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Showing posts with label Cary Morin. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Cary Morin - Dockside Saints - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Dockside Saints, form Cary Morin and it's a cool blend of rhythms, pop and blues. Opening with ultra funky, Nobody Gotta Know, with it's New Orleans, flavor and mixes, Morin on guitars and vocals has terrific support from Lee Allen Zeno on bass, Brian Brignac on drums, Corey Ledet on accordion, Eric Adcock on piano and B3, Beau Thomas on fiddle, Celeste Di lorio on harmony vocals and Keith Blair and John Fohl on guitars, this is a terrific opener. Ballad, Exception To The Rule, has a strong melody and solid vocal blending. Morin's acoustic work balanced with Adcock's B3 makes for the top radio track for the release. Very nice.  High energy, Jamie Rae, has a cool accordion richness over it's tight drum rhythm and cool vocal harmonies. Another great track. I really like instrumental, Bare Trees with it's feeling of peace and solitude created by accordion, acoustic guitar, fiddle and nicely placed drum. Excellent! Instrumental. Cary's Groove starts off with simple acoustic guitar, drums and accordion, building throughout the track adding piano, bass, and electric guitar, turning into quite a jam. Rocker, Come The Rain is a strong closer with firm vocals, a tight drum beat and nicely styled steel guitar work. I think this is the best of Morin so far and I think a really solid release. 

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Music Maker Relief Foundation compilation: Blue Muse - Various Artista - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blue Muse, from Music Maker Relief Foundation. This cd will accompany a photography book of the same name by Tim Duffy coming out on March 28th. Opening with an acoustic jam, The Grotto Sessions, featuring Simon Arcache on guitar, Dr. Burt, Ironing Board Sam, Etta baker, Captain Luke, Rufus McKenzie, Alabama Slim and Guitar Gabe on vocal, plus a sea of others this is raw and adventurous. Taj Mahal is up next on John Hurt's Spike Drivers Blues with his distinctive vocal and guitar styling. Very nice. Eddie Tigner is up next on vocal and piano with a great boogie, Route 66 with Matt Sickles on bass, Ron Logsdon on drums, Paul Lindon on harp and with really nice guitar runs by Felix Reyes. Excellent! No question that my favorite track on the release is Robert Finley's Age Don't Mean A Thing, the title track from the spectacular release of the same name. Dom Flemons' Polly Put The Kettle On is a great country blues with Flemons on lead vocal and harp, Ben Hunter on fiddle, Guy Davis on guitar and Joe Seamons on backing vocals. With great vocal style Algia Mae Hinton is featured on acoustic guitar and vocal performing Snap Your Fingers. Raw and pounding, I Am The Lightning, is a great track. With Willie farmer on vocal and guitar, Will Sexton on mellotron, Mark Stuart on bass, and George Sluppick on drums, this track is hot. Sweet Valentine features the beautifully harmonized vocals  of Martha Spencer and Kelley Breiding, both who contribute acoustic guitar. Very nice. Eric Clapton pairs with Tim Duffy for some real fine finger picked acoustic blues on Mississippi Blues. Guitar Gabriel's solo, Landlord Blues, is the polished edge of raw blues with solid vocals and cool guitar work. Very cool. Dripping in southern gospel, The Branchettes sing I Know I've Been Changes totally acapella. Powerful. Wrapping the release is Something Within Me featuring Theotis Taylor on vocal and piano in a very nice spiritual track with plenty of soul. This really is a super release with plenty of diverse flavor for all to savor. 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cary Morin - When I Rise - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, When I Rise from Cary Morin and it's quite good. Morin has coupled his solid vocals, crisp guitar work and fine knowledge of musical phrasing to craft his best release yet. Opening with title track, When I Rise, Morin on lead vocal works with large group of talented musicians including Steve Amedee on drums, Paul Benjaman on electric guitar, Celeste De lorio on vocals, Jay Forrest on drums, Jason Larson on vocal, piano and bass, Dexter Payne on harp and clarinet, Kim Stone on bass, Andy Weyl on piano and Lionel Young on violin. Let Me Hear The Music has a terrific melody and Morin's vocals paired with Payne's clarinet work is pure gold. The Grateful Dead's Dire Wolf gets a really strong rework and I got to say I really like it. With a bit of stiffening and drama and really nice backing vocals by Di lorio, this is a cool track. Benjamin's electric guitar soloing, coupled with Morin's steel work is magic. One of my favorite tracks on the release is My Memories of You with a beautiful melody and the perfect balance between strong vocals and clean guitar accompaniment. Excellent! Another really strong ballad is Devoted One with Morin on acoustic guitar and vocal. Very nice. Morin presents his own interpretation of Duane Allman's classic, Little Martha with a few stylistic changes but pure as written. Happy go lucky Lay Baby Lay is a quick shuffle with just enough zip to put a smile on your face and some mighty tasty guitar riffs. Wrapping the release is an acoustic version of Water In The Jug, included on the release in electric form. Morin certainly has a joy for the music and a really nice voice. This track, with jubilant, almost spiritual feel shows Morin's joy in his music shining. 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Maple Street Music artist: Cary Morin - Cradle to the Grave - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Cradle To The Grave, by Cary Morin and it's quite good. Opening with blues number and title track, Cradle To The Grave, Cary Morin accompanies himself on acoustic guitar with blues fused passion. Moving more to a country blues styling with tight and distinct finger picking which is used through most of the rest of the release, Morin's vocals are warm and inviting.  Willie Brown's Mississippi Blues nuzzles in a little closer with a nice blues vamp, Phish's Back On The Train has a little bit of rag feel and Prince's Nothing Compare 2 U is a particularly nice arrangement... hard to say, but I like it better than others I have heard. Wrapping the release is Watch Over Me, a track with more of a Richie Havens feel. This is a happy kind of blues release and one that is interesting to listen to over and over. I really like where Cary is going and wish him the best.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cary Morin at Folk Aliance

Going to Folk Alliance? Be sure to check out one of Cary Morin’s shows.

Wednesday Feb 15:

11:30 pm Shubb Capo’s Capocabana Room 541

Thursday Feb 16:

10:30 pm Bliss Hippy Showcase  Room 638

Friday Feb 17:

12:30 am Rocky Mountain Suite Room  532

1:10 am Wolverton Home Concerts Room 749

Saturday Feb 18:

11:30 pm Rocky Mountain Suite Room 532 

Cradle to the Grave has found its way into near constant rotation in my cd player, it’s just that good. It seems only right that Americana music should take note of this Native Americana artist. I predict that by the end of 2017, when everyone is mentioning the top releases of the year,

Morin’s name will be in there with the best of them.” – Joe McSpadden, No Depression

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Roots-Based Singer/Fingerstyle Guitarist Cary Morin Set to Release New CD, "Cradle to the Grave," January 13

Roots-Based Singer/Fingerstyle Guitarist Cary Morin Set to Release New CD, Cradle to the Grave, January 13

FT. COLLINS, CO – Roots-based singer/fingerstyle guitarist Cary Morin announces a January 13 release date for his fourth CD, Cradle to the Grave. Recorded and engineered by Richard Werdes at Studio Underground in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the new album completes a three-album project of acoustic recordings by Cary Morin, who’s been acclaimed as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today.” Stream the track, “Lay Baby Lay,” here:
Cary Morin will celebrate the new album with a special CD release show on January 13th at The OtterBox Digital Dome Theater in the Ft. Collins Museum of Discovery:

On Cradle to the Grave, Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other artist. These recordings provide a timeline of his songwriting and guitar work spanning 2014 to 2017. The lyrics range from blues to folk and sometimes shine a light on his Native American Heritage and small town life in America. At times, the collection conveys the simplicity of a single chord to complex fingerstyle guitar. “The goal was to create a sort of triptych of my solo fingerstyle journey, one that demonstrates the evolution of my progression with songwriting, finger picking, and the use of open tunings,” says Morin. “Cradle to the Grave is a culmination of my musical efforts as a soloist thus far.”

Of the album’s 11 tracks, eight are originals that showcase his skills as both a singer and guitar player. Also included are three unique covers of songs that cover a wide palette ranging from pop legend Prince (“Nothing Compares 2 U”), to noted bluesman Willie Brown (“Mississippi Blues”) and jam-band super group Phish “Back on the Train”).  

“The title track is a bit telling,” relates Morin. “The lyrics refer to the realization that, through all of my travels and experiences, I have come to understand that life is fleeting. I think you can hear this theme in the song, ‘Lay Baby Lay,’ also, though this tune is more directly related to the experience of touring and travel and the compromises therein. The last song, ‘Watch over Me,’ is a different take on the title track, as though both songs are bookends for the whole album. The theme of spirituality seems to weave its way into my work more often as the years pass. Perhaps its impending mortality! I hope we are put on this earth to help each other and should we find ourselves alone for some reason, there is still someone there with us, a higher power to help us complete our journey.”

With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic Native Americana with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.

Being a Crow tribal member, Morin brings special significance to the song, “Dawn’s Early Light,” written in support of the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “I'm not really a protest song sort of writer, but this song seemed important,” states Morin. “It’s written from my memories of growing up near the Missouri River and around my people in Montana. As a child, I became familiar with our traditional music and rural life. This song may be an oversimplification of the situation, but I have always felt that the honoring of a treaty, no matter when it was made, is not a complex idea. History has proved this not to be the case, but I hope this time it is. Honor the treaty, simple as that.”

The son of an Air Force officer, Morin was born in Billings, Montana, and spent the bulk of his youth in Great Falls, where he cut his teeth picking guitar standards at neighborhood get-togethers, before relocating to Northern Colorado. There, his musical career hit the ground running with The Atoll, a band he founded in 1989 that toured nationally for over 20 years, gaining a devoted following. Later, he achieved international acclaim with The Pura Fé Trio.
With The Atoll and The Pura Fé Trio, and as a solo artist, Morin has played celebrated venues across the globe, including the Paris Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Folk Alliance International, River People Festival, Shakori Hills Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and most recently, Rochefort En Accords festival in France and The Copenhagen Blues Festival, among countless others.

Morin’s stage credits also include Tribe at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, and co-authorship of Turtle Island, a 50-member production that played two consecutive years to sold-out audiences in Northern Colorado. With the Red Willow Dancers, he was a guest of the internationally renowned Kodo Drummers, performing at their 1998 Spring Festival and additional dates in Japan.

He has produced or performed on over 20 recordings, and has toured across the US, as well as Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, and the UK. Morin’s performances have reached millions on national TV in Japan, France, and the UK, as well as on national radio in the US (NPR’s “Beale Street Caravan”), UK (BBC’s “Whose London”), France (RFI), Switzerland, and Belgium.

For two consecutive years (2013 and 2014), Cary won the Colorado Blues Challenge Solo Championship. He has also been nominated for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year and Best Blues CD in the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards for three years running. In 2013, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fort Collins Music Association (FoCoMA) and won the Colorado Fan Favorite Poll in the blues category for his second solo release, Streamline, and favorite songwriter in 2016.  Cary has won the Colorado Blues Society’s Members Choice Awards in several categories for three years in-a-row.

In addition to his solo pursuits, Cary Morin performs with Young Ancients, in collaboration with John Magnie and Steve Amedée of The Subdudes.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kids learn Blues from John Dee Holeman

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Diggin': "Sweet Home Chicago
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I took John Dee Holeman to play for the Elementary and Middle School students at Orange County Charter School yesterday. It was wonderful to see the kids fascinated with the John Dee's Piedmont Blues, accompanied by Tim Duffy and Will Dawson, the school's elementary music teacher. The younger students wildly clapped during songs, mouths open in awe, absorbing the music. When Tim asked John Dee to explain the Blues, he said "Well, the blues, it's a feelin' you have. When I was young, the work was hard, and the pay was low... you might be upset, but you couldn't get real mad, you know. The blues, it's a feelin'."

One of the things I love most about working at Music Maker is helping people discover our artists, and the music they play. This was one of those great times - however, what I don't see as often is a giant group of kids ages six to ten playing "Sweet Home Chicago" as a tribute to John Dee. One group played ukeleles, another group played xylophones, and the first and second graders sang and danced. John Dee played along, took a guitar solo, and smiled at the enthusiasm of the whole group. It was really a great morning, and I hope we can see that again sometime!

Here's John Dee's version of "Sweet Home Chicago," for your enjoyment.

-- Corinne 
John Dee Holeman -  Sweet Home Chicago 
Ironing Board Sam heads to the high seas!

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Ironing Board Sam is heading out on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise next week to play alongside a lineup that includes MMRF Board Members the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Advisory Board Members Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more!

This is a busy month for Sam - he's just back from the Southern Mississippi Roots Festival and the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - speaking of which, did you see this piece in the Times-Picayune? - and then he's got Capitol Blues Night and the Cruise to finish out October.

Music Maker's Musical Development Program helps Sam and other artists by booking these gigs, coordinating travel, and making sure all details are taken care of.

Sam is thrilled to be working so much, and as he told the Times-Picayune, "I'm going to be around for a long, long time." We're looking forward to see Sam play for a long, long time!
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Whitney, John Dee Holeman & Joan Go to Richmond!
John Dee Holeman - Jimmy Williams The moment we walked into the hotel's large hospitality room, John Dee Holeman was recognized and approached by who I would later learn was Phil Wiggins, a musician who would be playing the harmonica alongside John Dee at the Richmond Folk Festival all weekend. At the time, I was just sure that John Dee was a huge celebrity and suddenly, now that I was out in the world with him, I was seeing it. This happened several more times over the course of the weekend -- whether he was approached by musicians who knew him from way-back-when or just enthusiastic festival-goers--even culminating in what felt like a press scrum (but was in reality a couple of festival volunteers and a couple of enthusiastic fans) slowing us down as we tried to get from one stage to another.

John Dee played four short sets during the festival, all with Phil and Music Maker artist Algia Mae Hinton's son, Williete, who demonstrated buck dance for the audience. His sets were full of soulful blues songs and easily danceable John Dee originals like "Chapel Hill Boogie." At his last set of the weekend, he and the guys were joined by blues artist Super Chikan and Nathan Williams of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-chas for a "Blues House Party," which packed the field stage with at least a couple thousand audience members (out of an estimated 200,000 in attendance for the whole festival) and had the air and energy of a rock concert.

As we were walking out the door Sunday evening to start our drive back to North Carolina, John Dee was stopped by another enthusiastic fan who wanted to buy some CDs and have them signed. It was rewarding for the festival weekend to be bookended by these little moments of satisfaction, the type of interactions with people that lets you know yes, people are listening and yes, they care.

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Cary Morin and Leyla McCalla
Next Generation Artists Cary Morin and Leyla McCalla
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11/09 - Ironing Board Sam - The Depot, Hillsborough, NC
11/11 - George Higgs -  Pinecone Music of the Carolinas, NCMoH, Raleigh, NC
11/15 - Ironing Board Sam - The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC
11/17 - Lakota John and Kin - American Indian Heritage Festival, NCMo, Raleigh, NC
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11/29 - Ironing Board Sam - The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC
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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year! from Bman! Wishing you the all the best!!

The most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year's eve, "Auld Lang Syne" is an old Scottish song that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in the 1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical Museum. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns's homeland.

It is often remarked that "Auld Lang Syne" is one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to. "Auld Lang Syne" literally translates as "old long since" and means "times gone by." The song asks whether old friends and times will be forgotten and promises to remember people of the past with fondness, "For auld lang syne, we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet."

The lesser known verses continue this theme, lamenting how friends who once used to "run about the braes,/ And pou'd the gowans fine" (run about the hills and pulled up the daisies) and "paidl'd in the burn/Frae morning sun till dine" (paddled in the stream from morning to dusk) have become divided by time and distance—"seas between us braid hae roar'd" (broad seas have roared between us). Yet there is always time for old friends to get together—if not in person then in memory—and "tak a right guid-willie waught" (a good-will drink). (Here Bman's friend Cary Morin plays Auld Land=g Syne)

But it was bandleader Guy Lombardo, and not Robert Burns, who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year's tradition. Lombardo first heard "Auld Lang Syne" in his hometown of London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers formed the famous dance band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the song became one of their standards. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year's eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. After that, Lombardo's version of the song was played every New Year's eve from the 1930s until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria. In the first years it was broadcast on radio, and then on television. The song became such a New Year's tradition that "Life magazine wrote that if Lombardo failed to play 'Auld Lang Syne,' the American public would not believe that the new year had really arrived."
Hogmanay (Scotland)

Here's a beautiful Cavaquinho solo to blues in the New Year!

The birthplace of "Auld Lang Syne" is also the home of Hogmanay (hog-mah-NAY), the rousing Scottish New Year's celebration (the origins of the name are obscure). One of the traditions is "first-footing." Shortly after midnight on New Year's eve, neighbors pay visits to each other and impart New Year's wishes. Traditionally, First foots used to bring along a gift of coal for the fire, or shortbread. It is considered especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the new year is rung in. The Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration is the largest in the country, and consists of an all-night street party (visit their Hagmanay website here).
Oshogatsu (Japan)

The new year is the most important holiday in Japan, and is a symbol of renewal. In December, various Bonenkai or "forget-the-year parties" are held to bid farewell to the problems and concerns of the past year and prepare for a new beginning. Misunderstandings and grudges are forgiven and houses are scrubbed. At midnight on Dec. 31, Buddhist temples strike their gongs 108 times, in a effort to expel 108 types of human weakness. New Year's day itself is a day of joy and no work is to be done. Children receive otoshidamas, small gifts with money inside. Sending New Year's cards is a popular tradition—if postmarked by a certain date, the Japanese post office guarantees delivery of all New Year's cards on Jan. 1
.(Japanese Funny Tombow does the one man version)

The Spanish ritual on New Year's eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.
The Netherlands

The Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome the new.
(Here is a great little tribute played by Crazy Cow Cigar Box of Holland)


In Greece, New Year's day is also the Festival of St. Basil, one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the traditional foods served is Vassilopitta, or St Basil's cake. A silver or gold coin is baked inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be especially lucky during the coming year.
United States
Probably the most famous tradition in the United States is the dropping of the New Year ball in Times Square, New York City, at 11:59 P.M. Thousands gather to watch the ball make its one-minute descent, arriving exactly at midnight. The tradition first began in 1907. The original ball was made of iron and wood; the current ball is made of Waterford Crystal, weighs 1,070 pounds, and is six feet in diameter.

A traditional southern New Year's dish is Hoppin' John—black eyed peas and ham hocks. An old saying goes, "Eat peas on New Year's day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year."

Another American tradition is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Tournament of Roses parade that precedes the football game on New Year's day is made up of elaborate and inventive floats. The first parade was held in 1886.
Widely Observed New Year Symbols and Traditions (Leon Redbone and his 2 cents worth... and a good 2 cents)

Resolutions: It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year's resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year.

Fireworks: Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year's eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect in their New Year's celebrations.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Music Maker artist: Cary Morin - Sing It Louder - New Recording review

I just received the new release "Sing It Louder" from Cary Morin. The release is filled with upbeat acoustic folk/blues tunes which are expertly crafted and sung by Morin. It's curious listening to this recording as it brings to mind the early music of James Taylor where his singing was soothing, invigorating and enjoyable. Morin is a terrific guitar player and uses his acute dexterity to play both chords and finger pick his way through the recording. I have listened to it a number of times today and would say based upon my description, it isn't the typical recording that I would buy, but I am very happy that I have it and plan to play it often. Cary demonstrates great songwriting, singing and playing talents and has put together a very cool recording that if given the exposure it deserves, should find it's place in many permanent collections.

Great job!
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Release! Cary Morin's "Sing It Louder"

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Cary Morin's "Sing It Louder" is December Record Club Release!
Sing it Louder Next Generation Artist Cary Morin is about to release his first album on the Music Maker label! "Sing It Louder" features pared-down acoustic Native Americana blues, and highlights Morin's deft fingerstyle guitar talents and distinctive songwriting style while showcasing his decades of music experience. Tim describes Morin as "a brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life's greatest rewards."

The album is the December release for the Music Maker Givin' It Back Record Club, which makes a great gift for loved ones! Order the Record Club in December and get not only "Sing It Louder," but three other new releases in 2012! Or, buy Cary's album by itself here.  
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Digging through the stacks: Boo Hanks
Boo Hanks Guitar Girls Are Crazy About Me by Boo Hanks is a collaboration between Boo and Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The two met the day Boo arrived at Music Maker from his home in Buffalo Junction, V.A. several years ago. They recorded together that very day, and in another session at Boo's trailer. This recording is on an upcoming CD of those sessions, and we thought it might be fun to share with you a track from the future album. The release date is March 6th, so keep an eye out!  
We love listening to this track in the office - in particular it reminds me of a time a concert-goer was so enchanted with Boo during his song "One Dime Blues" that she asked me for a dime to go give to him. Girls truly are crazy for Boo, so listen to the track above and know we've experienced it first-hand!

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Eddie Tigner home from hospital

MMRF Artist Eddie Tigner had a health scare two weeks ago and ended up in the hospital. We just received the good news that he's home and doing much better!
Eddie Tigner
Eddie met up with Music Maker through Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck in 1996. He had toured the U.S. for many years until a heart attack forced him to slow down in the late 1980's. Eddie has since recorded two albums on the MMRF label. 

Eddie has had several recent setbacks, but Music Maker has been there to ensure he can keep playing. In 2010 his car and some of his best equipment were stolen. Music Maker and other friends quickly pitched in and replaced what was lost, and Eddie wasn't down for long! Also in 2010, Eddie was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and forced to retire from his job in an elementary school cafeteria. Again, Eddie kept on playing, and Music Maker has been able to send Eddie to tour Australia, Europe and throughout the United States.

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Tickets are $25, and the drawing will be held aboard Blues Cruise #18 on January 28th, 2012! The Power Ticket option for $100 enters you five times into the raffle, and also includes a custom USB drive loaded with Tim's Top Picks for 2011!  Don't wait- get your ticket today!  
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Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. helps the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain 
recognition and meet their day to day needs. We present these musical traditions to the world so American culture will flourish and be preserved for future generations.