Russ Varnell & Too Country

Location: R.A. Fountain

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Russ Varnell & Too Country Saturday Night

[Fountain, NC] Russ Varnell and Too Country returns to Fountain Saturday night for a concert of classic honky-tonk country music.

Varnell, from the Wilson County community of Black Creek, fronts one of the tightest country bands in eastern NC. He also sports the fanciest clothes.

“Russ has that classic sound you don’t hear much in country music anymore,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “And we never know what sequins he’ll show up wearing.”

Varnelll owns over twenty classic country suits, many forme ly worn by Grand Ole Opry stars such as Mel Tillis, Bill Anderson, and Buck Owens. Several were made by legendary suit-maker for the stars Manuel, of Nashville, Tennessee.

Varnell’s band is led by Ricky Hagen on pedal steel guitar. Roger Gilmore plays drums; Evan Rose, bass; and Dave Evans, lead guitar. Joy Williams sings lead and duets with Varnell.

Tags: Concert, country, honky-tonk, traditional