Music Maker Relief Foundation

Latest Release

Sacred Soul of North Carolina - Thumbnail

Various Artists, Sacred Soul of North Carolina 
Out 9.24.21 on Bible & Tire Recording Company

High Res Photos

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High res photos coming soon!
Photo credit: Zoe van Buren


“Have You Tried Jesus”
Little Willie & The Fantastic Spiritualaires


“We Will Work”
Faith & Harmony

Latest Release

Blue Muse CD
2.1.19 | Music Maker Relief Foundation

Latest Release

Blue Muse Photograph Book
2.1.19 | Music Maker Relief Foundation

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American Blues Scene Premiere: Sacred Soul of North Carolina

Exclusive: The Johnsonaires Premiere "Trying To Make It" From Sacred Soul Of North Carolina"The group is made up of all brothers whose musical...

Queen City Nerve Review: Sacred Soul of North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina Gospel Takes Center Stage in ‘Sacred Soul’"Daniels’ declaration, connecting intimately and one-on-one with the listener,...

Soul Country Single Premiere: The Sacred Soul of North Carolina

"Sacred Soul" from North Carolina"Johnny Ray Daniels speaks softly, but his voice shakes North Carolina’s coastal plain when he and the other...

Down At the Crossroads Highlights the Work of Tim Duffy

“A glorious awakening of music tradition,” Music Maker Relief Foundation’s Tim Duffy"Tim Duffy is a breath of inspiration, and what he and the Music...

Rolling Stone Highlights Folk Alliance International and Music Maker Relief Foundation

A comprehensive list of music industry–related charities aiding those affected by the coronavirus pandemic"For nearly 30 years, this North...

PBS Newshour Video: Pat Cohen

A music maker sings the coronavirus blues "Musician Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen has long met adversity with music. She lost her New Orleans home to...

CNN Feature: Blues Artists Impacted by COVID-19

Covid-19 taking toll on blues community"Cohen is part of a community of musicians trying to keep the blues alive in a landscape where live music is...

Rolling Stone Feature: Pat Cohen

Meet the Blues Singer Who Won’t Stop Brightening Seniors’ Lives"She never stopped believing in kindness, and now she’s making a difference by...

Bitter Southerner: The Hope To Be Heard

With music venues shuttered, musicians across the South face huge losses"Salisbury, North Carolina based singer and performer Pat “Mother Blues”...

AV Club Giveaway

Do you like roots music? Then we're giving away a getaway just for you "We’re giving away a getaway to Durham, NC, to attend a five-day music and...

Washington Post Feature

"Their ancestral cultures have been oppressed and forbidden, and yet they rise up singing" "For at least 30 years, Duffy has been working alongside...

Bitter Southerner Feature

Searching for High John "High John the Conqueror, a man in full, has walked through the annals of African American folklore for centuries."  |  Read...

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Bruce Watson’s Bible & Tire Recording Co. & Music Maker Relief Foundation Share Soul-Jolting New Single “Shake Me” by Bishop Albert Harrison & The Gospel Tones from ‘Sacred Soul of North Carolina’

Album and accompanying film recorded in the field in makeshift recording studio in rural, eastern NC right before pandemicBible & Tire Recording...

Bruce Watson’s Bible & Tire Recording Co. Joins with Music Maker Foundation to Examine Quartet Tradition on New Compilation Sacred Soul of North Carolina, To Be Released October 15

Accompanying Documentary Film Out Oct. 5 Via FolkstreamsWhen Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Foundation took Memphis’ Bruce Watson (Fat Possum Records,...

Livestream Music Series Honoring Legendary Grammy-Winner Elizabeth ‘Libba’ Cotten

Performances by Amythyst Kiah, Johnny Ray Daniels, The Hamiltones, Alexa Rose, and Harvey Dalton ArnoldLivestream each concert via the links below:...

For Struggling Musicians without Internet, Vaccine Is a Phone Call Away

After year of unprecedented artist struggle, Music Maker Relief Foundation moves to fill the gaps, stave off pawn shops and predatory loans“One of...

Hiss Golden Messenger, Mandarin Orange, Phil Cook Highlight NC’s Online Freight Train Blues Concert Series 5/22-6/19

Livestream Music Series Honoring Piedmont Blues Woman Elizabeth 'Libba' Cotten To Feature N.C. ArtistsTune into the livestream via: Facebook LIVE:...

Cathead Donates Hand Sanitizer To Blues Artists In Need

Mississippi's Cathead Distillery Donates Hand Sanitizer to Blues Artists In PovertyIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi’s Cathead...

How COVID Is Affecting Aging Blues Musicians

And What Music Maker Relief Foundation Is Doing To Help Since 1994, Music Maker Relief Foundation (MMRF) has helped over 500 musicians and has been...

MMRF Brings Blues Revue to New Orleans Jazzfest

Former Bourbon Street performer Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen returns to New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane KatrinaNew Orleans, L.A. – The...

MMRF’s 25th Adds Immersive Exhibition to Concert Festival Dec 4-8

Duke Performances partners with the MMRF to present Music Maker 25 at The Fruit. Works from significant visual artists such as Lonnie Holley (The...

NOMA Presents Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse

Preserving the Roots of the American SouthThe New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse, on view April 25, 2019 through...



Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit organization, preserves and promotes the musical traditions of the American South which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. Since 1994 they have partnered with senior roots musicians living in poverty, sustaining their day-to-day needs while building their careers. Through Music Maker, our rich musical heritage will not be lost with the passing of time. Music Maker has been featured on PBS NewsHour, NPR Weekend Edition and CBS Evening News and has assisted hundreds of musicians. In February, 2019, Z2 will release a graphic novel in partnership with Music Maker; Music Maker will release a 25th anniversary music album; and Tim Duffy will release his third book of photographs and words entitled Blue Muse, published by UNC Press and the New Orleans Museum of Art. More information on Music Maker and their anniversary is available at

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