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Steep Canyon Rangers Join MerleFest Lineup

Steep Canyon RangersWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, has announced Dwight Yoakam, Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth as part of the music festival’s lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will 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, old-time, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”

Robert Earl Keen Added to MerleFest 2015 Lineup

Robert Earl KeenWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, 2015, has added Robert Earl Keen to the music festival’s lineup. 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.

First Set of Performers Announced for MerleFest 2015

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 23-26, 2015, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial lineup. 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. The star-packed grouping announced today includes:

MerleFest to Sponsor Showcases During World of Bluegrass

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Wilkesboro, NC -- North Carolina's MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, will sponsor a diverse collection of artists showcasing their music as part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)'s World of Bluegrass multi-day event in Raleigh, N.C., this fall.

Flatt Lonesome's Kelsi and Paul Harrigill Honored for Songwriting

KelsiArden, NC – Crossroads Entertainment and Pisgah Ridge Records extend congratulations to Paul Harrigill of Flatt Lonesome on his first place win in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest. Along with his sister Amber Nugent, Paul co-wrote “I’m Blue” which took top honors in the Bluegrass category.

MerleFest 2014 Celebrates Another Successful Year

Old Crow Medicine Show by Gordor BurnsWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, has come to a close for another year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday, April 24, to its close on Sunday, April 27, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 76,000 participants, staying comparable with last year’s numbers. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

MerleFest Congratulates 2014 Chris Austin Songwriter Winners

Chris Austin Songwriters Judges and WinnersWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest 2014 congratulates the winners of the 22nd Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Writers of the following twelve songs were selected from 567 entries and competed on the Austin Stage at MerleFest on Friday, April 25. MerleFest performer Keller Williams served as emcee for the contest. Distinguished songwriters Darrell Scott, Charles Humphrey III (Steep Canyon Rangers) and Niall Toner served as this year’s onsite judges that determine this year’s winners.

Roland White, Blake Williams Celebrate a Century Of Lester Flatt at MerleFest

Roland White and Blake WilliamsSparta, TN -- Former members of Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass, Roland White and Blake Williams, are set to honor the legendary singer and songwriter on Saturday, April 26th at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC with their special presentation of "100 Years Of Lester Flatt."

MerleFest Announces Midnight Jam Lineup, Other Collaborations

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest – presented by Lowe’s and slated this year for April 24-27, 2014 – has released the full lineup of confirmed performers for the festival’s Midnight Jam, the Saturday after-hours hootenanny that has produced artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history. Additionally, the festival has provided a listing of many of the special collaborations expected at MerleFest 2014, pointing out the many “must see” artistic combinations that have made the yearly gathering in Wilkesboro, N.C., so legendary.

Ash Breeze in Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Top 3

Ash BreezeWillis, VA -- North Carolina's Ash Breeze is off to a solid start with the word that their song "Without Love" has made it into the finals of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for Merlesfest 2014. The song is 1 of 3 finalists in the Inspirational/Gospel category.

Chris Austin Songwriting Finalists Announced

Josh CrewsWilkesboro, NC -- Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest 2014 takes place from April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

MerleFest Partners with Music City Roots for Kickoff Event

Sierra HullNashville, TN -- For the second year in a row, multi-platform concert series “Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Café” partners with MerleFest for a special kickoff event prior to the North Carolina festival. Set for April 23, 2014, at 7 p.m., Nashville’s “coolest show” will devote an evening to some of the talent appearing at the 27th annual MerleFest.

Performing Arts Showcase to Debut at MerleFest 2014

MerleFestWilkesboro, NC -- A new performance series, the Doc and Merle Watson Performing Arts Showcase, will debut this year at MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014. The series will join such performances as the “Memories of Doc and Merle” set, as well as the fan-favorite Hillside Album Hour, as part of the four-day festival, held annually on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

MerleFest Expands Acoustic Kids Showcases for 2014

MerleFest YouthWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest – presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014 – is well-known for its celebration and encouragement of talented young performers. The Acoustic Kids Showcases, a performance platform for the next generation of pickers, singers and traditional-style artists, allows youth to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival. This builds upon the momentum established by the Youth Showcases, which have been mainstays at MerleFest for the past ten years.

Merle Haggard and Ricky Skaggs Round Out MerleFest Lineup

Ricky Skaggs and Merle HaggardWilkesboro, NC -- As announced earlier today via Billboard.com, legendary country music artist Merle Haggard will perform for the first time at MerleFest as he closes MerleFest 2014 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Sunday, April 27. The festival also welcomes back MerleFest favorite Ricky Skaggs, whose Saturday, April 26, evening performance will mark the 12th time that the famed bluegrass musician has appeared in the lineup. MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans that takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College.

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