Media Room

Welcome to the Media Room!  Here you will find our media releases, media credential request applications, high resolution festival images, important dates and official PSAs.

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 Contact:

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

Applications for media credentials for MerleFest 2016 will be accepted 01/18/2016 – 03/18/2016.

 Important Dates:


MerleFest Radio Hour – Click below to listen to past episodes!

Click here display a list of MerleFest Radio Hour shows

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

rss feed  MerleFest Latest News RSS Feed

MerleFest 2015 Photo Gallery, please visit our MerleFest Flickr account


MerleFest History – Click on any of the links below to read, watch and enjoy our festival’s rich history…

MerleFest Reflections – Remembering Doc Watson – Remembering Merle Watson – Remembering RosaLee Watson – Remembering Richard Watson – Who is Flattop? – Newsletter ArchivesMerleFest 25 Reflection Videos – Past Lineups


Ticket Info and Prices