The story of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organisation established in 1994 to help artists working in the blues, R&B, hillbilly, and other 'roots' forms of music, comes to life in this beautiful collection of essays, photographs, and lyrics. The artists, all of whom are 55 and over, were either abused or igred by mainstream record labels and living in poverty until the foundation stepped in to help them with basic needs such as food, shelter, and medical care. The foundation also assists the musicians' careers by providing free studio recording time and local and national tour promotion. Featured are 75 musicians such as Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins, Cootie Stark, Mudcat, Macavine Hayes, and Drink Small. Their well-documented lives take all who look, read, and listen on a soulful ride through music festivals, beer halls, concert stages, church pulpits, back porches, and city sidewalks.