Thursday, January 5, 2012

Elizabeth Cotton - "Freight Train"


Legendary American blues and folk musician, and songwriter, Elizabeth Cotton, performs her signature piece, "Freight Train." She wrote the song when she was 11.

Ms. Cotton grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, and she died in 1987, at the age of 102. Her song "Freight Train" was picked up and performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary, Jerry Gracia, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and others.

The piece was posted on facebook by my musician friend and Greensboro native, Bruce Piephoff. It's always the simplest of things which touch and awaken the spirit.

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