Grass Strings

Location: R.A. Fountain

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Grass Strings Pick Bluegrass Friday

[Fountain, NC]  The Grass Strings returns to Fountain General Store this Friday night for a concert of traditional country, bluegrass, and bluegrass gospel music. On Saturday, Freddy and Francine, an eclectic acoustic duo from Los Angeles, blend soul, rhythm and blues, folk and Americana into a show that has drawn comparisons to Aretha Franklin and Van Morrison.

        Founded in 1976, the Kannapolis-based Grass Strings feature beautiful five-part vocal harmonies and excellent picking. Original members Jeff Russell on guitar and Jim Burris on mandolin are joined by Jason Hatley on bass, Lynn Russell on dobro, and Randy Mauldin on banjo.

        Hatley and Russell were formerly in the Bridgetown Band.

        “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 headlining the Red Barn Bluegrass Festival in the Bertie County town of Aulander on Saturday, October 7.

        This marks the Grass Strings’ fourth performance in Fountain. “They like playing here, both for the sound they get within our old building 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 RAF’s been getting some good mention in those conversations.”

Tags: bluegrass gospel, tradtional bluegrass