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Music Maker Releases Shelton Powe’s Carolina Blues and Gospel

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (February 29, 2012) – Music Maker Relief Foundation is excited to announce the release of Shelton Powe’s first album, Carolina Blues and Gospel. The 14 tracks on Carolina Blues and Gospel are a blend of fresh and traditional, combining intricate melodies with a feel of spontaneity. The album will be available March 13, 2012, on iTunes and through the Music Maker online store.

Born in 1957 in Charlotte, N.C., Powe grew up on the tent revival circuit, surrounded by a family of Gospel musicians. Early on, he absorbed the influence of legends on the Atlanta blues scene including Cora Mae Bryant, Neal Pattman, Cootie Stark and Frank Edward, collecting a wide range of lyrics and melodies along the way.

Powe, a self-taught musician who now plays the Piedmont finger-style guitar, calls his music “old style country picking.” He has had the opportunity to play on several Atlanta radio shows and at various festivals and events in the Southeast, and recently recorded a Blues documentary with Jim Ransome and Music Maker president Tim Duffy.

“Shelton Powe carries on the tradition of Carolina Blues and Gospel with deep authenticity,” Duffy said. “His style and delivery are all his own, as he woos audiences with nuances and intricacies that recall Curley Weaver.”

Powe joined the MMRF family in 1997, which has enabled him to perform at a number of venues and festivals throughout North Carolina, including the Eddy Pub, St. Anne’s Chapel and Event Center, the Lincoln Cultural Center, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and Warehouse Blues.

Listen to “Diving Duck Blues” from the album here: http://www.musicmaker.org/jukebox/2055

Shelton’s tour dates:

3/3: Rev’s Coffeehouse, High Point, N.C.

3/10: St. Anne’s Chapel and Event Center, Tarboro, N.C.

3/27: Capitol Blues Night, Washington D.C.

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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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