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Friday, October 24, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Hutch & Scuff & Ben & Joe: the Rollin Columbia Ragtime Revue
The Rollin' Columbia Ragtime Revue is comprised of four young old-time pickers who hail from the Seattle and Portland areas. Also billed as Hutch and Scuff and Ben and Joe, the quartet plays stomps and rags and other early Americana on traditional instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, and washboard. They take their name from the Columbia River, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, which runs from British Columbia through Washington State and into Oregon.

David Hutchns and Scuff Acuff, from the Seattle area, were big hits at Fountain when they played here last spring with Swedish blues guitarist Shoutin' Red. They are in Fountain again because of local musician Lightnin' Wells, who has taught both of them in blues classes at the Port Townsend, Washington, blues week.

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, who also perform in Dom Flemons' trio, have recently released their debut CD. Flemons was one of the original Carolina Chocolate Drops. They live in the Portland, Oregon, area, and this is their first trip to Fountain.

The Rollin' Columbia Ragtime Revue is traveling across the U.S. on a tour that had them in New Orleans this past weekend for a series of engagements. From North Carolina (they'll also play Washington's Turnage Theatre on Oct 25) they travel to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia before heading west again.

Fun with Hutch & Scuff (and Ben & Joe) tonight!

Saturday, October 25, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Grass Cats
The Grass Cats have for several years been one of the best known bluegrass bands in the U.S. Fronted by songwriter and mandolin player Russ Johnson, of Four Oaks, they have had several top-25 bluegrass hits. The Cats are the only group on an independent recording label to have three singles reach #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national charts.

The band was co-founded 15 years ago by Johnson and Tim Woodall, who lives in Cary. He plays upright bass and sings lead and harmonies and is co-host of the Pinecone Bluegrass Show on WQDR in Raleigh.

Rick Lafleur, a native Canadian who lives in Durham, plays banjo. He chose UNC-CH for graduate studies so he could immerse himself into the state's bluegrass culture. He currently lives in Durham and also plays in the trio Carolina Lightnin'.

Snow Hill's Chris Hill plays fiddle and sings lead and harmonies. He has been playing fiddle since he was 7 years old and has performed with Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, and the Lewis Family. He was formerly with Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion for six years.

Alan Mullen, from Youngsville, is the newest Cat. He plays guitar and has become a much sought after session man, recording on five CMH records in their "Pickin' On" series.

The Grass Cats have recorded 8 CDs, including "The Mountains, My Baby, and Me," their latest, which produced 2 number one singles and reached #2 on the national CD bluegrass charts in March and April 2013.

Friday, November 7, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Diamond Creek

Saturday, November 8, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Friday, November 14, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m.
Greenville Grass

Saturday, November 15, 2014 -- 4 p.m. FREE!
Celebrate Shelby Stephenson!

Shelby got inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame on October 12, and to honor this fine friend, we're staging poetry in the Smith-Yelverton Typewriter Museum at 4 p.m.; serving barbecue at 6:00 or so, and presenting music at 7. Poetry's free; reservations for dinner are required. Music lineup is still being arranged.

Friday, November 21, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Lynda & Pattie
Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins are both still playing with Kickin' Grass, but their duet act is getting high praise wherever it's played. By the time they hit Fountain, they'll have performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association and released a new CD.

Friday, November 28, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, tax included
Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam

Sunday, November 30, 2014 -- 7:00 p.m. -- $10.75 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
Compton & Newberry

Mike Compton & Joe Newberry return for another extraordinary night of acoustic magic.

Please note 7 p.m. start time for this special Sunday concert, for which reservations are highly recommended.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Mike & the Maxwells
Mike Hamer and friends Nathan and Melody Maxwell, who used to be the Nu Clear Twins, return for another exceptional night of original music. A few Christmas songs, too.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10.75 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Carolyn Greene Myers

Saturday, December 20, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $11.00 general admission, $13 reserved tax included
Lemon Sisters & Rutabaga Brothers
Their 3rd annual Christmas dance: hardly any room for sitting at this one!

Friday, February 27, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Naming the Twins

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