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Coming Soon to R.A. Fountain
an occasional music venue
East Carolina's best place to hear acoustic music.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find access to on-line ticket sales for general admission and reserved seats for some of our shows, offered through the Wilson Times' WAWtix service.

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Friday, November 23, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Nu-Blu
NuBlu comes to town as one of the hottest bluegrass bandsin the U.S. They've recently been named permanent hosts of "Bluegrass Ridge," the nationally syndicated TV series made in Nashville, Tennessee, and aired on the Family Channel and in Europe and Australia. Their ninth LP, Vagabonds, was released this year and has produced three Top Ten national airplay hits on Sirius XM.

For over a decade a nationally touring bluegrass band, performing over 200 dates a year, NuBlu has also recently been embraced by Nashville's country music community and in August became members of the Country Music Association. They were a Breakout Band at MerleFest and named Country Band of the Year by the Carolina Music Awards.

Based in Siler City, NuBlu is fronted by the husband and wife duo of Carolyn and Daniel Routh. She plays bass and sings most of the leads; he plays guitar, sings, and aranges.

Calder Baker on banjo is joined by newcomer Justin Harrison on fiddle and mandolin. Harrison, son of Eastern NC mandolin master Frankie Harrison, grew up in Martin County and graduated from Morehead State University's bluegrass studies program. He last played Fountain with Karl Shiflett's Big Country Show.

Friday, November 30, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Shannon Baker & Sometime Soon

Friday, December 7, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Malpass Brothers

Saturday, December 15, 2018 -- 2:00 p.m. -- FREE!
Marty Silverthorne Day

Join two NC Poets Laureate -- Jaki Shelton Greene and Shelby Stephenson -- and a host of Marty's friends, who'll be reading their favorite Silverthorne poem or two. Let us know if you've got one you'd like to share, or just come out for the fun of honoring one of East Carolina's most authentic poetic voices.

Here's one of our favorites, inspired by a Malpass Brothers concert:

Gettin' the Holy Ghost at R. A. Fountain
by Marty Silverthorne

Daddy's dead but not tonight off Exit 63
at R.A. Fountain General Store reared
back in an old church pew. Stage lights
fall on empty mikes, upright piano,
thumping bass. The steel picks up, rings
around the general store, in and out of
a nail keg, across worn frets of a ladder back.

The young crooner cries Waltz Across Texas,
Daddy dances in the Sea of Galilee,
Mama pats her foot and hums.
The tenor sets Acuff's speckled bird flying.
Daddy can't be held down by dirt,
runs the aisles in R. A. Fountain,
dances with axe, maul, handsaws.

It's Mama's music too; the young boy
pulls his hat off, slicks back black hair,
he's Elvis turning a hymn into
a hunka, hunka heaven. Mama rises
from the pew, shouts "who are these
children bringing the dead out of the dark;
they must be Moses' children
freeing us from our own Folsom."

The spotlight falls on mikes at rest,
after waltzing Luke the Drifter
over oiled hardwood. Daddy came
back from the drink box with a Coke,
Tom's Peanuts, a cone of hand churned
chocolate ice cream for Mama.
He dropped peanuts down
the slender neck of the bottle,
baptizing them in dark syrup.
Mama savored chocolate from the cone.

If Mama's heart had windows
you'd see a house of broken panes.
Daddy and Mama raise their hands
grasping a life line, a saint pulling
them into salvation as if they
saw the light and were lifted
on the wings of a snow white dove.

Friday, December 21, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Carolyn Greene Myers

Friday, January 11, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10.00 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Kevin Prater Band

Friday, January 18, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- FREE!
HWY301

This new country band from Kinston plays classic country at Fountain for the first time.

Players include BJ Barbour of Lucama on pedal steel guitar; Dwain Alen of Four Okas on bass; David Wiiford of Benson on acoustic guitar; Freddie Perry of Wilson on drums; and Rick Toler of Clayton on lead guitar. Vocals by Alen, Williford, Perry, and Toler.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Ted Jones & the Tarheel Boys

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