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 performs regularly with the folk trio Zoe Speaks and is active in community building, multi-disciplinary arts projects throughout Kentucky.

Ongoing Work with "Cornbread & Tortillas" 

Cornbread & Tortillas, an artistic and cultural collaboration between songwriter/dancer Carla Gover, fusion band Appalatin, and other theater artists and dancers continues after a successful inaugural event in Lexington, KY this past August, presented in conjunction with Casa de la cultura hispana.

Cornbread & Tortillas is a storied journey of music and dance which explores the common ground between Appalachia and various Latin American cultures. In this multi-disciplinary theatrical performance, a small group of musicians, dancers, and storytellers from throughout the Americas come together to share their songs and stories of family, identity, work, play, love, heritage, sense of place, and spirit. This rich production features a diverse variety of instruments including banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Andean flutes, charango, congas, cajon, and more, as well as mountain-style flatfooting and percussive dance from Latin America. The idea that "We've all got a place at the table" is a primary theme for the piece, which seeks to emphasize through the metaphorical concept of a shared meal the idea that there is room for everyone to live together.

The following is an assortment of photos from the project as well as a sample of one of Appalatin's songs marrying Appalachian and Andean music. Look for more details coming soon!

Video by Appalatin:

Appalatin's Website!

Cornbread & Tortillas Cultural Celebration! 

I am so excited to announce the first of many events in the "Cornbread & Tortillas" project I have been working on with celebrated fusion band Appalatin, Casa de la cultura hispana, and many other amazing artists! It will be held on Saturday, August 13th, and will take place at a series of venues on the Southland Drive Corridor in Lexington, KY!
All daytime events are free, and admission to the evening show is only $5.
The event is family-friendly, and will feature music, crafts, dancing, food, stories, and more. Trump wants to build a wall but we want to build bridges! Come and join us for the celebration and for our very first concert together at Willie's Locally Known, where we will present our brand-new work-in-progress.


Workshopes/Talleres (held in front of Southland Perk Coffeehouse and Good Foods Co-op)
1:00 Bilingual sing-along/canciones bilingües
2:00 How to make/ Como hacer Cornbread & Tortillas
2:30 Old-Time Jam Session/sesión improvisada
2:45 Hammock-Making/Taller de hamacas
3:30 Appalachian Clogging/ Baile folklórico
4:00 How to make/Como hacer Cornbread & Tortillas
4:30 Andean Instruments/Instrumentos andinos
5:00 Drumming/tambores
5:30 Storytelling/Cuentacuentos
6:00 Herbs for Health/Yerbas para la salud
7:00 PM Concert with Zoe Speaks, Appalatin, and el grupo Baile folclórico de la casa de la cultura hispana

Southland Perk is located at 472 Southland Drive and Good Foods Co-op at 455 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY

Hindman Family Folk Week! 

I have been wanting to teach at this camp tucked away in the hills of Knott County, Kentucky for at least 20 years, and at last I will have my chance. I'll be teaching old-time guitar and a bit of flatfooting and clogging, and am sooo excited to spend time with so many amazing people that I love (and the new friends I have yet to meet!) If you want a relaxing yet inspiring getaway, please consider joining me and the rest of the lovely souls who'll be passing time singing, making music, porch-sitting, and generally taking a break from the crazy lives we all lead! For complete details visit Hindman Family Folk Week

Casa de la cultura and Cornbread & Tortillas Fundraiser! 

You could feel the magic in the air last night, as artists from all around Kentucky converged in support of the wonderful cultural arts organization Casa de la cultura hispana and the new project we are embarking on together--the creation of a multi-disciplinary theatrical work showcasing the cultural connections between Kentucky and Latin American traditions and art forms. The Grupo de danza folklórica demonstrated a traditional dance from Vera Cruz, Brett Ratliff showed some primitive East Kentucky banjo/ballad traditions, Zoey Raven brought some Kentucky fiddling and bass playing, and members of Appalatin added Andean flutes, cajon, and guitar with a Latin flair. Audience response was high when Jorge Luis Ruiz sang the traditional Mexican corrido "El Rey"! The room was full of celebration and appreciation--what better way to learn about each other, and how to live in harmony, than through singing and dancing? We have many more Cornbread & Tortillas events planned, including ongoing dance classes in Appalachian Clogging and Folklórico-Style Mexican Dance, a festival in Lexington, KY, and performances, workshops, and work creation at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY!

Cornbread & Tortillas! 

Watch for upcoming details about an exciting new series of multicultural projects, performances, workshops, and more, entitled Cornbread & Tortillas, which weave together stories, music, and dance from Kentucky's cultural heritage and that of various Latino cultures living in Kentucky! A host of talented artists will be joining our cast, including banjoist Brett Ratliff, songwriter/activist Jeri Katherine Howell, actor/singer Jorge Luis Ruiz, folklórico dancer Paulina Vazquez, and fusion band Appalatin (last two artists pictured below!)

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Fall Arts Festival with Zoe Speaks

Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY 40601

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

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Smothers Park, 199 W Veteran's Blvd., Owensboro, KY 42303

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Berea Craft Festival

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Indian Fort Theater, 2047 Big Hill Road, Berea, KY 40403

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!


Mighty Kindness Hoot with Zoe Speaks

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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

Berea Center for the Arts, 315 Chestnut Street, Berea KY 40403

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

Your Place, Anytown, USA

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:


Beer Monday with Casa de la Cultura

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Blue Stallion Brewery, 610 West 3rd St. , Lexington, KY 40508

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!