photo-Anna Sagatov

Carolyn Eyerly

Sunny Side of Life





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Carolyn Eyerly -rhythm guitar
Danny Knicely - mandolin
Chris Luquette - guitar
Mike Munford - banjo
Ronnie Simpkins - bass
Ron Stewart - fiddle
Fred Travers -dobro

All lead vocals - Carolyn Eyerly
Vocal harmonies -Janine Lewis
& Mary DeGuire Romagnoli

Choir - Julie Eyerly, Janine Lewis, Mary DeGuire Romagnoli
& Lara Sagatov


Take Me Home, Lord
Red Toad Road
Over in the Glory Land
Grandpa’s Garden
Your Anger is a Wall
Keep on the Sunny Side
People Get Ready
Heavenly Flow
As Though They Were King
Angel Band
Christmas in a Dive Bar

Carolyn Eyerly - Singer/songwriter, rhythm guitarist.

A native Northern Virginian, Carolyn grew up listening to Southern Rock and Bluegrass. Carolyn is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and anticipated returning to acting after her children had grown but found music to be an overwhelming draw.

In 2010, Carolyn was a founding vocalist for the acclaimed Washington, D.C.-based folk group, Shenandoah Run. After discovering the warm community which is bluegrass music Carolyn became a founding member of Sweet Yonder, an all-women bluegrass band, in 2014.  In 2019 Sweet Yonder was nominated for a WAMMIE award in two categories, Best Bluegrass Band and Best Bluegrass Album. The Sunny Side Of Life is Carolyn’s first solo project which includes seven of her original compositions.

Carolyn has been Membership Director of the DC Bluegrass Union since 2018.



From her heartfelt originals to the old traditional numbers, Carolyn’s vocals along with these talented musicians take you on a wonderful musical journey.  So just sit back… turn it up… and enjoy the ride.
-Ronnie Bowman

“The sunny side” indeed! Carolyn Eyerly’s pure voice shines brightly on this album. Even when the mood turns darker, there’s a sweetness in the singing that soothes and reassures. And behind the beautiful vocals, some of the mid-Atlantic’s most masterful pickers provide the bluegrass backbone.  A fine debut from a fine singer!
-Ira Gitlin

Combine a love for bluegrass music, a strong personal faith, and a fresh, beautifully nuanced voice and you’ll have Carolyn Eyerly’s first solo project, “The Sunny Side Of LIfe.” Through Carolyn’s original songs and select bluegrass standards she touches on life experiences that are sure to resonate in the hearts of her listeners.

-Dede Wyland