Roby Huffman & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups

Location: R.A. Fountain

It was always a special event when the god-daddy of East Carolina bluegrass came to town. Roby has been playing the good stuff since the late 1950s, when he moved to the Smithfield area for work with the Hurricane Hazel cleanup. His Cut-ups in various incarnations accompanied him on tours throughout the U.S. and Europe. In his new white hat tonight, he put on a terrific show, with long-time buddy Kenneth Glover on bass; Daniel Casey on banjo with his daughter, Samantha, on fiddle; and Roby’s son, Jeff, on guitar.

from our promo for this concert

Roby Huffman, from Smithfield, has been performing since the late 1950s. With several versions of his backup band, the Cut-ups, he’s toured the U.S. and Europe, but in recent years his performances have been rarer and more often close to home.

“Roby and his family like coming over here,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “And it’s always an honor to have him in the house. He doesn’t have to play anywhere any more, so we’re especially glad he keeps enjoying his trips to Fountain.”

Performing with Huffman Saturday night will be his son, Jeff, on guitar; Kenneth Glover on bass; Daniel Casey on banjo [daughter Samantha was a surprise guest performer, excellent as always]; and Mike Rose on mandolin.

“You won’t find traditional bluegrass any better than this anywhere,” added Albright.

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