The Record Collection

Elizabeth Cotten: Shake Sugaree

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40147

Track list:

01 – Shake Sugaree
02 – Take Me Back to Baltimore
03 – Washington Blues
04 – I’m Going Away
05 – Fox Chase
06 – Ontario Blues
07 – Fare You Well, My Darling
08 – Untitled / George Buck
09 – Mama, Nobody’s Here but the Baby
10 – Mama, Nobody’s Here but the Baby
11 – Look and Live, My Brother
12 – Jesus Lifted Me
13 – Jesus Is Tenderly Calling
14 – Buck Dance
15 – Ruben
16 – Oh, Miss Lulie Gal
17 – Can’t Get a Letter from Down the Road
18 – Shoot That Buffalo
19 – Boatman Dance
20 – Hallelujah, It Is Done
21 – Holy Ghost, Unchain My Name
22 – Little Brown Jug
23 – Delia
24 – Ball the Jack
25 – Till We Meet Again
26 – When the Train Comes Along

Personnel:

Elizabeth ‘libba’ Cotten – guitar, banjo, vocals
Brenda Evans – vocals (#1,12)

Produced by Mike Seeger
Liner Notes by Mike Seeger

Shake Sugaree (liner notes) (5.18MB)

Cover photo by John Cohen
Mastered by Pete Reiniger
Design by Sonya Cohen Cramer

Recorded in February, 1965, and in January 1966

CD Released 2004

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Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (1896-1987) wrote her well-known song “Freight Train” at the age of 11 and sang it for nearly 80 years.

Through her songwriting, her quietly commanding personality, and her unique left-handed guitar and banjo styles, she has inspired and influenced generations of younger artists.

Cotten was declared a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984, and was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a “living treasure.”

She received a Grammy Award in 1985 when she was 90.

These essential 1965-66 recordings include ten previously unreleased tracks [2,7,8,9,17,20,21,22,23,26].

26 tracks. 60 minutes. Re-issued from Folkways 31003.
—folkways.si.edu
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