from our promo for this concert
[Fountain, NC] The Carolina Yellowhammers play traditional bluegrass
and bluegrass gospel at Fountain General Store this Friday night.
The Yellowhammers are a quartet of area natives and bluegrass
professionals who gather occasionally for public performances such as
“This is always an incredible show,” said Alex Albright, Fountain
General proprietor. “Together, they’ve got 125 years of picking
experience, and a lot of that’s been with each other, in various
combinations, since the 1970s.”
The players are Lightnin’ Wells on guitar; Frank Harrison, mandolin;
Lane Hollis, banjo and fiddle; and John Booker, bass.
Wells, who lives in Fountain, is one of the best known Piedmont blues
performers of his generation. He performs throughout the U.S. and
Europe. He and Booker, who lives in Ayden, played together with the
Hometown Boys, a bluegrass mainstay on the Greenville music scene in
the late 1970s and early ’80s. Booker also plays with Highway 58 and
the Old Grey Suits.
Hollis and his family band, from Greenville, perform throughout the
region, sometimes with Booker and sometimes with Harrison. Daughter
Sarah has recently joined Clyde Mattocks’ latest country music
project, Without Further Ado.
Harrison, from Williamston, is generally regarded as the fastest
mandolin picker in East Carolina. He has performed at RAF with several
bands, including his own, the Mac and Tammy McRoy Band, and Unshackled.
The Yellowhammers take their name from the East Carolina Railway that
originated in Tarboro in 1898, connected to Fountain in 1902, and to
its terminus in Hookerton in 1908. Its passenger cars were called
Yellowhammers because they sounded like the local bird of the same
name. The ECR’s last train ran in 1965.
Their name is also a nod to the Georgia Yellow Hammers, a 1920s
oldtime string band whose music was a precursor to bluegrass.
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