Carolina Grass headline festival

Eastern North Carolina’s Carolina Grass will headline Fountain General’s sixth annual Bluegrass, Old-Time And Country Music Festival Aug. 16 and Aug. 17. The bluegrass band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. (Contributed photo)

Carolina Grass, a bluegrass band from Eastern North Carolina, is headlining an eight-act musical weekend of free performances at Fountain General Store.

Fountain General’s sixth annual Bluegrass, Old-Time And Country Music Festival Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 is in conjunction with Fountain’s annual Peanut Festival on the same dates. Fountain General Store is at the intersection of Highway 258 and Interstate 222 in downtown Fountain.

Music kicks off at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 with Shelby and Linda Stephenson singing the National Anthem before their Hank Williams tribute.

Tim Renfrow and Feelin’ Country will follow at 7:30 p.m. with traditional country music beginning.

Both acts Aug. 16  call Johnston County home. The Stephensons have performed in Fountain numerous times, together and as parts of larger bands. They have released three bluegrass and country CDs, including a tribute to Hank Williams.

Tim Renfrow and Feelin’ Country is a new band that plays the country music classics by artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and George Strait.

“These guys were terrific their first time at Fountain,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “They’ll be an even bigger hit for what promises to be a full house this weekend.”

Performers include Mr. Renfrow, who sings lead and plays guitar; Jon Acord on lead guitar, fiddle and mandolin; Steve Styons on bass and electric guitar; and Karl Esslinger on drums.

Aug. 17’s shows begin at noon with Stillwater, a family bluegrass band from Beaufort County. Performers are Bobby Moore on guitar; Donnie Moore on banjo; Jay Moore on mandolin; and Wendy Wallace on bass.

•    1 p.m. Stan Comer, New Orleans-based singer and songwriter performs original and traditional country and pop classics from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

•    2 p.m. Old Grey Suits, traditional bluegrass and newgrass performed by four long-time veterans of East Carolina’s bluegrass scene. John Booker of Ayden plays bass and sings; Donald Dunn of Greenville plays guitar and mandolin and sings; Robert Johnson of Hookerton plays banjo; and Kevin Mills of Greenville plays guitar and sings.

•    3 p.m. Flat Mountain Dulcimers, old-time, mountain, and bluegrass classics performed by Fountain favorites who take their name from the “flat mountains” of East Carolina. Performers are Dave and Margit Roberson and Nancy Galambush.

•    4 p.m. Greenville Grass, fronted by Buddy Zincone on banjo, plays traditional bluegrass and bluegrass versions of pop classics like “Norwegian Wood.” Also in the band are Willie Nelms on bass and vocals; Bill Poplin on guitar and vocals; Mike Kinzie on fiddle; and Roger Sauerborn on mandolin.

•    7 p.m. Carolina Grass, one of the best new bands to come out of East Carolina in years, closes out the day with two sets of original and traditional bluegrass. Larry Taylor plays guitar and sings; Eddie McDaris plays bass and sings; Tommy Daughtridge is on guitar; Lee Flood on banjo; James Brown on mandolin; and Steve Peters on fiddle. The band recently released its debut CD.

•    Late afternoon time slots between 5-6:30 p.m. are available for open mic performers.

Also performing during the weekend festival, on the outside stage beneath the stoplight will be Blue Soul Revue on Aug. 16 night and on Aug. 17, I Forgot at 2 p.m. and Southbound 85 at 7 p.m.

The family atmosphere is smoke- and alcohol-free.

For further information, phone 252-749-7974 or visit www.rafountain.com.

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