Carolina Lightnin’

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Carolina Lightnin’ Picks Trad Bluegrass  Sat. 

[Fountain, NC] Carolina Lightnin’ returns to Fountain General Store Saturday night for a concert of traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.

This Traingle-based powerhouse trio features the sweet vocals of Greenville native Alice Zincone, with Rick Lafleur on banjo and bluegrass legend Tommy Edwards on guitar, vocals, and jokes. 

Zincone has performed with Haywire and Lipbone Redding. With Lafleur, she wrote the Rhonda Vincent hit “Last Time Loving you.” An ECU grad and NC Arts Education Association Teacher of the Year, she is the daughter of banjo player Buddy Zincone, who hosted bluegrass jams at his Greenville home for many years. 

“Buddy’s generally credited with keeping bluegrass alive in East Carolina,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “That’s where Alice met Tommy, though she was just an infant then!”

Edwards was a co-founder in 1971 of the supergroup the Bluegrass Experience, with whom he still performs. He started jamming at the Zincone household while a student at ECU. 

Lafleur, originally from Canada, moved to North Carolina in the 1990s because of its strong bluegrass performing scene. He played banjo for the Grass Cats for many years.