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Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons set to showcase new collaborative album on tour

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (April 13, 2012) – Music Maker is pleased to announce the addition of several upcoming tour dates for Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons. The two blues artists plan to promote their new collaborative album Buffalo Junction, which will be released June 19, with four shows along the East Coast in August 2012. Hanks and Flemons will be performing at the World Café in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 15, at Joe’s Pub in New York City on August 16, at Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia, on August 17 and 18, and at the Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on August 19.

Hanks’ and Flemons’ new album Buffalo Junction, named for Hanks’ hometown in Virginia, features upbeat, country blues that crosses generational lines. The album highlights Hanks on the guitar and vocals, while Flemons plays a variety of traditional instruments such as the jug, harmonica, bones and also sings backup vocals. The album was recorded when Flemons went to visit Hanks at his home in Buffalo Junction with Music Maker Relief Foundation president Tim Duffy.

Hanks grew up sharecropping in Vance County, N.C., where he learned to play Piedmont-style blues guitar from his father and from listening to Blind Boy Fuller records on a wind-up gramophone. He played for small audiences at local gatherings until the age of 79, when he partnered with Music Maker and began to think of his guitar as a way to make a living. Since then, Hanks has played for thousands at shows and festivals across the South, at the Lincoln Center and in Belgium.

Hanks met Flemons on the day he arrived at the Music Maker Relief Foundation office, and the two developed a friendship over the next six years. Flemons, who won a Grammy Award in 2011 with his group the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is one of Music Maker’s Next Generation Artists. Through Next Generation partnerships, MMRF fosters the continuation of Southern traditional music among younger generations of musicians. Buffalo Junction is a collaborative album that does just that.

Music Maker president Tim Duffy said of the collaboration: “Boo Hanks is the last remaining beacon of pure Piedmont Blues. Buffalo Junction demonstrates the passing of the torch from the Piedmont Blues style created by Blind Boy Fuller in 1930 to an artist like Dom, who is poised to carry the sound into this new century.”

Audiences will have a chance to enjoy this new collaboration in person through the duo’s performances in Philadelphia, New York City, Galax, and Washington, D.C., this August. Ticket information will soon be available at musicmaker.org.

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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.

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