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Singing the Traditional Songs of Her Kentucky Mountain Family

Jean Ritchie

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Born: December 8, 1922 in Viper, KY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Jean Ritchie was born into a large and musical family in Viper, Kentucky in 1922. The Ritchie family was very much a part of the Appalachian folk tradition, and had committed over 300 songs (including hymns, traditional love songs, ballads, children's game songs, etc.) to its collective memory, a tradition that Ritchie has drawn on (as well as preserved and maintained) for the entire length of her performing career. She grew up in a home where singing was intertwined with nearly every task, and the...
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