Freight Train Blues, a concert series celebrating the life of blues legend and Carrboro native Elizabeth Cotten, is back for its ninth year this summer.
The concert series focuses on traditional folk music, bringing various folk artists to the Carrboro Town Commons every Friday night at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from May 5 to June 23.
The concert series is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro Cultural Resources, Recreation and Parks Department, Tourism and Development Authority, the Music Maker Foundation and WUNC.
Cotten was an influential Black folk and blues singer from Carrboro. She was known for her guitar and banjo style.
Her most famous song "Freight Train" has been covered by a number of artists, including Bob Dylan. On Nov. 5 of last year, she was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
“She is truly a titan of folk music, and deserves all the attention beyond what we can even try to get for her,” Aaron Greenhood, the producer and curator of Freight Train Blues, said.
He said that because the contributions of Black women are often overlooked, it is important to keep the legacy of Cotten alive through the concert series.
Each concert is free to the public. Greenhood said this is important because of the type of music being showcased.
“It’s the music of the people, so why should it be restricted?” he said.