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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: MMCD214
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 9798218209162
  • Street Date: 02/16/24
  • PreBook Date: 01/12/24
  • Label: Music Maker »
  • Genre: Blues
  • Run Time: 244:28 mins
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Year of Production: 2023
  • Box Lot: 10
  • Territory: WORLD


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Song Keepers: A Music Maker Foundation Anthology

Since its founding in 1994, Music Maker Foundation has partnered with over 500 musicians, tending the roots of American music.

Song Keepers: A Music Maker Foundation Anthology
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For three decades Music Maker Foundation has sought out the country's unsung, tending the roots of American music - this new 143-page book by Georgann Eubanks features interviews with figures integral to the development of Music Maker Foundation including Taj Mahal, Rhiannon Giddens and many more, plus 100 stunning photographs. The book is accompanied by an 85 song, four-CD compilation from various artists drawn from over 200 releases in the MMF catalog, ranging from acoustic blues, electric blues, sacred soul, gospel, and eclectic folk music. Music Maker Foundation has been one of the leading nonprofits in the music industry for 30 years. What makes this organization special, though, is how its team members seek out Southern songs to save, while also working to protect and empower those who make the music in the first place. The mission is as much about the people as their art.

With Song Keepers: A 30-Year Anthology, Music Maker Foundation honors the people, places, and songs (re)discovered over the past three decades. This box set is a vital tome of history and songs. But it's also a piece of art in itself -- a beautiful combination of original photography, engaging storytelling, and popular music.

What shocks me the most every time I listen to these 85 songs is simply how real they are. Some are standards and some are originals. The playing is honest, occasionally even makeshift. And the stories are pointedly American, yet wholly universal.

Song Keepers encapsulates everything I love and believe in about music -- that this art form is a human form. And celebrating that humanity shows how we're more alike than different. -- Hilary Saunders (Managing Editor, No Depression)

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Guitar Gabriel - Landlord Blues
  • Alvin Youngblood Hart - Livin’ in a Strain
  • Adolphus Bell - Black Man’s Dream
  • Skeeter Brandon - Blues Hangover
  • Rufus McKenzie - Slavery Time Blues
  • George Higgs - Greasy Greens
  • Big Boy Henry - Walkin’ Night & Day
  • Gail Ceasar - Guitar Woman Blues
  • Shelton Powe - Shake ’Em on Down
  • Neal Pattman - Disco Twist
  • Captain Luke - Freight Train Boogie
  • Cora Mae Bryant - Yo-yo Daddy
  • Precious Bryant - If You Don’t Love Me, Would You Fool Me Good
  • Cootie Stark - High Yellow
  • Willa Mae Buckner - Peter Rumpkin
  • JW Warren - Have You Seen Corinna?
  • David Butler - Poor Boy
  • John Lee Zeigler - Pretty Little Shoes
  • Captain Luke - Chokin’ Kind
  • Algia Mae Hinton - Snap Your Fingers
  • Mr. Q - We Three
  • Albert Smith - Biscuit Roller
  • Etta Baker - Carolina Breakdown
  • Disc 2:
    • Sol Roots - Intro
    • Sonny Boy King - Came Home This Morning
    • Jerry “Boogie” McCain - Where You Been?
    • Beverly “Guitar” Watkins - Back in Business
    • John Dee Holeman - Chapel Hill Boogie
    • Lee Gates - You Gotta Love Me Baby
    • Robert Finley - I Just Want to Tell You
    • Alabama Slim - Please Leave My Money Alone
    • Aretta Woodruff - Trapped
    • Ironing Board Sam - Man of the Street
    • Dr. Burt - Clock on the Wall
    • George Connor - Brother’s Tone
    • Hermon Hitson - Let the Gods Sing
    • Leonard “Lowdown” Brown - Find a Bridge
    • Albert White - A Rose for My Lady
    • James Davis - Georgia Drumbeat
    • Eddie Tigner - Route 66
    • Sweet Betty - PARTY
    • Disc 3:
      • Glorifying Vines Sisters - Pray for Me
      • Johnny Ray Daniels - Glory, Glory
      • Bishop Albert Harrison - Shake Me
      • Dedicated Men of Zion - Lord Hold My Hand
      • Legendary Singing Stars - At the Gate
      • Theotis Taylor - Something Within Me
      • Willie Farmer - At the Meeting
      • Faith & Harmony - Victory
      • Como Mamas - I Got Jesus
      • Blind Butch - No Ways Tired
      • Johnny Ray Daniels - Somewhere to Lay My Head
      • Bishop Dready Manning - Gospel Train
      • The Goins - Ain’t No Grave
      • Guitar Gabriel; Lucille Lindsay - Do You Know What It Means to Have a Friend?
      • Drink Small; Cootie Stark - Drinkin’ the Wine
      • Elder Anderson Johnson - God Don’t Like It
      • Lena Mae Perry and the Branchettes - One More Day
      • First Cosmopolitans - Roll Jordan Roll
      • Walker Calhoun Family Singers - Amazing Grace
      • Essie Mae Brooks - Rain in Your Life
      • Etta Baker - If I Could Hear My Mother
      • Carl Rutherford - Old Rugged Cross
      • Disc 4:
        • Cary Morin - You Were There With Me
        • Spencer Branch - Blown Back with the Breeze
        • Big Ron Hunter - Going for Myself
        • Patrick Sky - Many A Mile
        • Etta Baker - Johnson Boys
        • Preston Fulp - In the Pines
        • Paul Geramia - Rising River Blues
        • Nee Ningy Band - Fiddler a Dram
        • Carolina Chocolate Drops - Cornbread and Butterbeans
        • Benton Flippen - Cumberland Gap
        • Dom Flemons - Marching Up to Prospect Hill
        • Sam Frazier Jr. - Cabbage Man
        • Jeffrey Scott - Oreo Cookie Blues
        • Neal Pattman - Shortnin’ Bread
        • Sam Turner Stevens - Cluck Old Hen
        • Pura Fé - Della Blackman
        • Etta Baker - The Rainbow
        • Rhiannon Giddens - Cripple Creek
        • Carl Rutherford - Shasta Daylight
        • Willie French Lowery - This Old House
        • Deer Clan Singers - Pigeon Dance
        • Guitar Gabriel - The Story of Old Man Rivers

Bonus Materials

  • 143 page book containing 4 compilation CDs

Sales Points

  • Publicity: SWEISS PR - https://www.sweisspr.com/contact
  • For fans of Arhoolie
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Press Quotes

Someday maybe people will catch up to what Music Maker is doing. Right now, the microphone has retreated to the cities. Tim, however, is a trained folklorist and he knows where he is in history at this moment.

     —Taj Mahal, Quote from the release

It wasn't just about helping the elder musicians.We were trying to figure out how to get the next wave of people out there and get some new music flowing

     —Dom Flemons, Quote from the release

The Foundation has not simply recorded and archived, but they have assembled promotional packets and assisted with bookings for these roots musicians here and abroad. They have redefined the mission of folklore and history.

     —William Ferris, folklorist, former chairman of the, Quote from the release


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