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Tico-Tico - Liza & A.J.


Author! Author!

Liza's book, Katherine Jackson French:  Kentucky's Forgotten Ballad Collector, published through University Press of Kentucky which was awarded the KENTUCKY HISTORY AWARD is now out in paperback.  Available from Amazon, Borders, University Press of Kentucky and other online merchants.  

Liza and her work on Dr. French was featured on All Things Considered on NPR in a feature by Stephanie Wolf.  You can catch it here:

Other features include one on Old-Time Central: and an article in the Country Dance and Song Society Summer 2020 magazine as well:  


Dr. French first tried to publish a collection of Kentucky ballads in 1910; the story of how this did not come to be, along with how the history of Appalachian balladry would have been different if it had, is the subject of this story of one of Kentucky music's greatest unknown women. The biography may be ordered here:  


A commemorative edition of her ballads has been  published by Berea College, fulfilling a 110-year-old promise.  It, along with There Was a Fair Maid Dwelling a recording of French's ballads (#55 on the Folk Chart in 2020), is available by contacting .

FALL in Kentucky

Hello, friends,

We are enjoying the beginning of fall in Kentucky, which comes a lot later than it does in Upstate New York.  Trees are just beginning to change, and while nights are getting cooler, the days are still warm and lovely.

Some of you may know that A.J. had a fairly horrific bicycle accident in August.  He broke his wrist, his front tooth, and disclocated his finger.  He is still healing, and we have cancelled our fall gigs.


In the spring, Liza had her work on Katherine Jackson French featured at the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, VA in an exhibit entitled “I’ve Endured:  Women in Old-Time Music.”  She also won a grant to work this past summer with students on a research project investigating music of underrepresented groups in Appalachia.


  If you’re in our neck of the woods, let us know!  We love connecting with musicians, clients, audience, and other friends.  The Celebration of Traditional Music, which Liza directs, is happening at Berea College October 12-15!  Check out our facebook page and website at


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