Jean Ritchie was an American musician, singer, and historian born on December 8, 1922, in Viper, Kentucky. She held various occupations such as a historian, musician, singer-songwriter, singer, musicologist, and songwriter. Ritchie's main genres were folk music and contemporary folk music. She was involved in the music industry.
Ritchie received her education from two institutions: the University of Kentucky and the University of the Cumberlands. Jean Ritchie passed away on June 1, 2015, in Berea, Kentucky.