The Legacy of Elizabeth Cotten

The Legacy ofElizabeth Cotten Introduction Folk music, like folk literature, is of oral tradition. Folk music is learned through listening rather than reading. The question of whether a song/piece of music is folk music depends on a certain criteria based on patterns of transmission, social function, origins, and performance. The infamous folk artist Elizabeth “Libba” […]

Elizabeth Cotten: A Master in American Folk Music

By: Morgan Allen “I want to tell them about my music. Tell them that I’m a good woman and tell them that’s where they will find me…right up the ladder (in heaven.)” Early Life Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten was born in 1895 in North Carolina. Her love of music started early when at age 7 she […]