Etta Baker To Be Inducted Into the NC Music Hall of Fame

inNewson July 10, 2017

On Thursday, October 19th piedmont blues-woman Etta Baker will be inducted the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis. Etta was an inspiration to American musical greats such as Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan, and continues to inspire musicians around the world with her elegant guitar work.

Learn more about Etta Baker HERE

Here are the other inductees and information on the ceremony:


  • Anthony Hamilton, Charlotte – Grammy Award winning R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer.
  • Bucky Covington, Rockingham – Country music singer who placed eighth on the fifth season of the Fox Network’s “American Idol” competition.
  • Etta Baker, Morganton – (Deceased) Legendary Piedmont blues guitarist and singer. She received the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society.
  • Jim Lauderdale, Troutman – A multi-Grammy Award winning country, bluegrass, and Americana singer/songwriter.
  • Richard Spencer Lewis, Wadesboro – Renown sax player, best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, and the Winston’s.
  • The Sensational Nightingales, Durham – A traditional gospel quartet that reached its peak of popularity in the 1950’s. The Nightingales, with several changes of membership, continue to tour and record today.
  • The Steep Canyon Rangers, Brevard – Grammy Award winning bluegrass band that often appears with comedian and accomplished banjo player Steve Martin.

The Induction Ceremony will Oct.19 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center at 415 E. First St. The red carpet event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now. VIP and General Admission tickets may be purchased at the NC Music Hall of Fame Museum or online at

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