Saturday, April 18, 2009

Merlefest Preview

We just received our friendly reminder that Merlefest is less than a week away. Tickets are still available and will be covering the event for the second consecutive year. At this point prepare to camp, because most of the hotels neighboring Wilkesboro are sold out. Also expect four full days of awesome music.

Throughout the festival we will be following a few bands; providing photos, interviews, and perhaps short videos of their performances. The first is Scythian, a local (for us) Washington D.C. based band who has a loyal following through out the country. See how these guys transform their eastern European heritage into a dancing Irish fest. The next band we will be highlighting is the Greencards, bluegrass from down under (and England). We have been following this Nashville based trio for the past five years and they will be releasing their third CD just in time for Merlefest, Fascination. See why in 2006 the band received an Americana Music Award for “Emerging Artist of the Year”. Then there's Phoebe and the guys, as in Austin's The Belleville Oufit. We've never seen this band live, but have listened to bits and pieces of Wanderin' for the past year on satellite radio. But we are really looking forward to seeing this act - from what we've heard, they are tight. They also have a new CD on the horizon, Time to Stand.

Finally, we also plan to watch The Waybacks, the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, Missy Raines & The New Hip, Bearfoot, and The Gibson Brothers perform. Yea, and we may find time to catch a glimpse of Emmylou Harris, Donna the Buffalo, BeauSoleil, or even Linda Ronstadt. See ya there.

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