The State of Things
1:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten

UNC professor Glenn Hinson talks about the life and legacy of Elizabeth Cotten
Elizabeth Cotten at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/63204614@N08/ / flickr

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.