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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Mile Twelve
Mile Twelve, one of the best new bluegrass bands in New England, stopped by Fountain en route to their many performances at IBMA's World of Bluegrass.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Ash & Andy

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Ted Jones & the Tar Heel Boys
Another terrific bluegrass show with Ted on lead vocals, mandolin and guitar, Keith Gaster on banjo, Paul WInstead on bass, and Ted's dad, Ronnie, on guitar, and special guest Shannon Baker.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Mollye Otis
Tonight's concert of show tunes, blues, pop, and jazz standards featured Mollye Otis and Michael Vetrano as vocalists and on keyboards; Macon Dail on drums; Stephan Pryor on bass; Jack Fisher on clarinet; and bandleader Creech on guitar, with special guest singers from ECU, Katie Waddell and Daniel Fedder, both students of Mollye's.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Slocan Ramblers
This Toronto-based band showed off their "piping hot" bluegrass when they stopped by while in NC for MerleFest and an extended tour of the southeast.

Players included Frank Evans, banjo and lead vocals; Adrian Gross, mandolin; Darryl Poulsen, guitar; and Alastair Whitehead, bass.

The boys enjoyed some Cobb's barbecue before their terrific show, and we were all sad to see 'em leave Fountain.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Fret High
It was easy to see why this Kannapolis-based quartet was nominated as 2016 bluegrass gospel group of the year. They boast over 100 years of bluegrass picking experience, and their latest CD, "He's All I'll Ever Need," includes several original and traditional bluegrass gospel songs. Their music is rooted in the traditional sounds of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe, and they feature excellent four-part harmonies. All the bandsmen--guitarist Brandon Rowe, Morris Herbert on banjo, Robert McIntosh on bass, and James Torrence on mandolin--share lead vocals.

We just wish Kannapolis were closer!

Friday, April 29, 2016
Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Karl Shiflett and the Big Country Show hit Fountain for the second time with their mandolin player Justin Harrison, a Bear Grass native who in May earned his degree in bluegrass studies at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

Lead singer and guitarist Shiflett has led his band for over twenty years, and he says this is the best one he's ever had. Also in the band is Shiflett's son, Kris, on bass, who joined up in 1996 when he was 16 years old.

Billy Hurt, who lives in his native Boone's Mill, Virginia, has been playing fiddle since the late 1970s.

Banjo picker Brennen Ernest also played some swing guitar and ragtime piano for us--he's got two solo recordings out on CD. He also lives in Boone's Mill, Virginia.

Justin Harrison, who also started out on fiddle, counts among his mandolin teachers his dad, Frankie Harrison, the fastest mandolin picker in East Carolina. Frankie has played RAF often, with bluegrass legend Les Sandy as well as with the Carolina Yellowhammers and others.

Percussionist Dany Bureau was born in Canada but grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. The band touts him as "the only scrub board player in bluegrass music."

Karl said they'd need to do a single long set so they could get on the road, but once they got going, nobody wanted to quit, and this great show kept going & going: another one of those 'you shoulda been here' kind of nights.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Bluegrass Sweethearts
David and Valerie Mayfield, the Bluegrass Sweethearts, stopped by Fountain enroute to their booking at Merle Fest--bad timing for a big crowd but every body loved 'em and asked that they come back when they can play a weekend date.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Russ Varnell & Too Country
As many already know, Russ Varnell and crew play nothing but classic and honky-tonk country music. Tonight's show also included a tribute to Merle Haggard, a guest appearance from Shannon Baker.

Friday, March 18, 2016
Kevin Prater Band
The Kevin Prater Band showed us what "pure Kentucky bluegrass and gospel music" sounded like and everybody said y'all come back, so mark your calendars for Friday, January 6, 2017 for their return!

Saturday, March 12, 2016 -- 6:00 p.m. -- FREE!
A Taste of Soul
Tonight's show featured several local and regional gospel, rhythm & blues, and soul singers, including Mrs. Lillie Jackson, Ms. Odelphis Davis--who presented a tribute to Billie Holiday, James Mitchell, Woody Bynum, the Walkers of Faith, and the Hawkins Family. Most were participants at this year's Martin Luther King Day celebration in Fountain at which everyone had such a good time that Mayor Shirley Mitchell has gotten all the singers together again--with a lot more time for each to perform.
Watch Woody Bynum perform "God Is Able," with the Walkers of Faith and Roland Suggs backing him up.

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Grass Strings
This was the Grass Strings' first time back in Fountain since they stole the show when Jean-Luc Leroux played here back in June 2011.
Based in Kannapolis, the Grass Strings have been picking traditional country and bluegrass and bluegrass gospel since 1974. Original members guitarist Jeff Russell and mandolin player Jim Burris are joined by Jason Hatley, bass;, Lynn Russell, dobro; and Randy Mauldin on banjo in their latest lineup. Excellent pickers, they also sang some sweet five-part harmonies.

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Piney Woods Boys

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Dirk Lumbard

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Nancy Middleton with Willie Painter

Friday, September 18, 2015
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Duke Street Dogs

8th Annual Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Fest at RAF
Friday, August 14, 2015
Shelby Stephenson
North Carolina's Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson opened our fest as he usually does with the National Anthem and then played some Hank, Sr. songs to get an open mic going--& it sort of did.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Stillwater
Flat Mountain Dulcimers
Sourwood Mountain Band

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Nash & Fair

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Grass Cats
From tonight's show: Old School Road; Somebody Touched Me and Come In.

Tonight's second set: Watch it!.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Ted Jones & the Tar Heel Boys
Ted Jones on mandolin & guitar; Lee Flood on banjo; Paul Winstead on banjo and vocals; and Ronnie Jones on rhythm guitar.
Watch Ted & the Boys perform the George Jones classic "Walk through This World."

Friday, June 5, 2015
Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends
From tonight's show: Old Lovin' Arms; This Old World and In the Meantime.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Victor & Penny
From tonight's show: I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter and I'd Rather Be a Hummingbird.

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Nu Clear Twins & Friends

Saturday, May 16, 2015
the Malpass Brothers

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Carolyn Greene Myers, Dirk Lumbard, and Mollye Otis

Dirk Lumbard at RAF

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Carolina Grass

Saturday, April 26, 2015
Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Watch a bit of the big time we had in Fountain tonight, where Williamston native Justin Harrison played his second date with the Show

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Song & Dance All-Stars, with Dirk Lumbard & Mollye Otis
For tonight's show, Dirk Lumbard and Mollye Otis put together a showcase from among their best students. Lumbard, a Fountain favorite for several years, has five Broadway shows to his credit as tap dancer and singer. He lives in the Edgecombe County community of Old Sparta in a restored farm house. His shows at Fountain with the Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars are usually standing room only. He teaches tap dancing at ECU.
Dirk Lumbard Singin' in the Rain
Lumbard was joined in the program by Otis, who is a vocal instructor in the professional acting track in ECU's School of Theatre and Dance. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance from the University of Kentucky. She was previously on faculty at the University of Miami, Penn State, and the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training. Her former students are working on Broadway, in regional theatre, for Disney productions, Cedar Point, Dollywood, in the cruise industry and on international tours. She's a professional freelance pianist who will accompany some of the dancers and will also perform with Dirk.

A partial list of performers:
Waseem Alzer, a sophomore from Rocky Mount who also emceed the evening's show and also sang tapped; Anna Higginson, Josy Christian, Sarah Davis, Caitlyn Leach, Rachel Wells, Austin Mejia, Talen Piner Matty Redai, Jessica Rogers, Jane Simmons, David Thomas Smith, Lydia Tart, and Kaitie Weddle

Friday, April 3, 2015
Lightnin' Wells
From tonight's show: You've Got to Cross that River of Jordan, Sittin' on Top of the World, In Glory Land and Wake Up, Darlin' Corey.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Mountain Rain
Mountain Rain, a new band from a cluster of small communities in the western Piedmont of North Carolina, put on a fine show of traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel as well as some originals.

They're all part of a new generation of pickers that are keeping the traditions of bluegrass alive. Tommy Chandler from Mocksville was on guitar; Ryan Dunn from Smith Grove was on bass; and Brad Wood from State Road played mandolin.

Saturday, March 14, 201
Bill Redding
Our favorite Irish tenor is back for his 16th annual celebration in Fountain of all songs Irish. He knows all the verses to many long and elaborate ballads, he's got a voice befitting a choral soloist, and he takes requests. So put on your green and join Bill and his musical mates Mike Hamer, Nathan Maxwell, and Ed Tilley for our St. Patrick's celebration.

When Bill first came to Fountain to sing for St. Pat's in 2000, we hadn't even begun to imagine a place like R.A. Fountain to host such concerts. But now we look forward to this show annually, and by next year, he's going to have his CD out, for sure!

Imagine that's a St. Pat's songbook in front of Bill and you've got most of the picture for tonight's show:
Nathan "Mad" Maxwell, center; and Mike "Heck Boy" Hamer, right.
We're not sure where Ed Tilley was on this night, but he's in tonight's picture on bass.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Piedmont Melody Makers
Alice Gerrard 's newest old-time band of all-stars also included Jim Watson, Chris Brashear, and Cliff Hale
See two videos shot by Daniel Schram during their performance at RAF.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Carolina Yellowhammers
The best occasional bluegrass band in East Carolina played another outstanding night of traditional bluegrass, with Lightnin' Wells on guitar and vocals; Lane Hollis on banjo, fiddle and vocals; John Booker on bass and vocals; and Fast Frankie Harrison on mandolin.

January 30, 2015
Ted Jones & the Tar Heel Boys
Watch Ted nail "Ruby" a la Roby Huffman. December 20, 2014
Lemon Sisters & Rutabaga Brothers
We cleared the floor to accommodate the dancers for this, the Lemons & Rutas' third annual Christmas dance.

December 13, 2014
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Carolyn Greene Myers & Dirk Lumbard

December 6, 2014
Nu Clear Twins with Mike Hamer & Friends

November 30, 2014
Compton & Newberry
Mike Compton and Joe Newberry returned for another extraordinary night of acoustic magic.

November 28, 2014
Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam

November 21, 2014
Lynda & Pattie
Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins, on a duet break from Kickin' Grass, put on a beautiful show, having almost as much fun playing it as our full house had enjoying it.

November 7, 2014
Diamond Creek

October 24, 2014
Hutch & Scuff & Ben & Joe: the Rollin Columbia Ragtime Revue
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 played stomps and rags and other early Americana on traditional instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, and washboard.

David Hutchins and Scuff Acuff were big hits when they played here last spring with Swedish blues guitarist Shoutin' Red. They were 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, made their Fountain debut a memorable one for us all.

October 18, 2014
Lightnin' Wells

September 27, 2014
Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

September 26, 2014
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Dirk Lumbard
Tonight's show--From Broadway to Main Street--also included Jimmy Aycock on keyboards; Les Sutorious on trumpet; Phil Owens on bass; and Jon Wacker on drums. Andrea Owens as an unannounced guest vocalist was an added treat.

September 20, 2014
Ted Jones & the Tar Heel Boys

September 6, 2014
Carolina Yellowhammers

One of the best bluegrass bands you'll ever see, anywhere: guitarist Lightnin' Wells, who sings lead; Lane Hollis on fiddle and banjo; John Booker on bass; and Frankie Harrison on mandolin.

August 16 Free shows all afternoon during the Fountain Peanut Festival!
Stillwater -- Sophie Mix -- Shelby Stephenson -- See You Tuesday -- Greenville Grass
12:00 noon: Stillwater trad bluegrass & bluegrass gospel
1:30: Sophie Mix traditional gospel
2:30: Shelby Stephenson country and gospel
3:00: See You Tuesday acoustic Americana
4:30: Greenville Grass trad & original bluegrass & bluegrass gospel

August 15, 2014
Russ Varnell & Too Country

February 22, 2014
Carolina Grass

February 21, 2014
Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers photographed by Tom Whelan

November 30, 2013
Lipbone Redding, Jim Roberts & Alice Zincone

November 21, 2013
George Hamilton IV
George brought his renowned "harvest festival in story, song and spoken word" to town for a special performance.

November 9, 2013
Mike Hamer
Hamer's Cantankerous Casio Tour also included Nathan & Melody Maxwell on viola/violin and vocals.

November 15, 2013
Highway 58
November 9, 2013
Molasses Creek
What a night!--another of those "you shoulda been here" shows.

November 8, 2013
Harvey Dalton Arnold, with Jonny Alright
A couple of Alamance County acts playing Fountain for the first time: original acoustic rock from Alright, whose debut CD was recently released, and terrific acoustic blues from Arnold, formerly with the Outlaws.

November 7, 2013
Dan & Laurel
Dan Frechette's long-awaited return to RAF, with his new singing partner Laurel Thomsen. These talented Canadians stopped by Fountain as part of a U.S. tour that next took them to Nashville, Tennessee for a date at the Blue Bird Cafe.

October 5, 2013
Greenville Grass
With special guest fiddler Derek Deakins, who's been living in Greenville while working on his Master's in instrumental conducting & violin pedagogy.

October 4, 2013
South Carolina Broadcasters
With David Sheppard on guitar, Ivy Sheppard on fiddle, and Sarah Osborne on banjo.

July 20, 2013
Jean-Luc Leroux & the Grass Strings & Friends
Luc was entertaining, but the Strings stole the show!

June 28, 2013
Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

June 14, 2013
the Malpass Brothers
No surprise here: another SRO show for the boys from Goldsboro.

May 18, 2013
Atomic Rhythm All-Stars
Fronted by the multi-talented bassist George Knott, this excellent 7-piece ensemble was fronted by vocalist Jill Carlson, who also teaches dance at ECU.

May 17, 2013
Carolina Grass
Since their first performance, at RAF's Bluegrass Fest during last year's Peanut Festival, Carolina Grass has quickly become one of East Carolina's favorite (and best) bluegrass bands: Eddie McDaris on upright bass, Tommy Daughtridge and Larry Taylor on guitars, James Brown on mandolin, Steve Peters on fiddle, and Lee Flood on banjo. McDaris, Taylor, and Daughtridge share vocals.

May 11, 2013
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Carolyn Greene Myers
A special Mother's Day show honoring the grand ladies of jazz, with Les Sutorius, trumpet; Jimmy Aycock, keyboards; Tommy Smith, trombone; & George Knott, acoustic bass & tuba.

May 10, 2013
Smith Family Band
Excellent new bluegrass band from Moore County: Corey on guitar, Nellie on fiddle, Luke on banjo, Eli on mandolin with daddy Allen Smith on bass.

April 27, 2013
Unshackled

Friday, April 26, 2013
Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Boys from Carolina

January 25, 2013
Sapony Creek
Show canceled because of bad weather.

Saturday, December 15, 2012
George Hamilton IV
What a wonderful & merry Christmas show this one was--and a full house, too!

Friday, May 11, 2012
Carolina Lightnin'

Tommy Edwards, Alice Zincone and Rick Lafleur

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Jonathan Byrd Band

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Kate Campbell

Friday, April 13, 2012
Malpass Brothers

Friday, April 6, 2012
Lightnin' Wells

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Boys from Carolina

Friday, March 16, 2012
Bill Redding & the Irish Jig Band

Friday, March 9, 2012
Kickin' Grass

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Steve Creech Dixieland All-Stars

Friday, February 10, 2012
Malpass Brothers

Friday, February 3, 2011
Tales from the Trails: 3 Greenville Guitarists

It's perhaps coincidence that 3 excellent guitarists wound up meeting in Greenville through the Trail & River Rovers, a club for kayakers and hikers. In their other lives, Tony Whetstone, Frank Jones, and Michael Talton are all excellent pickers, too, and this night they presented an eclectic and entertaining night of guitars. We also raised over $200 to benefit the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation.

Friday, January 27, 2012
Nora Jane Struthers
One of the bright young stars of country music, Nora Jane Struthers and accompaniest P.J. George delighted an appreciative crowd of music enthusiasts with a terrific two-set show. This was our kind of evening, too: all original, except for a few classic public domain tunes done to period perfection.

Struthers' songwriting pays homage to the literary giants she used to teach to high schoolers in New York, as well as to the classic brother duets that she and her dad used to sing together. She and George mimicked those kinds of beautiful harmonies perfectly.

She's also a fine guitar picker who showed off her chops with a Doc Watson-inspired duet with George, who throughout the evening played guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups

It's always a treat for us to host the godfather of East Carolina bluegrass. Roby's been playing the good stuff since the late 1950s, and his Cut-ups in various incarnations have accompanied him on tours throughout the U.S. and Europe. He had a new white hat tonight, and put on a terrific show, with long-time buddy Kenneth Glover on bass; Daniel Casey on banjo with his daughter, Samantha, on fiddle; and Roby's son, Jeff, on guitar.

Friday, September 30, 2011
Doug & Telisha Williams Band
Doug & Telisha Williams' latest CD, "Ghost of the Knoxville Girl," spent 15 weeks on the Americana Music Association's top 40 radio chart and was named a Top 100 Record for 2010. We were looking for a full house, but the sky turned black around here about 6 p.m., and then it opened up. So too many of our folks missed this fine show, with Tom Berry on Hammond organ and Jake Winebrenner on drums & percussions.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
High & Risin'
We look to get these folks back in '12 after this fine show of originals & covers of old time, bluegrass & country. Performers were Karin Zipf on fiddle, accordion, and glockenspiel; Kevin Mills on guitar and banjo; Travas Hunter on guitar and mandolin; Chris Jackson on bass; and percussionist David Hayes. Zipf, Mills and Hunter share vocals.

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Don Dixon & Marti Jones
One of those you-should've-been-here kinds of nights.


Saturday, September 17, 2011 -- 7:30 p.m.
Sentimental Sounds
Nancy & Tammy Dail's latest musical project: terrific, as you'd expect, with John Akkerman on keyboards.


Nancy & Tammy photographed by Tom Whelan, at their first performance at RAF last May.!

Friday, September 16, 2011
Marshall Stephenson & the Bluegrass Train
with Backroads opening.
Marshall brought one of his bands ever to town tonight: Curtis Lee on fiddle, his wife, Ruth, on bass, Clyde Mattocks on dobro, and Tim Myatt on banjo. Backroads was ready to go by the time they finished their sound check at 7:05, so we got an extra half-hour or so of good music in, too. This is a band that keeps getting better & better.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
the Grass Pistols
Trad & original bluegrass from Russia!
Mikhail Dushin on banjo and vocals and Tatiana Pechenova, who plays mandolin and sings, put on a big time show of original newgrass and new interpretations of bluegrass standards, including beautiful covers of "Kentucky Waltz" and "In Them Old Cotton Fields Back Home." Mikhail writes their originals. Tatiana, a graduate of the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory as a domra player, prompted one of our old-timers to comment that she could give Frankie Harrison a run for his money, and, he added, she never broke a sweat. Travel troubles prevented the bassist and guitarist from arriving; but they were hardly missed in a performance we'd love to host again--one of those "you shoulda been here" kinds of nights.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Steve Creech Sextet featuring Emery Davis
Fountain favorite Steve Creech brought another great band to town to open our 2011-12 music season: Bob Jeffcott, trumpet; Mort Stine, keyboards; Willie Nelms, acoustic bass; and Gary Salt, drums.

Friday, June 24, 2011 -- 7:30 p.m.
Malpass Brothers

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie packed the house last August, performing what the band calls "sweet grass."

Saturday, June 11, 2011 -- 7:30 p.m. $8 general admission, $10 reserved
Mandolin Orange

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Steve Creech Quintet featuring Carol-Ann Tucker
With Jimmy Aycock on keyboards, Walter Byrum on bass, Bobby Harrison on drums, and Steve Creech on guitar.

Steve & Smilin' Jimmy Aycock.

Friday, June 3, 2011 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8 general admission, $10 reserved
the Grass Cats
The Cats' lead singer Russell Johnson, with that classic high lonesome, also plays a fine mandolin and writes terrific songs; Tim Woodall was on bass and singing harmony and lead; Steven Martin on lead guitar and singing lead and harmony; Rick Lafleur on banjo; and Chris Hill on fiddle.

January 30, 2011
Highway 58
Watch Watch a set with the boys!

Saturday, October 2, 2010
Rain Check

Friday, October 1, 2010
Amanda & the Honeycutters

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Bluegrass jam & open mic

Friday, September 24, 2010
Mandolin Orange

Thursday, September 23, 2010n
Lizh

Saturday, September 18, 2010
the String Machine

Friday, September 17, 2010
Paco Band

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Applesauce

Saturday, September 11, 2010
Steve Creech & the Bob Jeffcott Revue with Dirk Lumbard
Steve, on guitar, had another stellar lineup, featuring retired Air Force Jazz Band trumpeter Bob Jeffcott, with Tom Smith on trombone, Russ Hamby on clarinet and saxophone, Mort Stine on keyboard, Ernie Black on bass and tuba, and Bobby Harrison on drums.

Friday, September 10, 2010
Buddy Zincone & Greenville Grass

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Father & Son Bluegrass Band

Friday, August 27, 2010
the Cricket Band
Shelby & Linda Stephenson & the Cricket Band (a.k.a. the Wonder Band) presented their 5th annual Hank Williams tribute, with Charlie Melton on bass and Julian Ball on electric guitar.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
Steve Creech Sextet featuring Eva Cortens
Steve's all-star band tonight featured Fred Moye on a very sweet tenor saxophone, Jimmy Aycock on keyboards, George Knott on acoustic bass and a bass clarinet, Jonathan Wacker on drums, and Steve, of course, on guitar.

Eva Cortens put on a spectacular show of jazz standards with some nice jazz takes on country and pop tunes, too. We hope to have her back with one of Steve's many fine jazz ensembles in the fall. Special guest soloist Michael Vetrano was a big hit, too.

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Sourwood Mountain Band

Friday, June 18, 2010
the Mayhaws
The Mayhaws, from Tallahassee, played their "contagious rags" at RAF for the third time: another great time with their old-time & original tunes.

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Steve Creech Sextet featuring Dirk Lumbard
From Broadway to Main Street: Dirk's living near Old Sparta now, and tonight he was backed by another stellar band: Jimmy Aycock on keyboards; Jonathan Wacker on drums; George Knott on acoustic bass; and Steve, of course, on guitar.

Friday, June 11, 2010
Mandolin Orange

Saturday, June 5, 2010
New Vintage Bluegrass

Friday, June 4, 2010
Eleanor Ellis

Saturday, May 22, 2010
Samantha Casey & Bluegrass Jam

Friday, May 21, 2010 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission; $12.50 reserved
Malpass Brothers

Sunday, May 16, 2010
Wilberville
Three generations of the Wil Ball family--son Mike on bass and grandson Alex on guitar and fiddle--joined by Tom Scott on mandolin for a wonderful Sunday afternoon concert of original and vintage mountain and country Americana. Wil, on guitar, wrote the originals.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Nancy & Tammy Dail & Country Roads

Friday, May 14, 2010
Possum Creek Bluegrass Band
Alex Ball and his Wilmington pickin' pals: Ben Chontos joins in on upright bass and vocals, and Snuffy's boy, Jones Smith, on banjo, mandolin, and guitar.

Saturday, May 8, 2010
Steve Creech Dixieland All-Stars
Joining guitarist/bandleader Steve tonight were Bob Tyson on saxophone & clarinet; Les Sutorious on trumpet; Tom Smith on trombone; Jimmy Aycock on keyboards; George Knott on acoustic bass, tuba, and bass saxophone; and Jonathan Wacker on drums.

Friday, May 7, 2010
Barefoot Movement
With Noah Kelce Wall fiddling, playing guitar, singing lead; Tommy Norris on mandolin & guitar; and Quentin Acres on guitar and vocals. A beautiful show!

Saturday, May 1, 2010
Grass Street

Friday, April 30, 2010
Bluegrass jam hosted by Backroads Bluegrass Band.

Friday, April 29, 2010.
Magic Ax
Cosmic Americana from the Greenville-based trio: James Capps on drums, percussion & noises; Megan Erickson on bass, voice & percussion; and Nathan Magicaxwell on guitar, voice & percussion.

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Tim Smith and Bluegrass Tradition
Tonight's band of excellent pickers were Danny Boyd on guitar and vocals; Ron Inscore on mandolin and vocals; Joey Cox on banjo; and Marty Miller on bass and vocals.

Friday, April 23, 2010
Lightnin' Wells

Friday, April 9, 2010
Frankie Harrison Bluegrass Band
Frankie's picking partners tonight included his son, Justin Frank Harrison on fiddle, and a couple of members of Sapony Creek: Wayne Melvin on lead guitar, lead and tenor vocals, and Keith Gaster on banjo, lead and baritone vocals. Bill Stout joined in for some spectacular lead guitar, too, one of his very rare performances at RAF.

Frankie's hot!

Saturday, April 3, 2010
In the Tradition
A small but enthusiastic crowd greeted Lynchburg's In the Tradition. They put on a great show nonetheless, and we hope they'll try us again. Lead singer Donnie Mason, on mandolin, was in fine form--and there was a lot less of him, too. Son Scott Mason on banjo, with his wife, Tammy Mason on bass and really sweet, powerful vocals, and her dad, Ray Green on guitar, make In the Tradition an old-time family bluegrass band. Uncle George Evans joined in on Dobro.

Left to right: George Evans, Donnie Mason, Tammy Mason, and Scott Mason, whose face appears tucked between Tammy's bass and Ray's guitar.

Friday, April 2, 2010
Donald Thompson Band
Donald Thompson, from Kinston, fronts a show band of outstanding musicians: Jackie "Sonny Boy" Holland on harmonica and resonator and rhythm guitars; Chris Jenkins, lead guitar; Shakin' Bob Aiken, drums; and Carrol Wade, bass.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8 general admission; $10 reserved
the Boys from Carolina
Who knew there were so many Dook fans in the world? Too many missed this evening's excellent show by the Boys, who are up to about 160 years of pickin' experience amongst 'em. Wright Young of Durham on mandolin; Chuck Schutte of Raleigh on Dobro; Larry Nunnery of Benson on guitar and singing lead and baritone; Bob Wilkerson of Smithfield on banjo; and Lester Duquay of Fuquay-Varina playing and singing bass.

Friday, March 26, 2010 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8 general admission; $10 reserved
Amelia's Mechanics
This trio of talented ladies from Greensboro was down to a duo by the time they got here, but nobody in the big crowd that greeted them comnplained. An outstanding show presented beautifully by Molly Miller on lead electric guitar and Molly McGinn on rhythm guitar and Dobro.

Saturday, March 20, 2010
the Grass Cats

Friday, March 19, 2010
Bill Redding

Bill & Friends 11th annual St. Pat's show this evening once again featured Mike Hamer on hammered dulcimer and Nathan Maxwell on viola.

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Steve Creech Dixieland All-Stars
With Russ Hamby on saxophone & clarinet, Les Sutorius on trumpet, Tom Smith on trombone, Jimmy Aycock on keyboard, Bobby Harrison on drums, and Steve, of course, on guitar.

Tom Smith sings "St. James Infirmary" while Les Sutorious toots and Steve Creech strums.

Saturday, March 6, 2010
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Bluegrass jam, hosted by Walking by Faith

Friday, February 19, 2010
Steve Creech Sextet with Carolyn Green Myers
Snow forced us to re-schedule this show, originally scheduled as a Valentine's Day special, for February 13. The fortunes of timing smiled upon us, though, for a nearly SRO performance by Creech & crew backing up Myers in her Tribute to the Ladies.

Saturday, February 6, 2010 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8 general admission; $10 reserved
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cut-ups

The godfather of East Carolina bluegrass put on another monster show. A couple of years now since he quit smoking, Roby's voice is stronger than ever. Tonight's SRO show got him a spontaneous standing ovation and us an unexpected encore: "I'll Fly Away."

Imagine Mike Rose on mandolin off to the left, and you've got Roby and his Cut-ups (L to R): Jeff Huffman, Kenneth Glover, Roby, and Daniel Casey.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8 general admission; $10 reserved
the String Machine

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Father & Son Bluegrass Band
Troy and Skyler Smith and friends picking traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.

Friday, January 15, 2010
Steve Creech Dixieland All-Stars
Bandleader Steve on guitar, with Tom Smith, trombone; Les Sutorious, trumpet; Jimmy Aycock, keyboards; Russ Hamby, clarinet & sax; Tony Moseley, acoustic bass; and Bobby Harrison, drums.

Saturday, January 9, 2010
Staber & Chasnoff
Dick played mandolin for Del McCoury from 1969-1975. He performed on three of McCoury's early-'70s recordings, and he released three critically acclaimed records himself as a solo artist, with lots of friends acoompanying, on Rounder in the 1980s. He also has played with Don Stover, 19778-78, and Bob Paisley, 1979-81, and he has written several songs that have been recorded by contemporary bluegrass stars.

Together, Staber and Chasnoff have released 3 independently produced CDs, copies of which will be available at their Fountain appearance.

Although they perform some bluegrass tunes, Staber and Chasnoff play a style of music that's more akin to the brother duets popular in the 1930s. The Monroe Brothers--Bill, Charlie, and Birch--are favorites, but most of their covers of Bill Monroe tunes pre-date his creation of what's known today as bluegrass.

Dick's got the prettiest tone on the mandolin we've heard in Fountain, and their harmonies are simply beautiful. We're fortunate that they enjoy stopping by to play here on their annual migration South for the winter.

Sunday, December 20, 2009 -- 3:30 p.m. --$5 recommended for the band
Mike Hamer, Sue Luddeke & Friends Christmas Special
With a merry potluck Christmas dinner afterwards.

Last year's Christmas concert, left to right: Bill Redding, Nathan Maxwell, Mike Hamer, and Sue Luddeke.

Saturday, December 19, 2009
the Malpass Brothers
It doesn't seem possible that the boys could keep getting better and better, but they do. Bigger, too.

Family fun in Fountain tonight with the Malpasses.

Friday, December 18, 2009
Steve Creech Septet featuring Carolyn Greene Myers
A Christmas special with Jimmy Aycock on keyboards, Les Sutorious on trumpet, Don Stewart on drums, Ernie Black on electric bass, and Myers, tonight's featured vocalist.

We've already pre-sold over 30 seats for 2010's Christmas special with Steve Creech on December 17.

Thursday, December 17, 200
Sam Harris Family Christmas Special
Sam's added a Moog Theremin to his trick-bag of unusual instruments. He and his family were joined again by Lightnin' Wells and Aileen Higgins in this special community Christmas celebration that's become one of our favorite traditions.

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wilberville
Will Ball, son Mike, & grandson Alex were joined by their pickin' pal Tom Scott for a couple of fine sets of original and traditional tunes, before a nearly full house. Special guest Buddy Zincone joined in for a couple of rousing numbers, too. Will got a standing ovation after his solo mini-set too. We look forward to having these guys back again.

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Carolina Yellowhammers
Fountain favorite and local hero Lightnin' Wells put together another stellar lineup of super pickers for Yellowhammers last show: Frankie Harrison on mandolin, John Booker on bass, and Bob Gaddis on banjo.

Imagine Bob Gaddis on banjo, off to the left of Lightnin' Wells, along with Sweatin' Frankie Harrison on mandolin and John "Got Well" Booker on bass, and you'd have tonight's incarnation of the Yellowhammers.

Friday, December 11, 2009
Walking by Faith host a bluegrass jam

Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wayne & Margaret Martin
Due to a death in his family, Rich Hartness had to cancel his scheduled appearance with the Buggy Riders, but half the Riders, Wayne and Margaret Martin, performed two fine sets of old-time, mountain, and traditional music, including several tunes from Wayne's latest project: the brand-new 2-disc CD compilation Going down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont, 1975-1998 which was published by the Raleigh-based Pinecone.

On his radio appearance on today's "State of Things," Wayne Martin explained to Frank Stasio
that the Piedmont style of banjo was played by finger-picking, rather than the better known claw-hammer style of the mountain pickers.

And he promised our small but enthusiastic crowd that he'd be working on a CD of traditional music from East Carolina soon.

One of the evening's highlights was the mini-set of Carolina Tobacco Tags tunes they performed with Lightnin' Wells. Their dueling mandolins was something to see.

Lightnin' broke out his mandolin for the first time at RAF.

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Country Music Showcase with Robert Leonard & the Country Tonight Band, with special guest Blake Price
Robbie, who's from Nashville and is just 17, wasjoined by 13-yr-old singing sensation Blake Price.

WIth Johnny Barham on pedal steel, Ronnie King on guitar, Glenn Speight on bass, and Robert Keel on drums.

Friday, November 27, 2009 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $5
the Marlboro Boys

Saturday, May 2, 2009
the Marlboro Boys

Friday, May 1, 2009 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $5 general admission, $7 reserved seats
Lightnin' Wells
Lightnin', a Goldsboro native who lived in Farmville for about 20 years before re-locating to Fountain three years ago, is best known nationally and in Europe as one of the best at performing in the intricate finger-picking Piedmont blues style. But to think of him as a blues singer discounts the varied repertoire that makes up one of his shows, which cover the first four decades of twentieth century American popular music: folk, gospel, country, vaudeville, old-time, and hokum as well as Piedmont and Delta blues.

No two of his shows are ever alike. He knows all the verses, all the histories for each song he performs, and he does them with exceptional historical accuracy. He also accompanies himself on guitar, resonator guitar, banjo, two kinds of ukuleles, harmonicas, and whistles and yodels.

Saturday, April 25, 2009 -- 8 p.m. -- $8 general admission, $10 reserved seats
Russ Varnell & Too Country
Russ Varnell and Too Country perform classic honky-tonk country music in the style of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Hank William, Sr.

Russ, from Black Creek, has a stellar back-up band, a sensational wardrobe--including an original suit made by Nashville legend Nudie Cohn--and a genuine love for what he calls "real country music." He performs throughout East Carolina and has recently begun a weekly television show on WHIG in Rocky Mount.

Russ Varnell in his watermelon suit by Nudie of Nashville!

Friday, April 24, 2009 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8 general admission, $10 reserved seats
Ted Jones & the Tarheels
Ted Jones, the young mandolin sensation from Smithfield, is joined in his band by his father, Ronnie Jones on guitar, Stan Temple on banjo, and Cecil Carroll on bass.

Ted's been playing mandolin since he was 11. He formed his band at age 18, about five years ago, and has since released 3 CDs. He plays in the intricate cross-picking style popularized by the legendary Jesse McReynolds--and he puts on a great show of original and traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.

Great bluegrass tonight: Ted Jones & the Tarheels.

April 17-18, 2009
Closed: Went to the beach

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Staber & Chasnoff
We caught this wonderful duo on their northward migration this year.

From upstate New York, Fountain favorites Dick Staber & Judith Chasnoff.

April 17-18, 2009
Closed: Went to the beach

Saturday, April 11, 2009s
Nu-Blu
Nu-Blu put on a great show--expert picking, fine harmonies, and a bunch of original bluegrass and new grass gospel tunes for a small but enthusiastic audience. They're wrapping up their second CD and putting together a gospel one this summer--both should be out by the time we get them back to town sometime next spring. Don't miss these folks when you've got the chance!


Friday, April 10, 2009
Steve Creech Dixieland All-Stars
Tom Smith, trombone, performed in New Orleans for four years with Pete Fountain, and he's also worked with the Platters, Sam Donahue, and the Dorsey Brothers. Trumpeter Les Sutorious, named an All-American high school bandsman out of New York, first played in NC while a student at UNC; he plays in the Cypress Landing Dixieland Jazz Band, too. Erik Rudd, on saxophone and clarinet, plays over 20 instruments and has also performed with many big bands and symphonies. Keyboardist and Fountain favorite Jimmy Aycock was the first Carolina Icon and has performed jazz and classical music world-wide. Drummer Jon Wacker, who teaches percussion at ECU, has accompanied Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and a host of others. Bassist Tony Moseley is the retired director of the Marine Band at Camp Lejeune.

A taste of Nawlins in Fountain tonight: Jon Wacker, Tony Moseley, Les Sutorious,
and Jimmy Aycock are in the middle of the best Dixieland jazz band in East Carolina!

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Nancy & Tammy Dail & the Country Roads Band
Bowie Martin & the hottest country music band in East Carolina were back in town for a Branson-style show that featured the dynamic mama-daughter duo of Nancy & Tammy Dail.

Friday, April 3, 2009
2nd Stage
An outstanding quintet of acoustic musicians from the Triangle, 2nd Stage performed a sharp show of traditional, country, bluegrass, and folk/rock classics. Next time they're in town, we hope to get 'em the kind of crowd they deserve

Saturday, March 28, 2009
Possum Creek Bluegrass Band

Friday, March 27, 2009
Steve Creech Septet, with Carolyn Greene Myers & Jimmy Aycock

Saturday, March 21, 2009
Lightnin' Wells

Friday, March 20, 2009
Jennifer Shelton Licko

Saturday, March 14, 2008
Bill Redding & Friends' St. Patrick's Concert

Saturday, March 7, 2009
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cutups

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Smith Brothers Bluegrass Band

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Steve Creech Dixieland All-Stars

Saturday, February 14, 2009
Brian & Mary Lewis

Sunday, January 25, 2009
the Martins

Saturday, January 24, 2009
the Georgia Buggy Riders

Friday, January 23, 2009
Without Further Ado

Saturday, January 17, 2009
the Boys from Carolina

Sunday, December 21, 2008
Mike Hamer & Sue Luddeke's Christmas Show

Saturday, December 20, 2008
Steve Creech Septet with Carolyn Greene Myers and Jimmy Aycock

Saturday, December 20, 2008
Authors Day at RAF
Dale and John Shelton Reed headlined the lineup of North Carolina authors who came to town to sign copies of their latest books. Also appearing were Marianne Gingher, author of "Adventures in Penland," recently published by the University of Missouri Press; Shelby Stephenson, author of the 2008 Bellday Prize book of poetry, "Family Matters: July, the Slave Girl"; Margaret Bauer, editor of "Watering the Sahara: Recollections of Paul Green from 1894 to 1937," recently published by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History; the novelist Lawrence Naumoff of Hillsborough; poet Jim Clark of Wilson and Barton College; poet John Hoppenthaler and novelist Liza Wieland, both entering their second year on the creative writing faculty at ECU; and short story writer Luke Whisnant, who also is editor of Tar River Poetry.

Friday, December 19, 2008
Marshall Stephenson & the Bluegrass Train

Thursday, December 18, 2008 -- 7 p.m. -- FREE!
The Sam Harris Family Christmas Special
Sam and family hosted their third annual Fountain Family Christmas special, with special guests Aileen Higgins and Lightnin' Wells.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 -- Free-at-3:00
Sounds of Praise

Saturday, December 13, 2008
Runs Good, Needs Work

Friday, December 12, 2008
Nixon, Blevins & Gage
A bluegrass Christmas special from three talented Triangle Pickers.

Sunday, December 7, 2008 -- Free-at-3:00
Melody Brown and Brien Barbour

Saturday, December 6, 2008
Lawson Creek

Friday, December 5, 2008n
Jon Durham

Saturday, November 29 6, 2008
the Malpass Brothers

Sunday, November 23, 2008 -- Free-at-3:00
Eric Thomas & Helen Wolfson
Wilson native Thomas on guitar, Wolfson on hammered dulcimer: a beautiful Sunday show.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Coyote Ridge

Friday, November 21, 2008
Cameron Marion

Sunday, November 16, 2008
Robbie Leonard and Cassie Dunn

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Carolina Yellowhammers
Despite the threatening weather, we had a good crowd for a great bluegrass show. Lightnin' was in rare vocal form--he's definitely the best yodeler we've hosted--Frankie seemed to be picking faster than ever, Booker had his bass booming, and newcomer to the group Chuck Williams switched off from banjo to Dobro to beautiful effect all night long.


The Carolina Yellowhammers all-star bluegrass band includes sweatin' Frankie Harrison
on mandolin, John Booker on bass, and Lightnin' Wells on guitar.

Friday, November 14, 2008
Donald Thompson Blues Band

Sunday, November 9, 2008
Gospel Highway
For Military Appreciation Day at RAF, we featured a big band of local bluegrass pickers: Ron Carnighan and Roger Baker on rhythm guitars; Don Bradley, mandolin; Donnie Harris, lead guitar; Bill "Buck" Rogers, banjo; Billy East, bass; and Capt. Frederick Volcansek, mandolin and guitar. Melissa Reel is featured vocalist, along with Carnighan, Baker, and Bradley.


Gospel Highway makes its RAF debut today!

Saturday, November 8, 2008 -- $5 general admission; $7.50 reserved
Lightnin' Wells

Friday, November 7, 2008
the Original Steve Creech Dixieland Allstars

Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wilberville
Three generations of the Wil Ball family: grand-daddy Wil plays guitar, sings, and writes original ballads and country blues; son Mike plays bass; and grandson Alex plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and can sing like he's a classic old-time mountain man. They put on a great show of old-time country music last time through, to a near-packed house. Get here early!

Saturday, November 1, 2008
Jam Busters
A new group of pickers in the classic bluegrass style: John Booker on bass; Don Dunn on mandolin; Dan Vause on guitar; and Robbie Johnson on banjo

Friday, October 31, 2008
the Zen Revelators

Sunday, October 26, 2008
Flat Mountain Dulcimers

Saturday, October 25, 2008
Marlboro Boys
Nobody does classic bluegrass gospel better than these Farmville fellows, & they had a full house to appreciate 'em.

Fountain favorites the Marlboro Boys always bring out the local lovers of traditional bluegrass gospel.

Friday, October 24, 2008
Highway 58
The hardest drivingest, straight-ahead bluegrassingest band in East Carolina.

Is that man talking to his banjo?

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Cowboy Johnson
All the way from Austin, Texas, the American Troubadour stopped by Fountain as part of a southeast swing that had him at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, Va., and in Floyd, among other regional musical hotspots. Cowboy put on a dazzling show, performing originals and classic country and even a Van Morrison cover. Fiddlin' Alex Ball accompanied him. Too bad Cowboy lives so far away . . .

Friday, October 17, 2008
Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam
Bluegrass doesn't get any better than this: Samantha Casey, the 12-year-old fiddling prodigy from Johnston County, fronts an all-star band that includes dad Daniel Casey on banjo; Kenneth Glover on bass; Jeff Huffman on guitar; and Jeff's 9-year-old daughter, Casey, on mandolin.

October 10 & 11: We snuck off to Shakori Hllls, so RAF was dark.

Saturday, October 4, 2008
Steve Creech Septet, with Carolyn Myers and Fountain favorite Jimmy Aycock
Also with the Creech crew tonight: Les Sutorius on trumpet, George Broussard on trombone, Keith Dobbins on electric bass, and Macon Dail on drums.

And as always, when Steve's in town, a few special guests.


We're happy to have Jimmy back with Steve tonight.

Friday, October 3, 2008
Buffalo Creek Stringband

Saturday, September 27, 2008
Russ Varnell & Too Country!

September 26, 2008
Marshall Stephenson & the Bluegrass Train
Marshall's all-star band tonight featured champion fiddler Curtis Lee, his wife, Ruth, on bass, and the return of banjo picker John Mark Batchelor.

Fiddlin' Curtis Lee was back at RAF tonight!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Nu-Blu

Friday, September 19, 2008
the Original Steve Creech Dixieland Jazz Band
Steve's newest band featured trombonist Tom Smith, who played for 4 years with Pete Fountain in New Olreans and has also performed with the Dorsey Brothers and the Platters. Also performing: Les Sutorious on trumpet; and Bob Tyson on clarinet; Jonathan Wacker on drums.

Saturday, September 13, 2008 -- Noon until. . . FREE!
Bluegrass, Old-time, Country & Folk Music Showcase
In one-hour sets, we featured these fine acts:

12 noon: Robert Leonard, a young country artist from Rocky Mount.

1:00 pm: Waterbound Dulcimers

3:00 pm: Flat Mountain Dulcimers
These Fountain favorites are our original Free-at-3:00 act. They've added the sweet and mournful sounds of Nancy's cello to what was already a beautiful old-time sound that seems to fit our old walls perfectly. Performing on dulcimers handmade by J.C. Bradshaw are Margit and Dave Roberson and Nancy Galambush. Dave also adds his guitar.


--from the Flat Mountains of eastern NC, live at RAF!!

4:00 pm: Brian & Mary Lewis, a fine old-time country duo from Chapel Hill--they'll return for our Valentine's show in '09.

5:00 pm: Plan B, a contemporary acoustic string band from the Triangle, with Michael Goy on guitar; Alyson Scoltock on harmonica and autoharp; Brian Lewis on guitar and mandolin; and Kent Rossman on electric bass.

6:00 pm: Runs Good, Needs Work, with Alice Gerrard , Pan Riggs, and Gail Gillespie

A great set of music from an excellent trio of old-time musicians, old friends who sounded right at home in Fountain.

7:00 pm: the Smith Brothers Bluegrass Band, Fountain favorites from Rocky Mount, closed it all out, with a little help from Pan Riggs on her 1922 Gibson guitar.

Friday, September 12, 2008
Shelby & Linda Stephenson's Tribute for Hank Williams' 85th Birthday

Saturday, September 6, 2008
Jennifer Licko

Friday, August 22, 2008
Richard Hood & the Licking County Hot Lix
The Hot Lix made their third show at Fountain a memorable one for a full and enthusiastic house.

They hit town with a new CD and some fresh accolades garnered at the Dan Emmett Music Festival, recently concluded in Mt. Vernon, Ohio: guitarist Hayes Griffin won first place in the flat-picking contest and second in banjo picking. He also played rhythm guitar for Richard Hood, who won the banjo competition. And Jacob Hawkins, who plays mandolin in the group, played rhythm guitar in both of Hayes' competitions. "So it was a Hot Lix kind of day," reported Richard.

Joining Hood, Griffin, and Hawkins in the band were Kyle Adamcik on fiddle, Jimmy Shepoard on bass, and Brynn Lewallen on vocals--which they all share.


the Licking County Hot Lix!

Saturday, August 2, 2008
the Mayhaws

From Tallahassee, Florida, the Mayhaws are lots of fun--and very talented. They performed an eclectic concert of original and traditional old-time, country, folk, bluegrass, and rockabilly to a large & enthusiastic crowd.


It's Mayhaw season in Fountain!
The Mayhaws put the OM in "stOMp"

Thursday, July 24, 2008
Big Street m.p.
Big sound from a big band from Sweden, who played a mix of acoustic pop, smooth jazz, west coast music, and soul. Most of the bandsmen have studied at the University of Music in Gothenburg, and they have among themselves a variety of other musical outlets.

Big Street boasts 17 musicians, from which a core of 5 have made this trip.

Tobias Hedlund, percussion, is studying vibraphone, piano, and percussion at the University of Music. He's received numerous awards for his musicianship and also plays in the folkband Djarv.

Joel Hagen, flute and saxophone, is studying flute at the University of Music, and also plays in Djarv.

Martin Sundstrom, bass, works as a free lancer and has his own jazz quintet as well.

Viktor Olofsson, guitar and vocals, is studying guitar at the University of Music. He freelances with several Swedish bands bands and also teaches buitar.

Kristian Selan, guitar and vocals, is a graduate of the University of Music in guitar. He has his own record company and is the main force behind organizing Big Street and this tour. He also works as a freelancer and has toured the U.S. a couple of times before.

The first part of the show was a beautiful performance of Swedish folk tunes

Saturday, July 19, 2008
Homegrown String Band
Traditional and original high energy acoustic music from one of our very favorites: this was Homegrown's third annual July trip to Fountain.

From Rocky Point, NY, Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky and daughters Erica and Annalee formed their band as a reaction to a "no-tv" rule they were trying to live with in 1997. Collectively, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo-ukelele, harmonica, jawharp, and doumbek. Erica and Annalee are quite the percussive dancers, and Erica has been called a "true fiddle powerhouse" by Sing Out magazine.

Newsday said this: "It's hard to describe their music. Old time, Appalachian, string band, not bluegrass exactly, more Carter family. . . a musicologist could tell you a lot about it and the history of rural American it reflects."

Whatever they play, we guarantee a fun night out for your family!


Homegrown String Band: family fun tonight at RAF--
Guaranteed!


Friday, July 18, 2008
Steve Creech Sextet, featuring Jerry Jolley
Tonight's summer special brought Jerry Jolley back to for a night of classic jazz, show, and gospel songs, with a band that included Les Sutorius on trumpet, George Broussard on trombone, Keith Dobbins on bass, and Earle Abernethey on drums.

Saturday, June 28, 2008
Lawson Creek Bluegrass Band
This late replacement for the Mac and Tammy McRoy Bluegrass Band still got us the bigger half of that fine duo. Guitarist and lead singer James Walker fronts this quintet that includes Big Mac on banjo and tenor vocals; Phillip Leggett on fiddle and baritone vocals; Mike Oliver on bass; and Ralph Lilley on mandolin.

Great show--some of the absolute best harmonies we've heard in Fountain, and some mighty fine picking all around, too. Look for 'em to be back in December.

Friday, June 27, 2008
Reno Station
Clayton-based quartet brings their honky-tonk country show to town for the first time.
Based out of Clayton, the Station, which bills itself as "one of the last true honky tonk bands," is also one of the tightest bands we've seen in our 4 years of hosting music. We had a fair crowd, all of whom agreed they ought to come back, and that they ought to find a good following in Fountain.

They covered songs by artists like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, but with some impressive original twists. They also threw in a couple of originals.

Reno Station is fronted by lead guitarist Kelly Allen. Also in the band: Adam Barbour, rhythm guitar and vocals; Brian Allen, bass and vocals; and Greg Troehler, drums and vocals.

Sunday, June 15, 2008
Jimmy Aycock
Fremont's stellar pianist closed out our Free-at-3:00 series for spring '08 with a beautiful and eclectic show that ran the gamut of music that Jimmy says "made us Americans who we are today"--beautiful medleys of patriotic, show, gospel, classical, jazz, folk and country music. Despite the heat and it being Dad's day, Jimmy entertained about 30 of his good friends and new fans. We'll have him back in the fall--as well as with Steve Creech's ensembles whenever possible.

Saturday, June 14, 2008
Steve Creech Sextet with vocalist Pat Tutino
Creech, the Greenville-based guitarist and bandleader, has been bringing a stellar jazz show to RAF about once a month for over a year. He's always got a group of exceptionally talented musicians with him, and every show features a different guest singer--as well as a few very special guests.

Tutino and pianist Jimmy Aycock were tonight's featured performers. Also performing were George Broussard on trombone; Fred Moye on tenor sax; Earle Abernethey on drums; and Keith Dobbins on bass.

Greenville's "Andrews Sisters" guested, along with the very talented Sarah Lang.

Friday, June 13, 2008
The Carolina Yellowhammers
A quartet of super-pickers--Lightnin' Wells on guitar, Frank Harrison on mandolin, Lane Hollis on banjo and fiddle, and John Booker on bass--presented a very special night of classic bluegrass done up old-style right.

The Carolina Yellowhammers takes its name as an homage both to the Georgia Yellow Hammers, an old-time string band that made several successful recordings in the 1920s for the Victor and Okeh labels, and the passenger train that used to run from Tarboro through Fountain on down to Hookerton. Both were named to honor the distinctive sound of the northern flicker. The Carolina Yellowhammers debuted their act for the May Museum in Farmville earlier this year.

Sunday, June 1, 2008
Helen Wolfson and Eric Thomas
Another return engagement from Wilson native Eric Thomas on guitar and Helen Wolfson on hammered dulcimer: classical and Celtic, country, gospel, and rock & roll. An excellent eclectic show.

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Claude Bourbon
Claude Bourbon is a master guitarist who made Fountain a stop on his U.S. tour for the third consecutive year. Born in France, musically educated in Switzerland, and residing in England, Bourbon plays what he calls "medieval blues," an original fusion of jazz and blues, classical, and flamenco. His version of "Bolero," recorded at Fountain General by Cliff Nelson, is a popular hit on YouTube.

Bourbon's fingerpicking is the fastest and finest we've ever seen. It often seems like he's over-ddubbing or there's a secret guitarist hidden behind him somewhere, it's so fast and complex, yet so really smooth. This is a concert worthy of any classical hall--and perfect for our old wooden walls.

May 30, 2008
Lightnin' Wells


Lightnin' was blowin' his blues harmonica at RAF.

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Richard Hood & the Licking County Hot Lix

Saturday, May 24, 2008
Coyote Ridge
This Chatham County-based bluegrass quintet celebrated the release of their debut CD tonight in fine fashion--great vocal harmonies, expert picking, and an appreciative crowd.

Led by the husband and wife duo of Doug and Stacy Stuart, Coyote Ridge also featured Greg Henkle on mandolin, Len Camp on banjo, and Eddie Ingram on bass.

Len signed our banjo, Doug became just the third guitarist to sign our new/old guitar picked up recently from Robbins' going-out-of-business sale in Wilson, they left us a nice autographed band photo (and key chain) and everybody agreed that this was a band to bring back to town--look for them again this fall.


Coyote Ridge celebrated release of their debut CD.


Saturday, May 17, 2008
Unshackled

Friday, May 16, 2008
Curtis Lee
Curtis proved that he's one of the best fiddlers still working in the southeast. Despite threatening weather, we had a good crowd for this excellent show. Local hero Lightnin' Wells reported that Curtis' version of "Mockingbird" was the best he'd ever heard. And when he got wound up on "Orange Blossom Special," it sounded like that train was blasting through this old store.

Not just bluegrass, though: Curtis threw in lots of western swing and country classics, and Ruth proved an excellent singer her ownself. A highly entertaining show that we hope to have back in town.


Fiddlin' Curtis Lee, 5-time national fiddler of the year, makes himself at home at RAF


Sunday, May 11, 2008
Melody Brown
Brien Barbour
A special Mothers' Day treat--two fine shows from two great vocalists, both Fountain favorites. They sang gospel, country, pop, some originals, and a few duets. Myrtle got to sing a tune with Melody, too.

Saturday, May 10, 2008
Steve Creech Septet with vocalist Eva Cortens
Eva, the talented jazz and blues vocalist, will be featured in tonight's all star show that will also include drummer Jon Wacker and trombonist George Broussard, from ECU's School of Music; Jimmy Aycock on piano; Keith Dobbins on bass; Les Sutorious on trumpet; and Dennis McGaughey on tenor and alto sax and clarinet. This may be the most outstanding horn section Steve's brought to Fountain.

Special guest performers will include vocalist Lily James, Sarah Lang as both vocalist and violinist, and Dirk Lumbard, tap-dancing and singing. Lumbard, a Broadway veteran and renowned dance instructor, has recently re-located to the area.


Dirk Lumbard's back this Saturday night!


Friday, May 9, 2008
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cutups
Roby, who lives in Smithfield, has taken several generations of his Cutups to bluegrass festivals and concerts throughout the United States and Europe since beginning his professional career in the early 1960s. Currently performing with him are Travis Johnson on lead guitar and vocals; Daniel Casey on banjo; Mike Rose on mandolin; and Ray Bridgers on bass.

Several former Curtups have gone on to distinguished careers in bluegrass with their own bands, including Wayne Benson, Hershel Sizemore, Les Woodie, Jim Eanes, and Al Batten.

Roby's got that high, lonesome tenor that a lot of folks say really defines the bluegrass vocal style and sound. He's the godfather of eastern Carolina bluegrass, and it's always a great honor to have him back in town.

Roby's vinyl lps are highly prized collector's items. He has also released 3 CDs. But there's nothing like catching him live--and there's no place better to do that than RAF.

Saturday, April 5, 200
Lost County 35
This 6-piece band band is based out of the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. They've been picking together for over two years. Saturday marks their first appearance in Fountain--they will also play the Preddy Fest for the first time in June.

Mandolin player Tim Lee and guitarist Anthony Campbell both live in Cary. Lee, a graphic artist with the News and Observer, has written several original tunes for the band. Campbell, who lived in Florida and Ohio before his move to North Carolina, also sings tenor and lead.

Guitarist Brent Wiggins and bassist Felicia Bender both live in Wilson. Wiggins also sings lead. Bender's family includes the popular area bluegrass duo Robert and Peggy Ray, and her brother, Allen, an outstanding mandolin picker.

Banjo picker John Dudley, originally from Scooba, in eastern Mississippi, grew up playing and listening to bluegrass. His mother was a church organist and his cousin a bluegrass guitarist.

Dobro player Tony Mullen, who lives in Spring Hope, plays in the traditional style of Uncle Josh Graves.


Lost County 35 makes their Fountain debut tonight: great original & classic bluegrass.
Guaranteed!


Saturday, March 29, 2008
the Cricket Band

Saturday, March 22, 2008 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $5 general admission, $7.50 reserved
Wood & Steel

Friday, March 21, 2008
Jennifer Shelton Licko

Friday, March 28 CLOSED for NC Folklore Society Meeting

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Bill Redding & Friends' St. Patrick's Concert

Saturday, March 8, 2008
Steve Creech Sextet featuring vocalist Carolyn Greene Myers
Fountain favorite Steve Creech returns to Fountain General Store for a big Saturday night jazz concert that will feature vocalist Carolyn Greene Myers.

Creech, the Greenville guitarist and band leader, regularly assembles a band of regional talent for his shows in Fountain that have featured an outstanding variety of featured vocalists. Tonight's star, Carolyn Greene Myers, has recently relocated to Greenville after a 22 year career in music and education in Virginia. She was supervisor of music education for the Chesapeake public schools and was also a frequent guest soloist with the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Chorale, and the Virginia Beach Symphony.

Myers earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in music education and performance from ECU; she is currently an adjunct instructor at ECU's School of Music.

Joining Creech in the band for this evening's show is Les Sutorious on trumpet, Dennis McGaughy on tenor and alto sax and clarinet; Keith Dobbins on bass; and Randy Davis on drums.

Lily James will be a featured guest vocalist. She is a 10-year-old Greenville singer who has already played the role of Gretel in "The Sound of Music" with the North Carolina Theater in Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh. Lily recently completed a week-long Las Vegas engagement. She also studies violin with Sarah Lang.


Carolyn Greene Myers is our terrific featured vocalist tonight with the Steve Creech Sextet


Saturday, January 12, 2008
Highway 58
Highway 58 brings its "straight-ahead bluegrass" show to town tonight in a concert that features Snow Hill's Tim Myatt on banjo and band leader Clyde Mattocks on dobro.

They play hard-driving classics done with style, precision, and speed that'll near 'bout wear you out just listening.

Clyde, one of the original Super Grit Cowboys, organized Highway 58 as an outlet for his true musical passion, classic bluegrass. The only way to play it, he says, is "straight ahead."

In Tim Myatt, he has one of the premier banjo pickers in North Carolina. It's always a special treat to have Mr. Myatt back in our house. He's kind of like the godfather of banjo pickers around here, and we're pleased to report that he's now endorsing his own line of Myatt banjos, made right in Greene County.

Other pickers in the band include Danny Morris on guitar, Don Batten on mandolin, and John Booker on bass. All the fellows share in singing.

Clyde, of Kinston, named his band for the NC highway that 2 of its members live on; a third lives just off it. 58's one of the best bluegrass bands we ever host, and also one of the toughest to book. Catch 'em when you can!

Click here to listen to "GWhizz," from Clyde's solo CD "Huggin' the Hound."

Saturday, January 5, 2008
Staber & Chasnoff

Dick Staber, the mandolin-picking master, performs original and classic blulegrass and old-time music with his wife, Judith Chasnoff.

For much of the 1960s and 1970s, Dick Staber was considered one of the best mandolin pickers in America. He abandoned the touring life to run a music hall in New York during the 1980s, and then resumed his public playing in the 1990s, after meeting Judith Chasnoff.

Currently based in in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, the duo has produced four CDs since the mid-1990s. Their latest, "Looking for the Road," was released this past autumn. Bluegrass Unlimited praised their 2002 CD, "One More Journey," as a "musical work of art, abounding with tradition and creativity."

Dick was mandolinist for Del McCoury and the Dixie Palls from 1969-75. In 1977-78, he played with Don Stover, and from 1978-80 with Bob Paisley and Southern Grass. During these years, he played on three of McCoury's albums and two of Paisley's and made three albums of his own, including "Pickin' Around the Cookstove," released by Rounder in 1974.

A Brooklyn native, Judith studied voice at the High School of Music and Art in the 1960s but abandoned music to pursue Buddhist studies. In July 1993, she met Dick Staber, who prophetically told her she would "learn to walk in the ways of the master, Bill Monroe."

This is Staber and Chasnoff's third performance at Fountain General Store, which they visit annually en route to their winter retreat to Florida.

Click here to listen to "Banjo Pickin' Man," from Staber & Chasnof's latest CD.

Friday, December 28, 2007
Marshall Stephenson & the Bluegrass Train Band
This is our second-annual very early bluegrass New Year's celebration with Marshall and his all-star lineup that tonight will feature two of the best young pickers in the region--and an old-fashioned Brunswick stew prepared by Fountain's own stewmaster, Henry "Pot" Bailey.

Tonight's show was a homecoming for John Mark Batchelor, the young banjo picker from Back Swamp--near Richlands--who recently won an International Bluegrass Music Association award in the "best instrumental band" category.

Marshall, the Raleigh-based bluegrass impresario and recording star, says that John Mark and 18-year-old Ashley Davis, on fiddle, are two of the best he's ever played with.

And that's saying a lot, as Marshall has been playing and promoting bluegrass in eastern NC since the 1960s, when he was at the forefront of pioneering the bluegrass festival scene that today is the mainstay for most of the genre's best lineups, venues, crowds, and pay.

John Mark has performed in Fountain several times with Marshall. He currently plays with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. Cleveland also won his 5th IBMA for best fiddler of the year. "I don't think John Mark believed me when I told him he could be playing music full-time," said Marshall, who gave John Mark his first jobs. "He's literally not but a couple of years off the farm, and he's already one of the really good ones. I'm real tickled that he's coming back home to play with me again."

Ashley Davis, from Fayetteville, has been tutored for several years by Les Sandy. She recently released her first CD, named to honor her mentor, "Picking with Les." She patterns her playing and singing after Alison Krause and Rhonda Vincent. This was her first appearance in Fountain. "She's a whiz," said Marshall. And we all agreed.

Sunday, December 16, 2007
Mike Hamer & Sue Luddeke & Friends
Mike and Sue's 4th annual Christmas show in Fountain, one of our most anticipated events of the year, will feature classics and some sing-alongs. Bring along a cover dish to share with the band for afterwards.

Saturday, December 15, 2007
Shelby & Linda Stephenson
Bluegrass legend Les Sandy joined a couple of our favorites, Shelby and Linda Stephenson, performing on the RAF float in Fountain's first Christmas parade since 1989, and then in a free set of bluegrass and Christmas classics. WHat a show they gave us, too, with local hero Lightnin' Wells sitting in for half a dozen unforgettable oldies.

Friday, December 14, 2007
Mike Baker & the Drop Top Cadillacs
Mike will be bringing to town another all-star band of the region's best country music pickers, including Johnny Barham on pedal steel guitar, Ronnie King on lead guitar, Glenn Speight on bass, and Robert Keel on drums. Baker matches his voice to his classic country material as well as anyone, and the result is always a crowd-pleasing show.

Sunday, December 9, 2007
Our Best to You
This trio of talented veteran musicians makes their Fountain debut this afternoon. Much of their current musical interests are related to their various church activities, but today's show will allow them to flex their musical muscles a bit as they perform a variety of oldies--pop, country gospel, and some Christmas classics.

Fiddler Sylvia Overman has been playing organ for Fremont United Methodist Church since she was 18. She also plays keyboards for "Grateful Alive," Fremont United's Praise Team, and she is a member of the III Century Singers in Goldsboro.

Chester Davis has been playing accordion for 50 years. He is choir director at Fremont United Methodist Church, and has performed with Dottie Rambo, the Hoppers, the Sensational Nightingales, Carlton Perason, and R.W. Shambach. He is also organist at Jefferson United Methodist Church.

Jeanne Scarboro, a Mt. Olive native, has sung with the Johnston County Country Music Showcase and with III Century Singers. She is a member of Yelverton Methodist Church in Faro, where she sings with the choir. Her father, Ivey Langston, had a band that played for soldiers when he was in service, and her grandmother was church organist for many years at Lebanon Methodist Church.

Saturday, December 8, 2007
Grant Haze Trio
Jazz and r&b from this sensational guitarist and singer who has recently re-located to Greenville. He's joined by ECU writing prof Bob Siegel on saxophone.

Friday, December 7, 2007
Farm & Home Bluegrass Band
One of our favorite local bluegrass quartets, Farm and Home features the Ohio-born Gaddis brothers picking alongside John Booker and Dan Vause. They perform classic bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.

Bob Gaddis plays banjo and fiddle, Jim plays mandolin and guitar, Dan plays guitar, and Booker is the man on bluegrass bass in these parts.

Sunday, October 7, 2007
Brien Barbour
Opening for Raleigh-based Brien Barbour is Captain Bill, making his formal Fountain debut on guitar & vocals.

Brien kicks off our autumn Free-at-3 series of Sunday afternoon concerts with a country music and gsopel show. He's got a great booming voice, an infectious laugh, and a seemingly limitless repertoire of songs--simply a wonderful entertainer--and he pretty much makes sure that whoever is in his audience has a good time.

Greenville's Captain Bill is a singer-guitarist who's been a regular customer at Fountain General but he's best known around the area as a dealer in used musical instruments. Bill's a big fan of Brien's, and we're hoping the two of them together, doing some old-fashioned gospel songs, can get Brien a crowd closer to what he deserves.

Saturday, October 6, 2007
Marlboro Boys
The Boys mix original with classic old-style bluegrass gospel into a highly entertaining show. We only wish we could get them scheduled in more often.

Though the Boys play some smokin' bluegrass licks, they got their name from their home church, Marlboro Original Free Will Baptist, in the Marlboro community outside of Farmville, where they all sing in the choir.

They've been one of our most popular bands since we opened. We haven't hosted a bigger bluegrass band, or a better one at what these fellows do.

Performers include Reed Kennedy on bass and bass vocals; Steve Sutton, banjo and lead vocals; Joseph Sutton, guitar; Tim Shelton, mandolin and vocals; Bobby Harper, guitar; Tim Tyner, Dobro; and Jason Tyson, tenor vocals.

The Boys have released two CDs, "First Time Around" and "God's Only Son," but copies are getting hard to find.

Friday, October 5, 2007
Bruce Piephoff & Mary Rocap
Two of North Carolina's best singer-songwriters in one evening's concert!

Bruce Piephoff, the Greensboro-based singer-songwriter, has released 15 CDs over a long and successful solo performing career that has carried him across the US and Europe. His latest CD, "Songi D'Oro," is his 10th with Flyin' Cloud Records, the Eden, NC label that has been promoting bluegrass, folk, and old-time music since 1996.

Bruce and Mary have both done excellent shows here before. This promises to be a very special evening.

Mary Rocap's songwriting and vocal stylings prompted one reviewer to liken her to "Gillian Welch's long-lost sister."

Based in Raleigh, Rocap has released two CDs. The recording of her first, "Mimosa," was made possible by a songwriting grant from the NC Arts Council. "Indian Summer," released in 2005, was reviewed by Indie-music.com as "a lovely album of stellar writing."

Mary will open the show, with Bruce performing after a brief intermission.

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Joe Woodson & Bill & Libby Hicks
Joe Woodson grew up in Galax, Virginia, where his house was always full of music, especially gospel and folk. He has been playing music professionally for over 25 years. A Chapel Hill resident now, he has released 3 CDs of mostly original material. His songs have gotten airplay at independent radio stations all over the world.

Bill Hicks, an original founder of the Red Clay Ramblers, has performed here before with wife Libby, a Tarboro native. He plays fiddle and writes many of their songs. They are a popular act at contra dances throughout the region and have released two CDs.

Friday, September 28, 2007
Nixon, Blevins & Gage
Larry Nixon, David Blevins, and Steven Gage: acoustic Carolina at its best.

Saturday, September 22, 2007
Brenda Linton
with Donald Underwood Thompson opening

This is a homecoming concert for Brenda, a Washington, NC native -- her first show in Fountain. "Whenever I head east," she says, "my worries just fall away with each passing mile. The people are the friendliest and the vegetables the tastiest in the country. I'm looking forward to an intimate show and getting to know the regulars at R.A. Fountain, whose reputation is growing across the state, even if people don't quite know where Fountain is on the map."

Brenda performed with Warm, the eastern NC-based folk trio that in the 1980s opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Rare Earth, among others. She and the band made their living for a couple of years performing at clubs, colleges, and rock festivals throughout the southeast.

After the Warm, she traveled extensively in Europe, before settling in London, where she experimented with several musical directions, including work as lead singer in a heavy metal band. During that period, Linton also began writing songs, one of which is the title track to her new CD, "The Secret"--you can listen to a half-dozen tracks from it on her webpage, where several other tunes are offered as free downloads.

Brenda performed recently at the Shakori Hills Roots Music Festival. She currently works as a solo artist out of Asheville. For Saturday's show, she will be accompanied by Paul Leech.

Paul Leech is a versatile musician and recording engineer, also based out of the Asheville area. He plays mandolin, tin whistle, acoustic guitar, upright & electric bass, and can sing a pretty harmony line. He is at home with a variety of genres, including folk, traditional/celtic, & zydeco. Paul teaches mandolin & guitar, and offers recording, mixing, and mastering services at his own Megiddo Studios in Asheville.

Donald T, of course, is a Fountain favorite; he was scheduled to perform here in November, a date he's had to cancel for a planned surgery. We'll look forward to getting him back here for a solid show of his own.

Friday, September 21, 2007
Buddy Zincone & Greenville Grass
Local favorites Zincone and crew are back for another round of parlor picking bluegrass. They play traditional bluegrass and some surprising covers done up in bluegrass style: Chuck Berry's "Maybelline," Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'," the Everly Brothers' "Dream, Dream."

The regulars are here tonight: the Boss plays some fine Scruggs-style banjo as well as Dobro, Travelin' Tom Scott's on mandolin, Lane Hollis on fiddle, Bill Poplin on guitar, and Wailin' Willie Nelms on bass. They all share lead and harmony vocals.

We're also looking forward to a special guest appearance this evening by Lane and Sharon Hollis's daughter, Sarah, on fiddle.

Saturday, September 15, 2007
the Cricket Band, with Shelby & Linda Stephenson
We celebrated Hank Williams' birthday a couple of days early, but in fine fashion nonetheless. Manny Krevat played bass, Shelby and Linda sang and played guitar and uke, and Mel Waters played such terrific guitar that for several numbers we all had to just sit back and enjoy his solo Hank interpretations.

With this show going up against ECU's home game against Southern Miss, we were especially gratified to see such a large house turn out for what we promise will be an annual tradition.

Mel was with the Cricket Band last time they played, back in April, but his precise and delicate touch got a little lost in the size of that band. This one, scaled down to a perfect-sized quartet, was really able to showcase Mel's great guitar wor--as well as Shelby's passionate lyrics and Linda's subtle percussive lines delivered on her baritone uke.

Before we get to host our third annual celebration of Hank Williams' birthday, we'll do our first to celebrate Don Gibson, for whom Mel was once lead guitarist. Look for this show on April 5, commemorating Gibson's April 3, 1928 birth in, of all places, Shelby, NC--which was not named for Shelby Stephenson.

Friday, September 14, 2007
Ted Jones & the Tarheel Boys
Mandolin-picking sensation Ted Jones, of Smithfield, returned to town for a dynamic night of original and classic bluegrass. Severe thunderstorms throughout the region and some long-needed rain kept a lot of folks home, but Ted and the Boys-in-Black put on a fine show nonetheless. Stan Temple's one of the best banjo pickers we've welcomed here, and he and Ted complement each other's virtuoso runs nicely. They kept their promise to play till it stopped raining, and we almost ran it out to 10:30 before we let them on their way.

Sunday, September 9, 2007
the Bowmans
Our first twin act: Sarah & Claire Bowman are a couple of Davenport, Iowa ladies who've been doing quite well on the NY City folk music scene. Their show here, to a solid Sunday crowd, was warmly received. They sold several CDs and are already planning a return to Fountain, next fall. Their harmonies were sometimes quite stunning, filling this old building like none we've heard. It was easy, sometimes, to get carried away with the pure beauty of their sound and to almost forget the poetic lyrics composed by Claire for their all-originals show. They even pulled out one she'd written at the age of 8!

Saturday, September 8, 2007
Mike Hamer & Tommy G
Two of our favorites were back for a double shot of outstanding original songs. Mike put on a another fine show, this time accompanied for most of his set by Nathan Maxwell on viola and guitar. Sue Luddeke sang harmony with him on several tunes. Mike went back to about 1964 with his originals, he said, in introducing one of those Sue joined him on, "A Beautiful Day."

Tommy G's set, with Wizard on mandolin, guitar and banjo, kept most of the house from trying to tune in the Carolina-ECU football game, which played on a little radio next door. He showed the few who'd not heard him perform before why Mike thinks he's the best songwriter in NC today.

Tommy's set list: Christmas in Tulare
Chubby Girl
Carolyn
No Name Song
14 Years
Anywhere for Love
Midnight Tele
Tugboat Song
We Walk with the Angels
Gypsy Mandolin
Time's a Wastin'
The Crecian
Purple Pride
High Above the Blue Ridge

Saturday, August 25, 2007
Charlie Flowers & the International Harvesters
Charlie Flowers and the International Harvesters perform classic honky-tonk country music with flair and feeling. Charlie, the Hootin' Cowboy, fronts a band of fine musicians led by Johnny Barham of Wendell on pedal steel guitar. Ryan Kirby plays bass and Darren Lee plays drums; both live in Wilson.

Flowers, of Elm City, plays guitar and harmonica and does most of the band's lead singing. They are often joined by guest guitarists and singers from the Wilson-area country music scene.

Friday, August 24, 2007
Boys from Carolina

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Donald Underwood Thompson

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Homegrown String Band

Friday, July 20, 2007
Carolina Still

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Bluegrass jam

Saturday, July 14, 2007
George Higgs

Friday, July 13, 2007
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Sunday, July 8, 2007
Brien Barbour 3 p.m.
Razor 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 7, 2007
Richard Hood & the Licking County Hot Lix

Tonight's bluegrass show was a field trip for some college kids from Ohio, but it was also a learning experience for folks in Fountain: we learned that Licking County is a real place, and that the Hot Lix, who call it home, are an aptly named band. The second of these was no small task for 4 Denison University college kids and their professor, Richard Hood, who were visiting town at the tail end of their third Southern tour and performing before a near-full house of Fountain regulars anxious for some classic old-time bluegrass picking.

Professor Hood is a familiar face in town, having played with old buddy Shelby Stephenson and wife Linda on an earlier trip to the area. He's an English professor at Denison, but he holds a half-time appointment in the music department, where he co-directs the university's bluegrass ensembles with Andy Carlson and Casey Cook.

"We teach them the basics, and the classics," said Hood, an excellent banjo picker and songwriter himself who performed in the 1990s as half of the bluegrass duo the Bristol Brothers.

When asked if he allowed Dobros in class, Hood quickly said "of course not," but just as quickly was corrected by one of his students, who pointed out that "so-and-so" had one, and they all had a good chuckle. It was partly that good humor, largely the great respect the band had for its classic material, but mainly their obvious talent that kept the Fountain crowd entertained with two full sets, a dozen songs each, delivered up with style, precision, respect, and passion.

Joining Hood in the band were Hayes Griffin, who played guitar and sang lead and baritone; Kyle Adamcic, who played fiddle, sang lead, tenor and high baritone; Jacob Hawkins. who played mandolin; and Jimmy Sheppard, bass. With eyes closed, it would've been hard to tell the prof from the students.

Obvious from their set-list and their performances, these are young musicians who understand that good bluegrass isn't all just about fast solos. When speed was called for, they had it ready, especially Hawkins on mandolin. But when they needed to be a band--which is most of the time in a performance--they were always a band, meshing nicely and trading off their licks like a crew of oldtimers who'd been playing together for years.

Their two sets were highlighted by several classic tunes. Griffin sang a rollicking "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," Adamcik showed off her considerable fiddling chops on "Cherokee Shuffle," and they did a splendid job on Hood's original tune "Carolna" to close out the first set that also included a guest appearance by Shelby and Linda Stephenson on "Waltz Across Texas" and "Little Cabin on the Hill."

Hawkins led off the second set with a blazingly fast "Monroe's Hornpipe" and they followed that up with Charlie Moore's haunting "Avery County."

"This one," Hood soon announced, "was their mid-term exam." The crowd laughed, and he assured us that he was serious. From our collective viewpoint, their performance earned them all solid A's. They left our nearly full house wondering when they'd be back for their final exam. We're hoping for December.

After the show, Hood reported that these four, indeed, are the best of the lot of Denison's bluegrass students, which currently includes about 44, and their performances showed why he has such high opinions of them, Ohio natives all. For each of the students, too, it was their farthest foray into the South, and Hood was glad for them to have the experience. "It means a lot to them to get to travel, and to get this kind of reaction," he added. "They'll take a lot of stories back home with them from this trip."

"But don't always think," he cautioned them before they hit the road after the show, "that you'll make this much money!"

"Yeah," one of them shot back, "but we can still have fun."

Friday, July 6, 2007
Jonathan Byrd

Thursday, July 5, 2007
Ken Waldman

Sunday, July 1, 2007
Mayhaws

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Catesby Jones
and Dee Braxton Pelligrino

Friday, June 29, 2007
Marshall Stephenson & the Bluegrass Train Band

Thursday, June 29, 2007
Farm & Home Band

Sunday, June 24, 2007
Mike Baker & the Drop Top Cadillacs

Saturday, June 23, 2007
Red Clay Ramblers

Friday, June 22, 2007
Highway 58

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Bluegrass jam

Sunday, June 17, 2007
Dee Braxton Pelligrino & Justin Sturz

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Black Creek Bluegrass Gospel

Friday, June 15, 2007
Nancy & Tammy Dail & the Country Roads Band

Thursday, June 14, 2007
Farm & Home Band

Sunday, June 10, 2007
Unshackled

Saturday, June 9, 2007
Steve Creech Sextet

Thursday, June 8, 2007
the Malpass Brothers

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Franco Funicello

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Whitewater Junction

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Mac & Tammy McRoy Bluegrass Band

Friday, June 1, 2007
the Roy Propes Show: A Tribute to Elvis

Thursday, May 31, 2007
Adam Stone

Saturday, May 26, 2007
Eric & Helen Thomas

Friday, May 25, 2007
the Near Myths

Sunday, May 20, 2007
Take 2 & Ramblin' Rose

Saturday, May 19, 2007
Ted Jones & the Tarheels

Friday, May 18, 2007
Kickin Grass

Thursday, May 17, 2007
Bluegrass jam

Sunday, May 13, 2007
Donald Underwood Thompson

Saturday, May 12, 2007
Travers Chandler & Avery County

Friday, May 11, 2007
Lightnin' Wells

Saturday, May 10, 2007
Jon Durham

Saturday, May 5, 2007
Untravelled Road, 2 p.m.
Smith Brothers Bluegrass Band, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 4, 2007
Claude Bourbon

Sunday, April 29, 2007
Brien Barbour

Saturday, April 28, 2007
the Cricket Band

Friday, April 27, 2007
Martin & Johnson Stringband

Wayne and Margaret Martin have been playing and promoting old-time string music in North Carolina for over 30 years. They hosted a state-wide old-time radio show for many years, and Wayne has produced numerous recordings of traditional music by artists such as Etta Baker, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Lauchlin Shaw, and Joe and Odell Thompson.

Wayne plays banjo and fiddle, Margaret, banjo and guitar, and Johnson, fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Johnson is also a member of the D.C.-based Double Decker String Band.

As the New North Georgia Buggy Riders, they were featured--along with the Carolina Chocolate Drops--at next weekend's International Stringband Festival in north Georgia.

April 26, 2007
Dan Frechette

Friday, May 4, 2007
Claude Bourbon

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Don Helms, with the Malpass Brothers
Another one of those "you should've been there" shows.

Sunday, April 22, 2007
Jimmy Aycock

Saturday, April 21, 2007
Hickory Hill Bluegrass

Friday, April 20, 2007
Steve Creech Sextet

Thursday, April 192007
Bluegrass jamn

Sunday, April 15, 2007
Called Out

Saturday, April 15, 2007
Charalie Flowers & the International Harvestersn

Friday, April 13, 2007
Frankie Harrison, Lane Hollis & Keith Gastor

Saturday, April 7, 2007
the Veazey Ridge Boys

Friday, April 6, 2007
Unknown Tongues
They make people dance, even in Fountain.

Sunday, April 1, 2007
Flat Mountain Dulcimers
A Fountain favorite performing their Spring concert.

Saturday, March 31, 2007
the Grass Cats
What a treat! We got the "Home to Carolina" show just as their latest CD was rocketing up the bluegrass charts. Our full house just had one question: when are these guys coming back? (Ans: Nov 17 2007).

Friday, March 30, 2007
Greenville Grass

Saturday, March 24, 2007
SWASH Improv Parents Night

Friday, March 23, 2007
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Saturday, March 17, 2007
9th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration with Bill Redding & Mike Hamer
with
Angela Easterling opening

Friday, March 16, 2007
the Lounge Abouts

Saturday, March 10, 2007
Revonda Roberts & Harvest Wind

Friday, March 9, 2007
Cypress Landing Dixieland Jazz Band
One of our best shows ever got killed by the ACC tourney's Friday night games. We vow never again to go head-to-head vs ACC. This was a better-than-(most)-Bourbon Street bands kind of show, and if you get a chance to see them elsewhere, take it! After a "crowd" of 7, alas, we'll never get 'em back here.

Saturday, March 3, 2007
Smith Brothers Bluegrass Band

Friday, March 2, 2007
Boys from Carolina

Saturday, February 24, 2007
the Marlboro Boys

Friday, February 23, 2007
Nancy & Tammy Dail & Country Roads

Saturday, February 17, 2007
Chet Nichols, with Mike Hamer, and See You Tuesday
An outstanding night of music got started right with See You Tuesday's superb set. They also shared a couple of numbers with Hamer before he took over for a beautiful and moving set of original music, much of it written with his friend Marty Silverthorne. Mike's usually surrounded by other good musicians, but appearing as he did tonight, solo, he was able to show off his considerable song-writing talents to a much greater extent. He worked both his voice and the audience to dramatic effect on several numbers. He also debuted a couple of new tunes, recently penned on his visit to Puerto Rico.

Wilson's Chet Nichols always puts on an intense show, and tonight's was classic Chet: hard-driving guitar licks combined with plaintive and insistent lyrics, delivered as he charges about the stage like he's about to turn himself loose on his audience.

And, of course, he does, for one number, when he goes unplugged and steps out right into its midst.

Chet's still writing some of the best material about this region we've heard in Fountain, and his audience appreciated his many allusions to local landscapes.

Friday, February 16, 2007
Jennifer Shelton Licko
Jennifer has been a favorite here on her several previous visits, but tonight was the first time she's brought along an ensemble, a fiddler and percussionist, to accompany her. Jennifer Barnes, a Greenville resident, played fiddle, and David Vinciguerra, of Goldsboro, added percussions.

The resultant show was a delight, adding a new dimension as it did to Jennifer Licko's full and beautiful voice.

Tonight's was her last show in Fountain before she moves to Brazil, where she'll be studying music and dance for two years. But she's keeping her contacts and roots in eastern North Carolina, which means she's coming home for Christmas. She'll be here, performing a Celtic Christmas show with Jennifer Barnes and David Vinciguerra again, on December 15.

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Allan Thompson

Martin County native Allan Thompson's return to his eastern North Carolina roots was a big hit for all. He gathered an excellent band of fellows to accompany him on a musical journey from the origins of bluegrass to its most contemporary proponents. With him were Frankie Harrison, the Williamston mandolin picker who's as fast and precise as any we've seen in Fountain; Frankie's growing-up-quick boy Justin, a 13-year-old fiddler and mandolin picker who got to sign his first career autograph, on our house fiddle face donated by Fiddlin' Dee Pelligrino; and Keith Gastor, who's usually picking banjo when in Fountain but tonight got to show off his considerable guitar-picking skills, too.

Allan's a consummate pro, and his show was a delight: past 10 p.m. and the audience was still wanting more. We're looking for him to come back again about this time next year.

Friday, February 9, 2007
Lindsay Jane
Calgary Magazine says singer-songwriter "Jane is a deft interpreter of powerful emotion." And she was: Beautiful voice, artful picking, good grace and humor. Our small but very appreciative crowd is now anxious for her return, which we hope to arrange.

Lindsay and her pal operate a coffee house in a small town outside Winnipeg, and she took home a jar of Gary Thompson's blue ribbon winning peach jam to share with her customers. Her place plays live music every Saturday night, and they serve food & drinks, too. When you're headed that way, let us know and we'll connect you.

Saturday, February 3, 2007
Bridgewater
The Bridgewater Band, based out of New Bern and named for the bridges and water that dominate the local landscape, was in a new incarnation since its last visit to Fountain. Founder Lester Butts, who writes the band's original songs, played lead guitar and sang lead for most of the night. Joining him were John Harrell of Kinston on banjo; Mitch Harriett of Pollocksville on rhythm guitar, harmonica, and vocals; and Dan Stevens of New Bern on bass.

Lester's a friendly fellow--and a fine picker--who enjoyed meeting individually the audience members, and his band treated us to a fine night of traditional bluegrass, some bluegrass gospel, and some original bluegrass. Lester also sang several pop and country classics in bluegrass style.

Bridgewater is a regional bluegrass act to keep your eye on. They're playing regularly in Kinston, and we're glad to have them coming back here on August 18.

Friday, February 2, 2007
Highway 58
Clyde & crew proved once again why they're the best bluegrass band this side of I-95 with another stellar show of high-energy bluegrass. Founder Clyde Mattocks calls what they play "straight ahead bluegrass," and that's what we got, all night long.

The evening was made more special by the return of Snow Hill's Tim Myatt on banjo--last time 58 was in town, Mr. Myatt was still recovering from some surgery. But he looked good and sounded great, and the boys all jammed along mightily: John Booker on upright bass, Danny Morris on guitar, and Don Batten of New Bern on mandolin.

BTW: Don reported that son Brian is still having great fun picking with Lou Reid & Carolina.

Saturday, January 27, 2007
George Higgs & Just Us
Mr. Higgs' return to the public stage was a grand success. He entered the house smiling and went right to work, getting ready for what we thought would be a solo set, after a set by his and Bettye's jazz singing daughters. But the ladies cut their first set short and Mr. Higgs, who joined in with them on a couple of tunes, took over.

It was like he'd never left, like he'd not suffered complete renal failure and several small strokes just last spring. Bettye had told us that he'd been hard at work practicing--his doctors have recommended that he play guitar and harmonica daily. But none of us wanted to tire him out, so the plan had been for that single solo set, and an early night home, back up the road to Tarboro.

But even after two full sets, when son Michael finally had to whisper to him that it was about time to go, Mr. Higgs was still on top of his picking, ready to keep on, it seemed, just like the old days, when he'd pick up his guitar and start playing as soon as he got in the house, and he wouldn't stop till someone made him.

Though he looked like he'd lost a little weight, Mr. Higgs brought to this show the same shy and charming presence and artistic picking that have made him an international favorite.

Just Us--daughters Debbie, Dot and Bernadine--remain hindered by working with pre-recorded tracks. But once again, when their backup music failed, they proved what dynamic voices and personalities they all have. They've got a manager now, so we're hoping that he recognizes, too, the folly of trying to make a professional act out of karoke. If these ladies ever get turned loose and get the confidence to work with their own God-given talents, they'll be an act to behold.

Saturday, January 20, 2007
Ted Jones & the Tarheel Boys

Ted's an expert mandolin picker in the cross-picking style of Jesse McReynolds. He and the Boys put on another fine show of traditional and original bluegrass. Picking with him tonight were daddy Ronnie Jones, who played rhythm guitar and sang some tenor; fiddling Jerry Dunbar; Stan Temple on banjo; and Kenneth Glover on acoustic bass.

In addition to the exquisite jackets Ted's acquiring, he has himself a fine band. Dunbar has played with Bill Carlisle and Jim and Jesse. Temple has worked with Jim and Jesse as well as Jimmy Martin. And Glover was proud to point himself out on the covers of a couple of Roby Huffman LPs we've got on display.

These fellows are a big part of why it seems like Smithfield is the epicenter of bluegrass in these parts.

Friday, January 19, 2007
Carolina Chocolate Drops
We'd heard these folks were good, but nothing prepared us for this evening, not the dynamic show nor the overflow crowd. This was a fantastic show of early 20th century African-American string band music that transported us all back to a nearly forgotten world. Alamance County's Joe Thompson has been keeping this tradition alive, and these youngsters payed homage to him and his predecessors, like Louie Bluie and his Tennessee Chocolate Drops, with a show that was theatrical, fun, and--dare we say it?--educational.

Dom, Rhiannon, and Justin formed their band less than two years ago, after they met at a black banjo players gathering hosted at Appalachian State U, and put together by Cecelia "CeeCee" Conway, author of "African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia." And sometimes we had three banjos going at one time--a delightful Fountain first.

Nothing static about this evening. The players changed instruments and roles throughout, and they all got ample chance to show off their talents and personalities. They left Fountain for New York City (Rhiannon with a souvenir 90-year-old splinter in her foot from dangerously dancing barefoot on our old wooden floor, despite a quick warning by veteran Robbie McLawhorn) and the World Music Festival, and from there, they'll have traveled several thousand miles before we see them back in Fountain, a date we'll arrange--we hope--for this fall.


Old-timey sound bequeathed to a new generation:
Carolina Chocolate Drops at R.A. Fountain Friday, January 19.


Saturday, January 13, 2007
David Lewis Trio
David Lewis, "the ol' folksinger," left his native Ahoskie for a career in music that kept him touring for several years throughout the western US from a Denver base. His trio--including percussionist Randy Davis and David Mull on bass, banjo, and backup vocals--put on a solid show of classic folk and several clever originals by Lewis, who does John Denver as well as the original.


Friday, January 12, 2007
Black Creek Bluegrass Gospel
Black Creek's return to Fountain was their first time back in town since release of their debut CD, "Highway to Heaven." Their shows always mix in some testifying with their outstanding bluegrass gospel music. Craig Allen's definitely got some preacher in him; he's also a mighty fine picker, whether it's a guitar, banjo, or dobro that's in his hands. Joining him tonight were his wife, Tracie, who's got one of the biggest voices we've had the pleasure to hear, and Scott Johnson, who plays mandolin and guitar. Tracie Rhodes Allen had one of those head-turning voices the first time we heard her sing, and she's proving herself to be an outstanding bassist, too.

Look for Black Creek Bluegrass Gospel back in Fountain on June 16--always free.

Saturday, January 6, 2007
Staber & Chasnoff

Dick Staber and wife, Judith Chasnoff, were back in Fountain on their annual migration south--and once again they put on a beautiful concert. We had several mandolin pickers in the house, and at least one confided that he couldn't figure out how in the world Dick got such a tone out of his instrument.

Dick revealed that he was what he called "a rather ordinary" '39 Gibson, and that he'd been mistaken about its origin when he wrote "I'm Just an Old Mandolin"--in that bluegrass classic he says it's a '41 make.

They're a charming couple as well as an excellent act, and he's an encyclopedia of bluegrass history. We're fortunate for our geographical location about half-way between their upstate NY home and their Florida winter quarters. Look for them back in town every first Saturday in the year (unless it's too close to the 1st, they say). In 2008, it's solid: January 5, 7:30 p.m.

Their latest CD, "One More Journey," was dubbed "a musical work of art" by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, which has also described Staber's mandolin picking as "tasteful and articulate." We should've had them leave copies of their 3 CDs in town, but you can purchase them on their webpage.

Friday, January 5, 2007
Lightnin' Wells
We got the new year started off right with a return performance by one of Fountain's newest residents, Lightnin' Wells.

Bob Burtman of Spectator Magazine wrote that "Wells should be declared a state resource, placed on the endangered species list, and given his own habitat to practice his craft." We like to think that Fountain is becoming that habitat.

Lightnin' brought out a near-SRO crowd that represented a transition of sorts for his fan base. Outside of Greenville, he's finding an appreciative audience that crosses all demographics. He's always been much more than a blues singer, and tonight's performance highlighted his showmanship as well as his exquisite picking skills.

Cliff Nelson, our operations manager, has posted a few Lightnin' tunes from previous Fountain shows on YouTube. Check 'em out: "Broke and Hungry" and "How Do You Want Your Rollin' Done." He'll be back in Fountain on July 20, shortly before he leaves for his annual shows at Port Townsend.


Lightnin' Wells "taps into an authenticity of sound that escapes most performers" -- Tom Morris, The Daily Reflector


Saturday, December 30, 2006
A Jazzy New Year's Celebration with the
Steve Creech Sextet
featuring Jimmy Aycock & Jerry Jolley

Steve Creech & Crew were in rare form tonight, for a great show New Year's show we hope to make an annual traditioin. He brought along with him a fine band to back up the featured performers, baritone Jerry Jolley, and Fremont's pianist Jimmy Aycock: Keith Dobbin on bass, Earle Abernethy on drums and Les Sutorious on trumpet. They delighted a big crowd with a variety of pop classics and jazz standards. Guest vocalists Mike Hamer and Tamalyn were both featured in the second set.

Friday, December 29, 2006
A Bluegrass New Year's Celebration with Marshall Stephenson and the Bluegrass Train Band
Marshall swore this would be the best bluegrass show we'd ever had in Fountain, and more than a few folks who packed our house tonight enthusiastically agreed. The 'Train band was in town to help us get a jump on New Year's, and also to celebrate the recent release of their new CD, "Back on Track."

The band included John Mark Batchelor on banjo, Brad Hudson on bass; Clyde Mattocks on dobro; Jason Berry, the three-time fiddling champ of Florida who's relocated to Zebulon; and Mike Rose on mandolin. Marshall was in rare form with his singing and picking, and nobody, it seemed, wanted this night to end.

Friday, December 22, Celtic Christmas with the Pratie Heads
From their first notes, we knew this was a special evening. Jane Pepler's got a big, booming beautiful voice that filled our space up--& made it sound not unlike an ancient cathedral in here--and Bob Vasile's an excellent accompaniest, on guitar and bouzouki. They kept the evening moving fast with a wide array of classic Celtic tunes from England, Scotland, and Ireland. We only wish we could've brought out a bigger crowd, for these Triangle favorites should've filled our place up. Maybe next time. . .

Thursday, December 21, 2006 Sam Harris & Family's Fountain Community Christmas Songfest
Tonight found a nearly full house of locals looking for that good Christmas spirit, and there was lots of it to find this evening. Sam, who's music minister at Parker's Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville, brought along his wife, Anne, and their children, Preston, Danielle, and Nathan, to perform on tonechimes. He played saw and bells and chimes, all perfectly suited for the Christmas carols on the program.

Lightnin' Wells and Aileen Higgins, the Fountain Presbyterian Church organist, also presented a selection of several Christmas sing-a-longs.

Harris, like Lightnin', is a newcomer to Fountain this year. He and family have been presenting this program where ever they've lived for several years as a Christmas gift to their neighborhood. We're glad he and family made the move to Fountain, and we look forward to many more years worth of this wonderful tradition.

Sunday, December 17, 2006 Mike Hamer & Friends Christmas Show
One of our favorite days of the year is when Mike brings his annual Christmas show to Fountain. His third annual once again featured his talented friends singing Sue Luddeke, Bill Redding on guitar and vocals, and the Reverend Bob Clyde on harmonica. New to this year's lineup was guitarist Joe Dudasik, who with Luddeke was a big hit filling in for Hamer at our October singer-songwriter showcase. And helping out on the angelic harmonies on several carols was Erica Lazure Plouffe.

Saturday, December 16, 2006 Masked Marvel, with Slim Piston & the Frog Level Four, and opening act See You Tuesday
Masked Marvel, out of Washington, D.C., is dedicated to bridging the gap between modern indie rock and classic blues. Its sound is defined by the driving guitar of ECU graduate Steve Losey and the husky, Patti Smith-meets-Janis Joplin vocals of Virginian Janet Pinkham. Tonight's set, an acoustic Marvel, with drummer and bass left behind, was part of an ECU English department homecoming, as Loesy, like Slim Piston, is a graduate of its creative writing Masters program.

See You Tuesday, the acoustic act comprised of Erica Plouffe Lazure and Luke Whisnant, performed original takes on classic pop and folk songs. Luke's also a professor in the ECU CW program, of which Eric also is a graduate. Both proved to be exceptional entertainers, too.

Friday, December 15, 2006 Stephenson Brothers & Linda Christmas Show
The third annual Christmas bluegrass show presented by Fountain favorites the Stephenson Brothers and Linda was another big hit.

The band included bluegrass legend Marshall Stephenson on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Shelby Stephenson and his wife, Linda, on guitars and vocals; and Paul Stephenson on guitar and vocals.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 Bluegrass Jam
Filling in for regular host Jack Wrzesinksi tonight was fiddlin' Alex Ball, the 18-year-old freshman at ECU who also picks guitar and mandolin. Alex's Greenville granddad, Wil Ball--a native of West Virginia--also joined in on guitar, and they were accompanied by Keith Kinlaw. Some fine pickin' got missed by a lot of folks once again. We're out of the jam business now until April, when we'll try it again.

the lost dates: oct - dec 06
not really: just haven't gotten to em yet.

Saturday, October 7, 2006 Carolina Sonshine
Another great show from this bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music group that mixes their original compositions with an outstanding selection of classic covers. They hit Fountain fresh on the heels of a 4-day run of performances at the International Bluegrass Music Association meeting held in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend, where they were featured in the prestigious artists showcase on opening day.

Surprise guest Hobo Joe delighted the audience with his renditions of classic bluegrass and country hits, but after his songs, he disappeared as mysteriously as he had come, leaving behind a scratching and puzzled Danny Loris.

Friday, October 6, 2006 Singer-Songwriter Showcase with Tommy G & Chet Nichols
A fine night of music, despite the absence of Mike Hamer from the bill. Sue Luddeke and Joe Dudasic, scheduled to back up Mike, entertained the crowd with a short set between those offered by the featured acts. Their first appearance as a duo was greeted with great enthusiasm, and we hope to have them again as a featured act.

Headlining this special evening was Tommy Gillespie, who performs as Tommy G and for this show was accompanied by Grant "Wizard" Spry on mandolin, banjo and guitar. Gillespie, from Reidsville, originally came to Greenville in the early 1970s to study at ECU. He wound up at the core of the burgeoning popular music movement that in the late 1970s and 1980s flourished in Greenville, centered around the Treehouse for local music and the Attic for regional and national attractions.

Gillespie fronted several incarnations of bands--Tommy G and Company, the Tommy G Experience, the Gillespie-Hamer Band--that mostly performed his material, usually with arrangements by Spry. "They were always my favorite band in town," said Lightnin' Wells, who moved to Greenville in 1976 and soon after began performing solo shows at the Treehouse.

"There was this great music scene when I got to town," said Wells. "The Treehouse was the place to meet. You had live music 7 nights a week in a place where you could have decent food and catch up with all of your friends."

Other regulars in the Tommy G bands included Amy Hazard on saxophone and flute, Louis Cherry on guitar, and Vinnie Brooks on drums. "Mike [Hamer] started writing songs," said Wells, "and that's when it became the Gillespie-Hamer Band."

Gillespie, however, made a clean break from playing music and left the area, and Hamer, in 1982, formed the Lemon Sisters and Rutabaga Brothers, which remains one of the most popular, though rarely performing, dance bands in the region. Gillespie now lives in Carrboro; he began performing again last year, with both an acoustic show and an electric band. This is his first performance in Fountain.

Chet Nichols, who opened the show, has been called "an eastern Carolina Springsteen," whose narrative songs reflect the hardscrabble lives of tobacco and cotton country instead of the rust belt world of Springsteen's songs. Nichols, a former ECU art student who lives in Wilson, has released two CDs, "Somewhere Out There" and "The Local Vocal Sessions."

Saturday, September 30, 2006
the Smith Brothers

This Nash County-based band presented an excellent evening of classic bluegrass. The three Smiths--Troy on guitar, Shelton on dobro, and Grady on banjo--have been playing together for over 40 years, and their show represented the essence of what's kept bluegrass alive in eastern NC and throughout the US for so many years, despite its lack of mainstream media attention. Also performing with them this evening were Jimmy Collins on guitar, Gerald Flowers on bass, Ricky Privett on mandolin, and Frank Davis on guitar.

Friday, September 29, 2006
Marshall Stephenson & the Bluegrass Train Band
Bluegrass impressario Marshall Stephenson and his brand new band with John Mark Batchelor, the 19-year-old banjo whiz from Richlands; Kinston's Clyde Mattocks on dobro; Brad Hudson, also from Ricklands, on bass and guitar; and Kelly Tew on mandolin and tenor vocals. A glorious show! The whole house was hand-clappin' and foot-tappin'.

Thursday, September 28, 2006
Donald Underwood Thompson
This novelist-musician brings a wonderful time with Blues, Folk, 1920s & 30s Country, Blue Yodels, and selected numbers from the golden age of Honky Tonk -- always a great show from a great entertainer. Joining Donald this night were Dr. Bill Blackley, who, when he's not busy practicing medicine in Elkin, NC, makes audiences smile with his very fine blues harmonica playing; and Jackie Holland on slide guitar and harmonica.

Saturday, September 23, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Lightnin' Wells
Another splendid evening of blues and old-time classics from eastern Carolina's musical magician. Lightnin' Wells always brings a crowd of discerning music fans; his execution is so great it'll just make you cry.

Friday, September 22, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Buddy Zincone and Greenville Grass
Bluegrass band out of Greenville, NC, specializing in music for all occasions where toe-tapping bluegrass is appreciated. Says Buddy Zincone, "We believe Bluegrass is a style of music, not a set list of songs. We combine traditional favorites with songs from other types of music including Folk and Rock 'n Roll, all done in Bluegrass style. We love playing the traditional songs, and we also love showing how various songs can be adapted to the Bluegrass style."

Thursday, September 21, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Damion Wolfe
Baltimore-based singer-songwriter who stopped by Fountain en route to Atlant. Damion showed he was worth the great press he's been getting:
"Wolfe's a songwriter and performer who has a few tricks up his guitar-playing sleeves..."
- Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC
"With his charismatic attitude, love of audience interaction, and talent for singing and writing great songs, Damion Wolfe will go far."
- The Snapper, Millersville University, Millersville, PA
"Wolfe's music is eclectic and cerebral, amusing, well-scripted and funky."
- Front Porch, Fredericksburg, VA

Sunday, September 17, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Hank Williams Tribute
Nearly a full house for a great day of music, led by Shelby and Linda Stephenson and featuring stellar steel guitarist Bowie Martin. Also joining in the show were Paul Stephenson and steady Mike Langdon on bass. Celebrating Hank's birthday was so much fun, we'll make it an annual tradtion, though for 2007 we'll do the festivities on Saturday, September 16.

Saturday, September 16, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Mac & Tammy McRoy Band
This concert of original bluegrass and oldtime bluegrass gospel favorites was their first in Fountain since releasing their "Live at R.A. Fountain" CD, available now in our real store or our virtual one, where you can also find a couple more copies of their otherwise out-of-print "Lost in the Pines." It also was the first time Brian Batten had been back in town since signing on to tour with Lou Reid and Carolina. Brian's dobro, his daddy Don's mandolin, and Chuck Williams' banjo set the McRoys off beautifully. This is a band we'll all one day boast of having seen, back when they were getting going. Mac writes some of the most powerful material in bluegrass today.

Friday, September 15, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Nashville Rash
This new Wilson County-based band includes Bill Lamm from Wilson on bass, Robin Woodard from Wilson County on lead guitar, Jimmy Matthews from Benson on drums, and Bryant Aycock from Pikeville on steel guitar. Lamm and Matthews do most of the band's vocals. Nashville Rash takes its name from a Dale Watson song that, according to Lamm, "just sounded right." Expect to hear "Nashville Rash" as well as a lot more traditional country and some Texas rock.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Howard Bullock

Sunday, September 10, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Drop Top Cadillacs, with Mike Baker
Wilson County's Mike Baker with his new band the Drop Top Cadillacs at Fountain General Store for a Sunday afternoon concert of classic country and gospel music.

Saturday, September 9, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Redemption
One of the best bands we've ever hosted at R.A. Fountain, Bluegrass Redemption never fails to deliver beautifully rendered traditional music with power, passion, and near-perfect execution on song after song. Bluegrass Redemption is proof of the energetic talent we boast here in eastern North Carolina, and we are happy they have been so well received by our audiences. Give a listen to the group performing Jimmy Martin's classic "Freeborn Man" (4:19, 6 MB) live here at R.A. Fountain.

Friday, September 8, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Billie Joyce
and
Toni Catlin
These two ladies are among the best new solo acts coming out Nashville, Tennessee. They've both recently completed European tours, and their CDs are highly polished products of the best studio musicians in Nashville working with a couple of the best new singer-songwriters.

Thursday, September 7, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Grateful Dave & Little Wobbly Wade, the Arnold Brothers
Making their Fountain debut, this duo delivers an eclectic set of original compositions and covers of tunes by Dylan, the Dead, JJ Cale, and Hot Tuna.

Saturday, September 2, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Cunningham Lane
Forming a folk/roots music/indie band out of Chapel Hill, Abie Leonard covers vocals, guitars, banjo and piano, while Gabe Nardin does vocals, guitars, and mandolin. "We both have been playing music our whole lives. Early 2005, we realized our similar love for folk/grass/indie music, and we now create it for the great people."

Friday, September 1, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Steve Creech Sextet with Jimmy Aycock and Emery Davis
Local jazz legend Jimmy Aycock and the Steve Creech Sextet in a special concert for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Aycock, the award-winning pianist and career educator from Fremont, was a big hit in his first Fountain appearance, also with the Creech sextet, and this show, in honor of the weekend, included a set of songs of labor and heat. Also performing with Aycock and Creech: Dee Braxaton Pelligrino on violin and vocals; Keith Dobbins on bass; Randy Davis on drums, and featured vocalist Emery Davis.

Saturday, August 26, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Dymond City Express
Impressive bluegrass band out of Williamston, making a return engagement at R.A. Fountain. Featuring:
Bobby Cherry on banjo, dobro, and vocals
Simon Perry on mandolin and vocals
Calvin Woolard on bass and vocals
David "Skippy" Gurganus on guitar and vocals

Friday, August 25, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Highway 58 Bluegrass Band
Another great show from a great band! Highway 58 always fills the house and brings joy to the most discerning of bluegrass audiences.

Thursday, August 24, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
hosted by Jack Wrzesinski

Saturday, August 19, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Bridgewater
A quartet that's been together for six years, Bridgewater performs traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and a few country classics. Two of the players are original members:
Lester Butts, New Bern -- guitar, lead vocals
Eugene Clayborne, Morehead City -- lead & harmony vocals, and bass
Newcomers are brother, Ernest Clayborne, who plays mandolin, and Marvin Walker of Kinston, who plays banjo.

Saturday, August 19, 2006 -- 1 p.m.
Frail and Mark Wilson
Part of the RiverRock Benefit Series to support local music and raise funds for The Greenville RiverRock Festival and Greenville's Magnolia Arts Center.

Friday, August 18, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Russ Varnell & the Too Country Band
Russ & his Too Country Band, back by popular demand, bring a honky tonkin' good time every time, and this time was no exception.

Thursday, August 17, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night
Farm & Home had to cancel owing to illness, but we stayed open for snacks.

Saturday, August 12, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Ted Jones & the Tar Heel Boys
These fellows specialize in performing traditional country, bluegrass, and old-time gospel. Twenty-year-old Ted Jones, lead singer and mandolin player, first learned a few basic chords from Nelson Allen, who gave him his first mandolin. Jones then taught himself to play in the cross-picking style of Jim and Jessie. "They are my main musical influences," he said, "but I also love putting a bluegrass interpretation on some of the old country classics."

Friday, August 11, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Stephenson Brothers & Linda
Soulful and true and near to their roots, the Stephenson Brothers and Linda bring us bluegrass and gospel music just the way it's always been played on the front porch of their homestead in Johnston County. But this band has come a long way since the days they farmed. Shelby Stephenson, professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he edits Pembroke Magazine, has won acclaim as one of our state's most prominent poets. Brother Marshall Stephenson needs no introduction to Carolina bluegrass fans, who know him well for his frequent live performances and syndicated radio and television programs, known as The Bluegrass Train. Brother Paul Stephenson, the comedian of the group, is a barbecue baron -- and if you've never had a plate from Stephenson's Barbecue at McGee's Crossroads (right off I-40), then add it to your list. Linda Stephenson, originally from New York, married Shelby soon after he first asked her, "Do you like hillbilly music?" Linda's beautiful harmonies shine especially bright when she joins Shelby in singing "San Antonio Rose" (3.2 MB). Bassist Mike Langdon spreads his prodigious talent around several bands, but he's a Stephenson Brothers regular and a familiar presence to fans of traditional music in this region. Tonight the group was augmented by the authoritative banjo-playing of Snow Hill's Tim Myatt.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m. -- FREE
Andy Macpherson
Based out of Daytona Beach, Florida, where he is a student, Andy Macpherson has released two CDs, A Little South of Winter and Parkway North. His musical influences include Jimmy Buffett, Bob Seeger, and Kenny Chesney.

Saturday, August 5, 2006 -- 8:00 p.m.
Untravelled Road
Triangle-based bluegrass band Untravelled Road consists of Rex Williams, lead guitar, vocals; Jeff Aebi, mandolin, harmony; and Judy Hagwood, bass. The group performs classic bluegrass and originals composed by Williams.

Friday, August 4, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Heritage Bluegrass Band with David Hamlet
With David Hamlett on dobro and O.A. Champion on banjo, Heritage Bluegrass Band makes its Fountain debut on a Friday evening in a concert set to begin at 8 p.m. Heritage Bluegrass is based in the Triangle. Hamlett has appeared in Fountain with White Pine Hollow and the Stephenson Brothers and Linda.

Thursday, August 3 -- 8 p.m.
Jimmy Aycock, Steve Creech, and Emery Davis
The Steve Creech sextet, featuring the award-winning Jimmy Aycock on keyboards performing the old standards. Other musicians are Emery Davis (vocals), Dee Braxton Pelligrino (violin/vocalist), Keith Dobbins (bass), and Randy Davis (drums).

Sunday, July 30, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Flat Mountain Dulcimers
Mountain Dulcimers grew out of the Appalachian Mountains but their sound can be found in the flat land of the east. Nancy Galambush of Snow Hill and Margit Roberson and Dave Roberson of Goldsboro form this group. Most of the dulcimers played by the Flat Mountain Dulcimers were built by Nancy's husband, J.C. Bradshaw, of Calico Possum Dulcimers. He often joins the group by playing along on either the dulcimer or spoons. We were mighty pleased to have recorded Flat Mountain Dulcimers live at R.A. Fountain back on November 6, 2005, and now the group is offering a splendid CD of the occasion, Live at R.A. Fountain.

Saturday, July 29, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Homegrown String Band
A 21st-century incarnation of the traditional family band, Homegrown String Band was literally homegrown. Out of Rocky Point, NY, Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky and their two daughters, Erica and Annalee, have put their own stamp on traditional American music, performing together at bluegrass, blues, and folk festivals, as well as in schools, libraries, and coffeehouses, from Maine to Missouri since 1997. They've garnered high praise, too:

"Like climbing into a cloud or a sweet spell of sound. It's hard to describe their music. Old time, Appalachian, string band, not Blue Grass exactly, more Carter family..." - Newsday

"...transports the listener back to the days of families gathering together to sing the old tunes...they keep those old family musical traditions alive." - Sing Out! magazine, fall 2002

"A talented and unique family. The Homegrown String Band represents all that is good with 'Ole Time' music today. The simple joy of a family making music together makes you wish you could be one of them. Once again ranking as one of the most requested bands on the A.F.B.A's festival questionnaire." - Elaine Wexler, The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association

Friday, July 28, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Steve Creech Quintet featuring Jerry Jolley
Performing Broadway tunes, pop tunes, and gospel and hymn tunes. Other musicians: Dee Braxton Pelligrino (violin/vocalist), Jim Gilliam (keyboard), Keith Dobbins (bass), and Larry Seigler (drums). Jerry Jolley, Minister of Music at Lakeside Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC has soloed on network television. He is a terrific singer, with a sound much like Robert Goulet.

Thursday, July 27, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Darren Michaels
In a musical odyssey beginning in his youth in Mississippi and Arkansas, through numerous upstart bands and recordings, formal studies at the Atlanta Institute of Music, and not a few distracting day jobs along the way, the path Darren Michaels has trod always pointed inexorably toward an improbable fate: life as a solo bassist.

Sunday, July 23, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Take "2" & the Ramblin' Rose Bluegrass Gospel Band
This group, performing together for several years now, consists of the following artists:
Jo Reese and Wilma Hamill, Roanoke Rapids, NC (who are sisters, writing songs and singing together for so many years that some people think they are twins)
Glenwood and Jean Rose, Littleton, NC
J.B. Collins, Roanoke Rapids, NC
Eddie Walker, South Hill, VA
Jack Hopkins, Roanoke Rapids, NC
They've recorded three CDs, the most recent being I Love You (In Red).

Saturday, July 22, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Natty Boh Duo
A "family-friendly bluegrass music" duo, Natty Boh brings excitement, variety, and a lot of picking. These fellows perform music featured on their award-winning CD, and material to be released on a second record later this year. Playing mostly original material, Natty Boh puts energy and great pickin' into every show.

Friday, July 21, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Country Roads Band featuring Nancy & Tammy Dail
One of the most popular country music bands in the state of North Carolina. The mother-daughter duo of Nancy and Tammy Dail are gifted vocalists and true performers who know how to connect with an audience. Add to the mix Bowie Martin on steel guitar, Ronnie King on vocals and guitar, Glenn Speight on bass, Ken Dawson on drums, and John Akerman on keyboard, and you have a powderkeg of country-music energy.

Thursday, July 20, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.
People need a place to play, and they've got one at R.A. Fountain.

Sunday, July 16, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Melody Brown
Always beautiful, affirming, inspiring...and she can sing, too! Melody Brown performs Christian ballads of home and church, of love, loss, and salvation -- her own compositions as well as classics. It's always a treat to have her in concert at R.A. Fountain.

Saturday, July 15, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Carolina Junction
Performing the traditional sounds of bluegrass pioneers, original songs, and contemporary styles of today. Carolina Junction is enjoyed regularly by audiences at bluegrass venues annd music halls throughout the region. Creative arrangements, tight harmonies, and cutting-edge musicianship provide an exciting and unforgettable listening experience.
Featuring:
Scott McBride, lead vocals, guitar
Mark Roshelli, lead guitar, vocals
Tim James, banjo, vocals
Danny Knighten, mandolin, vocals
David Sampler, upright bass

Friday, July 14, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Rod McDonald
This seasoned performer out of Delray Beach, Florida brings degrees in history and law from the Univerity of Virginia and Columbia Law School...but more importantly, he brings decades of experience as an influencial American folk singer/songwriter. Rod Macdonald has been a fixture on the nation's music scene for decades, and we are delighted to have hosted him.

Thursday, July 13, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Farm & Home
Entertaining audiences in eastern NC since 1978, The Farm & Home Band has appeared at numerous trade shows, festivals and on radio and TV. Lead singer and guitarist Shorty Mooring has written over 200 songs, holding 80 copyrights. Shorty's inimitable stylings and onstage antics make him a crowd-pleaser wherever he plays.

Sunday, July 9, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
The Marlboro Boys
After a springtime hiatus, the Marlboro Boys returned to R.A. Fountain for another free afternoon concert. This splendid, classy bluegrass gospel band needs no introduction to Fountain regulars.

Saturday, July 8, 2006 -- 8:00 p.m.
Alice Zincone & Rick Lafleur & Haywire
Led by Greenville native Alice Zincone and Canadian Rick Lafleur, Haywire always brings a beautiful bluegrass show -- both pure and fun, with gorgeous execution. Zincone is a splendid singer and bass player, and Lafleur is an exceptional, driving banjo player. Rounded out by Greg Miller's guitar mastery and Daniel Aldridge's knock-out mandolin playing, Haywire ranks among our top-flight bluegrass acts.

Friday, July 7, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Jennifer Shelton Licko
Jennifer Licko is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player, and a premier Highland Dancer. Coming from North Carolina by way of Florida, New York, Scotland, and Ireland, she proudly reflects our state's eclectic mixture of musical styles. Primarily a Celtic and Gaelic singer, Jennifer does not always stick to one genre, but ventures onto wider ground -- even beach music! On this night she was joined in concert by the fiddler "13" of Super Grit Cowboy Band fame.

Saturday, July 1, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cutups
Back by popular demand, this stellar Carolina bluegrass band executes beautifully on classics as well as Huffman originals -- some of which are themselves now classics. This headliner group first formed in the early 60s, and in the years since, Roby has taken them all over the US and toured Europe as well. Many top names in bluegrass have been a Cutup and recorded and toured with Roby.

Friday, June 30, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Bridges Family
Sharpsburg-based bluegrass band -- a second-generation ensemble whose members are Wilma Bridges, Lois Bridges Moore, Elaine Bridges Spivey, Alan Wayne Bridges, and Donald Bridges.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Dymond City Express
A bluegrass band out of Williamston, bringing a lovely down-home sound and gorgeous harmonies. Featuring Bobby Cherry on banjo, dobro, and vocals; Simon Perry on mandolin and vocals; Kenneth Leggett on bass and vocals; and David "Skippy" Gurganus on guitar and vocals.

Sunday, June 25, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Joe Wilson
and
Forever in Motion
Twenty-five-year-old Joe Wilson, indie/folk singer/songwriter from Bogota, New Jersey, is touring the east coast of the U.S., bringing audiences the music that's already been heard by more than half-a-million visitors to his web site, and celebrating his recently released CD A Day In My Shoes. Also tonight we present another indie artist: Brendon Thomas, 22, from Chester, VT, touring as "Foreverinmotion," an acoustic project he has already piloted to places far beyond the horizons he aimed for -- and with him comes a sound that rings of rock, folk, & ethereal ambience. Brendon will show some of what he's offering on his new CD The Beautiful Unknown, and his performance promises a "natural and emotional experience."

Saturday, June 24, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
High Ground Bluegrass Band
This group, out of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley region, has performed in its current incarnation for only a couple of years, but the members are familiar friends to one another who bring more than a century of combined musical experience -- and audiences are fast taking notice. In October of last year, High Ground was named "Artist of the Month" by bluegrassradio.org, a much listened-to bluegrass Internet broadcast, following the release of the group's debut album Old Friends, which American Rhythm Music Magazine called "a fine addition to any Bluegrass music fan's collection." We're happy that High Ground Bluegrass Band is making the trip to Fountain, and urge all our friends to come out and give them a rousing eastern Carolina welcome.

Friday, June 23, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Andy Coats
North Carolina-raised Andy Coats is a well-traveled bluesman who wields a mean slider and writes a clever tune. Now, in his third R.A. Fountain engagement, this PhD in philosophy will celebrate the release of his latest CD That's What They Call the Blues -- a "deliberately stripped down and vintage sounding" recording in which Coats can amply display his prowess on a National Steel. Kerry Gibson of Shut Eye Records says, "Andy Coats possesses a voice that's rich, dark, and mellifluous. Paired with smooth guitar picking, he has created a blues feel that is close to perfect. You find yourself jammin' on his front porch drawn by his realness and pure musicianship."

Thursday, June 22, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Jarvis Street Bluegrass Band
This is an ECU-based band that began out of an English class assignment that encouraged a couple of the guys to write a research paper on the history of bluegrass music. Jesse Iaquinto, from Elmira, NY and Mark Romano, of Charlotte, wrote the paper for Olivia Murray's English 1200 class, and out of that experience, they began hosting jams and then performing in public. Iaquinto, a junior philosophy major, plays mandolin; Romano, who plays banjo, is a sophomore majoring in science and math education. Also in the band is Chad Cowan, from Elmira, NY, who plays guitar, and English major Charlie McCanless, who plays bass. All four share singing duties.

Saturday, June 17, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Redemption
For a great evening of bluegrass and traditional music, you just can't go wrong with Johnny Batchelor and his daughters and friends in Bluegrass Redemption. Johnny is a natural-born performer, at ease with an audience as he handles a guitar like it's a part of him. Young daughter Brooke is a charming singer, and older daughter Lindsay is a killer (killer!) mandolin player. Keith Gaster on banjo, Skylar Smith on upright bass, and Ernie Tanner on dobro are just sterling.

Friday, June 16, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Tamalyn and the Steve Creech Band
Performing country, jazz, pop, bluegrass, and spiritual tunes and hits from Tamalyn's big-selling CD Unbroken! Featuring:
Tamalyn, vocalist
Steve Creech, guitar
Dee Braxton Pelligrino, violin
Larry Jones, keyboard
Keith Dobbins, bass
Randy Davis, drums

Thursday, June 15, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
4-Way Grass
We liken them to a bluegrass orchestra!
Don Dunn, Winterville -- mandolin & guitar, vocals
Wayne Bullock, Ayden -- bass guitar
Clay Bullock, Ayden -- mandolin
Robbie Johnson, 4-way Crossroads, Greene Co. -- banjo
Dan Vause, Hookerton -- guitar, fiddle, vocals
Adam Child, Greenville -- fiddle
Gene Garris, Hookerton -- mandolin, vocals
Bruce Newcombe, Pikeville -- guitar, vocals
Carl Richard Blizzard, 4-Way Crossroads -- banjo
Roy Smith, Falkland -- guitar, vocals

Sunday, June 11, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Dustin and the Furniture
and
Real Live Tigers
It's Dustin's second engagement at R.A. Fountain. Dustin and the Furniture is the folk/acoustic/indie solo project of Dustin Goldklang, a touring singer/songwriter who hails from Atlanta, GA, and whose CD Aimless Turtle is on Oh!Map Records.
Also this day, we have another indie artist, Real Live Tigers (a.k.a Tony Presley) of Austin, TX, who cites as influences "old country music" and "old men who tell you important things when drunk."

Saturday, June 10, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Walking by Faith
This band, led by Snow Hill's Mike Sugg on mandolin, brought a Saturday night concert of bluegrass, up-beat gospel, and pop originals and standards -- including a few Marshall Tucker selections -- all performed acoustic-style. Other members travel from eastern North Carolina and Virginia for the band's performances.

Friday, June 9, 2006
Bluesman PK Dwyer had to cancel owing to car trouble, but we'll look into re-booking him.

Thursday, June 8, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Farm & Home
Entertaining audiences in eastern NC since 1978, The Farm & Home Band has appeared at numerous trade shows, festivals and on radio and TV. Lead singer and guitarist Shorty Mooring has written over 200 songs, holding 80 copyrights. Banjo picker Bob Gaddis and mandolin player Jim Gaddis were reared in southwestern Ohio, where their early influences included the Osborne Brothers and Stanley Brothers. HC Croom, Shorty's long-time picking buddy helps keep the Short Man in line with his solid rhythm guitar. John Booker rounds out the group on bass.

Saturday, June 3, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Chet Nichols
If you follow music in eastern North Carolina, chances are you've seen Chet Nichols' powerhouse live performances -- music that flows straight from an eastern Carolina heart. Chet's generosity with the audience, his hard-wired connections with fellow artists, and his intimacy with working-man's blues make him a performer every North Carolinian should know, and people everywhere should hear.

Friday, June 2, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
The Steve Creech Sextet
Steve Creech, guitar; Fred Moye, tenor sax; Keith Dobbins, bass; Larry Seigler, drums; Larry Jones, keyboard;
Featuring Carol-Ann Tucker performing tunes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s and hits from her new CD Love Me Love Me Not.

Thursday, June 1, 2006 -- 8:00 p.m.
The Malpass Family
Don Helms couldn't make the show, but Clyde Mattocks brought his steel, Al Cotter (aka "Cousin Brossy") brought comedy, and the Malpass Family socked it to us like they always do with old-timey country, bluegrass, and gospel. As ever, this crew packed the house and put a smile on every face.

Saturday, May 27 -- 7:30 p.m.
Boys from Carolina
140 years of Bluegrass picking! Featuring Wright Young of Durham on vocals and mandolin; Chuck Shutte of Raleigh on dobro and vocals; Lindy Brown, also from Raleigh, on bass; Larry Nunnery of Benson on guitar and vocals; and Bob Wilkerson of Smithfield on banjo.

Friday, May 26 -- 8 p.m.
Charlie Flowers & International Harvesters
Classic, contemporary, and original Wilson-based country. Singer-songwriter/guitarist Flowers is joined by Darren Lee on drums and Larry Hilliard on bass, and an occasional guest.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Abe Quigley
Hailing from Chicago, Abe Quigley plays a mean acoustic guitar. His rich vocals combine with a percussive playing style to leave an indelible impression on listeners. Quigley's friendly, laid-back, conversational stage presence is instantly engaging, and his soothing voice and hypnotic guitar loops make for a sound that is at once completely unique, yet also reminiscent of the sonic beauty of Nick Drake, Dave Matthews, and Jack Johnson.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Lipbone Redding
The acclaimed "Lipbone" Redding is a one-man orchestra, singer, songwriter, world-traveler, and storyteller. A native eastern North Carolinian, Redding performs more than 200 shows per year for audiences as far afield as South America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently he has performed at New York City's Lincoln Center, and he holds a weekly residency at the world-class Anyway Cafe in Manhattan. Redding's music has been featured on the new F/X prime time television series Starved. His songs and tales of world travels are fused together with vocal trumpeting and tromboning, beat-boxing, and other wild mouth noises which approximate synthesizers and electronica.

Saturday, May 20, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Buddy Zincone and Greenville Grass
Bluegrass band out of Greenville, NC, specializing in music for all occasions where toe-tapping bluegrass is appreciated. Says Buddy Zincone, "We believe Bluegrass is a style of music, not a set list of songs. We combine traditional favorites with songs from other types of music including Folk and Rock 'n Roll, all done in Bluegrass style. We love playing the traditional songs, and we also love showing how various songs can be adapted to the Bluegrass style."

Friday, May 19, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Russ Varnell & the Too Country Band
Russ stays very busy performing several shows a week somewhere, either in his home state of North Carolina or in California, Tennessee, Virginia, or wherever folks gather to enjoy fine honky tonk country music. The Too Country Band is a top-notch, professional country music group, and R.A. Fountain is always pleased to host them in our smoke-free, non-alcohol store.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by
Jack Wrzesinski.
What a jam! Clyde Mattocks, Keith Kinlaw, Shelby and Linda Stephenson, banjo player Richard Hood (all the way from Ohio), Johhny Batchelor with singing daughter Brooke and mandolin-playing daughter Lindsay (a prodigy who's back in the saddle after a broken arm) -- and too many more talented players to list. You never know what's going to happen at an open-mic jam. Sometimes it's magic, and this night was one of those times.

Saturday, May 13, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m. -- FREE
Black Creek Bluegrass Gospel
Named for the Johnston County creek that runs through their backyards, Black Creek uses their music as a testimonial for their Christian faith, and their shows usually mix in a little bit of old fashioned revivalism with their outstanding music. Featuring the husband-wife duo of Scott and Tracie Rhodes Johnson, Black Creek is one of the most popular bluegrass gospel groups in the region. Scott Johnson plays mandolin and guitar; Tracie plays acoustic bass. Craig Allen joins the group on guitar, banjo, and dobro. All three share singing duties, and Craig's brother Danny Allen is their sound engineer.

Friday, May 12, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
$5 gen. admission, $7.50 reserved seats
Claude Bourbon
One of the most popular bluesmen in Europe, Claude Bourbon is touring the U.S. and Canada from April through June to promote his fifth CD, The Frog with the Blues, which was recorded live in Belgium. Durham-based music critic Willie Painter, known for his own fine guitar playing, says of the new CD that "the blues is a big part of Bourbon's repertoire, but that's not all he does: Ravel's 'Bolero' gets a ten minute-plus workout, and during the tune 'How To Stretch It' he not only quotes the Muddy Waters standard 'Baby Please Don't Go,' Bach's "Bouree" finds its way into the mix as well." Painter concludes: "This is solo acoustic guitar that is dazzling."

Thursday, May 11, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Stan Pearson and Donald Underwood Thompson
Stan Pearson has played saxophone and clarinet in big bands and swing-jazz groups for over 50 years. He is a native of Kinston, NC and studied music at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the brother of Henry Person, an artist of international acclaim, who has illustrated posters for the United Nations, as well as the publications of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heney. While serving in the Navy during World War II, Stan entertained troops in the Pacific, playing with musicians from the Stan Kenton and Kay Kaiser bands. His present format is performing big band standards and swing-jazz, plus several numbers he has written, on solo saxophone and clarinet.

Donald Underwood Thompson is a singer of blues, folk tunes, and country songs from the 1920s and '30s. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, he has performed for colleges, high schools, festivals, television audiences, libraries, arts councils, and coffeehouses. Among others, he has appeared with four-time Grammy winner David Holt and the popular folk group Molasses Creek. Also, he is the author of Charlie and the Fightin' Mule: Plus More Down-Home Stories, a short story collection set in eastern North Carolina. His work-in-progress is a historical novel of the Tuscarora War (1711-1713).

Saturday, May 6, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Harvest Wind
A bluegrass gospel group hailing from Statesville, NC, Harvest Wind features tight four-part harmony, top-notch musicianship, a trademark sound, and plenty of original material. They're an April 2006 Bluegrass Now Magazine DJ Hot Pick for the song "I'm Going Down To The Southland," from their popular CD The Traveler.

Friday, May 5, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Ted Jones & the Tarheels
Specializing in traditional country, bluegrass, and old-time gospel. Twenty-year-old Ted Jones of Smithfield, lead singer and mandolin player, first learned from Nelson Allen, who gave him his first mandolin, and then taught himself to play in the cross-picking style of Jim and Jessie.

Thursday, May 4, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Ronny Drew
A "basic rock & roll" singer/songwriter out of Birmingham, AL, Drew cites as his main influences "most rock & roll from the 1950s to the present day." That covers a lot of territory, but then so does Ronny Drew. His spring tour is taking him to dozens of venues from New Orleans to Cleveland to St. Louis...and to Fountain.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Near Myths
Combining a reverence for the traditional music of the rural South with an irreverent wit and a wide-ranging musical curiosity, The Near Myths are anything but purists. You might call their blend of folk, country, rock, pop, and blues "mongrel music" and it wouldn't bother them one bit.

Friday, April 28, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Stephenson Brothers & Linda A heapin' helping of true indigenous Carolina bluegrass talent, the Stephenson Brothers & Linda bring a beautiful show every time they hit town.

Thursday, April 27 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jarvis Street Bluegrass Band
ECU-based band featuring Jesse Iaquinto, Mark Romano, Chad Cowan, and Charlie McCanless, playing a variety of traditional bluegrass mixed with modern-day favorites and originals -- even bluegrass versions of Nirvana and Johnny Cash.

Saturday, April 22, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Second Third
An evening of jazz always makes news in Fountain! Second Third's focus is on improvisational original material and unique interpretations of cover tunes. Their explorations range from slow, meditative new age musings to funky world beat rhythms and renowned hits from all eras of jazz, blues, and pop. Featuring: Bo Lankenau, Robert Siegel, Steven Coon, and Jim Salmonson.

Friday, April 21, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bruce Piephoff
His name is pronounced "pea-off," as in Edith Piaf. His music is pronounced Americana. Bruce Piephoff is a Carolina troubadour -- a prolific singer/songwriter and studio man, with 14 CDs of original folk/blues and spoken poetry recorded on the Flyin' Cloud Records label.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.

Saturday, April 15, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Carolina Sonshine
An all acoustic, bluegrass style, gospel music group, Carolina Sonshine stays busy playing festivals, churches, and parties somewhere in the Southeast most every week. Highly recommended -- see them when you can!

Friday, April 14, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
White Pine Hollow
Featuring the harmonies of the Tew Brothers -- Keith, Kelly, and Marty -- with Marshall Gray on banjo. Masters at the special art of bluegrass, performing originals and classics, these boys can really play!

Thursday, April 13, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Peterson
Jerry Peterson has been playing instruments and writing music for as long as he can remember, in a style he describes as Americana ~ Roots with traditional folk influences. Growing up in the north woods of Wisconsin, Jerry developed a love for the outdoors which he portrays through his latest release titled Deep Into The Woods.

Sunday, April 9, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
The Marlboro Boys
The Marlboro Boys' gospel concerts at R.A. Fountain always bring a crowd, and when you see one of their shows you'll know why.

Saturday, April 8, 2006 -- 8:00 p.m.
Haywire, with Alice Zincone & Rick Lafleur
With Greg Miller (formerly of the GrassCats) on guitar and Jeff Aebi on mandolin.
Led by Greenville native Alice Zincone and Canadian Rick Lafleur, Haywire brings us a rousing bluegrass show every time they visit. If you're a bluegrass fan who hasn't met Haywire, this is a group you should meet.

Friday, April 7, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Country Roads Band featuring Nancy & Tammy Dail
One of the most popular country music bands in the state of North Carolina. The mother-daughter duo of Nancy and Tammy Dail are gifted vocalists and true performers who know how to connect with an audience. Add to the mix Bowie Martin on steel guitar, Ronnie King on vocals and guitar, Glenn Speight on bass, Ken Dawson on drums, and John Akerman on keyboard, and you have a powderkeg of country-music energy.

Thursday, April 6, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Stephenson and Clyde Mattocks
Stephenson hosts the Sunday night radio show Bluegrass Train on Rocky Mount's 98.5, and he has been a local favorite since R.A. Fountain opened. Mattocks, one of the original SuperGrit Cowboys, fronts his own bluegrass band Highway 58. These fellows are two pros who deliver with flair.

Sunday, April 2, 2006 -- 3:00 p.m.
Melody Brown
A talented and beautiful singer/songwriter from Zebulon, Melody Brown always gives us a wonderful show, and her R.A. Fountain fan base continues to grow. Melody specializes in Christian-themed music wrought of everyday experience. While the stories her songs tell ring familiar to us all, they are especially moving when delivered in Melody's gorgeous, classically trained voice.

Saturday, April 1, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Watermelon Sugar
Watermelon Sugar is an indie folk duo rooted in soulful vocal harmonies, multi-instrumental musings and the twenty-year friendship of Hypatia Kingsley and Louise Bendall. Their voices, guitars, banjo, violin and mandolin blend to create original music made sweetly and felt deeply. Drawing from blues to punk, Watermelon Sugar1s music is not easily classified. The musical duo is sometimes compared to the Be Good Tanyas, Throwing Muses, Dixie Chicks, and Indigo Girls.

Friday, March 31, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
The Steve Creech Sextet
Featuring Carol-Ann Tucker performing tunes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s and hits from her new Love Me, Love Me Not.
Performers:
Steve Creech, guitar.
Carol-Ann Tucker, talented vocalist and entertainer -- has made three recordings.
Fred Moye, tenor sax -- terrific player who played for 20+ years in N. Y. before returning to Kinston to retire.
Keith Dobbins, bass -- talented player from Rocky Mount.
Larry Seigler, drums -- fine drummer from Greenville.
Larry Jones, keyboard -- longtime professional from Kenansville, made latest recording with Carol-Ann.

Thursday, March 30, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Farm & Home
These fellows really know how to entertain. Shorty Mooring is one of the region's most talented songwriters and performers. As for the rest of the boys -- they're bluegrass veterans who never miss a lick.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 -- 4 p.m.
Marty Silverthorne & Shelby Stephenson read original poems.
Marty Silverthorne has just released a new book of poems titled No Welfare, No Pension Plan. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from St. Andrews Presbyrterian College and a Master's Degree from East Carolina University. He studied with Ron Bayes and is greatly influenced by Shelby Stephenson and other North Carolina writers. His poems have appeared in Pembroke Magazine, Tar River Poetry, St. Andrews Press, Cold Mountain Review, Cairn, Words and Witness, 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry, and others.
Shelby Stephenson is the author of eight books of poetry and is a professor of English at UNC-Pembroke, where he has edited Pembroke Magazine since 1979. He was honored in 1999 as writer of the year by the North Carolina Writers Conference, and in 2001 he received the North Carolina Award in Literature. Stephenson and his two brothers Marshall and Paul, and his wife Linda, have attracted large crowds to R.A. Fountain for their bluegrass shows. Shelby and Linda, who live on the family farm where Shelby was raised in rural Johnston County, have also released a Hank Williams tribute CD.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Marshall Stephenson & SuperPickers
Tim Smith, champion fiddler, headlining the SuperPickers, an all-star bluegrass band assembled by Marshall Stephenson for a Saturday night concert in Fountain.

Friday, March 24, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Carolina Still
"Not your traditional bluegrass," Carolina Still is an acoustic band with a new sound and an old time look, drawing influences from blues, old-time, bluegrass, rock-n-roll, and rag-time.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
6th annual celebration of Saint Patrick's Day in Fountain with
Bill Redding & Friends
Bill Redding has been performing for us at R.A. Fountain since long before we opened our venue to the public. He brings an encyclopedic knowledge of Irish folk music, and he has a great voice with which to present the many, many verses he remembers. He usually brings along some fine guest musicians, too.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Boohers
What a wonderful bluegrass gospel band! All the way from Johnson City, Tennessee, this quintet is one of the most popular family bluegrass groups in the southeast, and they gave us a beautiful show in Fountain. Bookmark their web site and keep an eye on the Boohers. They're going places.

Friday, March 17, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
String Poppers
Dennis and Karen Modlin of Bath team up with Jeff Winegar of Charlotte to form the Stringpoppers for a show of oldtime, bluegrass, and blues music -- "oldtime good time music," Karen calls it.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bill Hicks
One of the original Red Clay Ramblers, Bill Hicks is a great performer -- innovative, energetic, original, witty, and wry -- and his shows are always a real treat.

Sunday, March 12, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
The Marlboro Boys
Splendid bluegrass gospel out of Farmville.

Saturday, March 11, 2006 -- 8:00 p.m.
Lightnin' Wells
With an astounding command of early blues classics, Lightnin' Wells is taking his place as one of the nation's preeminent Piedmont Blues artists, and his performances are simply unforgettable.

Friday, March 10, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
J.R. Stafford and the Mountain Boys
J.R. Stafford of Greenville, a frequent guest at our Bluegrass Jams, with his own band for a Friday night bluegrass concert.

Thursday, March 9, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.

Saturday, March 4, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Unknown Tongues
A Cajun/Zydeco band right here in the Tar Heel State, formed in 1989 by husband-wife duo Bryan and Barbara Blake, Unknown Tongues has become a popular club and festival act throughout North Carolina.

Friday, March 3, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Grass Cats
The Grass Cats bring lively foot-stomping fiddle and banjo music, bluegrass classics, tight vocal harmonies, acapella gospel quartets, and chart-topping original songs. In fact, the band has had a song and/or CD on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Survey each of the last three years, including the #1 hit "Bluegrass Man."

Thursday, March 2, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Revelators
Organized by Raleigh native and occasional Greenville/Maury resident David Turner, the Revelators promise an eclectic show of old time blues, folk, country, and American roots music. "This is a one-time show for a one-time band," said Turner, who uses the Revelators name for a loose aggregation of musicians he performs with in New York. "Completely organic, completely down home." Members include the Reverend Bob Clyde, recently retired ECU minister at the Baptist Student Union, on harmonica and vocals; Mike Hamer, ECU English professor and long-time veteran of the Greenville music scene, on hammer dulcimer and vocals; Jim Watson, a Maury resident and technician with ECU's Geology department, on accordion and piano; and Bill Redding, the Greenville-based healthcare professional who has in recent years begun establishing his own reputation as a solo artist, on guitar and vocals.

Sunday, February 26, 2006 -- 3:00 p.m.
Joyfull Praise
Jeanette Holland and Paula Peritte form Joyfull Praise, "a Southern bluegrass gospel group from the Selma, NC area," making their second appearance on our stage.

Saturday, February 25, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Untravelled Road
This trio from Raleigh has played many functions, from pig pickins' to weddings, public vineyards, and legislative parties, always with the aim of entertaining with "uncommonly good acoustic music."

Friday, February 24, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cutups
This stellar Carolina bluegrass band, first formed in the early 60s, executes beautifully on classics as well as Huffman originals -- some of which are themselves now classics.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Flat Mountain Dulcimers
Nancy Galambush of Snow Hill and Margit Roberson and Dave Roberson of Goldsboro form this group. Most of the dulcimers played by the Flat Mountain Dulcimers were built by Nancy's husband, J.C. Bradshaw, of Calico Possum Dulcimers.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Allan Thompson & Friends
Twenty-year Nashville veteran Allan Thompson, in league with friends like mandolin wizard Frank Harrison, gives a gloomy winter's day warmest memories.

Friday, February 17, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Malpass Family
One of our biggest draws and most talented ensembles, the Malpass Family brings in followers from miles around. The Malpass boys have been honing their skills since grade school -- at festivals and state fairs, in concert halls...and even on the Arthur Smith Show. An evening with the Malpass Family is time well spent and all too fleeting.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Tar River Boys
Together in various forms since the early 1970s, the Tar River Boys were featured in the February, 1998 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited and they played before more than 10,000 people in April 2001 during President Bush's visit to Greenville, NC.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 -- 3:00 p.m.
Marlboro Boys
Beautiful bluegrass gospel out of Farmville.

Saturday, February 11, 2006 -- 8:00 p.m.
Haywire with Alice Zincone & Rick Lafleur
With Greg Miller (formerly of the GrassCats) on guitar and Jeff Aebi on mandolin.
Great bluegrass led by Greenville native Alice Zincone and Canadian Rick Lafleur.

Friday, February 10, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bill & Libby Hicks
Bill Hicks, one of the original Red Clay Ramblers, returns with his wife, Tarboro native Libby Hicks, for an evening of original folk and premium oldtime music. It's always a treat when we can get a talented fiddler in the house, and Bill and Libby recently took 2nd place in old-time fiddle at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention.

Thursday, February 9, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.

Saturday, February 4, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Mac & Tammy McRoy Band
This versatile band performs original songs and oldtime bluegrass gospel favorites. The McRoys began their performing careers as members of Mary's Chapel Christian Church in Aurora, where they both are active members. Mac plays banjo, bass, dobro, mandolin, and guitar; Tammy plays fiddle and bass. Other members include Chuck Williams on banjo, Don Batten on mandolin, and Brian Batten on Dobro.

Friday, February 3, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Shelton Licko
Primarily a Celtic and Gaelic singer, Jennifer does not always stick to one genre, but ventures onto wider ground: witness her new singles hitting the beach music charts in the Southeast US, and her nomination in the 2004 Cammy Beach music awards as Favorite New Artist of the year. Jennifer's spellbinding performances at R.A. Fountain have brought repeated requests for her return, and we were thrilled to oblige.

Thursday, February 2, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Steve Creech Quintet
featuring Jerry Jolley
With special guest Tamalyn Torrecilla, singing several of her hits.
When the place is packed on a Thursday night you know we've got real talent in the house. What a great show of old-time jazzy, bluesy classics! Creech and Jolley were joined by bassist Keith Dobbins, drummer Larry Seigler, keyboardist Larry Jones, and the wonderful vocalist Tamalyn Torrecilla for a fun evening our crowd won't soon forget.

Sunday, January 29, 2006 -- 3 p.m. -- FREE
Black Creek Bluegrass Gospel
Bluegrass gospel band from the Benson area, playing a range of music from traditional hymns to a smoother bluegrass sound. The group includes Craig Allen on guitar, banjo, dobro, and vocals; Scott Johnson on mandolin, guitar, and vocals; Tracie Rhodes Johnson on acoustic bass and vocals; and Danny Allen, sound engineer.

Saturday, January 28 -- 7:30 p.m.
Nancy & Tammy Dail & the Country Roads Band
This fast-charging ensemble is making itself one of the most popular country music bands in the state of North Carolina. The mother-daughter duo of Nancy and Tammy Dail are gifted vocalists and true performers who know how to connect with an audience. Add to the mix Bowie Martin on steel, Ronnie King on vocals and guitar, Glenn Speight on bass, Ken Dawson on drums, and John Akerman on keyboard, and you have a powderkeg of country-music energy.

Friday, January 27, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jon Durham and the Forlorn Hope
"Singer/songwriter Jon Durham has the uncanny ability to make you feel like he's singing your own thoughts. Jon is a traveler whose songs are without emotional boundaries. His ability to fold one lifetime into a song and never lose the story is uncommon."
- Newberry Opera House

Thursday, January 26, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Dan Frechette
At age 28, Dan Frechette, from Pinawa Manitoba, has written more than 1,300 songs. His publicist calls Dan "a walking and living encyclopaedia of folk and country music," adding, "He knows music like a person twice his age and when you combine his unabashed enthusiasm and confidence with his writing skills, his knowledge of music and his performance know-how, watch out." Greg Quill wrote in the Toronto Star that Dan is "blessed with an enormous talent and a facility for adapting elemental folk forms -- bluegrass, Celtic airs, country, ragtime, country blues -- to his own purpose, the likes of which I haven't heard since Dylan's first recordings."

Saturday, January 21, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
In The Tradition
This 6-piece band from Lynchburg, Virginia, specializes in the traditional style of bluegrass music their name suggests. Formed in 1996, the band performs throughout the mid-Atlantic area and has released seven recordings.

Friday, January 20, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Highway 58 Bluegrass Band
Clyde Mattocks may be more famous as a Supergrit Cowboy but wait 'til you hear him make music with his bluegrass buddies in the Highway 58 Bluegrass Band.

Thursday, January 19, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
It's a twice-monthly affair at R.A. Fountain -- we open up the floor and invite all comers whose grass grows blue. Bring your favorite instrument and don't be bashful. Folks need a place to play, and we love it when newcomers play for us at R.A. Fountain.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Melody Brown
Christian-themed singer/songwriter from Zebulon.

Saturday, January 14, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
GrassStreet
Five-member bluegrass troupe.

Friday, January 13, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Chet Nichols
Powerhouse live performer whose music flows straight from an eastern Carolina heart.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Steve Creech Sextette
Featuring Carol Ann Tucker performing jazz standards.

Sunday, January 8, 2006 -- 3 p.m.
Marlboro Boys
Monthly free afternoon concert of the warmest bluegrass gospel you can find anywhere.

Saturday, January 7, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
George Higgs
Playing Piedmont and Delta style blues, folk songs, and popular jukebox songs from the 1940s and '50s, all done in his unique Eastern North Carolina style.

Friday, January 6, 2006 -- 8 p.m.
Russ Varnell & the Too Country Band
Russ & his Too Country Band always bring a Honky Tonkin' Good Time! Hear Russ do Whoop Dee Do (2.4 MB) from his CD Playin' Every Honky Tonk in Town.

Thursday, January 5, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
First Bluegrass Jam of the New Year.
People need a place to play, and they've got one at R.A. Fountain.

Wednesday, January 4, 2006 -- 7:30 p.m.
Staber & Chasnoff
Performing together since 1993, Staber and Chasnoff have toured Europe twice and represented the USA at the 2004 European World of Bluegrass festivals and concerts.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 -- 3 p.m.
Mike Hamer, Sue Luddeke & Friends 2nd Annual Christmas Show

Saturday, December 17, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Farm & Home
These fellows know how to entertain. Shorty Mooring is one of the region's most talented songwriters and performers. As for the rest of the boys -- they're bluegrass veterans who never miss a lick.

Friday, December 16, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Stephenson Bros. & Linda Christmas Show

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night
Hosted by Jessica Gardner

Sunday, December 11, 2005 -- 3 p.m.
Marlboro Boys

Saturday, December 10, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Ted and the Tar Heel Boys
Young Ted Jones keeps getting better and better, writing bluegrass tunes and tearing it up on that mandolin. Also featuring legenday fiddler Les Sandy.

Friday, December 9, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Redemption with the Batchelor Family
With Frank Harrison standing in on mandolin for teenage sensation Lindsay Batchelor, who is temporarily sidelined with an arm injury.

Thursday, December 8, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night

Sunday, December 4, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Lily Holbrook
Lily Holbrook arrives in Fountain from Los Angeles, where she settled after beginning her musical career on the streets of Boston, busking at subway stations and around Harvard Square. Her two CDs have earned critical acclaim across the U.S., and she has been compared to Tori Amos, Jewel, and Ani DiFranco.
also on Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.
Joyfull Praise
A Southern bluegrass gospel group out of Selma, NC.

Saturday, December 3, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Charlie Flowers & International Harvesters
Classic, contemporary, and original Wilson-based country. Singer-songwriter/guitarist Flowers is joined by Darren Lee on drums, Larry Hilliard on bass, and Sonny Hughes on guitar.

Friday, December 2, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Boys from Carolina
140 years of Bluegrass picking!
Wright Young from Durham
Chuck Shutte from Raleigh
Lindy Brown also from Raleigh
Larry Nunnery from Benson
Bob Wilkerson from Smithfield

Thursday, December 1, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Chet Nichols
An evening of original songs that R.A. Fountain proprietor Alex Albright says are "narrative with an edge."

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night

Saturday, November 26, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Nancy & Tammy Dail & the Country Roads Band
This is a flat-out, high-energy group. It's easy to see how they've become one of the most popular country music bands in the state of North Carolina.

Friday, November 25, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cutups
One of the Tar Heel State's best bluegrass bands.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 -- 3 p.m.
The Turners
Family bluegrass band hailing from Arkansas.

Saturday, November 19, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Big Medicine
Playing string band music of the rural South: old-time melodies (older than bluegrass) and mountain harmonies, ancient ballads and archaic fiddle tunes, heart songs, hollers, hymns, and a touch of early bluegrass.

Friday, November 18, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Russ Varnell and the Too Country Band
Russ is a country singer's country singer.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Melody Brown
Christian and traditional themes permeate Melody's music -- stories of home and of the promise of salvation -- and she sings like an angel, too.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night

Sunday, November 13, 2005 -- 3:30 p.m.
Marlboro Boys
with Melody Brown opening.

Saturday, November 12, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Grass Cats
The Grass Cats bring lively foot-stomping fiddle and banjo music, bluegrass classics, tight vocal harmonies, acapella gospel quartets and chart-topping original songs. Though careful never to lose their traditional bluegrass footing, the Cats also perform cleverly arranged "covers" of songs from artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Duke Ellington and Johnny Cash.

Friday, November 11, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Billie Joyce and Toni Catlin
Two of the best new solo acts coming out Nashville, they've both recently completed European tours, and their CDs are highly polished products of the best studio musicians in Nashville working with a couple of the best new singer-songwriters.

Thursday, November 10, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night

Sunday, November 6, 2005 -- 3:30 p.m.
Flat Mountain Dulcimers
Beautifully done mountain dulcimer music by three eastern Carolina flatlanders.

Saturday, November 5, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Someone's Sister
With Laura McLean opening.
Georgia celebrates her birthday in Fountain before she and Katherine head north for some bookings in the Big Apple.

Friday, November 4, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Black Creek Bluegrass
Bluegrass gospel group from the Benson area, playing a range of music from traditional hymns to a smoother bluegrass sound.

Thursday, November 3, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bill Hicks
A second-place winner in old-time fiddling at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention, Bill can get your feet tapping in a heartbeat.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005 -- 7 p.m. sign-up, 7:30 music starts
Open Mic Night
Hosted by the amazing Williamston guitarist Eddie Lilley.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Ted and the Tar Heel Boys
Ted Jones is an up-and-comer on the Carolina bluegrass scene, and his band invariably attracts a crowd. On this occasion, the Boys had their new CD available for purchase.

Friday, October 28, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Lightnin' Wells
Whether you look to performers for inspiration, education, virtuosity, or sheer entertainment, Lightnin' Wells delivers all the above, every single time.

Thursday, October 27, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Michael Holland
His recording "Independent Dreams" was nominated as best record of the year by the very hip weekly the Independent of Durham, and Holland himself was nominated as best folk artist. His music defines a part of North Carolina and Southern culture, but it is broad enough to reach across global boundaries. Based in tradition, yet modern in its translation, it draws on the wellspring of American music and the rhythms of everyday life to create an original and inspired musical experience.

Wednesay, October 26, 2005 -- 7 p.m. sign-up
Open Mic Night
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Second Third
Big news: it's a night of jazz in Fountain!
Bo Lankenau: 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, harmonica
Robert Siegel: alto sax, flutes, harmonica and kalimba
David Criswell: acoustic and electric bass, electric guitar
Jim Salmonson: percussion

Friday, October 21, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Malpass Family
With steel guitar legend Don Helms.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
4-Way Grass
We're talkin' bluegrass orchestra here, folks!
Don Dunn, Winterville, mandolin & guitar, vocals
Wayne Bullock, Ayden, bass guitar
Clay Bullock, Ayden, mandolin
Robbie Johnson, 4-way Crossroads, Greene Co., banjo
Dan Vause, Hookerton, guitar, fiddle, vocals
Adam Child, Greenville, fiddle
Gene Garris, Hookerton, mandolin, vocals
Bruce Newcombe, Pikeville, guitar, vocals
Carl Richard Blizzard, 4-Way Crossroads, banjo
Roy Smith, Falkland, guitar, vocals

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 -- 7 p.m. sign-up
Open Mic Night
Hosted by Tony Whetstone.

Saturday, October 15, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Unknown Tongues
A Cajun/Zydeco band right here in the Tar Heel State, formed in 1989 by husband-wife duo Bryan and Barbara Blake, Unknown Tongues has become a popular club and festival act throughout North Carolina.

Friday, October 14, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Walking by Faith
This six-member ensemble, hailing from towns in North Carolina and Virginia, will bring a concert of bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, folk, and contemporary music.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Lauren Sheehan
She sings powerful interpretations of songs learned directly from some of America's greatest folk and blues artists. The Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop says Lauren Sheehan is "an American roots guitarist...able to capture the real spirit of the music, nestling in a territory where black and white music meet without prejudice and restriction." We are pleased to bring Lauren to the R.A. Fountain stage.

Sunday, October 9, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Spike Ivory
...for a return to basic rock and roll.
also October 9, at 3:30 p.m.
The Marlboro Boys
Whether you see them live or kick back for some private time with one of their excellent CDs, the Marlboro Boys bring tight, professional performance and pure class to gospel bluegrass music. See what we mean -- listen to them perform Talk It Over and Prayer Bells of Heaven.

Saturday, October 8, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jon Durham & the Forlorn Hope

Friday, October 7, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Tim Smith
A Marshall Stephenson production, this show will feature champion fiddler Tim Smith and an all-star band of bluegrass masters, including Clyde Mattocks, Hessie McMillan on banjo, Kelly Tew on tenor vocals, and Mike Langdon on bass.

Thursday, October 6, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Adam Stone

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night
Hosted by novelist & bluesman Donald Underwood Thompson.

Saturday, October 1, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Licko
Licko, one of our most popular acts, returns for another evening of exquisitely rendered Celtic and Gaelic songs. Says Alex, "She makes this place feel like a concert hall."

Friday, September 30, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
White Pine Hollow
This Triangle-based bluegrass band features the harmonies of the Tew Brothers -- Keith, Kelly, and Marty -- with David Hamlet on dobro and Marshall Gray on banjo. White Pine Hollow has been a popular attraction in Fountain at two previous shows. "They're one of the best bands we've had," R.A. Fountain proprietor Alex Albright says, "and they're always a lot of fun."

Thursday, September 29, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Country Music Jam hosted by International Harvester
Led by Charlie Flowers, I-H also includes Darren Lee on drums and Larry Hilliard on bass. "This is a great chance for a singer to get to work with a band," said Flowers. "We've had some mighty good singers out here lately, too."

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Open Mic Night
Hosted by Les Sandy. It's a CD release party for Les, who recently finished the premier recording of Les Sandy and His Other Band.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bill & Libby Hicks

Friday, September 23, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Highway 58 Bluegrass Band

Thursday, September 22, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Gene and Gina
This Greenville-based duo specializes in original interpretations of contemporary classics by the likes of Van Morrison, Wilson Picket, the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Phish, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Willie T, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, the Drifters and a host of others. Guitarist Gene Gilliken studied music at NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. Gina Gerard studied music at ECU and accompanies Gene on flute. She's been a member of the Tar River Community Band, and together, they are half of the popular local band The Missing Ingredient. When not playing music, the pair are often at work at the Upper Crust Bakery in Greenville.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 -- 7:00 p.m. sign-up, 7:30 music
Open Mic Night
Hosted by veteran Greenville performing artist John Benson.

Saturday, September 17, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
George Higgs
Eastern NC's most-traveled musician, Higgs has been trotting the globe in recent months. We're glad he's still finding time to play Fountain. Lightnin' Wells says George is playing the best he's ever played right now.

Friday, September 16, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Melody Brown

Thursday, September 15, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Kenny Roby

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 -- 7 p.m. sign-up, 7:30 music starts
Open Mic Night
Hosted by Jack Wrzesinski.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 -- 3:30
Marlboro Boys
"Everybody who's seen them knows how good they are," says Alex Albright, R.A. Fountain proprietor, "and this regularly scheduled concert is getting for them a bigger and bigger following.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Alice Zincone & Rick Lafleur
Led by Greenville native Alice Zincone and Canadian Rick Lafleur, Haywire performed in June to a packed house at R.A. Fountain. The Triangle-based quartet is traveling to promote its first CD, which is getting good airplay on bluegrass radio shows throughout the region. Three songs off that CD, "Moma's Voice," can be heard via the internet from R.A. Fountain's electronic store. Zincone, the daughter of veteran bluegrass performer Buddy Zincone, says she and her band are excited about returning to Fountain General Store, which she calls "the best little cafe east of Raleigh...this place is great," She added, "It has the listening atmosphere that all musicians yearn for in a gig."

Friday, September 9, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
New Gospel Grass
In their R.A. Fountain debut, this versatile band will present a concert of original songs and oldtime bluegrass gospel favorites. New Gospel Grass consists of Mac and Tammy McRoy, Marvin Walker, and Elton Ipock. The McRoys began their performing careers as members of Mary's Chapel Christian Church in Aurora, where they both are active members. Mac plays banjo, bass, dobro, mandolin, and guitar; Tammy plays fiddle and bass. Walker, who grew up in Hiddenite but has lived in Kinston since 1988, plays his own homemade banjos. Ipock, from Washington, plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and fiddle.

Thursday, September 8, 2005 -- 7:00
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson
"We're kicking this one off with an old-fashioned gospel sing-along," says proprietor Alex Albright, "with most of the choir from Falkland Presbyterian Church to lead us."

Wednesday, September 7, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Nick Pags
Nick Pags, winner of "the Best Unsigned Singer/Songwriter Award" in a recent Readers' Poll for Nashville Scene, is touring the Southeast to promote his single "If I Die," from the compilation CD This Is America, which also includes cuts by Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, and the Jay Hawks. Pags (whose real name is Nick Pagliari) has opened for REM, Blue Merle, and David Rawlings.

Saturday, September 3, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Black Creek Bluegrass Band
Bluegrass gospel group from the Benson area, playing a range of music from traditional hymns to a smoother bluegrass sound.

Thursday, September 1, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m. -- FREE
Country Music Jam hosted by International Harvester

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Open Mic Night hosted by George Higgs

Saturday, August 27, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Russ Varnell & the Too Country Band
Russ is one of the best country music entertainers in the region. He recently returned from a 2-day engagement with Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.

Friday, August 26, 2005 -- 8:00
Osbert Osborn

Thursday, August 25, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Gary Vick
Original and classic country from Rocky Mount

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 -- sign-up at 7 p.m., music at 7:30
Open Mic Night
Hosted by Russ Varnell.

Sunday, August 21, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Oliver
Another traveling troubadour finds Fountain a fun place to play. We're the last scheduled stop on Oliver's "Twitchin' Earth" tour before he heads back to Nashville.

Saturday, August 20, 2005 -- 7:30 p.n.
Allan Thompson & Friends
Allan grew up in Windsor and spent 20 years working Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry, and now lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where he teaches folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and other music styles. Allan plays 5-string banjo, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica. He's joined in his Fountain concert by long-time friend Frankie Harrison on mandolin.

Friday, August 19, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Nancy & Tammy Dail & the Country Roads Band
One of our region's most popular country music shows finally makes it to Fountain for a great night of family fun.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Country Music Jam
Charlie Flowers & the boys of International Harvester are looking for players. "If you fancy yourself a country music singer," says Flowers, "I don't know where else you can find a place that's got a band all ready to back you up. You ought to come on out to Fountain and show us how good you really are."

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 -- sign-up at 7 p.m., music at 7:30
Open Mic Night
Hosted by poet & folk singer Jim Clark of Wilson, who performed at R.A. Fountain with the Near Myths back in April.

Sunday, August 14, 2005 -- 3:30
Marlboro Boys

Saturday, August 13, 2005
Just Us
Blues great George Higgs' jazz-singing daughters debut their complete show.

Friday, August 12, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cutups
A legendary North Carolina bluegrass band, the Cutups have been jamming for 40 years -- all over the U.S. and even in Europe!

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 -- sign-up at 7 p.m., music at 7:30
Open Mic Night
Hosted by Tony Whetstone, Greenville-based blues and folk musician.

Sunday, August 7, 2005 -- 3:30
Flat Mountain Dulcimers
Mountain Dulcimers grew out of the Appalachian Mountains but their sound can be found in the flat land of the east. Nancy Galambush of Snow Hill and Margit Roberson and Dave Roberson of Goldsboro form this group. Most of the dulcimers played by the Flat Mountain Dulcimers were built by Nancy's husband, J.C. Bradshaw, of Calico Possum Dulcimers.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 -- 7:30
Bluegrass Redemption & the Batchelor Family
One of the best bluegrass bands in eastern North Carolina, Bluegrass Redemption features Johnny Batchelor on lead vocals and guitar, his 14-year-old daughter Lindsay on mandolin, Keith Gaster of Bailey on banjo, and Skylar Smith from Rocky Mount on upright bass. Brooke, Batchelor's 9-year-old daughter, also joins the band for several songs. Gaster and Johnny Batchelor also perform with Les Sandy's Other Band, whose first CD will be released in August.

Friday, August 5, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
International Harvester
This country music band was formed earlier in the summer and has been a popular attraction in Fountain at recent country music jams. Harvester is headed by Charlie Flowers, who lives in Wilson and teaches English at Elm City Middle School. He is is joined in the group by drummer Darren Lee and bass/steel guitarist Larry Hilliard.

Saturday, July 30, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Les Sandy's Other Band
This fabulous bluegrass and traditional band comes supercharged with talent. They wowed a standing-room-only house when they debuted at R.A. fountain May 14, and our regulars agreed it was one of the most compelling performances they had witnessed on our stage. For the unlucky who missed it, July 30 is a golden chance to make things right.

Friday, July 29, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m. -- canceled
Springreen Grass
CANCELED -- Frankie Harrison, the band's stellar mandolin player, recently injured his hand and it hasn't quite healed yet. The proprietor of R.A. Fountain, Alex Albright, said he hopes Springreen Grass can fill in for a recent cancellation later in August, and Harrison still hopes to be able to play a tune or two with Les Sandy and His Other Band at Fountain General Store on Saturday night. But locals counting on a family night out needn't worry: there'll still be music in Fountain Friday night. "We'll break out our old 78s," Albright said. "I've been wanting to try a free night with the big bands and old rhythm and blues records we've got."

Thursday, July 28, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Country Music Jam
Eastern North Carolina boasts an exceptionally rich musical heritage. We urge the many musicians walking among us -- you know who you are -- to come ready to jam in a friendly, informal setting. People need a place to play, and they have one in R.A. Fountain.

Monday, July 25, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Earl Teel
Winner of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Trophy at the 2004 NC Folk Festival staged at the NC State Fair last October, Teel brings to our coastal plains a real mountain sound, derived for the most part from his extensive journeys into the Appalachians of Tennessee and Kentucky. He's a hidden treasure of original musical talent, and we're delighted to have him coming back to Fountain.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 -- 4 p.m.
Michael Holland
Michael Holland of Carrboro will present his "Folkbomb" show at 4 p.m. Former lead songwriter and frontman for the band Jennyanykind, Holland has recently been performing with the traingle-based bluegrass band Big Fat Gap, which opened at Alltel Pavillion in April for Reba McIntyre. Jennyanykind released 8 CDs before disbanding in 2003. Holland's solo recording, "Independent Dreams," was nominated as best record of the year by the Independent, and Holland himself was nominated as best folk artist. His music defines a part of North Carolina and Southern culture, but is broad enough to reach across global boundaries. Based in tradition, yet modern in its translation, it draws on the wellspring of American music and the rhythms of everyday life to create an original and inspired musical experience. Doors open for Holland's concert at 3 p.m.; music starts at 4.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Lightnin' Wells
The King of the Blues returns. All hail! See this consumate performer in concert, up close and personal.

Friday, July 22, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Malpass Family

Thursday, July 21, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
clueLess
A New York sound from a New York ensemble: Clueless is Stephen and Joe Pla, two brothers who describe their music as a mix of middle eastern, Celtic, funk, pop, and rock.

Saturday, July 16, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
String Poppers
Dennis (banjo) & Karen (guitar) Modlin and Jeff Winegar (fiddle) play old time and old favorite music.

Friday, July 15, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Stephenson Brothers & Linda
House favorites return at last.

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with the legendary Marshall Stephenson
Stephenson, host of the Sunday night Bluegrass Train on 98.5 FM the Big Dawg, has been keeping bluegrass alive in eastern North Carolina since the 1960s. He's played with all the biggest names in the business, but he likes nothing better than finding a new talent.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 -- 7 to 9
Open Mic Night

Sunday, July 10, 2005 -- 3:30
Marlboro Boys
These Farmville fellows pack the house every second Sunday for a dynamic old-time bluegrass gospel show. Come early if you want a seat.

Saturday, July 9, 2005 -- 8:00 p.m.
Ted and the Tar Heel Boys
Primo bluegrass quartet.

Friday, July 8, 2005 -- 8:00 p.m.
Eddie Lilley
The "one-man blues band" from Williamston knocked our socks off when last he came. A real pro, Lilley's a must-see for those who appreciate powerhouse guitar virtuosity.

Thursday, July 7, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
R.A. Fountain Country Music Jam

Saturday, July 2, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Farm & Home
Bluegrass featuring Shorty Mooring on vocals and guitar; Jim Gaddis on mandolin and vocals; Bob Gaddis on banjo and vocals; and Paul Copeland on Dobro. Mooring, from Stantonsburg, has written hundreds of songs and will perform many of them in his own inimitable style.

Friday, July 1, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Shelton Licko
Traditional Celtic music.

Monday, June 27, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Alex Iceberg opens for Dustin and the Furniture
Dustin and the Furniture is the solo project of Dustin Goldklang, whose CD Aimless Turtle is on Oh!Map Records. Both Iceberg, the opening act, and Dustin, play original alt-folk music.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Walking by Faith
It's the the R.A. Fountain debut of this bluegrass gospel band, although several of its members have played at our house bluegrass jams. The Walking by Faith roster: Mike Sugg of Snow Hill, guitar and mandolin; Ted Trent of Madisonville, Va., guitar and banjo; Daniel Baldwin of Keysville, Va., guitar, dobro and mandolin; Gene Lee of Farmville, Va., guitar and bass; Bob Johnston of Goldsboro, bass; Dickie Gunther of LaGrange, guitar, flute, and harmonica. "We've got too many band members living in too many different places to get together very often," said Sugg, "so we're really looking forward to having a good time in Fountain."

Friday, June 24, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Highway 58 Bluegrass Band
Says Clyde Mattocks of Highway 58, "With us, you won't hear anything else but straight-ahead bluegrass."

Thursday, June 23, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
First R.A. Fountain Country Music Jam
Celebrating home-grown talent!

Saturday, June 18, 2005 -- 8:00 p.m.
Springreen Grass
Greenville-based bluegrass band.

Friday, June 17, 2005 -- 8:00 p.m.
Alice Zincone & Rick Lafleur & Haywire
Bluegrass performers celebrating release of their CD titled Moma's Voice.

Sunday, June 12, 2005 -- 3:30 p.m. -- FREE
Marlboro Boys
Very popular bluegrass/traditional/gospel group out of Farmville.

Saturday, June 11, 2005 -- 2 p.m.
Remembering Linda Flowers
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Also June 11, at 7:30 p.m.
White Pine Hollow
Triangle-based Bluegrass band.

Friday, June 10, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Frank "the Deacon" Jones
Guitar master from Greenville.

Thursday, June 9, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson

Friday, June 3, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Osbert Osborn

Saturday, June 4, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Chet Nichols
Singer/songwriter from Wilson Couty

Saturday, May 28, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Malpass Family
A top-notch bluegrass & gospel attraction, the Malpasses leave audiences happy every time.

Saturday, May 21, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Landy & John
A pair of R.A. Fountain favorites.

Friday, May 20, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Melody Brown Returns
Acoustic folk.

Monday, May 16, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Marjorie Hudson
Author event: "Mosaic Writing and the Search for Virginia Dare"

Sunday, May 15, 2005 -- 4 p.m.
Tony Whetstone
Original blues & folk

Saturday, May 14, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Les Sandy's Other Band

Friday, May 13, 2005 -- 7:30
Charlie Flowers
Original acoustic country from Elm City.

Thursday, May 12, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson

Saturday, May 7, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Redemption
The "singing plumber" Johnny Batchelor and his talented family delighted R.A. Fountain audiences at our last two Bluegrass Jams, so we asked the Batchelors to come and make an evening of it with us.

Friday, May 6, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Eddie Lilley
The one-man Blues Band.

Sunday, May 1, 2005 -- 4 p.m.
Donald Underwood Thompson
Acoustic blues, folk, and country

Saturday, April 30, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Ted & The Tar Heel Boys
Bluegrass, traditional country & gospel from Smithfield.

Friday, April 29, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Unplugged Exiles
Steve Quinney and Jay Rusnak play classic rock and folk. This duo has a big sound: inimitable vocals and exquisite guitar.

Sunday, April 24, 2005
Store closed from 2 until 5 for a private recital...
but please attend the free Poetry Reading with Robert Morgan and James Applewhite at the Fountain Public Library at 4 p.m. It's a rare chance to rub elbows with two of North Carolina's premier writers.

Saturday, April 23, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Osbert Osborn
A one-man band, Osbert specializes in classic R&B and soul music.

Friday, April 22, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Shelton Licko
Traditional Celtic music.

Saturday, April 16, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
George Higgs
Last time, Higgs was returning from Paris, France for his R.A. Fountain gig; this time, he's just home from a 10-day tour of Australia. Higgs is the last of his generation of bluesmen still active in eastern North Carolina. Once again, his daughters, performing as Just Us, will open.

Friday, April 15, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Smith/Cobb Duo
Original alt-country and acoustic.

Thursday, April 14, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam with Marshall Stephenson

Saturday, April 9, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Someone's Sister with special guest Annette Warner.

Friday, April 8, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Frank "the Deacon" Jones
For his second engagement at R.A. Fountain, the Deacon packs his electric guitar.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
The Swash Improv
Comedy comes to Fountain!

Saturday, April 2, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
An Evening of Film: The River and The Dam
with Duke film historian Tom Whiteside, PTRF Riverkeeper Heather Jacobs, and Neuse Riverkeeper Lawrence Baldwin. Music by Tony Whetstone.

Friday, April 1, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Andy Coats Returns, this time with Eric Zogry.
Andy's touring his home state for a couple of weeks, so we snagged him for a quick return & a totally different show from the March 25 gig, this one with special guest Eric Zogry, who was recently appointed North Carolina's first juvenile defender.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Lightnin' Wells
Another R.A. Fountain favorite, virtuoso & local hero Lightnin' Wells in a three-hour tour de force.

Friday, March 25, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Andy Coats
Traditional & original blues, from one of California's best young bluesmen.

Sunday, March 20, 2005 -- 5 p.m.
Melody Brown
Acoustic Folk & Christian

Saturday, March 19, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Stephenson Brothers & Linda
R.A. Fountain favorites return for an all-gospel bluegrass show.

Friday, March 18, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Landy & John
R.A. Fountain's general manager Landy Spain returns with his good buddy John Benson for another evening of outstanding acoustic music.

Saturday, March 12, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bill Redding and Friends
sing classic Irish songs for our 6th annual St. Patrick's Day Party.

Friday, March 11, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Highway 58 Bluegrass
Clyde Mattocks' life when he's not the Supergrit Cowboy.

Thursday, March 10, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
R.A. Fountain Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Eastern North Carolina's own master of bluegrass Marshall Stephenson.

Saturday, March 5, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Tony Whetstone
Original & traditional acoustic music

Friday, March 4, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Malpass Family
Bluegrass & traditional.

Wednesday, March 2, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
Bob Clyde & David Turner
Harmonica and acoustic guitar and some friends.

Sunday, February 27, 2005 -- 5 p.m. -- FREE
Jacob Twarog
Classical piano concert

Saturday, February 26, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
@Risk
Mixing the sounds of classic and alternative rock, this band comes equipped to rock the ol' R.A. Fountain rafters.

Friday, February 25, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Ted & the Tar Heel Boys
Bluegrass, traditional country & gospel from Smithfield.

Sunday, February 20, 2005 -- 3:30 p.m.
The Marlboro Boys
from Farmville perform old-time bluegrass gospel.

Saturday, February 19, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Chet Nichols
presents original alt-country from Wilson County.

Friday, February 18, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
White Pine Hollow
Triangle-based bluegrass band celebrates their new CD.

Sunday, February 13, 2005 -- 3:30 p.m.
Mike Hamer & Sue Luddeke
sing classic & original love songs for Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 12, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Unplugged Exiles
Two metal legends -- Steve Quinney from the rock group Cirkus and Jay Rusnak from Iron Horse -- form the Unplugged Exiles and assure a powerful show.

Friday, February 11, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Smith/Cobb Duo
singing alt-country and a variety acoustic tunes.

Thursday, February 10, 2005 -- 7 p.m.
The First R.A. Fountain Bluegrass Jam
Hosted by Eastern North Carolina's own master of bluegrass Marshall Stephenson.

Saturday, February 5, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
George Higgs
The famed bluesman from Tarboro returns from Paris, France in time for his second engagement at R.A. Fountain.
The evening's opening act: Just Us, Higgs's three jazz-singing daughters.

Friday, February 4, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Landy, John, and Friends
Eclectic folk, blues, blues/rock & some jazz

Thursday, February 3, 2005 -- 7:00 p.m.
Poet/author/professor/bluegrass artist Shelby Stephenson
Reading his poem "Possum" in celebration of Possum Day.

Saturday, January 29, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Mya & Will
Original accoustic music.

Friday, January 28, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Frank "the Deacon" Jones
Guitarist and singer from Greenville.

Saturday, January 22, 2005 -- 8 p.m.
Duke film historian Tom Whiteside presents An Incomplete Retrospective of Film in the 21st Century.

Friday, January 21, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Will Holman Trio
Bringing their original comedic songs.

Sunday, 16 January 2005 -- 5 p.m.
Jacob Twarog
Piano concert by Fountain's own rising star featuring music from Bach & Beethoven to Billy Joel.

Saturday, 15 January 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
Stephenson Brothers & Linda -- bluegrass & old-time music, gospel & country.

Friday, 14 January 2005 -- 7:30 p.m.
The Near Myths

Wednesday, 22 December 2004, 4 p.m.
Aileen Higgins on her Hammond organ leads the R.A. Fountain community Christmas sing-along.

Sunday, 19 December 2004, 3 p.m.
Mike Hamer on his hammer dulcimer with Sue Luddeke singing folk & jazz with a few Christmas standards.

Saturday, 18 December 2004, 7:30 p.m.
George Higgs -- authentic Piedmont Blues from Tarboro.

Friday, 17 December 2004, 7:30 p.m.
Stephenson Brothers & Linda
Bluegrass & old-time music, gospel & country.

Thursday, 16 December 2004, 7:30 p.m.
Adam Stone and Charlie Flowers
Original and traditional country songs.

Tuesday, 14 December 2004, 4 p.m.
Shelby Stephenson reads Possum, his recently published ode to the much-maligned critter.

Saturday, 11 December 2004, 8 p.m.
Chet Nichols Band
Original alt-country from Wilson, with special guests Adam Stone & Anna Jane Murray.

Friday, 10 December 2004, 8 p.m.
Lightnin' Wells -- intense, dynamic blues & ragtime.

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