Carla Gover is a Kentucky-born artist who performs original and traditional music. She offers renditions of ballads and banjo tunes from her native Appalachia as well as original tunes which touch upon themes of home, family, a sense of place, social justice, and spirituality. She has won a number of awards for her songwriting, including Merlefest’s Chris Austin Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Award.
Carla currently makes her home in Lexington, KY, where she collaborates with a variety of artists and educators on projects to improve the quality of life in the state through music, dance, and fostering cultural understanding.
An award-winning singer-songwriter, she has covers by major artists as well as songs in film and documentary soundtracks, and her band, Zoe Speaks’ most recent album made it all the way to #1 on the National Folk Chart. She’s the Artistic Director for both the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School and the bilingual folk opera, Cornbread & Tortillas. She was recognized by the Kentucky Arts Council as a Master Artist in Flatfoot Dancing, and recently founded the first-ever Online Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging Academy.