Dec. 15, 2014. MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, 2015, has announced Grammy-winning country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and festival circuit favorites Trampled By Turtles as part of 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. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”
Lee Ann Womack has a collection of Grammy, CMA, Billboard and ACM awards to mark her acclaimed country music career. A singer’s singer, her international multiple week No. 1, “I Hope You Dance,” brought her to the attention of a global audience. “The Way I’m Livin’,” her much anticipated roots music project on the Sugar Hill label, has been celebrated at such prestigious outlets as The Wall Street Journal, RollingStone.com and USA Today.
From their beginnings on the Midwestern festival circuit in 2003, Duluth, Minnesota’s Trampled By Turtles’ distinctive folk/roots hybrid sound has attracted a fervent fan base that anticipates every album and tour date. The release of 2012’s “Stars and Satellites” saw the band play to more fans than ever, sell close to 100,000 albums, and make their first national television appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The sought-after quintet even launched their own festival outside of Minneapolis in September 2014 and headlined at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre.
“The addition of Lee Ann Womack and Trampled By Turtles to our 2015 lineup is just another example of how we are keeping ‘traditional plus’ music front and center,” said Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest. “Both are a perfect compliment to an already diverse lineup. We are excited to have them on board and we expect there may still be a few more surprises to come.”
Additional performers for MerleFest 2015 will be announced in the coming months. The lineup is viewable atwww.MerleFest.org/lineup.
Tickets for MerleFest 2015 are now on sale and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure is offered for MerleFest 2015: an Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available through February 15, 2015, an Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 16, 2015, through April 22, 2015, and the third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. 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.