Press Room

Welcome to the Press Room!  Here you will find our press releases, media credential request applications, hi-res festival images, important dates and official PSA announcements

MerleFest Mission: MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate “traditional plus” music.

MerleFest Media Contacts:

Judy McDonough, MerleFest Publicist (615) 243-5994,

Amber Herman, Public Relations Officer PO Box 120 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 (336) 838-6292,

The Media Credential Application period ended on Friday, March 20.

 Important Dates:


For the latest Press Releases, please visit our MerleFest Facebook Notes

rss feed  MerleFest Latest News RSS Feed

MerleFest 2014 Photo Gallery, please visit our MerleFest Flickr account


MerleFest History, please click on any of the links below to read, watch and enjoy our festivals rich history…

MerleFest Reflections – Remembering Doc Watson – Remembering Merle Watson – Remembering Rosa Lee Watson – Richard Watson BiographyWho is Flattop? – Newsletter ArchivesMerleFest 25 Reflection Videos – Past Lineups


Ticket Info and Prices

2015 Lineup

2015 MerleFest PSAs  – mp3