Maker’s Mark 

Fat Possum has a genius for finding unknown musicians on tractors, as with the late Asie Payton or, in Willem Maker’s case, in an Alabama cabin where he has been anonymously making music for years. And how refreshing it is in this day of proud ignorance, which usually manifests itself in remarks like “Well, I just write from the heart, you know,” to read an interview by an artist that begins with a quotation from poet Mary Oliver. Maker’s album Stars Fell On is comprised of hard-rocking, bluesy tunes that could have only come from a home recording in Turkey Fork, Ala. His appearance at The Basement Friday is a can’t-miss.
Fri., Nov. 7, 9 p.m., 2008

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