Merlfest 2010 Line UP

by | 23 Oct, 2009

MerlfestMerleFest 2010, presented by Lowe’s and scheduled for 29th April – 2nd May 2010, has announced 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 Americana, country, plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play.

Susana and Timmy AbellAlberti Flea CircusThe Avett Brothers
Jim Avett Balsam RangeShana Banana
The BanknotesBearfoot The Belleville Outfit
Roy Book BinderBrave ComboBuffalo Barfield
Sam Bush BandCadillac SkyT. Michael Coleman
Elvis CostelloJohn Cowan BandDailey & Vincent
Dehlia LowDonna The Buffalo Jerry Douglas
The Duhks – Eleanor EllisAlice Gerrard
The Gibson BrothersGreat Big SeaThe Greencards
Buddy GreeneMitch GreenhillGeorge Hamilton IV
John HammondCorey HarrisWayne Henderson
David HoltThe InterACTive Theater of Jef Phil Jamison
Jeni & BillyThe Kruger BrothersJim Lauderdale
Jack LawrenceThe Lee BoysLittle Feat
Jeff LittleThe Local BoysThe Lovell Sisters
Harry ManxBill MathisAndy May
Nashville Bluegrass Band Nation BeatThe Neighbors
Ben PrestageMissy Raines & The New HipRed Molly
Tony RicePeter RowanScythian
Anne and Pete SibleyJoe SmothersSteep Canyon Rangers
Tut TaylorHappy TraumThe Travelin’ McCourys
Rhonda Vincent and The RageThe WaybacksLightnin’ Wells
Pete and Joan WernickShannon Whitworththe Wilders
Wilkes Acoustic Folk SocietyTony WilliamsonW.P.A.
Wylie and The Wild WestZephyr Lightning Bolts Richard Watson

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 Twitter.

The MerleFest box office will open for 2010 ticket sales 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. The event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community college in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.