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Elizabeth Cotten|Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (Original Album 1958)

Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (Original Album 1958)

Elizabeth Cotten

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The story of Elizabeth Cotten is a strange one. Her first album was released in 1957 at the age of 62. She was therefore born in 1895. At the age of 8, she learnt to play the banjo. She then picked up a right-handed guitar which she played left-handed but with the strings in reverse, like Jimi Hendrix but not quite so loud. This guitar was soon put to the side as she became a housemaid at the age of 12, a mother at the age of 15, and then was employed to work in-house as a nanny at the residence of musicologist Charles Seeger (the father of Pete, Mike and Puffy, great names in folk). It was Charles Seeger who helped Elizabeth release her first album on the label Folkways, which she had mostly recorded quietly at home. And against all expectations, the record became a classic, most notably for its track Freight Train and its folk-blues chorus which became a huge hit in England and cemented its position in history. Until 1970, Elizabeth Cotten continued to work, performing concerts and releasing records. As a self-taught guitarist she developed a picking style that was both virtuoso and soft, melodic and liberated, and serves as an example to learners of folk guitar today. Whether instrumental or sang in her wavering voice, her peaceful music reminds one of Mississippi John Hurt: the crème de la crème of  folk-blues. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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Wilson Rag
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Freight Train
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Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
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I Don't Love Nobody
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Ain't Got No Honey Baby Now
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Graduation March
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Honey Babe Your Papa Cares for You
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Vastopol
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Medley: Here Old Rattler Here/Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow C) George Buck
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Medley: A) Run...Run B) Mama Your Son Done Gone
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Medley: A) Sweet Bye and Bye B) What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
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Spanish Flangdang
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When I Get Home
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The story of Elizabeth Cotten is a strange one. Her first album was released in 1957 at the age of 62. She was therefore born in 1895. At the age of 8, she learnt to play the banjo. She then picked up a right-handed guitar which she played left-handed but with the strings in reverse, like Jimi Hendrix but not quite so loud. This guitar was soon put to the side as she became a housemaid at the age of 12, a mother at the age of 15, and then was employed to work in-house as a nanny at the residence of musicologist Charles Seeger (the father of Pete, Mike and Puffy, great names in folk). It was Charles Seeger who helped Elizabeth release her first album on the label Folkways, which she had mostly recorded quietly at home. And against all expectations, the record became a classic, most notably for its track Freight Train and its folk-blues chorus which became a huge hit in England and cemented its position in history. Until 1970, Elizabeth Cotten continued to work, performing concerts and releasing records. As a self-taught guitarist she developed a picking style that was both virtuoso and soft, melodic and liberated, and serves as an example to learners of folk guitar today. Whether instrumental or sang in her wavering voice, her peaceful music reminds one of Mississippi John Hurt: the crème de la crème of  folk-blues. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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