Any Bluegrass fans out there?

Merlefest has announced its 2010 line-up, featuring classic Bluegrass and “Traditional-plus” music from the likes of Doc Watson, , the recently ‘Bluegrassified’ , and a number of other heavy-hitters in the broader Bluegrass realm. The Wilkesboro, North Carolina festival will take place April 29 – May 2, 2010, and will celebrate its 23rd year in existence.

From the press release:



WILKESBORO, N.C.– 2010, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 29-May 2, is proud to announce the line up for the event’s 23rd year. The following artists will join host Doc Watson on the campus of Wilkes Community College for a celebration of “traditional-plus” music—a term Doc coined to describe the unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include , country, “plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play.”

Doc Watson
Richard Watson
Susana and Timmy Abell
Alberti Circus

Jim Avett
Balsam Range
Shana Banana
The Belleville Outfit

Brave Combo
Buffalo Barfield
Cadillac Sky

Dailey & Vincent

Eleanor Ellis

Great Big Sea
The Greencards
Buddy Greene


Corey Harris

The InterACTive Theater of Jef
Phil Jamison
Jeni & Billy

Jeff Little

The Lovell Sisters
Harry Manx
Bill Mathis

Bluegrass Band
Nation Beat
The Neighbors
Ben Prestage
Missy Raines and The New Hip
Red Molly
Tony Rice

Anne and Pete Sibley

Tut Taylor

The Travelin’ McCourys
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

Lightnin’ Wells
Pete and Joan Wernick
Shannon Whitworth
The Wilders
Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society

Wylie and The Wild West
Zephyr Lightning Bolts

“Yet again, the line up fulfills the festival’s mission of bringing in an incredibly exciting, diverse, and talented group of musicians,” comments Festival Director Ted Hagaman. “Fans can count on more surprises, spontaneous jam sessions and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations, and we will continue to add to this lineup. We encourage fans to keep checking our website ( for updates.”

In addition to providing the full line-up, the festival’s website,, is a complete source of information on all aspects of the event. Festival fans are encouraged to visit the website and sign up for the MerleFest e-newsletter or register as a volunteer. Fans can also follow the latest MerleFest developments on Facebook and .

The MerleFest box office will open for 2010 on Tuesday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. With over 75 acts performing on 15 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is an entertainment value. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2010.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and a celebration of “traditional plus” music. Scheduled for April 29 – May 2, 2010, the event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community college in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

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