IAsheville-based singer, bassist, and educator rooted in traditional old-time music and bluegrass, although I embrace all styles of traditional country, blues, folk, and early jazz. I enjoy playing shows and bringing people together.
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Down South to be on WNCW’s Local Color November 27

Cary Fridley and Down South will be guests on Local Color with Laura Blackley on November 27, 2013 to promote their upcoming show at Jack of the Wood in Asheville, NC on November 30. Also on the show will be Darin Gentry, local Black Mountain old-time fiddler and banjo player. He is promoting a new project that will bring musicians from Haiti to North Carolina to perform.

Come Join Us! Intro to Old-time Jamming Class on Wednesdays with Cary and Travis


Free Blues Show in Weaverville, NC


Cary Fridley and Down South at The Bywater in Asheville Saturday Nov. 2


Singing Class Begins This Tuesday


Singing Class is a go! There are 6 signed up, room for more if any more folks are interested. : )

Singing class postponed til November

We are going to wait till November to start the singing class at The Sound Post. We really need 5 people to explore harmonies, so please help spread the word so that we can start in November with a full class. Thanks for your support, hope to see some of you at singing class in November. 🙂

Singing Class

20130928-223234.jpgYodel-ay-hee-hee! Old-time Singing Class begins on October 1, meeting on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm. $20/class due at the beginning of each month. Please email caryfridley@gmail.com to register.

This class will consist of 30 minutes of breathing, posture, and tonal warm-ups, and 1 hour learning traditional songs, hymns, and ballads, sometimes with harmonies, as a group. Ability to match pitch and carry a tune is required. Repertoire will draw from The Carter Family, early bluegrass duet singers, Madison County Ballads, and the country Baptist Hymnal.

New Poster by Jed Willis


Sandlin Gaither, Asheville’s Premier Music Photographer, Takes Down South’s Latest Photos






New Old-time CD almost finished!

Last Spring, I went into Echo Mountain Studios in downtown Asheville to see how many songs I could record by myself in one day, with the help of patient engineer Julian Dryer. The resulting tracks were mostly dark solo Madison County ballads, several Ola Belle Reed songs, and some random picks from the old-time vault. I even played the banjo a couple of times, which made me think to call Travis Stuart to come by and play some back-up guitar, and some banjo on a tune or two. At the end of the day, The Swayback Sisters were recruited to add some harmonies on a couple of songs, and it all turned out beautifully! Right now, the final mixes are currently being mastered by Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studio in West Asheville, and Mary Ellen Davis at Pawprint Biz is designing the cover, so it won’t be too long til it’s all ready. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know when it comes out. Cheers ~Cary F.