Lightnin’ Wells

Location: R.A. Fountain

From our promo for this concert and from the March 19, 2009 FAD:

Local favorite Lightnin’ Wells has stepped in as Saturday night’s entertainment after the Flatland Bluegrass Band was forced to cancel their first trip to Fountain.

Randy Grigg of Flatland called this afternoon to report that wife Karen’s brother is in critical condition in a hospital at their Tidewater home, not expected to live through the weekend. He expressed his regret at having to cancel at this late time, but under the circumstances, it was easy to see that leaving for such a journey was not a good thing.

Wells was glad to fill in. Those familiar with his shows know that no two are ever the same, and to expect an entertaining and eclectic evening of excellent early 20th century American music.

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 The Flatland Bluegrass Band was formed in 2003. It is fronted by Karen and Randy Grigg, lead singers who play mandolin and guitar respectively. Josh Meade plays banjo and Fred Staggs plays bass. They have been auditioning for a new fiddle player and hope to have one with them at their Fountain show.

Based in the Tidewater, Flatland Bluegrass is popular at churches and festivals throughout Virginia and Maryland. This is their first performance at RAF.

Tags: Americana, country, folk, gospel, guitar, hokum, old-time