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Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (1893–1987) was an American original. A self-taught musician, Cotten learned to play the guitar left-handed, but she retained the string arrangement for a right-handed player. She is perhaps best known for her song “Freight Train,” which she wrote as a teenager. Cotten did not pursue a music career as an adult, rather supporting herself and family as a domestic. She took up music again while working in the home of folklorist and musicologist Charles Seeger, where she relearned to play the guitar. Home recordings made by Seeger’s son Mike introduced Cotten and her music to the world. She toured with Mike, appearing at the Newport Folk Festival and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This collection, her only live recording, was also her last. In 1984, it won the Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording.

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Freight Train Elizabeth Cotten 4:55
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Washington Blues Elizabeth Cotten 4:36
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Jumpin' Jack Elizabeth Cotten 3:29
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Shake Sugaree Elizabeth Cotten 4:28
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Shake Sugaree / Banjo Story, Rattler Elizabeth Cotten 5:23
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Vastopol Elizabeth Cotten 4:51
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Guitar Story Elizabeth Cotten 4:19
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Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie Elizabeth Cotten 7:13
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Elizabeth Story, et al. / Honey Babe, Your Papa Cares For You Elizabeth Cotten 7:56
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Spanish Flangdang Elizabeth Cotten 2:44
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'Til We Meet Again Elizabeth Cotten 1:23
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