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 Post subject: Blues Legend Etta Baker Dies at 93
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:06 pm 
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I know there are members who are into all kinds of music...including blues, so this story might be of interest to you:

Blues legend Etta Baker dies at age 93

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) -- Etta Baker, an influential blues guitarist who recorded with Taj Mahal and was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, died Saturday, family and friends said. She was 93.

No cause of death was provided, but her health had been failing for years, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported on its Web site.

Baker died in Fairfax, Va. while visiting a daughter who had suffered a stroke.

"She just had to go, she just had to see my sister," said Darlene Davis, another daughter who lives next door to Baker's house in Morganton. "She was a great mother and a tower of strength for the family. We always looked up to her."

She was raised in a musical family in Western North Carolina. Baker made her first mark in music in 1956, when she appeared on a compilation album called "Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians." The recording was very influential on the growing folk revival, especially her versions of "Railroad bill" and "One-Dime Blues."

She worked for 26 years at a textile mill in Morganton before quitting at age 60 to pursue a career as a professional musician.

Baker became a hit on the international folk-festival circuit, playing Piedmont blues, a mix of clattery rhythms of bluegrass as well as blues.


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