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Adventurous pedal steel guitarist wins top Baker Artist Award, $40,000 prize

Adventurous pedal steel guitarist wins top Baker Artist Award, $40,000 prize

An adventurous Baltimore musician was awarded one of the region’s largest arts prizes Thursday night as the top winner of the 2017 Baker Artist Awards.

Susan Alcorn, who has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional country western environment, was awarded the $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, as well as the $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize that each of the six winners received.

“I was in Houston, Texas, in a hair salon with the salon owner’s dog in my lap when the phone rang,” Alcorn said. “I saw the call was from Baltimore, but didn’t recognize the number and wondered if I should answer it.”

Alcorn decided to pick up and learned of her selection from...

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