Carla Gover is a seventh-generation Kentucky musician, dancer and songwriter. Onstage, she sings, plays guitar and showcases the rhythms of Appalachia through flatfooting and clawhammer banjo. Her performances include a mix of the traditional tunes she grew up with as well as her socially-conscious originals. She shares her passion with hundreds of students each year in schools throughout Kentucky, where she teaches Appalachian music, dance and culture. She has released five albums of music, and has toured nationally and internationally, performing at such venues as The Kennedy Center and The Glasgow Royal Hall. She has won numerous national awards for her songwriting, including Merlefest’s Chris Austin Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Award. Her most recent release with her band, Zoe Speaks, made it all the way to #1 on the National Folk DJ Chart.
She is the artistic director for the Cornbread & Tortillas Collective of Appalachian and Latino artists, and she was selected as a master artist in traditional flatfoot dancing by the Kentucky Arts Council. Carla currently makes her home in Lexington, and collaborates with a variety of artists and educators throughout the state on projects to improve the quality of life in Kentucky through music, dance and fostering cultural understanding.