Merlfest Lineup for 2011

by | 2 Nov, 2010

News from Wilksboro, N.C.

MerleFest 2011, is scheduled for 28th April to 1st May 2011, and has announced the initial lineup for the event’s 24th 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.

Doc Watson, Richard Watson, Susana and Timmy Abell, Alberti Flea Circus, Balsam Range, The Banknotes, Rory Block, Roy Book Binder Alison Brown Quartet, Buffalo Barfield, Sam Bush Band, Cadillac Sky, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, T. Michael Coleman, Crooked Still, Ken Crouse, Donna The Buffalo, The Doobie Brothers (with newest member John Cowan), Casey Driessen, Eleanor Ellis, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Paul Geremia, Mitch Greenhill, George Hamilton IV, Harper, Corey Harris and Phil Wiggins, John Hartford String Band, Bob Hill, David Holt, The InterACTive Theater of Jef, Veronika Jackson, Jeff and Vida, Johnson’s Crossroad, Catfish Keith, The Kruger Brothers, Sonny Landreth, Jim Lauderdale, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little, The Local Boys, Lyle Lovett, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Corb Lund, Bill Mathis, Andy May, Del McCoury Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Neighbors, Tim O’Brien, Pauls Creek Band, Red Molly, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Scythian, Shana Banana, The Sigmon Stringers, Sinai Mountain Ramblers, Slate Mountain Ramblers, Steve and Ruth Smith, Joe Smothers, Synder Family Band, Tut Taylor, Town Mountain, Happy Traum, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Waybacks, Charles Welch, Pete and Joan Wernick, Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, Josh Williams Band, Tony Williamson and the Zephyr Lightning Bolts.

The MerleFest 2011 lineup offers an incredibly exciting, diverse and talented group of musicians, which is always our mission as a festival. Another goal this year is to give our festival attendees up-to-the-minute information about lineup additions and other aspects of MerleFest. As new artists are added, we will share that information immediately through our social media venues – Festival Director Ted Hagaman.

The MerleFest box office will open for 2011 ticket sales on Tuesday, 9th November, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at  An early bird ticket discount is available through March 13, 2011.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation and a celebration of traditional plus music.  Scheduled for 28th April to 1st May 2011. The event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.