Etta Baker Has Died

Etta Baker, an influential blues guitarist, has died, family and friends said. She was 93.

No cause of death was provided, but her health had been failing for years.

The News And Observer of Raleigh reports that Baker died Saturday in Fairfax, Virginia, while visiting a daughter who had suffered a stroke.

Baker worked for 26 years at a textile mill in Morganton before quitting at age 60 to pursue a career as a professional musician.

Baker became a hit on the international folk-festival circuit, playing Piedmont blues, a mix of clattery rhythms of bluegrass as well as blues.

Blues legend Taj Mahal recorded an album with Baker in 2004. Baker also is to appear on blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd's next album due out in November.