Although she lived the majority of her life out of the limelight, Piedmont guitarist Etta Baker spent ninety years honing her exceptional musical skills and playing the blues before her passing on September 23, 2006, at the age of 93. Etta Lucille Reid was born on March 13, 1913, into a musically versed family and by age three began her tutelage. Mentored by her father, Boone Reid, who had been taught by his father, Etta learned to play not only the guitar, but piano, violin and banjo as well, and in a number of styles, from hymnals to popular songs straight from Tin Pan Alley. With members of her family she would perform throughout Caldwell County, North Carolina, until her marriage to Lee Baker in 1936, after which she limited the size of…
Howlin’ Wolf brought a furious storm of blues straight from Chicago to the coast of Rhode Island for the 1966 Newport Folk Festival. Photographer David Ghar captured the legendary, and quite intimidating, musician on that day in late July nearly fifty years ago, backed by Eddie Shaw on the sax, Andrew McMahon behind the bass, and the one and only Hubert Sumlin bringing the power on electric guitar.
John Bonham captures the eyes, ears, and amazement of the entire audience of London’s Royal Albert Hall on January 9, 1980, with his out of this world, hammering drum solo jam “Moby Dick”. Bonham, who is considered to have been one of rock and roll’s greatest drummers of all time, passed away thirty-three years ago on September 25, 1980.
Memphis Slim andArmand “Jump” Jackson accompany one of the blues’ most respected lyricists and bassists, Willie Dixon, as he performs (and very believably bumbles and stutters his way through) “Nervous”, one of the many tunes penned by the late and great Chicago blues legend, circa 1962.
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