Carrboro Townwide News

Posted on: April 3, 2017

Freight Train Blues Concert Series Announcement

2017 Freight Train Blues Concert Series Poster

Carrboro, N.C., March 31, 2017 – Three years ago, Hillsborough non-profit Music Maker Relief Foundation partnered with the Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department to create the Freight Train Blues Music Series held at Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer’s Market). This summer beginning on May 19th, the four-part series will feature two performances on Fridays at 6:30pm.

This year’s series boast artists from New Orleans, Wisconsin, Atlanta and North Carolina, representing a variety of traditional musical styles. Thanks to a generous grant from the NC Humanities Council North Carolina music scholar Dr. Will Boone, PhD will be giving scholarly introductions for each artist.

The music series, which highlights blues and roots music, celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend, Elizabeth ‘Libba’ Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, NC. Cotten’s style was unique and highly regarded by many famous musicians. In 1984 she won a GRAMMY award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording.

The outdoor performances are all free. Food trucks and beer from a local Brewery will be on hand for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No  alcohol is allowed to be brought in the concerts.

Performance Schedule

May 19th – Pee Wee Hayes & Delta Blues Hogg

May 26th – Cool John Ferguson & The Branchettes

June 2nd – Alabama Slim & Little Freddie King

June 9th – Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Albert White, Thomas Rhyant, Eddie Tigner, Lil’ Joe Burton & Bubba Norwood

All performances are 6:30pm-8:30pm at Carrboro Town Commons (Farmer's Market).

For more information on the series, please contact the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department 919.918.7364.


Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, preserves and promotes the musical traditions of the American South. Since 1994, they have partnered with traditional artists over 55 years old who survive on a yearly income of less than $18,000, sustaining their day-to-day needs while building their careers. Through Music Maker, our rich heritage of music will not be lost with the passing of time. More information at

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