Artist Lineup for MerleFest Announced

MerleFest 25, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 26 to 29, 2012, is proud to announce the initial lineup for the music festival’s 25th year.
Image634557461786810000The four-day event will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. MerleFest is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, gathering to celebrate the memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, beloved son of American music icon and Deep Gap resident Doc Watson.

Organizers said the initial lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers that have become the hallmark of the four-day festival, adding that MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that Doc Watson has referred to as “traditional plus.”

“This year’s initial lineup will bring back a little nostalgia for the core MerleFest audience, those fans who return year after year to hear the traditional sounds of roots music,” festival director Ted Hagaman said. “We have some of the leading names in the music industry, of today and yesteryear, lined up to perform at the historic 25th festival.

“The MerleFest 25 lineup is made up of many of the artists who have helped make this festival the premier, internationally-recognized event that it has become. And, we are thrilled to welcome back that core fan base that has been with us for the ride all along and welcome a whole new generation of fans to experience the music, moments and memories that make MerleFest so special.”

The following artists will join host Doc Watson at MerleFest 25:
Richard Watson
The Boxcars
Nashville Bluegrass Band
Pete and Joan Wernick
Sierra Hull and Highway 111
David Holt
Susana and Timmy Abell
Alberti Flea Circus
Blind Boy Chocolate and The Milk Sheiks
Roy Book Binder
Laura Boosinger
Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys
Buffalo Barfield
T. Michael Coleman
The Deep Dark Woods
Donna the Buffalo
Casey Driessen
Enter the Haggis
Jubal’s Kin
Jack Lawrence
Jeff Little
The Local Boys
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Claire Lynch Band
Sam Bush
Dailey & Vincent
Steep Canyon Rangers
Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives
Tut Taylor
Dougie MacLean
Bill Mathis
Andy May
Cliff Miller
Misty River
The Neighbors
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Red June
Tony Rice
Michael Roach
Mary Flower
The Gibson Brothers
The Greencards
Mitch Greenhill
Stefan Grossman
Wayne Henderson
Bob Hill
The Honeycutters
Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce
Dehlia Low
Happy Traum
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (original lineup)
Snyder Family Band
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Kickin’ Grass Band
The Kruger Brothers
Jim Lauderdale
The Sigmon Stringers
Sims Country Cloggers
Steve and Ruth Smith
The InterACTive Theater of Jef
Fruteland Jackson
Johnson’s Crossroad
Joe Smothers
The Steel Wheels
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Wild Rumpus
Tony Williamson
Wylie & The Wild West
Zephyr Lightning Bolts
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“The initial lineup is already incredibly exciting and diverse, but it is dynamic,” Hagaman said. “We will be adding to the lineup in the days and months to come. MerleFest fans can get up-to-the-minute lineup additions and other festival news through our social media ventures. So, staying in touch with us via our electronic newsletter, website (http://www.merlefest.org) , Facebook and Twitter is crucial.”

The MerleFest box office will open for 2012 ticket sales on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. Ticket purchases can be made at (http://www.merlefest.org) or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2012.

“Throughout the years, one of the major factors that has built MerleFest is the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the four days of the festival,” Hagaman said. “That, in turn, creates another important element of MerleFest’s success: People truly feel that the festival is a great value. That’s probably best expressed by the fact that so many music fans and families return year after year, making MerleFest a regular spring tradition. We’re tremendously proud of what we’ve built – and at MerleFest 25, that tradition will continue.”

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