Carla Gover
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Carla Gover

Berea, Kentucky, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1991 | SELF

Berea, Kentucky, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1991
Solo Folk Americana




"Acoustic Guitar Magazine"

"One of the thirty essential artists of the next generation." - Scott Nygaard

"Old Time Herald"

"Carla Gover's work contains many of the best elements of Appalachian music, including intensity, integrity, and vivid imagery." - Jody Stecher


Hush, My Restless Soul JuneAppal Records 1994
Pearl (with Zoe Speaks) Redbird Records 2000
Birds Fly South (with Zoe Speaks) Redbird Records 2003
Drop In The Bucket (with Zoe Speaks) Redbird Records 2007
Gypsy Ways Redbird Records 2010
Wings (with Zoe Speaks) Redbird Records 2018



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. 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, Bruce Molsky, Ricky Simpkins, and many more. Her most recent album, "Wings",  reached #1 on the Folk Music DJ Charts. 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 was selected as a Master Artist in both Traditional Flatfoot Dancing as well as Appalachian Music by the Kentucky Arts Council. She performs solo, as a trio, and with various ensembles including the rootsy folk group Zoe Speaks, 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.


  • Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winner
  • Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest 1st Place Winner
  • Flatrock Songwriting Festival 1st Place Winner
  • Kentucky Folklife Program Master Artist in Traditional Dance
  • Berea College Fellow in Traditional Music
  • Kentucky Arts Council SmARTY Community Engagement Award


  • Red River Moon, Independent Film Soundtrack
  • Plethora, Independent Documentary Soundtrack
  • Drop In The Bucket, cover, Five Shillings Short
  • Me & The Redbird River, cover, Grammy-nominated Dale Anne Bradley
  • Honeysuckle, cover, Canadian artist Erika Kulnys


  • Glasgow Royal Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
  • Merlefest, Wilkesboro, NC
  • Copenhagen Blues Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
  • Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL