Spotlight On Music In Appalachia 2010

Spotlight On Music In Appalachia – Interview With Kathy Chiavola


Paul first introduced me to the music of Kathy Chiavola about 7 or 8 years ago. From the beginning I loved her voice-loved her music. But once I heard her sing The Harvest-which immediately become one of my all time favorite songs-I became smitten with her for life.

After I successfully nabbed an interview with David Grier-I thought what the heck I’ll ask her for an interview-and guess what she said yes too.


Where did you grow up?

I was born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City.

Did you grow up in a musical family?

Yes, Mom played piano and violin and viola and Dad still sings very well. My three sisters play various instruments and sing.

How long have you been making music for a living?

Since I was 15.

How young were you when you started singing/playing/?

I began piano lessons at age 7 or 8, and began teaching myself guitar at age 12. I’ve always sung.

What was the first song you learned to play?

Probably Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Over the years, have you seen a decline in the popularity of old time, traditional, or bluegrass music?

No. Quite the contrary. The availability of the music via movies and the internet has popularized the music.

It seems folks who enjoy traditional, old time, bluegrass music are die hard fans-do you think the music speaks to them in a way other genres don’t?

Yes, it’s real music for real people.

Where can folks find your music?,,, itunes, rhapsody,

Is there anything you’d like to let your fans know about?

I was awarded the prestigious Ragusani nel Mondo Prize in Ragusa, Sicily last September 4 in recognition of my musical career. You can see it on youtube.

What is the funniest thing that ever happened at one of your performances?

Can’t tell it!

When you think of music in relation to Appalachia what comes to mind?

Dance tunes, ballads, fiddle tunes, the melding of Celtic/English traditions with African music…The music tells a story, oral history, makes us dance, play and sing; the music expresses all emotion; and is the soundtrack to life; there is a timeless appeal of traditional music stemming from the heart and soul.


Hope you enjoyed the interview. Kathy generously donated 2 cds for a giveaway. Leave a comment and you’ll get a chance to win some of her fantastic music for yourself. Giveaway ends on Saturday August 14, 2010.



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    August 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I am going to check out her links as I love to find new music at least to me.

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    David Templeton
    August 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I hope she comes to the Rythym and Roots Reunion at Bristol this year.
    She is wonderful!

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    August 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Great interview, Tipper. I will be going to her site often. Thank you for all the hard work you do to make my/our lives a lot happier.

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    August 13, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I know how excited you were when she granted you the interview.
    Hopping over to check out the links.

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    August 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Great interview, but Kathy wasn’t
    about to tell you the funniest
    thing, huh? I like her type of
    singing alot too…Ken

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    August 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Hey Tipper: I sent this to Vienna, Austria – just to introduce mountain music to those folks with such CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR SO LONG!
    Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    August 11, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Oh yes, she is nice. Never heard of her before but enjoyed listening to her on the link.
    Thanks for sharing her!

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    Farm Chick Paula
    August 11, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Wow, Tipper! How neat that you scored another great interview! I have heard her a few times on our local station WDVX (they play bluegrass, folk and old time music)and really like her sound.

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    August 11, 2010 at 8:56 am

    What a great interview. Thanks!

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    August 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Great to see that mountain music is being heard in so many places around the world! thanks for the heads-up about another artist!

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    August 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Tipper you are one lucky lady getting the interview with Kathy. Wow, She has a beautiful voice.

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    Kim Campbell
    August 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Love it! I am so addicted to this music. By the way, are those your girls singing when I access your blog?

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    August 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    tipper; i have to admit i havent heard kathy before,she has a very nice voice, and plays very well. just proves when you think you know about your favorite music you get a plesent surprise now and then. thanks much. k.o.h

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    August 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I’ve never heard of her before Tipper. I’ll have to go to her website and check her out.

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    August 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I love her voice..thanks for sharing. I do love these mountains and the old timey music..did I spell timey right? oh well.

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    Patty Hall
    August 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Beautiful voice!
    Patty H.

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    Donna W
    August 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I’d LOVE to have a CD. I had never heard of her before; she has a great voice.

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    August 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Never heard of her but she has a nice voice. Good interview.

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    Janice MacDaniels
    August 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Wow, what a great voice she has. I had never heard of her, before so thanks for putting me on to her music!

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    August 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    What a beautiful voice, Tipper. Nice job with the interview, as well.

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