Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten

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Elizabeth Cotten (January 5, 1895 – June 29, 1987) was a self taught blues and folk musician, singer and songwriter from Carrboro, North Carolina. She developed her own style of playing left-handed by holding a normally tuned guitar upside down so she played the melodies with her thumb and the bass lines with her fingers. Her style of playing became known as "Cotten picking".

Cotten wrote most of her music in her early teens and earlier (she wrote Freight Train at age 11). After marrying at 15 and getting work as a maid she stopped playing music for 40 years. It wasn't until she was working as a maid for Charles Seeger, an avid music lover, that she relearned how to play the guitar.

In the 50s Mike Seeger began to record Cotten on reel to reel tape. In 1960 she began to play live for the first time, her first show was with Mike Seeger and she went on to perform with musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters. Because of the positive reaction Cotten began to write, record and tour with new material which she continued to do into her 80s. In 1984 she won the Grammy "Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording" for the album Elizabeth Cotten - Live!.

Elizabeth died when she was 92 in Syracuse, New York.
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Elizabeth Cotten Discography Tracks

Albums

Elizabeth Cotten Folksongs And Instrumentals With Guitar (Album) Folkways Records US 1958 Sell This Version
Elizabeth Cotten Vol. 2: Shake Sugaree (Album) Folkways Records USA & Canada 1967 Sell This Version
Elizabeth Cotten Volume 3: When I'm Gone (Album) Folkways Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Albert Collins And The Icebreakers, Queen Ida & The Bon Ton Zydeco Band* , Elizabeth Cotten, Miguel Flores & Pyramid Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Albert Collins And The Icebreakers, Queen Ida & The Bon Ton Zydeco Band* , Elizabeth Cotten, Miguel Flores & Pyramid - At The New Morning Blues Festival Live In Geneva 79 Intercord Ton GmbH Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Elizabeth Cotten Live! (Album) Arhoolie Records US 1983 Sell This Version
FF090 (43778) The New Lost City Ramblers With Special Guests Highwood String Band*, Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Cotten The New Lost City Ramblers With Special Guests Highwood String Band*, Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Cotten - 20th Anniversary Concert(LP) Flying Fish (2) FF090 (43778) US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KBOO 001, KBOO-01 Elizabeth Cotten / Marisa Anderson Elizabeth Cotten / Marisa Anderson - KBOO Presents Elizabeth Cotten / Marisa Anderson(7") KBOO, KBOO KBOO 001, KBOO-01 US 2013 Sell This Version

Videos

Elizabeth Cotten And Jesse Fuller Elizabeth Cotten And Jesse Fuller - Masters Of The Country Blues Yazoo US 1992 Sell This Version
GW 819 Elizabeth Cotten / John Miller Elizabeth Cotten / John Miller - The Guitar Of Elizabeth Cotten Taught By John MIller(DVD) Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop GW 819 US 2002 Sell This Version
Vestapol 13019 Elizabeth Cotten Elizabeth Cotten In Concert 1969, 1978 & 1980(DVD-V) Vestapol Productions Vestapol 13019 US 2004 Sell This Version
610 Judy Collins / Elizabeth Cotten With Rosa Valentin & Rafael Martinez Judy Collins / Elizabeth Cotten With Rosa Valentin & Rafael Martinez - Judy Collins & Elizabeth Cotten(DVD-V) Shanachie 610 US 2005 Sell This Version

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