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I have been a self-employed artist my entire life. That means I’ve been making a living from various aspects of my creative interests since I was 22 years old, and I’ve done things like dancing professionally in a touring ensemble, doing thousands of residencies in music, dance, and Appalachian culture, hitting the road with several […]
We’re so happy to present our NEW video, “Home“! We are Kentucky artists sharing music, dance, food, and a big party! Some folks don’t realize that Kentucky is a place with much cultural diversity to share, and we’re working to change that. Our group, Cornbread & Tortillas, is a collective of Appalachian and Latino artists, […]
WATCH HERE! I’m super-excited to release my new video on the first day of the year. It’s a feminist Appalachian ballad that I performed with my daughter, and the subject is very dear to my heart. This song is a re-working of the Peggy Seeger song “B Side” as a warning ballad. Warnings ballads are […]
After spending the past nineteen years teaching each and every summer at Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Letcher County, Kentucky where I’m from, I’m beyond proud to announce that I’m stepping into a new role as artistic director of the school. I’ll be helping to facilitate the awesome adult and youth programming offered there, […]
This is a screenshot of some of my recent online classes. Like all touring and teaching artists, I have grappled with what to do with my time now that all concerts and events and camps are shut down. So, in addition to working on some recording projects and original music, I have chosen to develop […]
One of my most favorite songs that I have written, Me & The Redbird River, is to be made into a children’s book! It’s a song that tells of growing up in Appalachia from a child’s perspective, and describes the beauty of the subsistence skills that have continued to flourish there. And I am so […]
We are all just now recovering from all the fun LAST weekend in Lexington, as a passel of pickers, singers, dancers, poets, merry-makers, and general yee-haw revelers descended on Lexington for our annual old-time music event at Artsplace. A good time was had by all, and we’re already making plans for next year. The inimitable […]
We have been having a blast playing around the region, and are putting together some overseas tours, too! We are happy to be spreading the traditions of our beloved Kentucky with audiences far and wide. Here is a recent picture from our performance at the University of Kentucky Appalachia in the Bluegrass series!
So, my mother didn’t know anything about making albums per se, but something she DID teach me helped me get through a recent challenge we encountered while making the latest Zoe Speaks CD. See, we found out a few weeks ago that there had been a hard drive crash involving our project, and that data […]
Do you ever have so much going on that you don’t know whether you’re coming or going? That’s what the last few months have been like for me, but I have loved it all because I have seen firsthand that no matter how much craziness might be going on in the world, there are still […]
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Carla is currently based in Lexington, KY, ancestral lands of the Adena, Hopewell, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), and Wazhazhe Maⁿzhaⁿ (Osage) nations.
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