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Swayback Sisters come to Blowing Rock

Article Published: Dec. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Swayback Sisters come to Blowing Rock

Laura Blackley, Lyndsay Wojcik and Cary Fridley.

"We came together, primarily just as three singer songwriters," Blackley said.

And the rest is harmony history.

The Swayback Sisters, an Asheville-based roots trio, is made of the three musicians, each accomplished in her own right. Put them together? It's a magic mesh of influences.

"There's definitely a roots-oriented thing," Blackley said.

With Wojcik's contemporary folk, Fridley's traditional influences and Blackley's "bluesy rock," you've got a three-party harmony that won't quit.

"It's primarily vocals, but it works really well," she said.

The three friends met in Asheville how musicians always meet, by playing gigs at bars.

"Then we started singing each other's material and realized it sounded pretty good," she said.

And North Carolina's influence resonates with each chord.

"It's pretty difficult, living here as a music-making person, to deny those influences," Blackley said. "There's a rich music heritage here. Everyone tries to sound like they're from North Carolina, and lucky us, we happen to be."

With stints at festivals like Bele Chere and the Lexington Avenue Arts Festival, they're becoming a regional sensation, and it was unexpected.

"Swayback Sisters started as a side project and kind of took on a life of its own," Blackley said.

With Wojcik's solo touring career, Blackley's job at WNCW, Fridley's job teaching bluegrass at East Tennessee State University, and plans for an upcoming album, they've got a lot on their dance cards. Friday, they're kicking back with a free show at Canyons of Blowing Rock (8960 U.S. 321, Blowing Rock) starting at 9 p.m.

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