Ashley Carder grew up in a home surrounded by music. His mother Shirley is a talented country singer and guitar player who performed often on regional radio in the 1960s and -70s. Carder’s extended family was deeply rooted in traditional old-time music. His great uncle Tom and his brothers hosted a Barn Dance on their West Virginia farm for many years. Ashley’s great-grandfather Albert was a multi-instrumentalist who played fiddle, banjo, and guitar.