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Highway 58 Presents Bluegrass Concert at R.A. Fountain

Clyde Mattocks brings his bluegrass band Highway 58 to R.A. Fountain, General Store and Internet Café, for a concert Friday night, March 11.

Mattocks, who lives in Kinston, has been called "the best pedal steel player in North Carolina." He is joined in Highway 58 by John Booker of Greenville on bass; Danny Morris of Vanceboro on guitar; Tim Myatt of Snow Hill on banjo; and Don Batten of New Bern on mandolin.

"We named the band because two of us live on NC 58," said Mattocks, "and another one of us lives just off of it."

Mattocks is an original member of SuperGrit Cowboy Band, which was formed in 1980. He started Highway 58 about 7 years ago to provide an outlet for his passion for bluegrass music. "We're a straight-ahead bluegrass band," he said. "Nothing else."

Mattocks also plays banjo and Dobro and is a popular studio artist, having recently worked on CDs by Two Dollar Pistols, P.J. O'Connell, Steve March, and the Malpass Family.

He has released two CDs on Supergrit's Hoodswamp label, "Hugging the Hound" and "Over My Shoulders." His songs frequently make Mike Gross's monthly Top 10 listings for his Singin' West radio show out of Texas.

Highway 58 will perform at 7:30; admission is $5. For further information, call 252-749-3228.