Kentucky Tourism

Pickow, Jean Ritchie — Jean Ritchie

Viper, KY



Jean Ritchie was born the youngest of 14 children in a musical family in Viper, KY, that had committed over 300 songs (hymns, traditional love songs, ballads, children's game songs, etc.) to its collective memory. Ritchie has preserved that tradition; her singing, accompanied on the lap dulcimer, was perfect for the old ballads.