Today we are featuring another out released by the Music Maker Foundation. Last week’s post on their release of Precious Bryant’s My Name Is Precious is still up and has some really great tracks posted. The Music Maker Foundation‘s website has a lot more information on their work as well as more detailed biographies on their roster of artists.
Today we are looking at a great release by Music Maker featuring Etta Baker and Cora Phillips two sisters who grew up in a musical household here in North Carolina and are some of the best living blues musicians that I’ve ever heard. Etta Baker is the lead guitar and vocalist on these tracks and she has such a calming voice, it’s something like Elizabeth Cotten but softer. On Broken Hearted blues that incorporates Robert Johnson’s Love In Vein into a original musical arrangement. Cora Phillips plays guitar on the tracks as well and on tracks like “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad,” an all too short instrumental version of the great piedmont blues song, which Etta plays banjo Cora’s guitar is a perfect accompaniment. There was a local documentary about the piedmont blues tradition and it featured Etta and Cora in their living room playing together – it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, they knew exactly where each were going with the song, and were in perfect harmony with each other. These songs capture that essence beautifully.
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