Linda JEan Stokley
Linda Jean grew up in a multi-generational farming family on a beautiful apple orchard in Woodford Co. Kentucky. She comes from a lineage of hardworking men and women. At a young age, her mother noted and nurtured her love of music. So much so, that she decided to pursue music at a level of higher education as well as a career.
While in college, she toured extensively with the director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University, Raymond McLain (of the McLain Family Band) throughout the southeast region as well as two concert tours in the Peoples Republic of China.
After graduation, she continues to hone her crafts, even receiving the 2015 'Folk Art Apprenticeship Grant' from the Kentucky Arts Council with Master Fiddler, Jesse Wells. Their grant efforts not only included instruction of Kentucky-specific fiddle music but Linda Jean learned the importance of the music's survival within the aural tradition and that the teaching in it's self is an art form. She not only instructs students in the fundamentals of music but also instills the love of music and it's rich history. She is an instructor at the Central Music Academy in Lexington, Kentucky and when she is not performing she can be found teaching music camps (i.e. Cowan Creek Mountain Music School) and workshops across the region.
On Friday April 28th 2017, Linda Jean brought home the blue ribbon to the Bluegrass State. She took first place in the all-important bluegrass category with her anti-strip mining song, Cigarette Trees, at MerleFest's esteemed 'Chris Austin Songwriting Contest' in Wilkesboro, NC.