By Peggy Ratusz
Not many of us can trace our roots back to the 18th century like Cary Fridley can. Her lineage is filled with a combination of artistic history aficionados, musicians, forerunners and highly educated ancestors. For example, the Smithsonian History of Folk Music was a five-album collection her father bought during her childhood on which she thrived. She credits him with opening her mind to all kinds of music and for helping her realize how vital music, music history and education are, especially to a person born and raised in rural Covington, Virginia. Her mom and dad never let her miss a concert coming through the area.