The Women of Southern Songbirds - Etta Baker
The Women of Southern Songbirds
Etta Baker was born in Caldwell County, North Carolina,
and learned to play guitar at age three. Her mother and father both
played fiddle and banjo, and her sisters played guitar and sang.
Music in their rural community revolved around events like corn
shuckings, barn raisings, and dances, where blacks and whites
associated more freely than in other parts of the state. Her
background in old time fiddle tunes, and her exposure to the blues
in Richmond, where her family moved for a time, fused into a unique
finger picking style that comes from the Piedmont Blues tradition.
She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts
National Heritage Award, and has several albums out, the latest on
the Rounder Record Label, titled, "One Dime Blues".
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