|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||bluegrass folk contemporary bluegrass bluegrass guitar american roots music guitar|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs official homepage VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
29 September 1939, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Crary developed a keen interest in music as a child, after his classical music-loving mother took him to see the famous violinist Fritz Kreisler. At the age of 10, he took piano lessons for a time, but soon changed to guitar. In 1957, after graduating from high school, he attended Chicagos Moody Bible Institute to study theology. In 1960, he relocated to Lawrence, Kansas, and while studying at the University of Kansas, he played guitar and sang in a trio called the Carltons. He married in 1962 and in 1965, he relocated to San Francisco to continue his theological studies at the Golden Gate Seminary, playing locally both with groups and solo to make a living.
In 1967, with a degree, he moved to Louisville, working on WINN, while he continued his studies for a doctorate of philosophy at the Southern Seminary. In Louisville, greatly interested in bluegrass music, he became friendly with various...