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Will Cary, musician

Will Cary

Will Cary grew up in Louisville. He began his musical career in church at the age of 6 and started playing in his first band at 13. One of the band members was Mike Wanchic (John Mellencamp’s guitar player), who would prove to be very important to Will’s career in later years.

Will graduated from Franconia College in New Hampshire with a degree in theatre. He formed a musical comedy group, The Soup Troupe, that toured New England and ended up in New York City. There the group performed at various places, including Catch a Rising Star, where they were showcased for six months.

Will’s passion for music is what ultimately led him to leave the Soup Troupe. He formed a band in New Hampshire, but six months later decided to return home to his roots. Back home in Louisville, he became a regular at the Hearthstone Tavern and the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

In 1976, his song “Oh Jesse” was the first selection on the WLRS Homeade album. In 1979, Will and Rob Stokes formed The Will Cary Group, which later evolved into Live Bait. Though popular locally, that group ultimately split because of creative differences.

Will next formed Will Cary and the Nightcrawlers and, in 1982, produced an album, Out of My Dreams. Thanks to Mike Wanchic, one of the tracks caught the ear of John Mellencamp, and Mellencamp incorporated a verse out of Will’s album into his own multi-platinum album.

Will re-teamed with Stokes, by now a Nashville producer, for a CD with the Will Cary Band entitled One Voice. Will’s most recent CD with the group is entitled Annie’s Melody. The title song was inspired when a friend of Will’s was in a terrible car accident and ended up in a coma. Annie recovered and was able to hear this wonderful piece of music, and all proceeds from the CD are going to the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Program 319

We have a great show planned for you today. On the show we have musical guest Will Cary. We also have Kitty Armstrong McAllister and Fran Redmon on the show to discuss both the Kentucky Arts on Tour program and Kentucky Crafted: The Market. We have also sent our Mixed Media cameras out to visit artist Pat Gerhard owner of Third Street Stuff. (#319)


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