Elizabeth Johnson – Freight Train

Elizabeth Johnson, in her 90s when this video was made, wrote this song when she was 10 years old. A beautiful song that has been recorded as an instrumental by Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, and many other solo artists. Occasionally the words are recorded by others but the instrumental version seems to prevail. Notice Elizabeth played her guitar upside down and left handed. I don’t think the “boom chick” sound had been invented back then but can you imagine trying to play that style using your index finger. How could you dampen it?

About Larry Bartley

I live in the northern most region of the Texas Hill Country. I spend a lot of time building websites and blogging about the favorite things in my life. These include but are not limited to- food, wine, travel, lodging, real estate, entertainment, and events in the Texas Hill country.

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