Legendary Bluegrass State-born folk music artist Jean Ritchie died on June 1st, according to Kentucky news outlet WYMT Mountain News. She was 92 years old.
Born in 1922, Ritchie graduated in college in the 1940s and moved to New York. Armed with a repertoire of Appalachian folk tunes and a dulcimer (an instrument in the zither family typically played while seated), Ritchie introduced a lot of folk fans and fellow musicians to dozens of obscure songs that would have otherwise been lost forever.
Although she never reached the chart success of fellow revivalists in the 1950s folk music boom, Ritchie continued to be a consistent performing artist and extremely respected, bona fide practitioner of the musical genre.