Blues submissions requested! Guest writers always welcome!!
I started a quest to find terrific blues music and incredible musicianship when I was just a little kid. I also have a tremendous appreciation of fine musical instruments and equipment. One of my greatest joys all of my life was sharing my finds with my friends. I'm now publishing my journey. I hope that you come along!
First recorded by George Mitchell in the 1970s, John Lee Zeigler lived his life in the vibrant musical community of Kathleen, Georgia, right down the road from MM artists James Davis, Rufus McKenzie and Essie Mae Brooks. We've done a Diggin' on him before, mentioning how we were interested in his guitar style that pre-dates the blues and seems influenced by old African-American banjo rhythms.
This track from the album that Music Maker will be releasing this summer, "Rollin' and Tumblin'", is what we were listening to yesterday, as Tropical Depression Beryl rolled over North Carolina, making it a rainy and sleepy day. The slow, dreamy quality certainly matched the mood of the day, though we had to make sure to follow it up with some Robert Lee Coleman to keep alert!
Enjoy the track, and keep an eye out for Zeigler's upcoming release!
-- Aaron and Corinne
Mount Airy Festival this weekend!
The 41st Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention takes place June 1 - 2nd at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, NC. The Fiddlers Convention is a family friendly event, bringing together musicians and fans for two full days of competition, jam sessions, dancing, singing, education, and entertainment!
MMRF Artist Benton Flippen, who passed away last year, won the Mt. Airy solo fiddle competition many times, and he will be sorely missed at this year's festival. MMRF Artist Services Coordinator Aaron Greenhood will be competing, and we wish him luck!
Artist Sam McMillan, Captain Luke and Intern Mike Capodiferro
He was sitting in his kitchen listening to a mix CD when we arrived. Chomping at the last bit of his cigarCaptain Lukewelcomed Aaron and I into his home. Since it was memorial day we all sat in his living room retelling crass jokes we've heard in our lives while we drank a little moonshine. Friends of Luke passed through on and off saying hi and stopping by. Captain Luke recalled jokes that Whistlin' Britches and John Dee Holeman had told him. Above Luke's head I noticed two VHS cassettes sitting on top of the television: Triple X starring Vin Diesel and Hard To Kill. Captain Luke graced us with a rendition of Lou Rawl's "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" and told us that his next batch of songs he's working on will be of the lovely romantic type...
Read more of Mike's story and see more photos here!
Mike Capodiferro is a Music Maker summer intern helping us with everything from writing to running shows. Mike is a Dramatic Writing and Literature major at Hampshire College.