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 had been lost. It turned out that not all of it was gone, but we were set back several months in having to re-do a lot of our harmony parts and instrumental solos. I felt SO frustrated and put-upon, but after a while a memory surfaced. My mother was a brilliant seamstress (just like HER mother), and she made sure that I learned how to sew when I was growing up. She started me on easier patterns, and we worked our way up. At some point we graduated to making a dress, which required that I learn how to sew in sleeves. And since it was the eighties, those poofy sleeves were popular and I had to sew in GATHERED sleeves, which are especially fussy. Well, even the most experienced tailor can get flummoxed when sewing in a sleeve--you have to turn the garment AND sleeve inside out, and basically sew inside a small tunnel of fabric. There are several points where things can go wrong, and when I was first learning, they often did. I would diligently sew all evening, get the sleeve all pressed and pinned, sew it in, and......turn the dress right side out for the moment of truth, only to find out that I had screwed it up, with a seam on the outside, or the wrong side of the fabric facing outward. Out would come the seam ripper, along with some tears of frustration, and I'd have to take out every stitch I'd sewn and re-do the whole painstaking process. At some point in my feelings of self-pity over our musical setback, I felt like mom was at my elbow, reminding me that sometimes you just have to get out the seam ripper and do it over again. I don't know why this happened, but I am grateful for the real-world lessons my mom gave me that help me to be strong and resilient in the face of challenges, and, just like with that tacky dress I made back in 1986, I am DETERMINED to finish the project and make it better than it was before. Thanks, mom.
Kentucky Songstress, Dancer, & Inspiring Educator.
Carla Gover is a seventh-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. The Old-Time Herald says, “Carla’s music contains the best elements of traditional Appalachian Music, including purity, intensity, integrity, and vivid imagery.” An award-winning singer-songwriter, she has covers by major artists as well as songs in film and documentary soundtracks. She performs regularly with the folk band Zoe Speaks and is active in community building, multi-disciplinary arts projects throughout Kentucky.
Appalachian Family Folk Week
I am so excited about this family-friendly getaway! I'll be teaching old-time flatfooting and, for the first time ever, "Granny Life Skills 101", where we'll quilt, can, sing, and learn how to take care of ourselves the Appalachian way! A whole heap of awesome classes are offered--check it out: https://www.hindmansettlement.org/programs/cultural-heritage-programs/family-folk-week/
A mellow event with food trucks and wines to taste. I'll be playing solo in a rare Lexington appearance.
In These Fields: A Folk Opera by Silas House & Sam Gleaves
In These Fields is a folk opera by singer/songwriter Sam Gleaves and novelist/playwright Silas House. The play, which explores the importance of food in our history and culture, covers 175 years in the American South. The monologues, written by House, and songs, penned by Gleaves, create a meditation on the people who have raised, prepared, and partaken of the food of the South.
Songs of Freedom & Justice with Zoe Speaks and friends
Throughout the course of our history as a nation and world, music has always accompanied and spurred social change. During this unprecedented time in our country’s evolution, come and find solidarity through music as we sing songs to keep us inspired, engaged, unified, and hopeful. All are welcome and lyrics will be provided. Raise your voice and rise up as we kick off this Gallery Hop and Arts Showcase Weekend in downtown Lexington!
Carla Gover & A Boy Named Banjo
I know we Kentuckians have our differences with Tennessee, but let's lay aside the blue and the orange and find our common ground. Join me for an evening of banjos, bourbon, a passel of pickers from the land of Rocky Top, and a whole lot of yee-ha! Ain't we got fun?
Zoe Speaks at 25th Anniversary Concert Series
We are so excited to return to Birmingham for two nights at this world-class theater! Come out and celebrate with us, and with Zoey, who will join us on fiddle and harmonies! Tickets $25 www.TheLibraryTheater.com
Zoe Speaks at 25th Anniversary Concert Series
We are so excited to return to Birmingham for two nights at this world-class theater! Come out and celebrate with us, and with Zoey, who will join us on fiddle and harmonies! Tickets $25 www.thelibrarytheater.com
Women's March on Washington: Lexington
I am excited to be opening our march in support of social justice and equal rights for all with some music. The list of speakers is stunning, with Attica Scott, George Ella Lyon, Reggie Thomas, Silas House, Kelly Flood, and many more. Come rise up with us! https://www.facebook.com/events/1287737687967898/
Fall Arts Festival with Zoe Speaks
This is an experiential arts festival – with opportunities to make art or experience & watch demonstrations of exciting new processes and techniques. All workshops are led by experienced artists. All ages and abilities are encouraged, absolutely no experience is needed to participate, just be ready to have FUN! Event is free, parking is $5.
LIVE on the Banks! with Zoe Speaks
FREE and open to the Public Overlook Stage at Smothers Park We will have a grand time playing beside the river in one of our favorite Kentucky cities! Won't you join us?
Cornbread & Tortillas Festival w/Appalatin!
Join us for a day of workshops and fellowship, and a culminating performance with music, dance, stories, and songs celebrating the commonalities of Kentucky and various Latino Cultures! Visit the homepage of this website to see complete details: www.carlagover.com
Endangered Species Mural Celebration with Zoe Speaks
Come to this free event celebrating a new mural about biological diversity and bringing awareness to endangered species! For more information about the project visit: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/creative_media
Berea Craft Festival
Berea's beautiful craft fair in the woods. I'll be strolling and picking all weekend, so come on out and nab some beautiful art in one of our favorite settings! SATURDAY I will perform with ZOE SPEAKS!
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
Carla is teaching the first-ever MOUNTAIN DANCE STYLE class, which will focus on flatfoot and clogging styles, with some group dancing thrown in for good measure. Fun for the whole family! For complete details visit: http://cowancreekmusic.org/
Mighty Kindness Hoot with Zoe Speaks
The Hoot is a free community unity festival that brings together all that is kind for the body, soul and mind in our area featuring farms, local art & handmade goods, local business & non profits, kids activities, music, dance, workshops, parades and more.
Hindman Family Folk Week
Carla will be teaching and performing for the first time at this amazing family folk week, including flatfooting and guitar. For complete details visit: https://www.hindmansettlement.org/events/folk-week
Zoe Speaks @ Thursday Night Live
Help us kick off the summer with a live outdoor show! Opening act starts at 7--come early to find parking!
Concert with Zoe Speaks
We're bringing it all back home for this show at a lovely renovated theater in downtown Berea. Tickets range from $15-$25, and this is an intimate experience you won't want to miss. We'll have some special surprise guests, too!
Zoe Speaks Live Streaming Concert
Join us for our first live streaming concert, straight from Carla's living room! It's a pay-what-you-want scenario, and we'll be adding some tip incentives so check it out and mark your calendars! Visit the concert window site for complete info: https://www.concertwindow.com/130411-zoe-speaks
Beer Monday with Casa de la Cultura
Join us for a wee fundraising event/sneak peek of some of the artists from our Cornbread & Tortillas project as we begin this exciting collaboration with Casa de la Cultura Hispana. Come and hear music from Brett Ratliff, Arlo Barnette, Zoey Raven, Jeri Katherine Howell, Jorge Luis Ruiz and other special guests! https://www.facebook.com/events/1102490516470067/