Lounge Abouts + Shelby & Linda Stephenson

Location: R.A. Fountain

From our promo for this concert:

The Lounge Abouts are three college freshmen, fronted by ECU’s Alex Ball, who plays guitar and sings. His two bandmates, mandolinist Lee Molvie and bassist Mark Voller, are roommates at UNC-CH. 

Ball, who also plays mandolin and fiddle, has accompanied the Texas-based country music performer Cowboy Johnson. He promises an evening of “hard-driving bluegrass with a lot of fiddle and mandolin tunes.”

Molvie won second place in mandolin picking at this year’s Jefferson County fiddlers convention.

Opening act Shelby and Linda Stephenson are half of the popular bluegrass band the Stephenson Brothers and Linda. As a duo, they have also released a CD of Hank Williams covers.

“It looks like we’ve got Shelby and Linda a pedal steel guitar player, too,” said Albright. “Alex will be able to fiddle some with Shelby’s Hank Williams set, and Shelby’s bluegrass guitar will enable Alex to fiddle some in his own bluegrass sets. It looks like we’re going to have a fine night of music, a very interesting time.”

Shelby Stephenson, a Pembroke University English professor, has published 10 collections of poetry. He was already to be in Fountain to meet people and sign copies of his books at an event scheduled for 4 p.m.

“We always look forward coming to Fountain,” he said. 

Fountain General Store and Mike Baker regret any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the Drop Tops’ show.

“Of course we’ll refund all the reserved seat sales,” said Alex Albright, store proprietor. “Patrons may call us and we’ll send them a check, or stop by for a cash refund. And we’ll get Mike and his band back on the schedule as soon as we can. 

Tags: bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, Concert, country, folk, tradtional bluegrass