Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Etta Baker, 1913-2006


Etta Baker's soft, soothing guitar work reminds me the gentle sense of well-being provided by the music of John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten. Her generous spirit comes through just as loudly as her actual music. She was 93 when she died Saturday. This hymn is from Baker's fine 1991 One-Dime Blues.

St. Louis blues legend Henry Townsend has also passed. He was 96. I featured Townsend in this space four months ago. I'll repost the MP3.

I had a great time seeing Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne and four other acts on Sunday night. My initial post-show impressions are here.

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