We thank everyone that donated to our membership drive last spring. Music Maker (MM) donors matched the $50K challenge gift! Music Maker depends on our donors to insure the richness of our programs.
We have had a very busy summer and we have a great deal to look forward to this fall. This summer the MM Revue toured Germany and Spain introducing many new music fans to the mission of MMRF. We were playing wonderful festivals alongside acts such as The Roots, India Arie and Foreigner. Our fast moving package show featured Macavine Hayes, Eddie Tigner, Albert White, Pura Fe, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins supported by Ardie Dean, Sol and myself. Truly great fun! This revue is booked for Australia, Germany and France next year. We were thrilled to bring the MM Revue to the “Roots N Blues N Barbeque Festival” in Columbia, MO in September. There is nothing more precious and important for MM artists than to get out on stage and perform.
The Built for the Blues project is so moving for us. That a person is laying it on the line to build a house and donate all the profits from its sale is truly humbling. This generosity and spirit inspires us all to dedicate ourselves even more to our mission. There are many ways for you to participate in this project. Buy the kitchen sink or come to the Open House celebration and help us match this gift of $80,000.
We have many events to look forward to. Board member Ryan Costello and his partner Todd Cornett informed me that the 5th Annual Congressional Blues Festival has been booked at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We are deeply honored to celebrate our nation's greatest natural resource there next spring. Ryan and I spent an incredible day in DC visiting MM supporters including VW, Fedex, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Hardy Lott, Congressman Jon Porter and were overwhelmed by their enthusiasm to support our mission.
We are gearing up for our Fishin’ Blues Tournament in Playa Zancudo, Costa Rica this upcoming February. Our 6th annual is guaranteed to be an incredible adventure. Join us for the best Blues and catch the
The Carolina Chocolate Drops completed an historic summer of touring, thrilling audiences throughout Canada, the US and at the Newport and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, They have done close to 200 shows this year and there is no end in sight. They will tour England, France and Germany next March. We thank the CCDs for embracing our mission and being such dynamic ambassadors for MMRF.
The CDs we are offering in our Holiday Gifts program are spectacular! “Blues, Sweet Blues” demonstrates the richness of our recording legacy. These 40 previously unreleased recordings proves that MM has issued the finest recordings of rural blues in modern times. “Christmas with Cootie” is a real treat. Cootie is joined by John Dee Holeman, Cool John Ferguson, Macavine Hayes, Whistlin’ Britches and Captain Luke for a hilariously uplifting Christmas celebration. “Pura Fe, Hold the Rain” is an exquisite set of personal songs by this native chanteuse. Thank you for gifting all your friends, these packages arrive in festive packaging with your personal note.
I leave this letter with the announcement that Music Maker just bought a building in historic Hillsborough, NC. Congressman David Price made this possible through an appropriation grant from the federal government. We thank board member Ryan Costello for planting the seed at our first Congressional Blues Festival. This space will help us grow our organization and give us a stronger presence in our community.
The building needs some renovation and landscape design. Anyone who wishes to help us get this space renovated please get in touch.
Thank you to everyone and please make a contribution today.
With warm regards,
Timothy & Denise Duffy
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