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  • MerleFest moments not to miss

    MerleFest moments not to miss

    MerleFest, the “traditional plus” music festival begun by the late, great Doc Watson in 1988 to honor the memory of his son Merle, has become well-known among fans of roots music for the special collaborations, jams and tribute concerts included in each year’s festival lineup. Musicians who return...
  • Down Home Band, Belk Southern Musician Showcase winners, at MerleFest

    Down Home Band, Belk Southern Musician Showcase winners, at MerleFest

    The Nashville-based Down Home Band, winners in Belk’s second annual Southern Musician Showcase, will be appearing at MerleFest on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Fronted by singer/songwriter Jeff Estes, the band plays a hybrid blend of blues, alt country, folk rock and Americana best described as American...
  • Honeycutters release new album before MerleFest performance

    Honeycutters release new album before MerleFest performance

    The Honeycutters—an American country roots band based in Asheville, North Carolina—will release its third studio album just before appearing at MerleFest, the traditional music festival held annually in Wilkesboro. Titled Me Oh My, the album will be released through Organic Records on April 21, 201...
  • PBS host and musician David Holt at MerleFest

    PBS host and musician David Holt at MerleFest

    David Holt is a familiar name to fans of traditional music. He hosts several PBS shows, including “Folkways” showcasing traditional North Carolina musicians and crafts, and “Great Scenic Railway Journeys.” He hosted shows on the Nashville Network as well, including “Fire on the Mountain” during the...
  • Grammy winners Dwight Yoakam, Steep Canyon Rangers join MerleFest lineup

    Grammy winners Dwight Yoakam, Steep Canyon Rangers join MerleFest lineup

    Top talent continues to be added to the lineup at MerleFest, North Carolina’s tribute to bluegrass and roots music coming up April 23-26, 2015. Dwight Yoakam, Steep Canyon Rangers, Willie Watson, The Steel Wheels and Shannon Whitworth all recently confirmed their participation at this year’s event...
  • 5 must-see bands at Merlefest

    5 must-see bands at Merlefest

    In a world of increasingly large and increasingly commercial festivals, Merlefest has remained what they call “Traditional Plus” since the first edition in 1998. Nestled in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the festival started by bluegrass legend Doc Watson has been a destination for some of the best...
  • MerleFest adds Avett Brothers and Earls of Leicester to 2015 lineup

    MerleFest adds Avett Brothers and Earls of Leicester to 2015 lineup

    Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest, promised fans more surprises to come in the 2015 MerleFest schedule and delivered with the announcement this week of the addition of the Avett Brothers to the festival, along with the Earls of Leicester, a tribute band recreating the music of...
  • MerleFest 2015 tickets on sale

    MerleFest 2015 tickets on sale

    The 2015 edition of MerleFest, one of the world’s top festivals devoted to old time and bluegrass music announced its initial lineup and now has tickets on sale. Since the 2012 death of Doc Watson, the grand old man of guitar pickin’, the festival he founded to honor the memory of his son, Eddy...
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