Raised in the Cincinnati area with a background of classical music,
Kitty started both piano and violin in grade school. She played in the
school orchestra and the Cincinnati Youth Symphony through high school,
but then put her fiddle in the case. Her plans included college and
graduate school, not becoming a musician.
However, her brother Andy changed all her plans in the early 1980s when
he introduced Kitty to the bluegrass sound. She took her fiddle back
out of the case and practiced 'til she could join Cincinnati’s premier
bluegrass band, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. She has been
touring with the band ever since.
A partner in the Famous Old
Time Music Company retail store since 1984, Kitty also
mandolin, beginning guitar, beginning banjo, and upright bass at various
locations around Cincinnati, Ohio.
are several recording credits to her name. Kitty has played fiddle on
five projects by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass and has recorded
two solo fiddle albums; The Cat and the Fiddle and The Cat Came Back.
Her bass work, harmony singing, and mandolin part are included on
several recent Appalachian Grass releases. Along with all her other
endeavors, she is currently working on a third instrumental project of
all original material.
Currently, Kitty travels with
Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass and
teaches bluegrass music
at various Cincinnati-based studios.