Friday, October 29, 2010

MerleFest 2011 Announces Initial Talent Lineup; Tickets on Sale November 9

October 29, 2010
MerleFest Media Contacts:
Judy McDonough, Publicist: 615-243-5994 or
Amber Herman, WCC Public Information Officer: 336-838-6292 or

WILKESBORO, N.C. — MerleFest 2011, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 28 - May 1, is proud to announce the initial lineup for the event’s 24th year.  The following artists will join host Doc Watson on the campus of Wilkes Community College for a celebration of “traditional-plus” music—a term Doc coined to describe the unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, “plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play.”
Richard Watson
The Banknotes  
Rory Block                                               
Ken Crouse
The Doobie Brothers (with newest member John Cowan)
Bob Hill
The Local Boys           
Lyle Lovett                       
Bill Mathis
Slate Mountain Ramblers
Charles Welch
Zephyr Lightning Bolts           
“The MerleFest 2011 lineup offers an incredibly exciting, diverse and talented group of musicians, which is always our mission as a festival,” comments Festival Director Ted Hagaman. “Another goal this year is to give our festival attendees up-to-the-minute information about lineup additions and other aspects of MerleFest. As new artists are added, we will share that information immediately through our social media venues.  So, staying in touch with us via our website (, Facebook and Twitter is crucial!”
Public radio station WNCW, serving the North Carolina communities of  Boone, Charlotte, Greenville and Wilkesboro, will air a special devoted to the artists of MerleFest 2011 on November 4 at 8 p.m. EST; fans from around the globe can listen live at
The MerleFest box office will open for 2011 ticket sales on Tuesday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at or by calling 1-800-343-7857.  With almost 90 acts performing on 14 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is an entertainment value.  An early bird ticket discount is available through March 13, 2011.
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation and a celebration of “traditional plus” music.  Scheduled for April 28 – May 1, 2011, the event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

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