Etta Baker (born March 31st, 1913) was an American blues musician from Caldwell Country, North Carolina. She was a singer and a multi-instrumentalist. All her life she played the piedmont and the country genres of the blues music. She was raised in a musical environment which helped her to come so early into the world music.
Her father was also a piedmont blues music player. He introduced Baker to the music world when she was three years old. She remained involved in the blues music for almost ninety years. She was a great guitar player too and could also play the 12-string guitar and 5-string banjo. She officially started her music career in 1956. She has released several albums including “One Dime Blues” in 1990 and “Railroad Bill” in 1999.
She has worked with several well known blues musicians including Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. She also received several awards including “North Carolina Folk Heritage Award” for her contributions to the blues music and music in general. She died on September 23rd aged 93. She dedicated all her life to blues music. She will be cherished for a long time to come.