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MerleFest shares initial lineup for 2022 festival

MerleFest announced on Tuesday the first round of artists that will perform at the April 28-May 1 festival.

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WILKESBORO, N.C.MerleFest just announced the first round of artists that will perform at the April 28-May 1 festival.

The 2021 festival, normally held in the spring, was postponed to September over coronavirus concerns. The 2020 event was canceled. When Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass and Rissi Palmer take the stage in April, it will be MerleFest's first spring event since 2019.

"We are very excited to welcome music fans back," said MerleFest’s new festival director, Wes Whitson. “Endless gratitude to all artists, staff, volunteers, vendors, and fans for their patience and support for the 2021 festival. Our team has put together another great lineup for 2022 and we're looking forward to sharing four days of the very best music with fans."

Greensky Bluegrass will perform at MerleFest for the first time, and it will be Emmylou Harris’s 12th appearance.


Other participating artists and bands include Andy May, Banknotes, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Donna the Buffalo, Happy Traum, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Smothers, Kruger Brothers, Laura Boosinger, Mark Bumgarner, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Presley Barker, Roy Book Binder, Sam Bush, Scythian, T. Michael Coleman, The InterACTive Theatre of Jef, The Local Boys, The Waybacks, Tony Williamson and Wayne Henderson.

Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are already available and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson, who was killed in a 1985 tractor accident.

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