Cary Black

Cary Black is a bassist, vocalist, teacher, and producer who lives in Sebastopol, California.
As a teacher, Cary is known for his encouraging, intuitive, patient, and coherent teaching style. He enjoys accommodating a variety of learning styles while maintaining a relaxed yet efficient, fun class atmosphere. He has taught at a number of music camps, including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Bluegrass Association Grass Valley Camp, California Coast Music Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Walker Creek Music Camp, Wintergrass Academy, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop, Centrum Swing Workshop, Greater Yellowstone Music Camp, and Bluegrass at the Beach. Cary was an adjunct faculty member in Music Theory, Ear Training, and Improvisation at The Evergreen State College from 1994 to 2000.

Described by Alan Senauke in Sing Out! magazine as “a musician’s musician,” Cary is at home in a wide variety of musical settings. He’s been a member of the Kathy Kallick Band since 2012. He worked with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street for three years, playing and singing bass on the 1994 IBMA song of the year Who Will Watch the Home Place. He also toured with Laurie and Kathy in support of their Songs of Vern and Ray album.

Cary has also performed or recorded with Byron Berline, Larry Campbell, Mike Dowling, Nick Forster, Nina Gerber, David Grier, Rob Ickes, The Kingston Trio, Keith Little, Rose Maddox, Marley’s Ghost, Mike Marshall, Carol McComb, Peter McLaughlin, John Miller, Alan Munde, Scott Nygaard, Mollie O’Brien, Mark O’Connor, Peter Ostroushko, Dean Parks, Eddie Pennington, Clifford Perry, John Reischman, Raul Reynoso, Peter Rowan, Charles Sawtelle, Paul Shelasky, Paul Siebel, Annie Staninec, Sally Van Meter, and Peter Wernick, and Glen Yarbrough.

Beyond the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Americana genres, Cary has also worked with Howard Alden, Laurindo Almeida, Ernestine Anderson, The Boys of the Lough, Bob Brookmeyer, Petula Clark, Bob Crosby, Jim Cullum, Nokie Edwards (Ventures), Ethel Ennis, Dan Hicks, The Harry James Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Van Dyke Parks, Joe Pass, Kay Starr, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson Ernie Watts, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams.