One of the thirty essential artists of her generation.”

— Acoustic Guitar Magazine



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 is the Artistic Director for the Cornbread & Tortillas Collective of Appalachian and Latino artists, and she was recently selected as a Master Artist in Traditional Flatfoot Dancing by the Kentucky Arts Council. She performs solo, as a trio, and with the folk group Zoe Speaks. She is active in community building, multi-disciplinary arts projects throughout Kentucky.



  • 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