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Best country picks, July 19

CorrespondentJuly 18, 2013 

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    • On Friday, Carolina Lightnin’ offers an evening of bluegrass music in Durham’s Brightleaf Square courtyard, from 7 until 9 p.m.

The Western Pacific is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of bluegrass music. Yet, there’s the tiny Melanesian island of New Caledonia. Discovered by English explorer James Cook in 1774, and converted to a French colony in 1853, the archipelago 750 miles east of Australia is today a self-governing French territory with one of the largest economies in the Pacific. Add to the curious mix of New Caledonia’s culture, the popularity of Jean-luc Leroux -- a bluegrass and country star who also hosts a radio show broadcast throughout the archipelago. On Saturday, Leroux will play mandolin and sing his original bluegrass songs at R.A. Fountain General Store in Fountain.

252.749.3228/7974. The artist will be backed up by the Grass Strings of Kannapolis, Don Rigsby and Midnight Call fiddler Matt Hooper, and other fine pickers. 252-749-3228 or

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