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Elizabeth Cotten

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Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten has been played on NTS shows including guests, with Freight Train first played on 13 February 2015.

Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (January 5, 1893 – June 29, 1987) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter. A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. Her approach involved using a right-handed guitar (usually in standard tuning), not re-strung for left-handed playing, essentially, holding a right-handed guitar upside down. This position required her to play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her signature alternating bass style has become known as "Cotten picking".

Elizabeth Nevills was born in Carrboro,…

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Freight Train
Elizabeth Cotton
Folkways Records1958
Freight Train
Elizabeth CottonFolkways Records1958
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Sweet Bye And Bye / What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Elizabeth Cotton
Folkways Records1958
Sweet Bye And Bye / What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Elizabeth CottonFolkways Records1958
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Fox Chase
Elizabeth Cotten
Folkways Records1967
Fox Chase
Elizabeth CottenFolkways Records1967
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