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Alan Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show lead MerleFest 2014 lineup

Posted April 21, 2014

— Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard are two of the artists playing this year's Merlefest, a four-day music festival on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. 

The annual festival, which celebrates the memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music icon Doc Watson, kicks off Thursday. 

There will be more than 130 arts performing on 13 stages through Sunday. 

In addition to Jackson and Haggard, other notable performers this year include Steep Canyon Rangers, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

Friday's highlights include a BanjoRama featuring an all-star collaboration of banjo players. 

As with previous years, the Hillside Album Hour and the Midnight Jam will happen on Saturday. Festival favorites Scythian will once again host. It will feature Keller Williams, Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line, Peter Rowan, Frank Solivan, Donna the Buffalo and more. A separate ticket is required for this show.  

You can still buy tickets to Merlefest online or by phone at 800-343-7857.


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  • Jim Wooten Apr 22, 2014
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    Amazed that here in Raleigh, only a passing mention like this is made of Merlefest. The whole state should be celebrating the worldwide success of one of the oldest, biggest, and most well run of music festivals.

    You'll meet folks from Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia there.

    It seems, sadly, that Merlefest is wider known in the world than it is here in Central NC.

  • lazydawg58 Apr 22, 2014

    I'm not sure what you consider "making it big" but OCMS is and has been a major act in the world of roots music for a number of years. The song Wagon Wheel has been extremely popular for a number of years. It is one of those songs that musically link those of us older adults with teens and college students. Not disrespect to Rucker, but his recording simply rode the wave already created and brought the song to that segment of the population who's point of reference is Top 40 (commercial country) radio. Rucker and OCMS simply have different target audiences that slightly overlap. You aren't going to hear OCMS on commercial radio because that isn't where their audience is found.

  • gratefultoGOD Apr 21, 2014

    Always enjoyed Alan Jackson. I flew with his wife Denise when she was a flight attendant for Piedmont in Charlotte with me. He is humble and remembers where he came from!