|Ted and the Tar Heel Boys will present a concert of bluegrass music at R.A. Fountain, General Store and Internet Café on Saturday night, July 9.|
The group specializes in performing "traditional country, bluegrass, and old-time gospel," according to 18-year-old Ted Jones, lead singer and mandolin player.
Jones learned a few basic chords from Nelson Allen, who gave him his first mandolin, and 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."
Some of the band's favorite show tunes are instrumental versions of "A Border Ride" and the gospel classic "How Great Thou Art."
"We have a few surprises, too," Jones added, "like a bluegrass take on Chuck Berry's 'Mabelline.'"
Jones is joined in the band by his father, Ronnie, who sings tenor and plays rhythm guitar; Frank Avery, banjo; and Mike Langdon, bass.
The Joneses are from Smithfield; Avery is from Clayton; and Langdon from Benson. "We usually bring along a special guest for the fifth person," Jones said. "And we always have a real good time."
Showtime is 8:00; admission is $5.
For further information, phone 252-749-3228.