $12.00

Cool Yule has a universal appeal that stretches beyond the borders of Christmas. You can play this CD all year long. It is an instrumental masterwork performed and arranged by one of the world's finest musicians. Performing on drums, bass, and up to three guitars, Cool John creates a post-modern Holiday Music classic. This CD captures all the emotions of Christmas. Rejoice in the poetic lyricism by one of our all-time masters of music.
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: Route 66

Eddie Tigner: Route 66 $12.00

Eddie Tigner played with the legendary blues guitarist Elmore James when he lived in Atlanta during the early 50's. On this album, Eddie presents a great set of standards such as "Route 66", "Rag Mop" and "Fly Right" featuring his singing, piano and backed by an expert band.
album: Rain in Your Life

Essie Mae Brooks: Rain in Your Life $12.00

Essie Mae Brooks is finally getting a taste of the life her father envisioned for her many years ago. Her late father, Ulysses Davis, was a drummer who performed locally around the family’s Perry, Georgia home playing "that Saturday night stuff," Brooks says. His dreams for young Essie Mae began after she excelled in singing in school. "Daddy always said if he had the money he would put me on the road, but he never had the money," recalls Brooks. "There were 10 of us children and we grew up on a farm, so there was not much money." Today, Brooks has five grown children and 15 grandchildren and still lives on the family farm in Perry. Through Music Maker she’s done some traveling, having performed in concerts in New York and Washington, DC, as well as in Italy. Rain in Your Life, Essie Mae's first CD, was recorded in October of 2000. The album is a collection of gospel tunes, most sung a cappella, with others featuring subtle support on piano or guitar from "Cool" John Ferguson. Included is "One of These Mornings," known also as "Move up a Little Higher," which Brooks says was her father’s favorite song. "If he was living, I know this would have been one of Daddy’s enjoyment things, to sit down and hear this," Brooks says. Brooks is grateful for Music Maker’s support. "I appreciate everything they’ve done for me," Brooks says. "They help me out real well in different things. Even when my van tore up, they help me get it fixed." -Vibes Magazine, Bryan Powell
album: Railroad Bill

Etta Baker: Railroad Bill $12.00

Etta Baker of Morganton, NC, was born in 1913 and has played the guitar since the age of three. She was the premier female Piedmont blues guitar instrumentalist, played the guitar everyday and was constantly working on new arrangements. Etta maintained a beautiful yard and garden, and was matriarch of 108 members in her immediate family. Etta constantly worked on new arrangements, one of the results of her work was this album. These recordings were made in her home and yes, a finch really did fly in her living room, sat atop the door and performed a wonderful duet.
album: Tarboro Blues

George Higgs: Tarboro Blues $12.00

George Higgs hails from Edgecombe County, North Carolina and is a wonderful guitar and harp player in the Piedmont tradition. Throughout the 40’s and 50’s he was a popular performer at fish fries and house parties and later on performed gospel with a local quartet. He apparently recorded for the Trix label in the early 70’s but these sides were never issued. 'Tarboro Blues' is a beautifully played debut filled with mostly traditional songs sung in a deeply moving and personal manner. Higgs is a moving singer, powerful harp blower and has a gentle, propulsive guitar style that make for engaging listening. Voted the best blues album of 2001 by Living Blues. Higgs rolls through a set of traditional material like the driving 'My Hook’s In The Water', the heartfelt 'Geraldine', the good time feel of 'Greasy Greens' and the moving “'Sides to Every Story.' Fans of bluesman like Pink Anderson and Peg Leg Sam will certainly want to investigate this record." -Jeff Harris, Bad Dog Blues
album: Deep in the South

Guitar Gabriel: Deep in the South $12.00

"Guitar Gabriel is dead — gone nearly three years. He was a blues man who didn't attain the fame of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King or any of the other kings of the blues. When he was 45, in 1970, he almost cracked the big time with a single, "The Welfare Blues," but he then quickly faded into obscurity. The late Mr. Gabriel — Robert Jones to his boyhood friends — has been given another chance with the release of an excellent dozen-song disc of original blues. It's too late for him but not for those of us who are still breathing air. On this disc, the namesake of that earlier Gabriel can also tear down walls. His voice has a resigned, weary quality that talks its way through his melodies at an easy walking tempo. Although his was a good voice, it was his guitar playing that distinguished him. On his steel string acoustic, Gabriel fingerpicked in a rare style that mixes rhythm and melody. For a quick point of reference, think of the hippie-picker-grown-old, David Bromberg. The liner notes, consisting of John Creech's well-written short story about meeting Guitar Gabriel, is the prize in this crackerjack album." -Dan Aquilante, New York Post