Clarence Ashley


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, Tennessee. In the early years of his career, he played in
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Ashley c. 1910.

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, Vocalion, Conqueror, Banner, Columbia, Folkways, 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.

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