Carla Gover is an eighth-generation Kentuckian who hails from a small coal town in Eastern Kentucky, and her rural sensibilities permeate the work that she does and the music that she plays. A veteran of the folk scene, she has performed and recorded with such artists as Jean Ritchie, Mark Schatz, Dudley Connell, Stuart Duncan, Dirk Powell, Jesse Wells, Bruce Molsky, and many more. Her two most recent albums (“Wings” & “Fresh Picked Kentucky Music”) both reached #1 on the Folk Music DJ Charts. 
An award-winning singer-songwriter, she has covers by major artists as well as songs in film and documentary soundtracks. She was selected as a Master Artist in both Traditional Flatfoot Dancing as well as Appalachian Music by the Kentucky Arts Council. She performs with various ensembles including the trad Kentucky CornMaiz Stringband, and the bilingual Folk Opera Cornbread & Tortillas. She is the Artistic Director of both Cowan Creek Mountain Music School and the Cornbread & Tortillas Artist Collective. 

-Doc Watson

  “God, that gal can sing.”

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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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