Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Happy Birthday Birthday Etta Baker - blues guitar player and mother of nine

Etta Lucille Reid (known as Etta Baker) (March 31, 1913 – September 23, 2006) was an American Piedmont blues guitarist and singer from North Carolina, United States.

She was born in Caldwell County, North Carolina, of African American, Native American, and European American heritage.  She played both the 6-string and 12-string forms of the acoustic guitar, as well as the five-string banjo. Baker played the Piedmont Blues for ninety years, starting at the age of three when she could not even hold the guitar properly.

She was taught by her father, Boone Reid, who was also a longtime player of the Piedmont Blues on several instruments.

Read more about Etta Reid on Wikipedia

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