I'm releasing this interview with Kentucky musician/artist/icon Cari Anna Norris, recorded in the summer of 2021.
As Kentucky mourns her passing this week, I wanted to honor her memory with this sweet interview I conducted as part of my dance project, the Kentucky Tour de Dance.
She tells us about her grandmother, banjo legend Lily May Ledford of the Coon Creek Girls, whose death when Cari was 15 was a pivotal moment in her musical life.
She also discusses her other early musical influences, including the legendary Jean Ritchie, Sue Massek, Rich Kirby, and others, and how the ancient music of Appalachia helped her feel connected to her ancestors.
And she rounds out the interview with some metaphysical musings on the synergistic relationship between music and dance in Appalachia.
Read more about the Kentucky Tour de Dance here.
Post-Roll with information about the Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging Academy
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