Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.

I want to help

Elizabeth Cotten

American folk and blues musician Elizabeth Cotten, composer of the folk song classic “Freight Train” and recipient of a 1985 Grammy Award at age 93, began her career in music at an age when most people prepare for retirement.

At 67 years of age Cotten, known as “Libba” by the folksinging Seeger family who discovered her talent, performed live in concert for the first time. A former maid, this versatile musician was also a songwriter and guitarist. Legendary for strumming left-handed on a guitar designed for right-handers, rather than reverse the strings she would play the guitar backwards, “picking with her left hand and chording with her right,” wrote Martin F. Kohn of the Detroit Free Press. Playing the guitar and banjo, using “two-finger” and “three-finger” stylings, became her musical signature. This “Cotten style” of playing the guitar has made her one of the “finest fingerpickers on record,” noted a contributor for Guitar Player magazine.

Read more

1 Photos


Elizabeth Cotten : Live
Elizabeth Cotten :...
Arhoolie Records



Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Mississippi John Hurt Mississippi John Hurt
guitar, acoustic
Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill Broonzy
guitar, acoustic
John Fahey
guitar, acoustic
Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell
guitar, 12-string
Odetta Odetta
guitar, acoustic
Skip James Skip James
guitar, acoustic
Etta Baker Etta Baker
guitar, acoustic
Pete Seeger Pete Seeger
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT  

Premium Profiles

Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic
Carol Albert Carol Albert
Tommy Smith Tommy Smith
sax, tenor
Tony Adamo Tony Adamo
Ferit Odman Ferit Odman
Nicolas Bearde Nicolas Bearde
Harrison Goldberg Harrison Goldberg
Norman David Norman David
Stu Harrison Stu Harrison
Anton Schwartz Anton Schwartz
sax, tenor
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
William Mentz William Mentz

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.