the Boohers

Location: R.A. Fountain

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The Boohers, one of the most popular family bluegrass bands in the southeastern U.S., make their Fountain debut on Saturday night.

This quintet from Johnson City, Tennessee is a popular act at festivals throughout the region. The latest of their five CDs, Grandma’s Songs, was released by Lonesome Day Records. It features four songs penned by Tom T. and Dixie Hall as well as several original songs by Gary Booher; it was recorded at the Halls’ studio in Franklin, Tenn.

Formed in 2000, the Boohers specialize in classic and original bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. They also perform oldtime and country with a bluegrass twist. The band includes Gary and Lora Booher and their sons Jamey on bass and Joseph on mandolin. Gary Booher plays guitar and banjo; he also builds guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Lora sings and plays rhythm guitar. Thomas Wywrot also plays lead guitar in the band.

“Everybody in the band shares vocals,” said Lora Booher, who added, “We have heard many great things through the bluegrass grapevine about Fountain General Store, and this makes us anxious to visit and share our family and our music with the folks of eastern North Carolina.”

Tim Stafford, lead singer and guitarist for Blue Highway, says the Boohers are “one of the strongest family bands around.”

R.L. Rouse has compared them to the original Carter family: “No one does bluegrass gospel better.”

“We’re delighted to have a band of this stature playing here,” Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor said. “Everybody says they put on a great show, in addition to being excellent musicians and fine folks.”

Tags: bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, Concert, tradtional bluegrass