Cary Fridley and Down South

Cary Fridley and Down South


Powerful vocals soar on an all-star group featuring honky-tonk guitar, bluesy pedal-steel and hot Appalachian fiddle. Showing a true love for Southern music, black and white, rural and urban, mountain and Miss. delta, Cary evokes centuries of Southern voices from Memphis Minnie to Mother Maybelle.


Cary Fridley and Down South is an electric country honky tonk band from Asheville, NC that delivers a rocking two-step dance beat and classic high lonesome harmony vocals. Musicians include veterans of old-time and bluegrass bands like The Freight Hoppers and The Biscuit Burners, as well as accomplished regional jazz and jam-based soloists, who bring with them a fondness for old styles. The original and traditional songs Cary Fridley sings with Down South are rooted in tradition, drawing from classic country hits as well as from the songs she sang with the Freight Hoppers in the 1990's. Inspired by country blues and by Louisiana traditional country music, Down South uses modern electric instruments while still keeping the traditional elements and the soul of the music intact. Down South connects with the sounds of earlier honky-tonk bands like Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, and Patsy Cline, reflecting modern times through country dancing, traditional vocals and stunning solos. The Saturday night dance band beat of Down South channels the energy of generations past, bringing country music to the mainstream in a fresh, new way. The experience of a Down South show carries with it a sense of the South and of the mountains, evoking the romantic mountain spirit of nature, love, tradition, and music making.



Written By: Cary Fridley

Now I don't think much of cheatin’ I don't like doing that to my friends
And I don't think that much of girls who like cheating on their man
But sometimes life ain't so simple and timing can't always be right
And that's the trap that I'm fallin into cheating with you all night

I just needed a friend to believe in to talk to and share in my dreams
We were away from the rest of the world I thought you'd choose me over your man
But now the excitement is over your fiancée’s flight is on time
Somebody's heart is getting broken tonight either his or mine

I didn't know what I was getting into I thought we had something special you thought so too
But sometimes life ain't so simple and timing can't always be right
And that's the trap that I'm falling into cheating with you all night


Cary Fridley, Down South CD c. 2007 Juba Records
Cary Fridley, Neighbor Girl CD c. 2000 Juba Records

Set List

1. Honky Tonk Angels D
2. Walking After Midnight C
3. Virginia, Oh My Native Home A
4. Pretty Polly A
5. Going Downtown D
6. You're Just Dreaming G
7. Swinging Doors C
8. Lovesick Blues C
9. You Led Me To The Wrong C
10. Going Down South Em