Elizabeth Cotten  (1893-1987)
Last updated: 18.04.19
According to the Internet source given below, Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (née Nevills) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter.
Being left-handed she developed her own style of guitar playing. Using a guitar strung for a right-handed player she played it upside down.She therefore had to play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her alternating bass style has become known as "Cotten picking".
Her signature song Freight Train (1903) has been widely covered by folk musicians such as Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 8 works by Elizabeth Cotten (1893-1987). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
Freight Train 1905
I'm Going Away ?
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie ?
Old Woman Keeps Tellin' Her Lies on Me ?
Shake Sugaree ?
Spanish Flang Dang ?
Washington Blues ?
Wilson Rag ?
     Title Dur Composer Performer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Freight Train 2:46 E. Cotten  Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie 4:43 E. Cotten  Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Shake Sugaree 5:02 E. Cotten  Elizabeth Cotten, Brenda Evans
youtube15.jpg Spanish Flang Dang 8:29 E. Cotten  Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Washington Blues/I'm Going Away 8:27 E. Cotten  Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Wilson Rag 1:40 E. Cotten  Elizabeth Cotten