born // 1902
lived // owsley county
played // fiddle & banjo
died // 1981
“There’ll never be another her. She done everything in the world that she could. She was a midwife, she was a musician, she was a mother, she was a wife, and she was a workhorse. She done everything there was to be done except drive a car.”
John Harrod, a fiddler and inquiring mind who had been visiting and recording many Kentucky fiddlers, visited Effie Pierson in the early 1980s.