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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!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Whistlin' Britches
Your support of Music Maker makes it possible for partner artists contribute their music, enriching our national culture. It is imperative that Music Maker document these senior artists while they can still share their talents with the world. We are so grateful that supporters like you enabled us to produce Haskell "Whistlin Britches" Thompson's album, Clickin' King of Hip Poppin', this year - a truly unique recording that will be passed on through the generations. We will also ensure that Whistlin' enjoys safety and comfort as he is moved to hospice due to advanced throat cancer. 
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Dance, Blues and Fun!
Tap the BluesLast Friday Music Maker and the NC Youth Tap Ensemble presented "Tap the Blues", featuring performances from John Dee Holeman, Big Ron Hunter, Ironing Board Sam, Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen and Lakota John Locklear, alongside the NC Youth Tap Ensemble dancers. It was a great night, and the MMRF artists really enjoyed seeing the dancers add a new dimension to their music. And we did too! For photos, check out Chapel Hill Magazine's blog post, or's slideshow!

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Digging Through the Stacks: Mystery Track

Pura Fe Trio 4Aaron and I love listening to Nammy-award winner artist Pura Fé while we're working. Her deep and soulful voice provides the perfect backdrop when we've got a deadline to meet or an event in the works. This week's track was labeled "Hey, Hey, Hey" in the database, but I like to think of it as "the Mystery Track" because it took us a little while to figure out where it came from. Tim told us it was recorded at the Hillsborough, N.C. studio during the last recording session with Pura Fé, but was not released on any of her albums. She's playing a steel guitar and using a loop, enabling those strong, haunting sounds to become even more potent. The vocal harmonies are inspired by the music of the Tuscarora Nation, and remind Aaron and I of what we hear when we listen to MMRF Next Generation group the Deer Clan Singers.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

-- Corinne 
Pura Fé - Hey Hey Hey  
Luke Hickey Tap the Blues
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Luke Hickey rehearses for Tap the Blues - Photo by David LeBron of  
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11/18 - Big Ron Hunter, Captain Luke, Robert Lee Coleman, Mudcat - Oyster Riot, Washington, D.C.
11/21 - Beverly "Guitar" Watkins - Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta
11/26 - Beverly "Guitar" Watkins - Underground Atlanta   
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1/28 - Ironing Board Sam - NC Museum of History
3/09 - Pura Fé, Deer Clan Singers - UNC Pembroke 
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