Music Maker Shares Video Documenting Partnership With Telluride Blues & Brews Fest


Last month, organizers of the Telluride Brews & Blues Festival invited Music Maker Relief Foundation partner artists Robert Finley and Alabama Slim to play the long-running event. The Music Maker Relief Foundation has just unveiled a video documenting the blues performers’ visit to Telluride Brews & Blues as well as the partnership with festival organizers.

Music Maker is a 501c3 non-profit which was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. When one of the festival’s organizers, Steve Gumble from SBG Productions, met Music Makers’ Tim Duffy, the pair bonded over a shared appreciation of the musical traditions of America’s South and of the Foundation’s mission. Gumble and Duffy first teamed in 2015 to bring artists from the Music Maker roster to Telluride. SBG Productions continued the new tradition over the past few years and aims to build upon the partnership and expand its efforts to ensure access to this rich musical heritage through the Festival.

The video below starts with Taj Mahal, a Music Maker advisory board member since 1995, talking about how important the traditions of southern music continue. We then see the 64-year-old Finley and 78-year-old Alabama Slim make their way to Telluride Blues & Brews . Keb’ Mo’ and Gumble also discuss the importance of preserving musical traditions and supporting these legendary artists.

Watch Music Makers’ visit to Telluride Blues & Brews ’17: