“One Dime Blues”

Etta Baker.

Etta Baker (1913-2006) was one of the great practitioners of the Piedmont Blues guitar style; Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal sought her out at her North Carolina home for tips and advice about her thumb-and-forefinger technique. Below, she performs her signature “One Dime Blues” in a recording from 1991, when she was 78 years old. Her New York Times/ Associated Press obituary can be found here.

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