Elizabeth Cotten

Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes

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Record Label
Smithsonian Folkways Special

About this item

Elizabeth Cotten’s 1958 debut album on Folkways is best known for containing the earliest recording of her classic “Freight Train.” The breadth of her repertoire and her endearing style have captivated generations of guitarists and fans of traditional American music.

Cotten’s self-taught, upside-down, left-handed playing style on the guitar and banjo made her a true original. Many of her deeply personal compositions, such as the immortal “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie,” are included.

“[A] classic and belongs in every collection...” — Blues Review Quarterly.

This reissue is part of Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series and features Mike Seeger’s updated notes with comments on Cotten’s life, musical style, and song lyrics.

TRACK LISTING

Wilson Rag
Freight Train
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
I Don’t Love Nobody
Ain’t Got No Honey Baby Now
Honey Babe Your Papa Cares For You
Vastapol
Here Old Rattler Here
Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow
George Buck
Run...Run
Mama Your Son Done Gone
Sweet Bye And Bye
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie
Spanish Flang Dang
When I Get Home

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