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Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1896-1987) wrote her well-known song "Freight Train" at the age of 11 and sang it for nearly 80 years. Through her songwriting, her quietly commanding personality, and her unique left-handed guitar and banjo styles, she has inspired and influenced generations of younger artists. Cotten was declared a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984, and was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a "living treasure." She received a Grammy Award in… read more



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  • Avatar for AndersBjornson
    Hi, I just love her music, musicianship and her as a generous, resilient, humble, strong & wicked funny human being so for any fans of Elzabeth Cotten, for all who admire her, for those who felt inspired by her music, and for all cotten&finger pickin' musicians out there ... I dared start this group. For her and about her and her influences and her influence. Kind of kindred-ancestors and the Legacy. I need help as I'm very much a newbie here, only having heard of her in college and only having listened to, seen a rare live performances and fallen in love with her talent in my 30s. Join me/us if you feel strongly enough about her, hell, just join us out of curiosity. She truly *is* the universal grandma of all who aspire to 'pick' up where she left off or to just listen and worship from afar :)

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