When: Thu., March 19, 8:30 p.m. 2015
CAITLIN CARY & GEORGE HUNTLEY
THURSDAY, MARCH 19
NEPTUNE'S, RALEIGH—The last time Caitlin Cary was at Neptune's, she got thrown out.
The funeral of a friend had included a New Orleans-style, second-line parade through the streets of Raleigh. The posse marched into Neptune's, and Cary refused to put down her cowbell.
"Apparently, they don't like that," she surmises. "It doesn't make you a good guest. I'm embarrassed about it, but it's a badge of honor, I guess."
Don't expect any cowbell when Cary and George Huntley play the underground bar together as part of Rod Abernethy's "Songs from Downstairs" series: "We're not doing 'Mississippi Queen,'" Cary says
Cary and Huntley knew each other for years before playing together in February as part of the annual Love Hangover, where odd couples of local musicians cover songs of love or loss. (Discolsure: Caitlin Cary's husband, Skillet Gilmore, is an employee of the INDY.)
They were both part of influential Triangle acts. Cary fiddled and harmonized in Whiskeytown before releasing a handful of solo records in the early '00s and co-founding both Tres Chicas and the NC Music Love Army. Huntley helped launch the still-going Connells. Neither worries about the long shadows cast by such notable associations, though, as it's been more than a decade since they were in either band.
"I don't think I'd subject anybody to doing Whiskeytown songs," Cary says. "That'd be like picking a really big scab for me."
Thursday's set, only the pair's second, will feature a new song from each writer. Cary promises hers will appear on a record that's still in the planning stages.
"I don't really know what it is yet," she says. "We're just throwing this song out, and we'll see what happens."
Cary and Huntley have taken a similar approach for their collaboration. Practices are low-key, and the pair isn't concerned about the preconceived notions of being a band.
"I don't know a good analogy for that, where you just start singing with someone and you just feel the years come together really nicely," Huntley says. "It doesn't feel contrived. It's the way music oughta be." 8:30 p.m., $5, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 919-833-1091, www.kingsbarcade.com. —Patrick Wall