Carolyn Kendrick is many things: she is a fiddler of 21 years, a writer and singer of songs for just as long, a guitarist, and she has been performing, touring, and teaching for over a decade. In her time with her project the Page Turners, she spent years crisscrossing the country playing festivals and winning awards (Newport Folk Festival, Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, Savannah Music Festival; Freshgrass ‘Best Duo’ Award, Berklee American Roots Program: Fletcher Bright Award).
She has taught at many a music camp and attended many a songwriting retreat. She lived in Boston before moving to Austin. Now she lives in Nashville—as much as a touring musician is able to live in one place. It’s where she pays rent, at least. It’s where she shops for groceries. It’s where she will vote in 2020.
Kendrick has performed with many beloved artists, such as Bruce Molsky, Margo Price, Aoife O’Donovan and Darol Anger. She is in the process of recording a fiddle-banjo duo album with Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose of Meadow Mountain.
The first lyric you hear of Carolyn Kendrick’s new EP states plainly: “I like to tear things apart/and build them right back up again/I like the feel of the hammer and the nails in the palm of my hand.” It’s a mission statement and a declaration.
When not touring, Kendrick teaches privately and at fiddle camps across the United States. Her favorite things are cooking, two-stepping, and hanging out with her dogs. She’ll be out there traveling, playing, and learning for as long as she can.