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Great, Great Grandmothers
Program 309
Original Airdate: 12/13/1973

Subject Keywords
Afro-American musicians
Afro-American singers
Afro-American women
Blues (Music)
Music - Performance
Women blues musicians

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Cotten, Elizabeth
Scott, Esther Mae

Program Description
Blues singers Elizabeth Cotten and "Mother" Esther Mae Scott talk with Topper Carew about their music and perform in studio for this one-hour program. Elizabeth Cotten, in her early eighties at the time of this appearance, performs her famous folk songs "Freight Train" and "Shake Sugaree" using her distinctive left-hand style of guitar playing known as "Cotten pickin'" and Esther May Scott, also in her early eighties, performs songs by Bessie Smith and Leadbelly. Both musicians were active participants in blues festival circuits at the time of the interview.

Topper Carew

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow
Vickie Jones

Conrad White

Topper Carew

Elizabeth Cotten
Ester Mae Scott

Henry Johnson (filmmaker)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-01313
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01503A
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01503
Viewing copy 1/2" helical (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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