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East Carolina's best place to hear acoustic music.
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October 19-21 closed - gone to Boone for Family Weekend at AppState

Friday October 26, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8 general admission, $10 reserved tax included
Lightnin' Wells
Lightnin' Wells is back for another terrific concert of traditional blues and early Americana music.

Lightnin', who lives near Fountain, performs and teaches blues and guitar workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe. He's been especially popular in Germany and on the West Coast, and we're always glad to have him performing here at 'home,' where he gets to bring all his instruments along.

His performances demonstrate a broad range of musical talents and interests. He plays acoustic and resonator guitars; harmonica; banjo; and a variety of mandolins and ukuleles. He also whistles and yodels and serves up with many of his songs an entertaining and lively historical perspective.

Lightnin' shows are really variety shows: He plays Piedmont and Delta blues, early vaudeville and hokum, country, early 20th century pop, gospel, and old-time songs.

As always, expect a full evening's entertainment.

Mike "Lightnin'" Wells was born in West Virginia and grew up in Goldsboro. Before moving to Fountain, he lived for many years in Farmville. He earned degrees at UNC-CH and ECU and worked for several years as a music therapist before embarking on a career as a solo musical artist.

He built his national and international reputations as one of the most outstanding proponents of Piedmont blues, and he has performed with many of the best second generation of Piedmont blues people, including Big Boy Henry of Beaufort; George Higgs of Tarboro; Algia Mae Hinton of Johnston County; and John Dee Holeman of Durham.

His latest CD, from 2017, was produced on the Blind Lemon Records label in Germany. "O, Lightnin', Where Art Thou?" his sixth solo CD, has gotten rave reviews from the U.S. blues community.

He also wrote the extensive liner notes on the recently released compilation of Colonial Records rockabilly tunes produced on the Bear Family label, also from Germany.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 -- 4 p.m. -- FREE! FREE!
Jaki Shelton Green and Shelby Stephenson
Jaki, who lives in Mebane, is North Carolina's newest poet laureate. Shelby, from McGee's Crossroads, is a longtime Fountain favorite as a singer, with his wife, Nin. He's also ending his tenure as our state's 8th poet laureate. Together, they'll present a remarkable program of original poems, and at the reception afterwards, they'll also have copies of their many books for sale.

Jaki Shelton Green (left) is making her first trip to Fountain General Store, to read her poems with Fountain favorite Shelby Stephenson.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Damascus Ridge
Damascus Ridge is an excellent quartet of pickers who've dedicated their musical lives to playing bluegrass gospel music.

Guitarist Frank King has been playing and singing since his early teenage years. A Raleigh resident, he writes most of the band's original material.

Greg Taylor, on bass, lives in Apex; he sings tenor and baritone.

Joe Pessolano is one of the best mandolin pickers we've had the pleasure of hosting -- he's been here with several bands. He's now added Dobro to his repertoire and does most of the band's arrangements, and he also sings tenor and lead vocals. He lives near Angier.

On banjo is John Dudley, who most recently played Fountain with the Boys from Carolina. He also plays guitar and adds baritone harmony to the band's vocals.

Damascus Road formed in 2008 and has released three CDs, all of which will be available for purchase at tonight's concert.

Saturday, November 2, 2018 -- 8:00 p.m. -- $15 general admission, $17.50 reserved tax included
The Barefoot Movement

Saturday, November 9, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Chatham Rabbits

Saturday, November 17, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Friday, November 23, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Nu-Blu

Friday, November 30, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Shannon Baker & Sometime Soon

Friday, December 7, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Malpass Brothers

Friday, December 21, 2018 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Carolyn Greene Myers

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