Dirty Linen - 4-5/00, p.58
"...an album full of relaxed Piedmont blues with a subtle approach and a smoothly flowing style....selections range from the chirpy, upbeat 'Don't Let Your Deal Go Down' to 'Brown's Boogie', which is as easy-on-the-ear a boogie as you'll ever hear..."
Personnel: Etta Baker (guitar); Etta Baker; Tim Duffy, Timothy Duffy, Tim Duffy (guitar).
Liner Note Authors: Timothy Duffy; Alan Lomax; Taj Mahal.
Recording information: Morganton, NC (05/1995-06/1998).
Photographers: Timothy Duffy; Donna Ranieri; Axel Kuestner; Tim Duffy; Mark Austin .
Arranger: Etta Baker.
The "premier woman Piedmont blues guitar instrumentalist" is a wordy but accurate description of 87-year-old Etta Baker of Morganton, NC. One of the last pickers who was around when the music was first being recorded, Baker's 83 years of practice is manifested in these wonderful recordings of traditional folk ballads. One highlight follows another, and although "Brown's Boogie" trips up the album's gentle flow, the rest is front-porch perfect. This is music you never get tired of listening to. Newcomers to guitar should buy this album, both to marvel at the intricate technique and to amuse themselves with how frustratingly difficult it can be. ~ Jim Smith