Freight Train Blues

honoring the legacy of Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten in Carrboro, NorthCarolina

Each spring Music Maker and the Town of Carrboro present a series of roots music concerts at the Carrboro Town Commons on Friday evenings from mid-May to mid-June. 

We'll be back at the Carrboro Town Commons for the 8th Annual Freight Train Blues series starting May 13, 2022!
Join us from 6:30-8:30 pm on May 13th – June 10th, 2022 for five Friday evening concerts featuring incredible roots musicians steeped in the diverse traditions of the Carolina Piedmont!

Freight Train Blues celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont blues legend Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, born in 1893 in Carrboro, NC. Some of her best known compositions, like the now-standard “Freight Train” and “Shake Sugaree,” have been canonized into the repertoires of American popular culture, with the latter interpreted by Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal. Her enduring legacy was featured earlier this year in a piece from Good Morning America, who said she was “a master storyteller.”

Freight Train Blues honors Elizabeth Cotten’s contributions to American roots music by highlighting the cultural significance, diversity, and vitality of her North Carolina community and its connections to artists across the nation.

Past years shows have included performances by Little Freddie King, Alabama Slim, Cool John Ferguson, the Dedicated Men of Zion, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amythyst Kiah, The Hamiltones, and many more.