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Etta Baker

"Etta Baker" (born "Etta Lucille Reid" in Caldwell County, North Carolina, March 31, 1913) is a Piedmont blues guitarist and singer from North Carolina, United States. She is of African American, Native American, and European American heritage. She plays both the 6-string and 12-string forms of the acoustic guitar.

Baker received the Folk Heritage Award from the North Carolina Arts Council in 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship in 1991, and the North Carolina Award in 2003. Along with her sister, Cora Phillips, Baker received the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Folklore Award in 1982.http://www.ecu.edu/ncfolk/brownhud.htm

Baker lives in Morganton, North Carolina.

Etta Baker should not be confused with the African American civil rights activist Ella Baker (1903-1986).

*http://www.ncarts.org/artistpage.cfm?ser=24115&num=23615 Etta Baker page from North Carolina Arts Council site

*http://www.ncdcr.gov/NCAward2003/baker.htm Etta Baker page from North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources page

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*http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/folklife/folklife_cd2.cfm Live recording of "One Dime Blues," p...

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