Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cut-ups

Location: R.A. Fountain

From our promo for this concert:

Bluegrass legend Roby Huffman returns to Fountain General Store with his all-star band the Bluegrass Cutups for a concert of classic and original music on Friday night.

Huffman, who lives in Smithfield, has taken several generations of his Cutups to bluegrass festivals and concerts throughout the United States and Europe since beginning his professional career in the early 1960s. Currently performing with him are Travis Johnson on lead guitar and vocals; Daniel Casey on banjo; Mike Rose on mandolin; and Ray Bridgers on bass.

“Roby’s got that high, lonesome tenor that a lot of folks say really defines the bluegrass vocal style and sound,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “He’s the godfather of eastern Carolina bluegrass, and it’s always a great honor to have him back in town.”

Several former Cutups have gone on to distinguished careers in bluegrass with their own bands, including Wayne Benson Hershel Sizemore  and Al Batten <http://www.ibluegrass.com/bluegrassreunion/>.

Huffman’s vinyl LPs are highly prized collector’s items. He has also released 3 CDs.

Tags: bluegrass gospel, original, tradtional bluegrass