MerleFest 2014 Drops an Initial Lineup

Leon Russell by McNair Evans.

Leon Russell by McNair Evans.

The annual MerleFest (April 27-27, 2014) has posted an initial lineup for next year with a grip of names. The four day festival takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Expect to see crowds of around 80,000+ at this event which will expand this year to 130 artists performing on 13 stages.

Country icon Alan Jackson will headline Thursday with bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley on Saturday. Keller Williams, Darrell Scott, and the Travelin’ McCourys were also added to the lineup. See more below.

More announcements are coming with artists fitting in the MerleFest mold described on the website as:

“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.

MereleFest Initial 2014 Lineup
ALAN BIBEY AND GRASSTOWNE
ALAN JACKSON
ALISON BROWN QUARTET
BALSAM RANGE
BUNCOMBE TURNPIKE
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS
CHRIS JONES AND THE NIGHT DRIVERS
DAILEY AND VINCENT QUARTET WITH JIMMY FORTUNE
DARIN AND BROOKE ALDRIDGE
DEL REY
DELLA MAE
DONNA THE BUFFALO
DR. RALPH STANLEY AND THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS
ELEANOR ELLIS
FIONA BOYES
FRANK SOLIVAN AND DIRTY KITCHEN
HIGH VALLEY
I DRAW SLOW
JACK LAWRENCE
JEFF BROWN AND STILL LONESOME
JEFF LITTLE TRIO
JERRY DOUGLAS
JIM LAUDERDALE
JON STICKLEY TRIO
JOSH FARROW
JUNIOR SISK AND RAMBLERS CHOICE
KELLER WILLIAMS
KIM ROBINS AND 40 YEARS LATE
LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE
LAURA BOOSINGER
LONESOME RIVER BAND
MANDOLIN ORANGE
MARK BUMGARNER
MARK JOHNSON AND EMORY LESTER
MARK NEWTON AND STEVE THOMAS
MARY FLOWER
MISSY RAINES AND THE NEW HIP
MISTY RIVER BAND
MOORE BROTHERS BAND
MOUNTAIN FEIST
MY NEW FAVORITES
NASHVILLE BLUEGRASS BAND
NIALL TONER BAND
NICK CHANDLER AND DELIVERED
NORA JANE STRUTHERS AND THE PARTY LINE
NU-BLU
OVERMOUNTAIN MEN
PAUL’S CREEK BAND
PETE AND JOAN WERNICK
PETER ROWAN
RED JUNE
RICHARD WATSON
RILEY BAUGUS
ROLAND WHITE
RORY BLOCK
ROY BOOK BINDER
SAM BUSH BAND
SANCTUM SULLY
SCYTHIAN
SHANNON WHITWORTH
SHEILA KAY ADAMS
SLEEPY MAN BANJO BOYS
STEVE AND RUTH SMITH
SUTTON, HOLT AND COLEMAN
TAL NACCARATO
THE BANKNOTES
THE CLAIRE LYNCH BAND
THE COCKMAN FAMILY
THE DEADLY GENTLEMAN
THE DUHKS
THE FOX FIRE
THE HILLBENDERS
THE KICKIN GRASS BAND
THE KRUGER BROTHERS
THE SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS
THE STEEL WHEELS
THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS
THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS
THE WAYBACKS
TIM O’BRIEN AND DARRELL SCOTT
TIME SAWYER
TIMMY AND SUSANA ABELL
TODD SNIDER
TONEBLAZERS
TOWN MOUNTAIN
TUT TAYLOR
VOLUME FIVE
WAYNE ERBSEN
WAYNE HENDERSON
WBT BRIARHOPPERS
ZEPHYR LIGHTNING BOLTS

via MerleFest

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