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Kendall Potter is no stranger to the sound of music, she began at 6.

But, when she was exposed to bluegrass music, specifically legendary bluegrass composer John Hartford, she fell in love with the banjo. Potter, a freshman traditional music major from RisingSun, Indiana, picked up the banjo at 14 and taught herself how to play. 

Kendall Potter

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music student Kendall Potter practices February 20, 2020 at the center in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Kaitlin Ferrell

“I started listening to bluegrass music and I heard John Hartford play banjo and that’s why I decided to play that,”  Potter said. “He had a distinct sound that was way different from anybody else and had unique songs, and somehow I just fell in love with that sound.”

The banjo player had heard of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music through alums in bands like The Local Honeys and The Price Sisters.

“People would tell me they went to Morehead and majored in traditional music,”Potter said. “I toured it in November of a year back and suddenly auditioned and really loved it here and was, like you know, I think I want to be here.”

Potter came to Morehead State to learn to play the banjo on a more professional level. 

Even though she hadn’t had professional lessons at that point, she was no stranger to performing 

live. 

Kendall Potter

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music student Kendall Potter practices February 20, 2020 at the center in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Kaitlin Ferrell

Potter came to Morehead State to learn to play the banjo on a more professional level. 

Even though she hadn’t had professional lessons at that point, she was no stranger to performing live. 

She had three-years’ worth of stage performance experience through jams in Northern Kentucky and performing with family at church revivals.

Kendall Potter

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music student Kendall Potter practices February 20, 2020 at the center in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Kaitlin Ferrell