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Well folks out there in Wilkesboro North Carolina we got a HUGE festival going on April 23-26 2015 called Merlefest. And before I even tell you the lineup I must say they JUST ADDED a 58 year old Honky Tonker that I’d say is pretty much safe to call him a Legend…DWIGHT YOAKAM.

I’m going to provide links to all the bands on my lineup on this article and it’s NOT going to be easy! The lineup on this one is a BIG BIG deal folks. This festival is not small time or little in any way.

Merlefest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College.
I thought at first it had something to do with Merle Haggard but no it was named and founded in memory of Doc Watson’s son who died in 1985. Doc Watson who died on May 29th 2012 often played the festival and provided much to the growth of the festival.

It is held on the campus of the Wilkes Community College in Wilksboro North Carolina and all these bands will play on 13 different stages…I’d have to hire a ton of help to cover this festival¬† I’m going to up front and honest about this festival there is NO smoking or drinking allowed. So if you are coming down there intending to party hard…don’t. Cause this festival is for music lovers that choose not to imbibe in that. You can click on the main link up there for maps and directions to the festival. Here is the lineup to this behemoth festival and TRUST ME if you are just like me and like to enjoy the music in public in a sober fashion
this is a GREAT festival.

Dwight Yoakam
The Avett Brothers
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Hot Rize
Lee Ann Womack
North Mississippi Allstars
The Del McCoury Band
The Marshall Tucker Band
Earls of Leicester
Robert Earl Keen
Steep Canyon Rangers
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
The Gibson Brothers
Paul Thorn
Trampled By Turtles
Sam Bush Band
The Kruger Brothers
The Waybacks
Sutton, Holt and Coleman
Peter Rowan
Richard Watson
Nashville Bluegrass Band
Jim Lauderdale
Shannon Whitworth
Donna the Buffalo
Chatham County Line
Del Barber
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West
Blue Highway
Baillie and The Boys
The Spinney Brothers
The South Carolina Broadcasters
The Larry Stephenson Band
The Honeycutters
The David Mayfield Parade
New Country Rehab
Bob Hill
Blind Boy Paxton
Bill Mize
Jim Avett
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Andy May
The Two Man Gentlemen Band
The Stray Birds
The Ragbirds
The Jason Lee McKinney Band
The Honey Dewdrops
The Black Lillies
The Black Cadillacs
Roy Book Binder
The Grassifieds
Pete and Joan Wernick
Moore Brothers Band
Mark Johnson
Lorraine Jordan Carolina Road Band
>Logan Brill
>Joe West & The Santa Fe Revue
Jesse and Noah Bellamy
Jeff Little Trio
Jack Lawrence
Front Country
Emory Lester
Doug MacLeod
Carol Rifkin and Friends
Brandon Whyde and The Devil’s Keep
Bill Mathis
William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree
Wayne Henderson
Veronika Jackson
Brushy Rides
Andy Buckner
Unspoken Tradition
Underhill Rose
Reverend Robert Jones
Tut Taylor
Tony Williamson
Time Sawyer
The Sheets Family Band
The Local Boys
The Gravy Boys
Uncle Ted White
Steve And Ruth Smith
Sons Of The South Bluegrass Band
Mountain Park Old Time Band
The Sigmon Stringers
Mitch Greenhill
Locust Honey String Band
String Madness
Lee Bidgood
Laura Boosinger
Joe Smothers
Happy Traum
The Loose Strings Band
Glenn Bannerman
Farmer Jason
Charles Welch
Bobby Miller and The Virginia Dare Devils
Blue Ridge Heritage Cloggers
Bethel University Bluegrass Bands
Bearwallow Bluegrass Band
Bayou Diesil
Whitewater Ramble
Bandit’s Roost
Alberti Flea Circus
Kiran Singh

There are songwriting contests and nature walks that you can do while there and there will be hotel information being added to this article soon. There is a family area and an acoustic showcase for kids and plenty of family orientated things to do. Parking is included in the ticket price and there are plenty of shuttle services and disabled services for patrons.

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