Posts tagged ‘history’

March 10, 2011

Elizabeth Cotten Page on Smithsonian Folkways

I was messing around today on the Smithsonian Folkways website.  They have a really nice page on Elizabeth Cotten, including photos, sound clips, and video.

From the Folkways website:

Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (1895-1987), best known for her timeless song “Freight Train,” built her musical legacy on a firm foundation of late 19th- and early 20th-century African-American instrumental traditions. Through her songwriting, her quietly commanding personality, and her unique left-handed guitar and banjo styles, she inspired and influenced generations of younger artists.

 

Elizabeth Cotten

January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Guess who was pals with MLK?  Joan Baez was!

I found some great photos of Baez at the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama Civil Rights March.

From Corbis Images

From Smugmug.com

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