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MerleFest 2015 to Feature Special Sets and Collaborations

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MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and taking place April 23-26, 2015, will boast a number of special collaborations and performances at this year’s festival. As regular attendees of the celebrated festival know, these “MerleFest Moments” – as they’re often called – are a frequent result of the artistic, collective spirit of this special yearly musical gathering.

The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”

Jim Lauderdale with North Mississippi Allstars, The Del McCoury Band performing songs of Woody Guthrie, a Sunset Jam with the Kruger Brothers and special guests, and a guitar tribute to Doc Watson are among the many “MerleFest Moments” fans can expect

“MerleFest has gotten a reputation for creating special music, moments and memories with the unique collaborations and spontaneous jams that occur over the course of the four days of the festival,” said Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for the festival. “Doc Watson started a lot of these collaborations at the festival years ago, and it’s great to see artists continue that tradition today. This year is no different as we continue some long-standing sets and have added new ones.”

The many special sets and collaboration that will take place at MerleFest 2015 include:

  • A Friday evening performance on the Watson Stage pairs Americana artist and fan favorite Jim Lauderdale with North Mississippi Allstars. This year marks NMA’s first MerleFest appearance.
  • The Del McCoury Band’s set on the Watson Stage Friday night will feature the songs of Woody Guthrie. McCoury has shown an affinity for the famed “Dustbowl Troubadour” in the past, setting some of Guthrie’s unreleased writings to original music.
  • “Sunset Jam: The Kruger Brothers with special guests” will take place on the Hillside stage on Friday evening.
  • Frequent Doc Watson collaborator Jack Lawrence will lead an all-star group of guitarists in a special guitar-based tribute to the late folk icon on the Watson Stage Saturday afternoon.
  • The “Lucid Dreamer” set will take place on Sunday morning with The Kruger Brothers joined by the Kontras Quartet on the Watson Stage.

Yearly collaborations that fans always look forward to include T. Michael Coleman’s “Memories of Doc and Merle” set, “Mando Mania” (featuring Tony Williamson, Emory Lester, Mike Compton, Andrew Marlin, James Nash and more), “Sunday Blues” with Roy Book Binder and special guests, Pete Wernick’s “Flexigrass Jam” and the highly anticipated “Hillside Album Hour” with the Waybacks.

The full MerleFest 2015 lineup is viewable at

Tickets for MerleFest 2015 may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount through April 22.

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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