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Remembering Elizabeth Cotten by L. L. Demerle’

In history of art, music on November 9, 2012 at 00:31

From: Remembering Elizabeth Cotten by L. L. Demerle’, Eclectica Magazine, http://www.eclectica.org

Nine years after the death of folk guitar legend Elizabeth Cotten, her music is still heard everywhere–from Peter, Paul and Mary to The Grateful Dead, movie soundtracks and even the jukebox band on PBS’ Shining Time Station. Cotten, who began her public career at the age of 68, became a key figure in the folk revival of the 60’s, a National Heritage Fellow and a Grammy-winning recording artist.

Turning her instruments upside-down to play them left-handed, so that she played the treble strings with her thumb and the bass strings with her other fingers, she developed a truly distinctive guitar style and sound. Her song, Freight Train, is a fingerpicker’s classic, and her arrangements of tunes like Oh, Babe, It Ain’t No Lie, are staples of her folk repertoire.

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Reposted with permission from: ECLECTICA Magazine

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