Elizabeth Cotten

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Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (née Neville) (January 5, 1893 – June 29, 1987) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter.

A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. Her approach involved using a right-handed guitar (usually in standard tuning), not restrung for left-handed playing, essentially holding a right-handed guitar upside down. This position required her to play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her signature alternating bass style has become known as "Cotten picking".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1958 Folksongs and Instrumentals With Guitar 3
2004 Shake Sugaree 1
Shake Sugaree, Volume Two 1

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Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Elizabeth Cotten, Volume 3: When I'm Gone 1

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