KATE PETERS STURGILL|
Kate O'Neil Peters Sturgill
was born and raised in Wise, County, Virginia.
She learned to play the organ at age seven and the guitar in her teens.
She was also a singer and songwriter, playing with both "The Lonesome Pine
Trailers," and "The Cumberland Valley Girls." In the thirties, she helped
her cousin, A. P. Carter, collect songs from the mountains of their native
Virginia. During the depression, she worked for the Works Progress
Administration (WPA), teaching guitar and giving performances in local schools.
She was well-known for her performances on WNVA Radio in Norton, Virginia,
from 1947-1954. She performed throughout her life at local events and
festivals. She recorded one song for the Library of Congress Archive of
Folksong as well as various other recordings. Sturgill performed many
traditional songs and ballads of the mountains. A popular tune of hers was
"My Stone Mountain Home."