"Wearing a retro dress and tall boots, posing for pictures, petite Fridley practically begs the adjective "cute." Add to that her character-rich singing voice, baring some similarity to essayist Sarah Vowell."
"While every minute of the Down South performance was compelling — the band plays with a loose ease belying its flawless delivery — some highlights included the gorgeous ring of Smith's pedal steel on Fridley's raw, emotive original tune 'Fare You Well'"
“Kauffman's use of vintage equipment and his signature low-fi recording approach gives Fridley's old-school country ballads and bluesy romps the feel of coming from a bygone era of reverb and twang-heavy AM radio.”
“She sounds as if she was born to sing of the troubles and simple joys that define old-timey mountain music.”
“The rediscovery, rejuvenation and reinterpretation of tunes both long-lost and intimately familiar is a large part of this music’s enduring appeal, and Fridley, despite being several generations removed, realizes that.”
“Fridley is especially worth catching. Her playing is almost punkish in its energy and drive and her voice is capable of hypnotizing a crowd on its own.”
“Fridley has great empathy for her material, and it shows not only in her singing, but also in her fresh, compelling arrangements.”
“Cary has stayed true to traditional styles. The former singer and guitarist with the old-time string band The Freight Hoppers has thoroughly absorbed the plaintive, lonesome sound of the region’s music.”