Additions to the Merlefest 2016 Lineup Include Old Crow Medicine Show, Peter Rowan

Published Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm

MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is proud to announce additions to the 2016 lineup: Old Crow Medicine Show, Alison Brown, Peter Rowan and Doug Seegers. The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. The homecoming of roots music fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show – Old Crow Medicine Show got its start on the streets, busking in New York and up into Canada, winning audiences one street corner at a time. In Boone, N.C., the band caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy, and Old Crow’s subsequent all-star performances at MerleFest helped jumpstart its career. Now the band has joined the Grand Ole Opry, cut five albums, toured the world and redefined Americana. MerleFest 2016 will mark Old Crow Medicine Show’s fifth highly anticipated performance on the Watson Stage.

Alison Brown

Alison Brown

Alison Brown – Acclaimed as one of today’s finest progressive banjo players, you’ll rarely find Alison Brown in a conventional bluegrass setting. With her new Compass Records project, “The Song of the Banjo,” and a 2015 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award behind her, this Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, producer and entrepreneur has planted another flag in her ongoing journey of sonic exploration.

Rowan

Rowan

Peter Rowan – Grammy Award winner and six-time nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way, to his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects and constant touring. He is a bluegrass legend who never tires of creating.

Seegers

Seegers

Doug Seegers – Discovered on the streets of Nashville by a Swedish country star, 62-year-old singer-songwriter Doug Seegers grew up on the hard-country sounds of Hank Williams and ended up living the kind of rough life that country songs have always immortalized. After becoming a smash hit in Sweden, Seegers’ triumphant return to Nashville has proven that the depth and honesty of his songwriting transcends place.

MerleFest has announced 97 artists so far, and there are additional performers to be announced in the coming months. The 2016 lineup (www.MerleFest.org/lineup) is stacking up to be a crowd pleaser:

John PrineDave Rawlings MachineThe Wood BrothersSteep Canyon RangersJerry Douglas,  ScythianThe Kruger BrothersDonna the BuffaloBecky BullerThe Annie Moses BandAsh BreezeJim Avett, Banknotes, The Barefoot Movement,Roy Book BinderBlue MafiaLaura Boosinger and The Midnight Plowboys, The Brothers ComatoseThe Brothers LandrethMark BumgarnerJonathan Byrd & The Pickup CowboysCarbon LeafThe ClydesThe CommonsCommonwealth Bluegrass BandThe Contenders (Josh Day & Jay Nash), Kristy CoxSherman Lee DillonEmiSunshineTom FeldmannFireside CollectiveFoghorn StringbandLiz Frame and The KickersSusie Glaze & the Hilonesome BandGrace & TonyBritt GullyWayne Henderson and Friends, High Plains Jamboree, Bob Hill, Sierra HullIn With The OldThe InterACTive Theatre of JefFruteland JacksonJeni & BillyKacy & ClaytonJack LawrenceWanamaker Lewis and RootologyJeff Little TrioThe Local BoysBonnie LoganLindsay Lou & The FlatbellysLove Canon, Bill Mathis, Andy MayDavid and Valerie MayfieldWill Overman BandPenny and SparrowSarah PotenzaLou Reid & CarolinaCarol Rifkin with John Fowler and Jeanette QueenSparky & Rhonda RuckerSalvadorJeff Scroggins & ColoradoKarl Shifflett & Big Country ShowShinyribsSigmon StringersJunior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceThe Slocan RamblersKenny and Amanda SmithSteve and Ruth SmithJoe SmothersSouth Carolina Broadcasters, Stemwinder, String Madness with Mitch GreenhillBilly StringsBryan Sutton,Sutton, Holt and ColemanMark “T”, TellicoThe Buck Stops HereHappy TraumApril VerchLiz ViceSeth WalkerThe WaybacksWe Banjo 3,Charles WelchPete & Joan WernickWestwendThe Whiskey Gentry, Uncle Ted White, Shannon Whitworth, The Williams Brothers, Wood & Wire andZoe & Cloyd.

“We keep Doc Watson’s ‘traditional plus’ spirit alive each year at MerleFest by inviting artists who will showcase a wide variety of music from multiple genres,” said Steve Johnson, MerleFest artist relations manager. “As in years past, the lineup will continue to develop in the coming months. MerleFest fans have grown accustomed to the special ‘moments’ that organizers plan each year. And the possibility for ‘spontaneous special moments’ is highly likely given the combination of artists that are known to pull together onstage jams at MerleFest.”

“As MerleFest fans have learned, we release up-to-the-minute lineup additions and other festival news through our social media platforms; so staying in touch with us via our electronic newsletter, website (www.MerleFest.org), Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter is crucial,” Johnson adds.

“We take pride in always presenting a lineup that is dynamic and diverse,” says Ted Hagaman, festival director. “It’s the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the four days of the festival that, in turn, creates another important element of MerleFest’s success: people truly feel that the festival is a great value. So many music fans and families return year after year, making MerleFest a regular spring tradition. We will always work to make that tradition continue.”

Tickets may be purchased at www.merlefest.org/purchase or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure is offered for MerleFest 2016.The Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available through February 15, 2016. An Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 16, 2016, through April 27, 2016. The third price tier will be gate pricing.

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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