Cary Fridley & Down South / Press

"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.”

Brian Beatty - All Music Guide

“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.”

Kevin Oliver - No Depression

“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.”

Joe Tarr - Metro Pulse

“Fridley has great empathy for her material, and it shows not only in her singing, but also in her fresh, compelling arrangements.”

Al Reiss - Dirty Linen

“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.”

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