Alice Zincone is a native of Greenville, NC, and has been playing bluegrass with her family since she could walk and talk.
While she was growing up, her family's living room was host to many jam sessions with local and regional musicians such as Tommy Edwards and the Bluegrass Experience, Mike "13" Kinzie of Supergrit Cowboy Band, Lightnin' Wells, and most anyone else who liked bluegrass and wanted to come on by. Alice spent her younger years as just a singer with her mother and her sister, Molly. This allowed Alice to concentrate on finding harmonies. "Singing harmony is one of the most beautiful things two or more voices can do. Playing an instrument -- for me, stand-up bass, -- is no less important, for all of the instruments playing together make beautiful harmony also!"
Rick Lafleur -- born near North Bay, Ontario, Canada -- also grew up in a musical family. After hearing an old Flatt and Scruggs album, Rick was helplessly hooked by the sound of the three-finger playng style of Earl Scruggs' 5-string banjo. Rick's family started to attend regional bluegrass festivals where Rick began to develop his talent into one of the finest you can find.
Together, Rick and Alice put together sets of music they hope will represent the past, present and future of bluegrass. Standards such as Way Downtown, Mr. Engineer, and Old Fashioned Preacher represent the roots of bluegrass. Alice and Rick write songs separately and together. "Moma's Voice" and "Ballad of William McKinney" are solo efforts by Alice with a traditional sound . "Last of You" and "Progress Blues" were written together and have progressive chord choices lending itself to a more modern quality.
The title of the cd, "Moma's Voice" pays homage to both Rick's and Alice's moms. Although the song "Moma's Voice" is not about her mom, Alice and Rick both learned to sing from their mothers. Rick and Alice will have 2 special guests on June17. Joining them will be Joe Newberry on guitar and Danny Knighten on mandolin. Joe is a well-known musician in the acoustic music scene in the Triangle playing with the original Red Clay Ramblers and Big Medicine as of late. Danny, a dyed-in-the-wool bluegrasser, has played with many local and regional musicians and is no stranger to the high lonesome sound.