Malpass Brothers

Location: R.A. Fountain

The Malpass Brothers, on a break from their tours with country music hall of famer Merle Haggard, return to Fountain General Store on Friday night for a concert of vintage country, bluegrass, and bluegrass gospel.

From Goldsboro, Chris and Taylor Malpass perform in the tradition of such classic brother duets as the Monroes, the Delmores, and the Louvins.

“Increasingly, it’ll be tougher and tougher to get them into places like ours,” said Fountain General proprietor Alex Albright. “They’re definitely the East Carolina act to watch for on the national music scene. Once their new CD with Haggard comes out, they won’t be such a secret any longer. They’re already getting some phenomenal national press. Right now, though, they’re still playing their favorite spots in the area.”

After this coming weekend’s performances in eastern NC, the Malpass Brothers depart for Northern Ireland, where they’ll be featured at the Ulster American Folk Park’s annual bluegrass festival, in Omagh.

After Ireland, they hit the road with Haggard for their third tour together this year. This one will include dates in Branson, Missouri, and at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Tags: bluegrass gospel, classic, country, tradtional bluegrass