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Elizabeth Cotten was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the Early Influence category in 2022.

Elizabeth Cotten

Black-and-white photograph of Elizabeth Cotten, seated with acoustic guitar.An American folk treasure who inspired Dylan, Baez, and the Grateful Dead

Elizabeth Cotten’s intimate recordings and performances inspired generations of artists, and her technical prowess and musical inventiveness influenced countless guitar players. More on 

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