Carla Gover

Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, Carla Gover was exposed to all the ingredients that go into making a true Appalachian musician of the first order. The Old-Time Herald says, “Carla’s music contains the best elements of traditional Appalachian Music, including purity, intensity, integrity, and vivid imagery.” She is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, with wins at the Kerrville Newfolk Festival, Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, and the Flatrock Festival Songwriting Contest. In addition to her performing career, she has over twenty years of experience as a teaching artist in Appalachian music and dance. Her ventures include educational performances, residencies and workshops, a variety of music and arts camps, and music festivals. Carla performs solo on banjo and guitar, and collaborates regularly with some of Kentucky’s best pickers, including Brett Ratliff and Jesse Wells. She frequently adds some lively flatfoot dancing to the set, and gives audiences a sense that they have had a trip to the Appalachian Mountains. Carla also performs with the acclaimed trio Zoe Speaks, touring all over the country.