Caitlin Cary

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Caitlin Cary
Caitlin Cary at Merlefest 2006.jpg
Caitlin Cary at Merlefest 2006
Background information
Birth name Caitlin Cary
Born (1968-10-28) October 28, 1968 (age 48)
Origin East Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Genres Country
Instruments Singing, violin
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams, Jon Lindsay, NC Music Love Army, Small Ponds, Tres Chicas
Website Official site

Caitlin Cary (born October 28, 1968) is an alt-country musician from Seville, Ohio.[1]

Early life[edit]

Caitlin Cary is the youngest of seven siblings (all older brothers). Her entire family was involved in music to some degree, with her parents' love for singing and her father's interest in building instruments.[2] She had begun to play the violin at age five, but put it aside as a teenager.[3] In addition to the violin, she also played her father's harpsichords, where she wrote some of her own songs.[2]

Cary went to college at the College of Wooster in Ohio.[2] She began working on a degree in English. During her college time, she picked up playing the violin again, and she formed a small 'jokey' band called Garden Weasels. After graduating from the College of Wooster, she enrolled in the graduate program in creative at North Carolina State. During this time, in 1993, musician Ryan Adams contacted Cary and asked her if she would play violin in a band that he was starting. Cary agreed to join, and they formed Whiskeytown.[3]


Cary released her first solo EP, Waltzie, in 2000. She has since released two full-length solo albums[4] and an album of duets with Thad Cockrell.[5] Cary has collaborated on albums with such artists as Tres Chicas, Alejandro Escovedo, Kenny Roby, Something For Kate and Greg Hawks and The Tremblers.

In 2013, Cary co-founded the North Carolina Music Love Army with Jon Lindsay. The collective of NC-based musicians created an LP entitled, We Are Not For Sale: Songs of Protest, to oppose the regressive actions of the North Carolina General Assembly. The album was released worldwide via Redeye Distribution on November 26, 2013.


Albums with Whiskeytown
Solo albums
The Small Ponds
NC Music Love Army
  • We Are Not For Sale: Songs Of Protest (2013)
  • "Dear Mr. McCrory" - by Jon Lindsay, featuring American Aquarium and Caitlin Cary (Sept. 2, 2014)

Caitlin is currently pairing up with Matt Douglas who is the lead singer and songster for The Proclivities. They paired up to perform in Raleigh's annual Love Hangover show, which features a male/female duo singing love song covers. They enjoyed singing together and went on to create the group Small Ponds. An EP was released on Last Chance Records in September 2010.

Other Appearances


  1. ^ Winters, Kelly. "Caitlin Cary Biography". Musician Biographies. Net Industries. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Berick, Michael. "Caitlin Cary". Yep Roc Records. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Dechert, Renee. "Caitlin Cary". Pop Matters. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Devenish, C. (January 28, 2003). "Caitlin Cary Branches Out". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  5. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (June 24, 2005). "Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell "Begonias" Yep Roc". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 

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