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Etta Baker picked up her ragtime influenced style of fingerpicking at the age of 3 from her father. She became a master of the Piedmont Blues, influencing musicians like Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  Etta practiced her two-finger picking style an hour every day in addition to raising nine children with her musician husband. After raising nine children and working 26 years at a Morganton textile mill, she quit at age 60 to become a professional musician.

Today, the tradition of ballad singing is alive and well in the North Carolina mountains thanks in part to Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh generation singer.  Raised in the community of Sodom in Madison County, Adams learned from her great aunt Dellie Chandler Norton, sitting together and repeating the verses to each other knee-to-knee until the songs were “caught.”

Band members smiling with DJ and Engineer in Studio
Vicki Dameron

Tupelo, Mississippi singer/songwriter Paul Thorn has a brand new album, Don't Let The Devil Ride, so we thought it would be a good time to rewind back to 2002 for a really fun session with him centered around the Mission Temple Fireworks Stand album. We'll also listen to Asheville singer-songwriter Jane Kramer, backed by Free Planet Radio and Billy Cardine in a recent visit to Studio B. Join Host Kim Clark for Studio B rewind, Sundays at 7pm.