Music Maker Relief Foundation is pleased to announce a performance by pioneers of Southern Roots music at Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 26th. The show, called “Music Maker Relief Foundation Hosted by Dom Flemons,” will bring together musicians across folk genres for “three hours of the most authentic, rooted and dynamic Southern artists you’ve never heard,” says Tim Duffy, Music Maker’s founder and Executive Director.
Multi-instrumentalist, GRAMMY Award-winner and Carolina Chocolate Drops’
founding member Dom Flemons will host the performance featuring Daptone
Records gospel trio The Como Mamas, keyboard player Ironing Board Sam,
Piedmont blues guitarist Boo Hanks, rhythm and blues guitarist Albert
White, trombone master Lil’ Joe, bassist Nashid Abdul, drummer Ardie
Dean and Music Maker Founder Tim Duffy.
Watch: Newport Lineup Teaser Video from Music Maker here:
This will be the first performance at Newport Folk Festival for all the
artists save Flemons, who has taken the stage at the festival twice
Dom Flemons is best known for founding the Grammy award winning Carolina
Chocolate Drops and more recently for reviving the songster tradition.
Watch: Dom Performs “But They Got It Fixed On Right” on Folk Alley.
The Como Mamas, all granddaughters of Miles Pratcher, who was recorded
by Alan Lomax in the 1950’s, share raw Mississippi gospel, with soaring
harmonies unencumbered by instrumentation. The trio has releases on the
Daptone label and has been spotlighted by Wax Poetics.
Watch: The Como Mamas “On the Battlefield”
Ironing Board Sam, 76, has been playing for over 55 years, and his
powerful, soulful voice and remarkable piano prowess remain
undiminished. Sam is the new celebrity spokesperson for Faultless Spray
Starch and will be releasing a record on Big Legal Mess in September.
He was profiled on PBS Newshour last year and performed at the New
Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival earlier this year.
Watch: Ironing Board Sam on “The Night Train” in 1965.
Boo Hanks, is the greatest Piedmont Blues rediscovery in many years,
whose style is reminiscent of the legendary Blind Boy Fuller. At 85
years old he has performed at prestigious venues all over the US and
abroad, including the Lincoln Center. His most recent album, Buffalo
Junction, was a collaborative project with Carolina Chocolate Drops
co-founder Dom Flemons and was reviewed positively in the Washington
Watch: Boo Hanks & Dom Flemons.
Albert White began playing guitar in the late 1950s with his legendary
uncle, Piano Red, and his group “Dr. Feelgood & the Interns.” Since,
Albert has performed with Joe Tex, The Tams, Ray Charles, Elvin Bishop,
Trombone player Lil’ Joe’s career began in 1964 with the late, great, Junior Wells. He has appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, Midnight
Special, Soul Train and toured with B.B. King for ten years. Joe is
known for his heart-wrenching solos and tasteful high-energy
Tim Duffy, co-founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation, has spent his
life recording and documenting and performing alongside the greatest
unheralded roots musicians of our time. An accomplished guitar player in
his own right, Duffy has backed up many Music Maker artists on stage
during the last two decades.
Nashid Abdul, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, played with Muddy
Water's son Big Bill Morganfield. On his incredible jazz album and
through performances around the globe, Nashid showcases his musical
versatility and smooth six-string bass skills.
Ardie Dean has been keeping blues time since 1969. He started out with
Homesick James and then paid his dues on the Chitlin’ Circuit leading
the band for R&B singer Chuck Strong. Dean has been performing and
managing with Tim Duffy and Music Maker since the organizations’
founding twenty years ago.
Tim Duffy said of the invitation to perform at Newport, “I grew up
listening to Pete Seeger, and we are so deeply honored to have Music
Maker pay tribute to him on the ‘For Pete’s Sake’ stage. The authentic
Southern artists presented in our show are those whose musical
traditions are at the very heart of American culture. Music Maker works
with these artists to help them share their music with the world, and
what better stage to make their voices heard than the finest folk
festival in the world.”