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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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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hold on to your hiney...

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Music Maker's interns keep us moving this summer!
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Intern Mike with Captain Luke and Corn Lewis
Summer 2012, Music Maker had four great interns helping with the daily operations in the office.

Jeremy Johnston, a rising Junior at Hampshire College, is a Film and Video major and worked primarily on the audio archive at the Music Maker office.

Mike Capodiferro, also a rising Junior at Hampshire College, is studying Dramatic Writing, and worked on writing projects such as press releases and a short story on the life of a Music Maker artist.

Maggie Morrissey, a recent graduate of UNC in Public Policy, will be attending NC State in the Fall for a Master's in Public Administration. She helped coordinate Music Maker artists' involvement in the JFA's Jazz in the Schools and designed the new Henry Byrd CD.

Matt Dailey, a second year Masters student at UNC Chapel Hill in Library Science and returning MMRF intern worked on the audio archive, while using Music Maker's archive as a case study for his Master's thesis.

Thanks for all your help and good luck to you all!


Albert White - Hold On To Your Hiney

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L.C. Ulmer joins MM Lineup for Southern Mississippi Roots Festival

LC Ulmer
Photo by Chip Rosenblatt

L.C. Ulmer is a blues player who hails from Jones County, Mississippi. He was born in 1928 in Stringer, and has played guitar since he was nine years old. This isn't surprising when you consider how much music was happening in his household. Nearly everyone in his family played some sort of instrument, and considering that L.C. had six brothers and seven sisters, that's a lot of musicians under one roof!

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, L.C. traveled, performed, and ended up playing with legendary musicians such as Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, and Louis Armstrong. In 2001 LC returned to Mississippi, and will join the Music Maker Stage at the Southern Mississippi Roots Festival on October 13th in Hattiesburg, MS. Tickets for that event are free - stay tuned at for more information on that festival!

Diggin': "Hold On to Your Hiney"

Albert White

It is Wednesday morning, and I've just brewed a pot of coffee for the office. I put on Albert White's solo album,
The Soul of the Blues. Albert has played with the greats: Ray Charles, Ben E. King, Joe Tex. He's good. He's really good.

The first track, "Hold On to Your Hiney" throws me: I've been misplaced. The song's opening snare screams, "Hello!" and the ensuing groove of bass swings me out and up into an amusement park of funk.

Recorded in 2006 with Ardie Dean and with an incredible backup band including Steve Cropper, Elvin Bishop, Dave Keyes, Bill Rich, and Kester Smith, this song bounces. I picture a roller-coaster in free fall, or my dad dancing around in his underwear (maybe just Tom Cruise.) When the song ends, I am rushed back into the office, feeling as though I've been visited by a blues phantom.

Check it out and see what you think!

- Jeremy

Jeremy is a film/video student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and is helping out this summer with the audio archive.
Upcoming Shows: Click here for more info on upcoming events

7/27 - MM Blues Revue with Beverly Watkins, Albert White, Shelton Powe, Robert Lee Coleman, Nashid and Ardie - Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC, 7pm (doors)

8/3 - John Dee Holeman - Best of Our State, The Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC

8/4 - Boo Hanks and Red Rover - Saxapahaw Farmer's Market, Saxapahaw, NC

8/11-8/12 - Tulali - La Casita, Lincoln Center Out of Doors New York, NY

8/12 - Pura Fé Trio - Lincoln Center Out of Doors New York, NY

8/13 - Ironing Board Sam - The Depot, Hillsborough, NC

8/15 - Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons - World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA

8/16 - Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons - Joe's Pub, New York, NY

8/18 - Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons - Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, VA

8/19 - Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons - The Hamilton, Washington, DC

8/25 - Ironing Board Sam - The Whiskey, Durham, NC

8/31 - 9/2 - Ironing Board Sam - Blues To Bop in Lugano, Switzerland

10/13 - Ironing Board Sam, L.C. Ulmer, Ben Peyton, Drew Young Band - Music Maker Stage, Southern Mississippi Roots Festival, Hattiesburg, MS


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