Kentucky bluegrass band to play Fountain

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FOUNTAIN— The Kentucky-based bluegrass quintet Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tym’n will perform original and traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel songs at Fountain General Store Saturday night.

The band is well known throughout the South and East Coast for its energetic shows, fast picking and sweet harmonies. This will be their first show at Fountain.

Bandleader Stinson has been performing for over 30 years. He started out singing Southern gospel but by 1996 had joined bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin’s band on bass and baritone vocals. Martin has said of him, “Kenny was the best baritone I have had since J.D. Crowe.”

Stinson has fronted his own band for a decade now and maintains a busy traveling schedule with it. Popular on the bluegrass festival circuit, they will also be featured on a January 2018 Caribbean Classic Country and Bluegrass cruise with fellow Kentuckian Dave Adkins.

Stinson plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony. His wife, Ronda, shares lead vocals and harmonies, and their son, Gavin, plays bass. Chuck Sharpe is on guitar and adds vocal harmonies, and Dayle Eskridge plays banjo. Eskridge and Sharpe were formerly with Changing Times, and Eskridge also plays with the Louisville-based bluegrass band Relic.

Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tym’n’s June 10 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $8.50 and reserved seats, $11.

R.A. Fountain, General Store, is located in historic downtown Fountain, at the intersection of US 258 and NC 222. The business is smoke- and alcohol-free.