The twice-nominated folk musician, Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten won her first Grammy at 90 years old.
Fiercely proud of her North Carolina roots, her lyrics and melodies weave intricate tales about her life in the South. A singer and songwriter, The Grateful Dead produced several renditions of “Oh, Babe, It Ain’t No Lie,” a song she composed. Bob Dylan covered other songs she created including “Shake Sugaree” and “Freight Train.”
James was invited to New York, where he was wooed by record companies. Then, abruptly, all but one pulled back. He would learn why: That particular label, Roulette, was associated with a New York City mob family, and the other recording companies got the blunt message: Back off on signing James if you know what’s good for you.
Gill’s current band mates Thomas McNeice, John Sterry and Tobias Humble announced the guitarist’s death Saturday on Twitter. No cause of death was provided, but the band noted that Gill recently spent time in the hospital.