I love the blues, but have only listened to a fraction of the people Tim and Denise know of or have worked with. Here is a great riff from the Music Maker site about the beginning of a special mission:
How did Music Maker get started?Tap the Blues on 11.11 and hope you will do the same. Other ways you can help keep the blues alive include:
The seeds of the Music Maker Relief Foundation (MMRF) grew out of Tim and Denise Duffy’s close relationship with Guitar Gabriel and several elderly African-American entertainers around Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After completing a M.A. in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989, Tim Duffy began documenting area blues artists. Together with these artists, Tim and Denise stood in commodity cheese lines, paid bills and performed at festivals and venues across the US and Europe, including the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
In seeking performance and recording opportunities for the artists, Tim and Denise came to realize that gigs barely paid them enough to cover expenses and record companies were only interested in young acts that could sell millions of CDs. The music industry just was not working for these artists. The prospects were even bleaker for artists too old or infirm to travel and perform. Something needed to be done quickly to preserve the music and the musicians.
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