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Blues Great George Higgs in Concert at R.A. Fountain
Saturday, April 16, 2005 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $5

From Paris, Byron Bay, R.A. Fountain: such is the life of Tarboro's blues legend George Higgs, who will bring his unique style of blues to R.A. Fountain, General Store and Internet Café on April 16.

With the recent death of Big Boy Henry, Higgs becomes the last of his generation of bluesmen still active in eastern North Carolina. "Now's the time to see George," said Lightnin' Wells, the Farmville-based bluesman and frequent traveling companion to Higgs. "The past couple of years, he's really been at the top of his game, and he's presenting some great shows."

Higgs was born in 1930 near the Edgecombe County community of Speed. He learned to play harmonica from his father and was influenced early in his life by Peg Leg Sam, who was a frequent performer in Rocky Mount during tobacco market season. He started playing guitar as a teenager.

"His performances reflect how he grew up," said Wells. "He plays Piedmont and Delta style blues, folk songs, and popular jukebox songs from the 1940s and '50s, all done in his unique Eastern North Carolina style."

Opening the show for Higgs will be the jazz singing trio Just Us, comprised of George and Bettie Higgs' three daughters: Dorothy Higgs and Debbie Hunter of Rocky Mount and Bernadine Williams of Sharpsburg. Just Us has recently released its first CD.

The evening's entertainment starts at 7:30. Admission is $5.

R.A. Fountain, General Store and Internet Café, is a family-oriented venue that opened in downtown Fountain in October 2004.