The Women of Southern Songbirds - Etta Baker

The Women of Southern Songbirds

Etta Baker:

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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