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Etta Baker With Taj Mahal

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"...a set of timeless beauty, spanning almost half a century, from a great lady of American vernacular music..." -- Living Blues Magazine #175 DAVID WHITEIS November/December 2004

About the Artist

Etta Baker has inspired generations of Blues Guitar players and Taj Mahal credits her as his main style inspiration. Etta Baker of Morganton, NC, was born in 1913 and has been playing guitar since the age of 3. She is the premier female Piedmont blues guitar instrumentalist, plays the guitar everyday,and is constantly working on new arrangements. Etta maintains a beautiful yard and garden, and at the age of 91, is matriarch of 108 members in her immediate family. Taj Mahal has been a major recording artist since his debut album in 1967. For 35 years, he has been a tireless preacher of American roots music.

1. John Henry
2. Crow Jane
3. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
4. Madison Street Blues
5. Railroad Bill
6. Cripple Creek
7. Johnson Boys
8. Going To the Race Track
9. Lost John
10. Dew Drop
11. Poem
12. Comb Blues
13. One Dime Blues
14. Sourwood Mountain - Mr. Boone Reid
15. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
16. Railroad Bill
17. Johnson Boys - Mr. Boone Reid
18. John Henry
19. Bully Of the Town

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B0006419LO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fisher on November 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Etta Baker died this past September 2006, leaving behind an underappreciated legacy of wonderful Piedmont style finger-picking guitar. I was totally blown away after hearing this album at a friend's place, only to find out that it was Etta Baker, and then to find out she had passed away just 2 months ago. The first dozen tracks on this all-instrumental CD were cut relatively recently; six with accompaniment by Taj Mahal and six solo tracks. They all have that intimate front porch or living room recording session feel, and if you listen closely you can hear the joyful sounds of feet tapping and arms rhythmically banging against guitars. Ms. Baker and Taj Mahal sound like they've been playing together for decades, breathing mellower, more mature life into traditional classics such as "Railroad Bill" (her best known song), "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad", and "John Henry". She also shines when left to her own devices; check out "Cripple Creek" on which she jams on banjo of all things! If these cuts were not enough to leave you smiling, the final seven tracks include the original 1956 field recordings of Ms. Baker! Several songs are repeats, yet provide an interesting contrast with the more chill, current takes as the originals are significantly more upbeat in tempo. Overall, this is fantastic, timeless music, played with an obvious love for the material and the craft. After listening to Ms. Baker, the feeling is very mutual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Keese on March 18, 2013
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A good and encouraging cd by a 90 something woman stillable to do a admirable job in playing the guitar.
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By steve on March 21, 2015
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Just purchased this album and am really into it. Though it's probably not pertinent to this review, I don't follow the dates on some of these recordings. I tried to find the recording date of "Madison Street Blues." It lists as 1998 in my CD insert, but as 1956 on various internet websites (and the recording sounds the same), which has me intrigued... Nonetheless, definitely buy this album, and other albums from Etta Baker.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilde on February 19, 2012
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CD arrived promptly and in perfect condition. I attended Taj Mahal performances way back in my college days and recently came up with a hankering to hear his music again.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Larson on December 28, 2007
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Great CD of Etta James. Taj's name appears to be more of a tagline to introduce his fans to her music. Got me so it works! I expected to hear Taj sing or be able to distinguish his guitar playing, but neither happen. Yet I'm captivated by the slow picking, the traditional songs, and the degree of mastery on the guitar. All Etta James signatures I've since discovered. So I can only guess Taj added his name and playing to this CD to widen his fan base musical taste, which is his signature. Works for me. Great music.
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