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  • Music Maker Blues Foundation - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2011 fragm. 1

    9:23

    - It Hurts Me Too
    - Old Man Sing the Blues

    Dr. G. B. Burt - guitar, vocals
    Ardie Dean - drums

    42. Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen, Germany, 2011

    ! ! ! please pay attention ! ! !
    I Do Not Own The Rights To The Music.
    All Rights Belong To Their Respectful Owners.
    If you think it is violates your copyright and you wish the video to be removed immediately, please report...

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  • Freight Train Blues - Phil Cook

    1:7:20

    Freight Train Blues celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend Elizabeth Libba Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, North Carolina. Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and given over 12,000 artist grants. Through its Sustenance Program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the way of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed.

    Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and has been featured on ABC, PBS NewsHour and NPR Weekend Edition. Through its sustenance program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the form of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed. Emergency grants have seen a considerable uptick during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Donate TODAY:

    paypal -
    venmo - @MusicMakerBlues
    Text MUSICMAKER to 44-321

    The series honors Elizabeth Cotten's contributions to American roots music by highlighting the cultural significance, diversity, and vitality of her North Carolina community and its connections to artists across the nation.

    Presented by: Music Maker Relief Foundation, Carrboro Tourism Development Authority, Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Dept., and 97.9 The Hill WCHL

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  • Beverly Guitar Watkins: Back in Business

    6:19

    Beverly Guitar Watkins plays Back in Business during the Winston Blues Revival tour in 1999

    Visit Music Maker Relief Foundation:

    Learn more about Beverly Watkins -

    Buy Beverly Guitar Watkin's music on Itunes!

  • ALGHOZA BLUES - Rajasthan Melody ║ BackPack Studio™ ║ Indian Folk Music - Rajasthan

    5:27

    This is an instrumental song played on Alghoza, an instrument which is made up of twin flutes out of which one is used to play the melody while the other one is meant for the drone.

    Song Credits -

    Alghoza - Taga Ram Bheel (9602280491)
    Ravanhatta - Hari Ram Bhopa (9660535278)
    Dholak - Raees Khan (9950891747)
    Khartaal - Imamuddin (9928689396)
    Ghungru - Ramesh (7023685329)
    Matka - Sawai Khan

    Webpage - anahad.ngo/groups/rajasthanmelody

    ©Anahad Foundation. For any assistance write to mail@anahad.ngo

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  • Music Maker Blues Foundation - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2011 fragm. 4

    14:54

    - Hen House
    - Something on Your Mind
    - I'm Proud
    - You Can Have My Husband (fragm.)

    Pat Wilder - guitar, vocals
    Albert White - guitar, vocals
    Eddie Tigner - piano, vocals
    Pat Mother Blues Cohen - vocals
    Nashid Abdul - bass
    Ardie Dean - drums

    42. Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen, Germany, 2011

    ! ! ! please pay attention ! ! !
    I Do Not Own The Rights To The Music.
    All Rights Belong To Their Respectful Owners.
    If you think it is violates your copyright and you wish the video to be removed immediately, please report...

  • Music Maker Blues Foundation - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2011 fragm. 3

    7:36

    - Hold On To Your Hiney
    - Stranded in St. Louis

    Albert White - guitar, vocals
    Eddie Tigner - piano, vocals
    Nashid Abdul - bass
    Ardie Dean - drums

    42. Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen, Germany, 2011

    ! ! ! please pay attention ! ! !
    I Do Not Own The Rights To The Music.
    All Rights Belong To Their Respectful Owners.
    If you think it is violates your copyright and you wish the video to be removed immediately, please report...

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  • Music Maker Blues Foundation - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2011 HD

    1:17:06

    !!!

    00:01:40 - It Hurts Me Too
    00:06:01 - Old Man Sing the Blues
    00:12:09 - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
    00:17:43 - Georgia on My Mind
    00:25:05 - Rock with Me
    00:29:45 - Someday Baby
    00:34:15 - Hold On To Your Hiney
    00:37:28 - Stranded in St. Louis
    00:43:06 - Hen House
    00:47:35 - Something on Your Mind
    00:52:30 - I'm Proud
    00:56:00 - You Can Have My Husband
    01:00:15 - At Last
    01:05:19 - Wang Dang Doodle
    01:09:49 - representation of musicians (The Blues Is Alright)
    01:13:43 - Chain of Fools
    01:16:30 - end credits

    Dr. G. B. Burt - guitar, vocals
    Albert White - guitar, vocals
    Pat Wilder - guitar, vocals
    Alabama Slim - guitar, vocals
    Eddie Tigner - piano, vocals
    Pat Mother Blues Cohen - vocals
    Nashid Abdul - bass
    Ardie Dean - drums

    42. Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen, Germany, 2011

    ! ! ! please pay attention ! ! !
    I Do Not Own The Rights To The Music.
    All Rights Belong To Their Respectful Owners.
    If you think it is violates your copyright and you wish the video to be removed immediately, please report...

  • Music Maker Blues Foundation - Jazzwoche Burghausen 2011 fragm. 2

    10:08

    - Rock with Me
    - Someday Baby

    Alabama Slim - guitar, vocals
    Albert White - guitar, vocals
    Eddie Tigner - piano, vocals
    Nashid Abdul - bass
    Ardie Dean - drums

    42. Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen, Germany, 2011

    ! ! ! please pay attention ! ! !
    I Do Not Own The Rights To The Music.
    All Rights Belong To Their Respectful Owners.
    If you think it is violates your copyright and you wish the video to be removed immediately, please report...

  • What is the Blues?

    2:53

    Music Maker artists give their take on the blues.

    video by Tom Ciaburri

    Visit Music Maker Relief Foundation:

    Buy Dr. Burt's music on Itunes!

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  • Music Maker Blues Revue Live in Germany!

    5:16

    Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Dr. Burt, Eddie Tigner, Alabama Slim, Pura Fe, Albert White, Ardie Dean perform an encore, Live in Germany at the Leverkusener Jazztage this past November.

  • MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION,Getxo blues 15-07-2017

    3:17

    Festival de blues de Getxo 2017

  • Music Maker Goes To Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

    4:24

    In September, Telluride Brews & Blues Festival invited Music Maker Relief Foundation partner artists Robert Finley & Alabama Slim to play.

    Support America's most vulnerable musicians here -

  • Robert Finley Talks About the Blues and Music Maker

    37

    Help Musicians Make It -
    Learn more about Robert Finley -

    The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time.

  • The Music Makers Foundation Revue: The Blues Is Alright

    2:32

    Lil' Joe Burton (vo, tbn), Alabama Slim (vo. g), Robert Finley (vo, g), Albert White (vo, g), Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq (bs), Ardie Dean (dms). Music Makers Blues Revue. Clamores, Madrid, Nov. 13, 2016.

    More videos of the same concert at:

    More info and pics:

  • Music Maker Sustenance Story: Pat Mother Blues Cohen

    38

    Help Musicians Make It today

    For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Katrina destroyed her home. She relocated to North Carolina and has recently started touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. During her performances, “Mother Blues” unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes—women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James.

    Pat Cohen is a dramatic and exotic performer whose talent should not be overlooked.

    Learn more about Pat Cohen -

  • Music Maker Relief Foundation: Our Mission

    4:58



    The Music Maker Relief Foundation was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker will give future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America's musical traditions.

  • Music Maker Preserving Music by Preserving Musicians

    1:52

    Tim and Denise Duffy on the founding and mission of the Music Maker Relief Foundation

  • Freight Train Blues - Thomas Rhyant

    1:5:50

    Freight Train Blues celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend Elizabeth Libba Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, North Carolina. Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and given over 12,000 artist grants. Through its Sustenance Program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the way of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed.

    Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and has been featured on ABC, PBS NewsHour and NPR Weekend Edition. Through its sustenance program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the form of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed. Emergency grants have seen a considerable uptick during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Donate TODAY:

    paypal -
    venmo - @MusicMakerBlues
    Text MUSICMAKER to 44-321

    The series honors Elizabeth Cotten's contributions to American roots music by highlighting the cultural significance, diversity, and vitality of her North Carolina community and its connections to artists across the nation.

    Presented by: Music Maker Relief Foundation, Carrboro Tourism Development Authority, Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Dept., and 97.9 The Hill WCHL

  • Center for Documentary Studies and Music Maker: From Rocks to Blues

    1:59

    In Spring 2013, Music Maker partnered with Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies for a Multimedia Documentary class. The class objective was to edit and shape fieldwork material into a web-based multimedia presentation, learn current technologies and techniques for multimedia publications and examine unique storytelling strategies for on-line presentations and compare this medium to traditional venues for documentary work, such as exhibitions, books, and broadcast.

    They worked with MMRF to document several local artists -- in this one, Ironing Board Sam talks about an item of special significance.

    Check out the calendar for artist tour dates:

  • Music Maker 25 trailer

    59

    Longstanding institutional barriers prevent many musicians from accessing the resources needed to live and make music. For 25 years, Music Maker Relief Foundation — a groundbreaking nonprofit organization based in Hillsborough, NC — has ensured that the voices of hundreds of extraordinary and unheralded blues and folk musicians are not silenced by poverty and time. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Music Maker collaborates with Duke Performances for a weeklong music series and exhibition at The Fruit in downtown Durham that spotlights pioneering contributors preserving the rich musical traditions of the South.

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  • MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION @ BLUESFEST

    4:46

    Music Maker Foundation @ Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 (2):
    I saw these guys a few years in a row at Bluesfest - glad i got to see them again. Slightly different line up this time.. but neverthelss, this group is one of the U.S forgotten heros of the Blues - and thanks to the organization of 'Music Maker Foundation', they have found these struggling old time Blues musicians and brought them out to the publics attention again...
    ** P.S. after only a short while of filming, a guard from Bluesfest came up to me, who had attitude, made me turn my camera off, and said if i was uploading to youtube he would confiscate it. well, i showd him! its on here now buddy!. I was not doing any harm, or make any money, i just simply wanted to capture the magic forever.. Hope you all enjoy anyways :)

  • Robert Finley On the Music Maker Relief Foundation

    56

    A little over one year ago Music Maker's Executive Director, Tim Duffy discovered Robert Finley on the streets of the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Since partnering with Music Maker Robert has released an album and toured the world sharing his music.

    You can help musicians like Robert Finley -

    Learn more about Robert Finley here -

  • Music Maker Foundation live at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2010

    7:00

    The Music Maker Foundation featuring Eddie Tigner, Albert White, Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen and Artie Dean perform live at Bluesfest, Byron Bay Australia.
    Bluesfest is The East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival held over 5 days every Easter. This was the festival's 21st. anniversary.
    This performance took place on the festival's Jambalaya stage on Thursday afternoon, April 1, 2010.
    Recorded in 720p HD.

  • MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION @ BLUESFEST - PART 2

    5:13

    Music Maker Foundation @ Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 (3) - PART 2 of 2:
    I saw these guys a few years in a row at Bluesfest - glad i got to see them again. Slightly different line up this time.. but neverthelss, this group is one of the U.S forgotten heros of the Blues - and thanks to the organization of 'Music Maker Foundation', they have found these struggling old time Blues musicians and brought them out to the publics attention again...
    ** P.S. after only a short while of filming, a guard from Bluesfest came up to me, who had attitude, made me turn my camera off, and said if i was uploading to youtube he would confiscate it. well, i showd him! its on here now buddy!. I was not doing any harm, or make any money, i just simply wanted to capture the magic forever.. Hope you all enjoy anyways :)

  • Freight Train Blues - Lightnin Wells

    1:4:12

    Freight Train Blues celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend Elizabeth Libba Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, North Carolina. Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and given over 12,000 artist grants. Through its Sustenance Program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the way of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed.

    Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and has been featured on ABC, PBS NewsHour and NPR Weekend Edition. Through its sustenance program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the form of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed. Emergency grants have seen a considerable uptick during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Donate TODAY:

    paypal -
    venmo - @MusicMakerBlues
    Text MUSICMAKER to 44-321

    The series honors Elizabeth Cotten's contributions to American roots music by highlighting the cultural significance, diversity, and vitality of her North Carolina community and its connections to artists across the nation.

    Presented by: Music Maker Relief Foundation, Carrboro Tourism Development Authority, Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Dept., and 97.9 The Hill WCHL

  • MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION @ BLUESFEST 2010

    6:03

    Music Maker Foundation @ Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 (4):
    I saw these guys a few years in a row at Bluesfest - glad i got to see them again. Slightly different line up this time.. but neverthelss, this group is one of the U.S forgotten heros of the Blues - and thanks to the organization of 'Music Maker Foundation', they have found these struggling old time Blues musicians and brought them out to the publics attention again...
    ** P.S. after only a short while of filming, a guard from Bluesfest came up to me, who had attitude, made me turn my camera off, and said if i was uploading to youtube he would confiscate it. well, i showd him! its on here now buddy!. I was not doing any harm, or make any money, i just simply wanted to capture the magic forever.. Hope you all enjoy anyways :)

  • ROBERT LEE COLEMAN en Madrid, Music Makers Foundation

    6:57

    ROBERT LEE COLEMAN (vo. g) with Albert White (g), Lil' Joe Burton (tbn), Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq (bs), Ardie Dean (dms). Music Makers Blues Revue. Clamores, Madrid, Nov. 13, 2016.

    More videos of the same concert at:

    More info and pics:

  • MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION @ BLUESFEST

    1:51

    Music Maker Foundation @ Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 (5):
    *** (this is the actual clip that i shot, right before a guard from Bluesfest, who had attitude - came up behind me, made me turn my camera off, and said if iwas to upload to youtube, he would confiscate my camera... i was not doing anyone any harm, nor wanted to make any money out of it at all, i simply wanted to capture the greatness of the gig for myself... and theres nothing wrong with sharing it anyway - and the artist does not care if you film them and upload - i should know because i am a musician, and i would want people to film my gig and put it up.. that guard at Bluesfest - just had problems! and Bluesfest, and everyone else like them, just think about making money, and they dont think about about the artist, or think about what the public actually wants). Hope you all enjoyed these clips anyways. Music Maker are helping to keep the Blues alive, for you!
    Peace

  • MAGIX MUSIC MAKER, BLUES

    2:46

    MAGIX MUSIC MAKER AN EASY BLUES

  • Music Maker Blues Revue globalFest 2016

    3:31

    @musicmakerblues
    globalFest 2016
    tminsky@ix.netcom.com

  • Music Maker Blues Revue - Pat Cohen

    4:26

    Pat Mother Blues Cohen de New Orleans.

  • MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION @ BLUESFEST 2010

    2:41

    Music Maker Foundation @ Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 (1):
    I saw these guys a few years in a row at Bluesfest - glad i got to see them again. Slightly different line up this time.. but neverthelss, this group is one of the U.S forgotten heros of the Blues - and thanks to the organization of 'Music Maker Foundation', they have found these struggling old time Blues musicians and brought them out to the publics attention again...
    ** P.S. after only a short while of filming, a guard from Bluesfest came up to me, who had attitude, made me turn my camera off, and said if i was uploading to youtube he would confiscate it. well, i showd him! its on here now buddy!. I was not doing any harm, or make any money, i just simply wanted to capture the magic forever.. Hope you all enjoy anyways :)

  • MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION @ BLUESFEST - PART 1

    6:57

    Music Maker Foundation @ Byron Bay Bluesfest 2010 (3) - PART 1 of 2:
    I saw these guys a few years in a row at Bluesfest - glad i got to see them again. Slightly different line up this time.. but neverthelss, this group is one of the U.S forgotten heros of the Blues - and thanks to the organization of 'Music Maker Foundation', they have found these struggling old time Blues musicians and brought them out to the publics attention again...
    ** P.S. after only a short while of filming, a guard from Bluesfest came up to me, who had attitude, made me turn my camera off, and said if i was uploading to youtube he would confiscate it. well, i showd him! its on here now buddy!. I was not doing any harm, or make any money, i just simply wanted to capture the magic forever.. Hope you all enjoy anyways :)

  • The Music Maker Relief Foundation

    6:29

    The Music Maker Relief Foundation @ Swing Wespelaar. 21 aug 2016

  • Alabama Slim - Come On and Rock With Me Baby

    5:17

    Alabama Slim performs at the Music Maker Relief Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.

    Alabama Slim became a Music Maker artist in 2004. Music Maker has helped him obtain a passport, provided him with sustenance grants, and assisted him in relocating back to New Orleans after Katrina. Additionally, the foundation has issued Slim’s two records, Blue & Lonesome and The Mighty Flood and featured him in the films Toot Blues and Redemption Road. Music Maker has helped Slim arrange performances throughout the United States, including at the Lincoln Center in New York, and gave him the chance to tour across Europe playing with the Music Maker Blues Revue.

    Donate today -

  • Music Maker Blues Review @ Capitol Blues Night

    10:07

    Recorded live at Capitol Blues Night, held at The Hamilton, Washington DC, and organized by the Music Maker Relief Foundation (

    Personnel (right to left):
    Ironing Board Sam, lead vocals and piano
    Sol, bass
    Captain Luke, vocals
    Phil Wiggins, harmonica
    Ardie Dean, drums
    Cool John Ferguson, guitar
    Big Joe Hunter, guitar
    Tim Duffy, guitar

  • Music Maker Relief Foundation Fundraiser -- The Hamilton, DC 9-3-13

    5:12

    The Carolina Chocolate Drops performing

  • Music Maker Sustenance Story: Boo Hanks

    45

    Boo Hanks, is the greatest Piedmont Blues rediscovery in many years. He made his first recording with Music Maker at 82 and has enjoyed performances around home as well as Lincoln Center and Belgium.

    Learn more about the Music Maker Relief Foundation:

    Learn more about Boo Hanks:

  • 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by The Blues Foundation

    4:06

    May 10, 2017 - Memphis, TN

    2017 Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education.

    This year's class of inductees are:

    PERFORMERS
    Johnny Copeland
    Henry Gray
    Willie Johnson
    Latimore
    Magic Slim
    Mavis Staples

    INDIVIDUALS: BUSINESS, PRODUCTION, MEDIA, or ACADEMIC
    Amy van Singel

    CLASSICS OF BLUES LITERATURE
    Father of the Blues by W.C. Handy

    CLASSICS OF BLUES RECORDING: ALBUM
    The Real Folk Blues by John Lee Hooker

    CLASSICS OF BLUES RECORDING: SINGLE
    “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley
    “Hi-Heel Sneakers” by Tommy Tucker
    “I Ain't Superstitious” by Howling’ Wolf
    “I’ll Play the Blues for You” by Albert King
    “Preachin' the Blues” by Son House

  • Little Steven Van Zandt Intro at 2018 Blues Music Awards

    4:56

    2018 Blues Music Awards were held on May 10, 2018 in Memphis, TN. Hosted by Little Steven Van Zandt.

    For more information on the Blues Music Award and The Blues Foundation, please visit

  • Mein alter Ganter......................./Magix Music Maker

    3:02

    Mein Ganter ist nicht mehr ganz jung, aber singen kann er noch gut.
    Heute habe ich einen kleinen Blues gebastelt. Ganter Heinrich hat mir natürlich geholfen. ...LOL! ...Er hat die Ruhe weg. Es ist mein erster Versuch in dieser Musikrichtung. Bitte entschuldigt meinen kleinen Fehler.
    Wie immer, sind die Fotos und Videoszenen auch von mir erstellt worden.
    Ich wünsche Euch viel Spaß! Über Kommentare und Bewertungen freue ich mich und bedanke mich schon mal! Yessi

  • Taj Mahal - Fishing Blues

    3:04

    Taj Mahal preforms Fishing Blues live during the Winston Blues Revival tour in 1999. visit for more info!

  • la Mar de Músicas. Music maker Foundation. Videos

    8:04

    Selección de videos del concierto de Music Maker Foundation en La Mar de Músicas. Cartagena. 2007.

  • Center for Documentary Studies and Music Maker: Ben Payton Performs

    3:51

    In Spring 2013, Music Maker partnered with Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies for a Multimedia Documentary class. The class objective was to edit and shape fieldwork material into a web-based multimedia presentation, learn current technologies and techniques for multimedia publications and examine unique storytelling strategies for on-line presentations and compare this medium to traditional venues for documentary work, such as exhibitions, books, and broadcast.

    They worked with MMRF to document several local artists -- including this great performance video of Ben Payton.

  • Drink Small Talks About Music Maker

    51

    Drink Small is an 83 year Bluesman from Bishopville, SC and was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA in 2015.

    Music Maker has worked with Drink for over 2 decades. First as a partner artist and then later assisting Drink with sustenance aid.

    Learn more about Drink Small -
    Learn more about Music Maker -

  • Freight Train Blues - Hiss Golden Messenger

    1:1:20

    Freight Train Blues celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend Elizabeth Libba Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, North Carolina. Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and given over 12,000 artist grants. Through its Sustenance Program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the way of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed.

    Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation has helped over 500 musicians and has been featured on ABC, PBS NewsHour and NPR Weekend Edition. Through its sustenance program, elderly roots musicians living in poverty are given critical support in the form of monthly grants and emergency funding when needed. Emergency grants have seen a considerable uptick during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Donate TODAY:

    paypal -
    venmo - @MusicMakerBlues
    Text MUSICMAKER to 44-321

    The series honors Elizabeth Cotten's contributions to American roots music by highlighting the cultural significance, diversity, and vitality of her North Carolina community and its connections to artists across the nation.

    Presented by: Music Maker Relief Foundation, Carrboro Tourism Development Authority, Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Dept., and 97.9 The Hill WCHL

  • Cigar Box Blues - The Makers Of A Revolution Trailer

    1:50

    Trailer for Cigar Box Blues - The Makers Of A Revolution. This documentary will be broadcast on BBC 4 (time and date tbc).

    It was previously broadcast on BBC 1 West Midlands on December 16 2019, and has featured in several film festivals worldwide. Click here to watch the trailer on YouTube.

    We meet the passionate makers and players of cigar box guitars. Many of these craftsmen and musicians are from post-industrial British towns, and have created a self-identity through making these unique three-stringed guitars. Born from the blues, their simple, low cost, ‘no rules’ approach means anyone can try their hand.

    These are the fervent advocates of the ‘cigar box guitar revolution’ who express their love of designing and constructing hand-made instruments, recycled from almost anything. The democratic, pro-recycling, local-production ethos of the movement inspires new recruits, while the emotional connection they feel for their instruments creates a unique and evocative sound that totally transports musicians and audiences alike.

    Although the cigar box guitar has a long history in the USA, where it formed part of the culture of traditional blues music, it has only recently become popular with musicians in the UK. This film reveals how just three chords, played on their unique, DIY, instruments, hand-made from recycled materials, connect them to their truth.

  • Cherry Pie - Live @ The Hamilton, Washington, DC

    5:53

    Ironing Board Sam with the Music Maker Blues Revue at The Hamilton, Washington, DC
    October 23, 2012.

    Learn more about Ironing Board Sam -

  • Meet the Blues Foundation

    1:01

    Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based but world renowned as THE organization whose mission is: To preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

    Its signature events -The Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards – make it the center of blues music.

    It’s HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance for musicians in need, while Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues Scholarships expose new generations to blues music.

    The Blues Foundation is here to help you personally connect to the international blues community where you can gain access to a vast array of resources, information, news, and activities not available anywhere else.

    Support The Blues Foundation by becoming an affiliated organization, business, or individual member, or by simply making a charitable contribution – by visiting

  • Jus Blues Music Awards & Conference

    1:09

    Paying tribute to Blues & Soul music and it's makers through the Jus` Blues Music Awards for more than a decade, The Jus` Blues Music Foundation Continues It rich and ongoing growth as one of the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the Blues and Soul Music communities.

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