The Women of Southern Songbirds - Jean Ritchie

The Women of Southern Songbirds

Jean Ritchie:

Jean Ritchie was born in Viper, Kentucky, where her family farmed the steep mountain land and spent the evenings singing ballads for entertainment. When she moved to New York as a young woman, she became swept up in the folk revival scene there, and quickly rose to prominence as the unofficial ambassador of Kentucky traditional folk music, taking it around the world with her. Jean is also a prolific songwriter whose music has been recorded by countless country and folk performers, including Lester Flatt, Dolly Parton, Michelle Shocked, and The Johnson Mountain Boys.

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