Etta Baker’s ‘Railroad Bill’ comes out this week as a deluxe LP reissue with new packaging, an unreleased bonus track “Police Dog Blues.” It includes a digital download of her entire catalog and new liner notes. Taj Mahal and Dom Flemons weighed in on the reissue:
Americana Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer Taj
Mahal says, "Possessing a stunning beauty, Etta's husband refused to let
her travel and perform away from home. She never stopped playing music!
This gracious grandmother was the source of a great deal of joy and
surprise when I found out that she still played guitar after I heard her
early recordings in the '60s. One of the signature chords of my guitar
vocabulary comes from her version of 'Railroad Bill.’"
GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons says, “For more than half a century, Etta
Baker has been considered by many to be the most important piedmont
blues guitar player of all time. Her delicate and nuanced playing have
influenced generations of finger picking guitarists. ‘Railroad Bill’ is
an excellent collection of the songs that Etta recorded for Music Maker
in the early ‘90s and is still considered her finest recording to date.
Anyone who might ask you to narrow it down to one album to get started
needs to own this record! A classic for longtime fans as well as new