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MerleFest 2010 Talent Line Up- Just Added: The Steeldrivers!



WILKESBORO, N.C.-- MerleFest 2010, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 29 -May 2, is proud to announce the line up for the event’s 23rd 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.”

Doc Watson    
Richard Watson
Susana and Timmy Abell      
Alberti Flea Circus       
The Avett Brothers        
Jim Avett     
Balsam Range        
Shana Banana    
The Banknotes         
The Belleville Outfit    
Roy Book Binder        
Brave Combo        
Buffalo Barfield        
Sam Bush Band        
Cadillac Sky        
T. Michael Coleman   
Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes    
John Cowan Band        
Dailey & Vincent   
Dehlia Low         
Donna The Buffalo   
Jerry Douglas    
The Duhks    
Eleanor Ellis    
Alice Gerrard
The Gibson Brothers   
Great Big Sea        
The Greencards   
Buddy Greene    
Mitch Greenhill   
George Hamilton IV   
John Hammond     
Corey Harris        
Wayne Henderson   
David Holt    
The InterACTive Theater of Jef 
Phil Jamison   
Jeni & Billy        
The Kruger Brothers   
Jim Lauderdale    
Jack Lawrence    
The Lee Boys
Little Feat    
Jeff Little    
The Local Boys   
The Lovell Sisters   
Harry Manx    
Bill Mathis
Andy May    
Nashville Bluegrass Band       
Nation Beat        
The Neighbors    
Ben Prestage    
Missy Raines and The New Hip      
Red Molly         
Tony Rice    
Peter Rowan    
Anne and Pete Sibley   
Joe Smothers       
Steep Canyon Rangers                                                                                                                                       The Steeldrivers
Tut Taylor    
Happy Traum    
The Travelin’ McCourys  
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage 
The Waybacks    
Lightnin’ Wells   
Pete and Joan Wernick  
Shannon Whitworth   
The Wilders    
Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society    
Tony Williamson   
Wylie and The Wild West       
Zephyr Lightning Bolts  

“Yet again, the MerleFest line up fulfills the festival’s mission of bringing in an incredibly exciting, diverse, and talented group of musicians,” comments Festival Director Ted Hagaman.  “Fans can count on more surprises, spontaneous jam sessions and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations, and we will continue to add to this lineup.  We encourage MerleFest fans to keep checking our website (www.merlefest.org) for updates.”

In addition to providing the full line-up, the festival’s website, www.merlefest.org, is a complete source of information on all aspects of the event.  Festival fans are encouraged to visit the website and sign up for the MerleFest e-newsletter or register as a volunteer.  Fans can also follow the latest MerleFest developments on Facebook and Twitter.

The MerleFest box office will open for 2010 ticket sales on Tuesday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at www.merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.  With over 75 acts performing on 15 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is an entertainment value.  An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2010.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and a celebration of “traditional plus” music.  Scheduled for April 29 – May 2, 2010, the event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community college in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.