Bluegrass, Old-time & New Music Fest

Location: R.A. Fountain

In conjunction with Town of Fountain’s Peanut Festival, we had a terrific day of music at RAF, the second of our festival, with this outstanding lineup of entertainers:

Shelby & Linda Stephenson. As was often the case when they played our Peanut Festival, they kicked it off with the National Anthem, followed by a lively set of Hank Williams and other traditional country music tunes.

Backroads, a bluegrass gospel band from Greene County, featured Beth Lamm on vocals performing traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and pop songs performed in bluegrass style. 

Flat Mountain Dulcimers performed traditional mountain and old-time music, on dulcimers, acoustic guitar and cello.

I Forgot, a power rock band based out of Farmville, made its Fountain debut, fronted by guitarist/lead singer Mark Griffin. They were our “new music” act for the day. 

Old Grey Suits: “a new local band that promises to become one of the best, given its members musical pedigrees”: John Booker plays bass and sings lead; Don Dunn plays mandolin and sings lead. Kevin Mills plays guitar, and Robbie Johnson is on banjo

High & Risin’: original acoustic Americana

Carolina Grass, another of the region’s outstanding new bluegrass bands, played RAF for the first time: traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel with two and three-part harmonies. Players were Tommy Daughtridge on guitar and vocals; James Brown on mandolin; Eddie McDaris on upright bass; Larry Taylor on guitar and vocals; Steve Peters on fiddle; and Lee Flood on banjo.

Tar River Boys, from Tarboro and Greenville, played traditional bluegrass and pop standards in bluegrass style, with Buddy Zincone on banjo and Dobro; Willie Nelms on bass; Bill Poplin on guitar; and Roger Sauerborn on mandolin

Father & Son Bluegrass Band: Troy & Skylar Smith performing traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel

Tags: acoustic Carolina, Americana, bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, Concert, country, eclectic, folk, original, rock