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Album: Shake Sugaree *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Shake Sugaree
2)    Take Me Back to Baltimore - (previously unreleased)
3)    Washington Blues
4)    I'm Going Away
5)    Fox Chase
6)    Ontario Blues
7)    Fare You Well, My Darling - (previously unreleased)
8)    Untitled/Georgie Buck - (previously unreleased)
9)    Mama, Nobody's Here But the Baby - (previously unreleased)
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 - (previously unreleased)
18)    Shoot That Buffalo
19)    Boatman Dance
20)    Hallelujah, It Is Done - (previously unreleased)
21)    Holy Ghost, Unchain My Name - (previously unreleased)
22)    Little Brown Jug - (previously unreleased)
23)    Delia - (previously unreleased)
24)    Ball the Jack
25)    Till We Meet Again
26)    When the Train Comes Along - (previously unreleased)
 

Album: Shake Sugaree *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Shake Sugaree
2)    Take Me Back to Baltimore - (previously unreleased)
3)    Washington Blues
4)    I'm Going Away
5)    Fox Chase
6)    Ontario Blues
7)    Fare You Well, My Darling - (previously unreleased)
8)    Untitled/Georgie Buck - (previously unreleased)
9)    Mama, Nobody's Here But the Baby - (previously unreleased)
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 - (previously unreleased)
18)    Shoot That Buffalo
19)    Boatman Dance
20)    Hallelujah, It Is Done - (previously unreleased)
21)    Holy Ghost, Unchain My Name - (previously unreleased)
22)    Little Brown Jug - (previously unreleased)
23)    Delia - (previously unreleased)
24)    Ball the Jack
25)    Till We Meet Again
26)    When the Train Comes Along - (previously unreleased)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Elizabeth Cotten (vocals, acoustic guitar); Brenda Joyce Evans, Brenda Evans (vocals).
  • Liner Note Authors: Mike Seeger; John Ullman.
  • Editor: Mike Seeger.
  • Introduction by: John Ullman.
  • Photographers: Jim Mys; David Gahr; Sue Sandson; John Cohen.
  • Though Elizabeth Cotten was considered a living legend well before her death in the 1980s, and her guitar and banjo playing provided one of the most important templates for folk, blues, and even rock musicians of subsequent generations, she never recorded much. A few albums on the Folkways label are all that exists of her unique sound, so this batch of mid-'60s tracks, which includes a wealth of previously unreleased material, arrived like a bolt from the blue for Cotten admirers.
  • Cotten is mostly regarded as an instrumentalist, and only sings on a few cuts. For most of SHAKE SUGAREE, the North Carolina folk/blues pioneer lets her fingers do the talking. Her unique, two-fingered style of picking prefigured everything from Doc Watson's bluegrass to the country blues of Taj Mahal, and decades down the road it's still striking to hear her dig into the deceptively complex picking patterns of "Take Me Back to Baltimore," "Can't Get a Letter from Down the Road," and others, with such a perfect blend of facility and pure, unadulterated soul.
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.44) - "Cotton's music is drawn from African-American tradition, church music, ragtime, and other styles. Her guitar playing is warm and expressive."
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