Ironing Board Sam has had quite a year. In 2010 Music Maker Relief Foundation’s Tim Duffy met with Sam, who went into retirement when Hurricane Katrina forced him to move from New Orleans to Rock Hill, S.C. Sam had given up on music, but at Duffy’s urging and with Music Maker’s assistance, Sam is, two years later, back. He was recently named Living Blues “Comeback Artist of the Year.”
He’s back in a big way. With the assistance of Music Maker he was able
to record and release his 2011 album, "Going Up," secured regular gigs,
and performed at festivals nationwide and booked international gigs. But
it was Sam's amazing return to a packed Blues Tent at Jazzfest in April
that caught eyes of music lovers all across the nation and cemented him
as Living Blues’ Comeback Artist for 2012.
Listen to “Cherry Pie” from Ninth Wonder.
On August 21st, Sam’s album Ninth Wonder of the World of Music will be
released on the Music Maker label. This record was originally recorded
in Gary, I.N. in the early 1970s, and only 100 copies were ever
produced. Now, for the first time, Ninth Wonder will be available on CD
at www.musicmaker.org. Sam says people should listen to “Ninth Wonder” to hear a unique style from a true original.
Sam says, of the transition from retirement to internationally booked
touring artist that caught the attention of Living Blues, “Each day I
wake up looking forward to working on improving myself and my music.”
Watch Sam on The Night Train in the 1960s.
About Music Maker Relief Foundation:
Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt, public charity under IRS code
501(c)3. Music Maker aims to keep our Southern culture vital by directly
supporting senior (over 55) American roots musicians in need,
expanding their professional careers, and assisting Next Generation
artists in the development of their professional careers. Since the
organization’s founding in 1994, Music Maker has assisted hundreds of
musicians who represent the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Old-Time String
Band, Jazz and more. Music Maker’s programs ensure the talents of these
cultural treasures are accessible so that our rich musical heritage can
be shared with the world and preserved for future generations. Living
Blues Magazine said, "North Carolina's Music Maker label has been
digging up obscure and blissfully eccentric blues and traditional music
characters for most of their 17-year existence."