The Etta Baker Project

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Etta Baker Bibliography


Bastin, Bruce. Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986. 287-289.

Cohn, Lawrence. Nothing but the blues: the music and the musicians. New York: Abbeville Press, 1993. 194.

Pearson, Barry Lee. Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers: Jook Right On. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press,  2005. 33, 55, 189.

Rosenberg, Neil V.. Transforming Tradion Folk Music Revivals Examined. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993. 221.

Traum, Happy. Traditional and Contemporary Fingerpicking Styles for Guitar 40th Anniversary Edition. Oak Publications, 2005. 60-66

Weissman, Dick. Which Side Are You On?  An Inside History of the Folk Music Revival in America. New York: Continuum, 2006. 91.


Bernhardt, Jack. "At 78, Etta Baker is powerful, sensitive." The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) 29 Dec. 1991, sec. H: 2.

Buckingham, Robert. “Review of The Fingerpicking Blues of Etta Baker.”  The Old-Time Herald. Summer 1999, Vol. 6, No. 8. 50.

Clark, Paul. "N.C. BLUES PICKER ETTA BAKER HONORED." Asheville Citizen-Times (NC) 2 Dec. 2003, sec. C: 1.

Henderson, Bruce. "PIEDMONT PICKING BLUES NOT DOLEFUL IN ETTA BAKER`S HANDS." The Charlotte Observer 27 Dec. 1998, sec. B: 1.

Jameson, Tonya. "PAYING BACK A PIEDMONT BLUES MARVEL -." The Charlotte Observer 10 Apr. 2005, sec. H: 1.

Johnson, Maria C. "ETTA BAKER:BLUES MUSIC'S MATRIARCH." Greensboro News & Record 20 Apr. 1997, sec. D: 1.

Lacour, Greg. "NO BLUES ON ETTA BAKER DAY." The Charlotte Observer 17 June 2005, sec. B: 8.

Martin, Keith. "Honoring Local Legend Etta Baker." Carolina Mountain Life Autumn 2015, 23.

Menconi, David. "She picks up a guitar, and nothing gets in the way." The News & Observer 23 June 1991.

Menconi, David. "Slowing down, not bowing out." The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) 24 Oct. 2004, sec. G: 1.

Olson, Ted. “Etta Baker: What My Daddy Gave Me.” Living Blues. February 1993. 28-30

Rowe, Jeri. "MUSIC'S HERITAGE." Greensboro News & Record 14 Jan. 1999, sec. A: 7.

Signorelli, Cathy. “Piedmont Blueswoman Etta Baker One-Diming It With The Hands Of Time.” Sing Out! February 1997, 34-41.

Unger, Larry. “Knoxville Rag.” The Old-Time Herald. Fall 1990, vol. 2 no. 5. 18

Whalen, Meg. "OFTEN-OVERLOOKED BRANCH OF THE BLUES HAS MANY OF ITS ROOTS IN CAROLINA." The Charlotte Observer 28 Sept. 2003, sec. H: 1.

Williams, Lesley. “ONE DIME BLUES An Interview with Etta Baker”. The Old-Time Herald. Spring 1990, Vol. 2, No. 3. 9-12.


Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians. Released 1956. Re-released 2006.  Empire Musicwerks

Music From the Hills of Caldwell County. Released 1972.

One-Dime Blues. Released 1991. Rounder Select.

The North Carolina Banjo Collection (various artists). Released 1998. Rounder.

Railroad Bill. Released 1999. Music Maker.

Etta Baker with Taj Mahal. Released 2004. Music Maker 50.

Etta Baker & Cora Phillips. Released 2005. Music Maker 56

Knoxville Rag with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. CD Title: "10 Days Out- Blues From The Backroads" (also includes a DVD that shows Kenny & Etta playing guitar in her kitchen) Reprise Records, 2006.  See the Ten Days Out website for more information.

Etta Baker: Banjo. Released 2009.  Music Maker MMCD 109

Railroad Bill. Release 2016. Music Maker MMLP174 on vinyl

Other Audio

More Music From the Florida Folklife Collection. “One Dime Blues.” Track 7. Recorded May 1994.


The Fingerpicking Blues of Etta Baker. Released 1996.  Homespun Tapes.

Web Sites

Etta Baker. Accessed 29 May 2016. <>

Ankeny, Jason. Etta Baker. Accessed Sept. 28, 2005. <>

Etta baker. Accessed 29 May 2016. <>