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MerleFest announces initial 2014 lineup

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Article Published: Sep. 23, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 23, 2013
MerleFest announces initial 2014 lineup

The Krüger Brothers will return to MerleFest for its 2014 installment. The four-day music festival in Wilkeboro recently released its initial artist lineup.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

In celebration of the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, MerleFest has announced the initial lineup for its 2014 festival.

The list of performers currently includes Dr. Ralph Stanley, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dailey & Vincent with Jimmy Fortune, Sam Bush, The Krüger Brothers, Balsam Range, Richard Watson, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Lonesome River Band, Niall Toner Band, Town Mountain, The Steel Wheels, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, Nu-Blu, The Kickin Grass Band, Missy Raines and The New Hip, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Della Mae, Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, The Hillbenders, Volume Five, The Claire Lynch Band, I Draw Slow, Red June, Peter Rowan, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Pete Wernick, Mark Johnson and Emory Lester.

Per MerleFest tradition, fans can expect the lineup to grow as the festival draws nearer.

This year’s festival is slated for April 24 to 27 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. Tickets go on sale Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

About MerleFest

MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a term the late Doc Watson coined to describe the unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region — plus whatever he and his friends felt like playing.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Watson’s son, the late Eddy Merle Watson. The festival now hosts more than 90 artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event.
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