Grass Strings

Location: R.A. Fountain

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Grass Strings Pick Bluegrass at Fountain Friday Night

[Fountain, NC] The Grass Strings, a 5-piece band from Kannapolis, returns to Fountain General Store tomorrow night for a concert of traditional country, bluegrass, and bluegrass gospel music. 

Formed in 1976, the Strings feature beautiful five-part vocal harmonies and excellent picking. Original members Jeff Russell, on guitar, and Jim Burris, on mandolin, are joined by Randy Mauldin on banjo, Dwayne Thomas on bass, T. Garrett Abercrombie on fiddle, and Greg Abercrombie on guitar.

 “This is a terrific band, with some of the sweetest harmonies we’ve ever heard,” said Fountain General Store proprietor Alex Albright. “It’s one of those bands we’d never get in Fountain if they weren’t on their way to somewhere else.”  The Grass Strings are once again headlining this year’s Red Barn Bluegrass Festival in the Bertie County town of Aulander, on Saturday, May 5.

This marks the Grass Strings’ fifth performance in Fountain. “They like playing here, both for the sound and especially for our crowds, who really appreciate excellent bluegrass picking,” added Albright. “They’re one of the reasons we’re getting bluegrass acts from throughout the Southeast and East Coast–the pickers talk about their favorite places to play, and we’ve been getting some good mention in those conversations.”

The Grass Strings jumped in to fill a hole in scheduling left at Fountain when Friday’s bluegrass band, Jonah Riddle and the Carolina Express, canceled with just a week before showtime [Jonah was testing for his rescue squad credentials]. “They were headed to Aulander anyway,” Albright said, “and they noticed the hole in our schedule and were gracious enough to volunteer to fill it–an offer we were glad to accept!”

The Grass Strings’ May 4 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $8.50; reserved seats, $11.

Tags: bluegrass gospel, tradtional bluegrass