TAJ MAHAL, ROBERT FINLEY, DOM FLEMONS AND MORE ON MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION’s 25TH ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION ‘BLUE MUSE,’ OUT FEB. 1, 2019!

Tintype of Algia Mae Hinton by Timothy Duffy

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Music Maker Relief Foundation is celebrating twenty-five year of great works with the release of Blue Muse, a book of tintype photographs made by Music Maker Relief Foundation (MMRF) chief Tim Duffy, a terrific music CD featuring 21 tracks recorded by Music Maker Relief artists plus some guy named Eric Clapton and another guy named Taj Mahal, as well as the great Don Flemons, and a graphic novel on the origin story of MMRF written by Tim and Denise Duffy with art by Gary Dumm, all in honor of Music Maker Relief Foundation’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, and several of the artists that, thanks to you, MMRF has been able to assist.
  


Music Maker has provided support for over 400 artists over the course of its 25 years. This fantastic collection of releases should go far in continuing that great work. MMRF has provided financial support via over eleven-thousand financial grants, nearly six-thousand live performances, and releasing 2,357 songs all supporting elderly and indigent musicians. 


Want a taste? Let’s start with this exclusive Taj Mahal cut from this stellar, essential collection!


Music Maker Relief Foundation – the non-profit organization that helps traditional, southern musicians who live in poverty and has been featured on PBS News Hour, CBS News, and NPR – will release a compilation celebrating its 25th anniversary entitled ‘Blue Muse’ on February 1. The album features contributions from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and 17-time GRAMMY winner Eric Clapton (in a previously unreleased track), Blues Hall of Famer, two-time GRAMMY winner, and Americana Music

Tintype of Captain Luke by Timothy Duffy

 Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner Taj Mahal, “more than convincing” (NY Times) soul man and Dan Auerbach favorite Robert Finley, and GRAMMY-winner founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Dom Flemons. In keeping with Music Maker’s mission to preserve the musical traditional of the south by supporting the musicians who make it, the album spans a range of living southern music culture and fans will hear blues, folk, songster, jump blues, soul, Appalachian, garage blues, and gospel musics here.

The 21-track set features liner notes by Vogue and Guardian writer Rebecca Bengal

Big Legal Mess Records has signed several Music Maker artists such as Finley, Willie Farmer, Ironing Board Sam, Sam Frazier, Jr., and Theotis Taylor. Other highlights include top 20 Billboard hit “Route 66,” performed here by Atlanta’s pianist and World War II veteran Eddie Tigner. Sam is a veteran of several performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the 1970s and 2010s and at Lincoln Center. John Dee Holeman is a National Heritage Fellowship award winner. Boo Hanks has performed at Newport Folk Festival.

‘Blue Muse’ accompanies a photography book of the same name by Tim Duffy coming out February 25 on UNC press in association with the New Orleans Museum of Art; and an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art premiering April 25. 

Tintype of Alabama Slim by Timothy Duffy

Notable session musicians include guitar great Cool John Ferguson on Captain Luke’s “Old Black Buck,” Producer/artist Jimbo Mathus and former Al Green drummer Howard Grimes on “Age Don’t Mean a Thing” by Finley, GRAMMY-nominated bluesman Guy Davis on Flemons’ “Polly Put the Kettle On,” Mahal joining John Dee Holeman for “Hambone,” Will Sexton accompanying Farmer on “I Am The Lightnin,” and garage legend Jack Oblivian lends his guitar to Ironing Board Sam’s “Loose Diamonds.”

1. La Collegiale – The Grotto Sessions (featuring Guitar Gabriel, Ironing Board Sam, Etta Baker, Captain Luke, Alabama Slim, Neal Pattman)
2. Spike Driver Blues – Taj Mahal
3. Old Black Buck – Captain Luke
4. Route 66 – Eddie Tigner
5, I Got The Blues – Alabama Slim
6. Age Don’t Mean A Thing – Robert Finley
7. Polly Put The Kettle On – Dom Flemons
8. Hambone – John Dee Holeman
9. Snap Your Fingers – Algia Mae Hinton
10. I am the Lightning – Willie Farmer
11. D.O.C. Man – Dave McGrew
12. Sweet Valentine – Martha Spencer & Kelley Breiding
13. I Wanna Boogie – Boot Hanks w/ Dom Flemons
14. Mississippi Blues – Eric Clapton w/ Tim Duffy
15. Landlord Blues – Guitar Gabriel
16. Widow Woman – Drink Small
17. Cabbage Man – Sam Frazier, Jr.
18. Sing It Louder – Cary Morin
19. Loose Diamonds – Ironing Board Sam
20. I Know I’ve Been Changed – The Branchettes
21. Something Within Me – Theotis Taylor

For more information on Music Maker Relief Foundation, please contact Nick Loss-Eaton at [email protected] or 718.541.1130 or Cornelius Lewis at 919.643.2456.




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