Clarence Ashley was a Guitar, Banjo, Trombone, and Fiddle player.
Clarence "Tom" Earl McCurry (changed last name to Ashley) was born on September 29, 1895 in Shouns
. In the early years of his career, he played in Medicine Shows
. He was in many different groups
throughout most of his career including: The Carolina Tar Heels
, The Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers
, Byrd Moore And The Hot Shots
, and Ashley's Melody Men
. He has made recordings with: Victor
, and Vanguard
. After the depression he stopped recording, and in the mid-1940's he had gotten a hand injury that prevented him from playing the banjo. His Second Career
started in 1960, when Ralph Rinzler
found him at the Union Grove Fiddler's Convention
. He got a new deal with Folkways
after this introduction and continued to make music until his death on June 2, 1967.