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Mon September 23, 2013
Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten
In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed.
She started playing the instrument upside down - with her right hand on the fret and strumming with her left hand. The young woman went on to become a famous blues and folk musician. Next weekend, Carrboro will dedicate a historic marker to honor Cotton’s legacy and ties to the town.
Glenn Hinson is a professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill. He joins Host Frank Stasio to talk about the life and legacy of Elizabeth Cotten.