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Friday, September 23, 2011

Music Maker Artist Ironing Board Sam Releases New Album

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Sept 26, 2011)– Music Maker Relief Foundation is pleased to announce the release of bluesman Ironing Board Sam’s new record, Going Up. A product of more than 55 years of blues experience, this 13-track album features Sam’s return to his early solo piano and vocal roots. Set to release on October 1, Going Up will be available for sale and download on iTunes on October 1, 2011.

“Ironing Board Sam brings an infectious joy to this album that makes you feel wonderful about life,” said Tim Duffy, president of Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Born Samuel Moore in Rock Hill, SC in 1939, Ironing Board Sam is a charismatic singer, songwriter and piano player and a true original in blues music. Ironing Board Sam earned his nickname in the late 1950s after inventing his “button board,” a homemade and portable keyboard mounted on an ironing board. After showcasing his button board in Memphis, Sam was dubbed Ironing Board Sam for his unique invention.

Sam’s powerful and soulful voice has been featured in cities across the South, including Winston-Salem, NC; Nashville and Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; and New Orleans, LA. Though Sam began his career playing boogie-woogie piano in the drink houses of Winston-Salem, by the late 1960s he had relocated to Nashville and had become a wildly popular entertainer and regular performer on the first all-black Nashville music show called Night Train.

Music Maker Relief Foundation first partnered with Ironing Board Sam in 2010, and this album reflects an opportunity to ensure the continuation of traditional Southern music and Sam’s unique sound.


About Music Maker Relief Foundation:

Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt, public charity under IRS code 501(c)3. Music Maker aims to keep our Southern culture vital by directly supporting senior (over 55) American roots musicians in need, expanding their professional careers, and assisting Next Generation artists in the development of their professional careers. Since the organization’s founding in 1994, Music Maker has assisted hundreds of musicians who represent the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Old-Time String Band, Jazz and more. Music Maker’s programs ensure the talents of these cultural treasures are accessible so that our rich musical heritage can be shared with the world and preserved for future generations. For more information, visit our website,

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  1. Man!! I LOVE Ironin' Board Sam. My good buddy Ray Rosato made me a cassette and hipped me to Sam way back - about 30 years ago. I'll be getting a copy of his latest for sure. Music Maker Relief does great work supporting our elderly blues brethren. I support their efforts 100%.

  2. I agree. They are really helping deserving musicians!