Which renown fingerstyle guitarist was rediscovered after helping a child who had lost their parents in a department store?
Which Renown Fingerstyle Guitarist Was Rediscovered in a Department Store?
C.) Elizabeth Cotten
She retired from playing the guitar for 25 years and did not begin performing and recording until she was in her 60s. While working briefly in a department store, Elizabeth Cotten helped a child wandering through the aisles find her mother. The child was Peggy Seeger, and the mother was composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. Soon after this, Cotten began working as a maid for the Seeger family and caring for their children, Mike, Peggy, Barbara, and Penny. While working with the Seegers, a voraciously musical family that included Pete Seeger, she remembered her own guitar playing from 40 years prior and picked up the instrument again and relearned to play it, almost from scratch.