MerleFest 2007, the Americana Music Celebration Presented by Lowe’s, has announced its roster.
Wilkes Community College will host the 20th annual festival, in celebration of the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson, on its campus in Wilkesboro, NC on April 26 – 29, 2007. Those joining Doc Watson and Merle’s son Richard Watson for MerleFest 2007 will include Blue Highway; Sam Bush; Cherryholmes; Elvis Costello; John Cowan Band; Donna The Buffalo; Jerry Douglas; The Duhks; Béla Fleck; Paul Geremia; John Hammond; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Del McCoury Band; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet; Darrell Scott; the Legendary Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends; Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives; Pam Tillis; The Waybacks; and many others.
MerleFest 2007 has also confirmed appearances by Susana & Timmy Abell; RG Absher & Extra Measure; Alberti Flea Circus; The Belleville Outfit (formerly DesChamps Band); Ira Bernstein; Spencer Bohren; Roy Book Binder; Laura Boosinger; The Carolina Chocolate Drops; T Michael Coleman; Crooked Still; Deer Clan Singers; Dixie Dawn; Robert Dotson; Benton Flippen Band; The Flowers Family; Pat Flynn; Forget-Me-Nots; Ruthie Foster; Gospel Jubilators; Mitch Greenhill; Buddy Greene; Dianne Hackworth; George Hamilton IV; Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz; Orville Hicks; Bob Hill; Willette Hinton & the Hinton Family Band; Clint Howard; The Infamous Stringdusters; The InterACTive Theater of Jef; Reverend Robert Jones; Jim Lauderdale; Jack Lawrence; Mark Lippard; Jeff Little; Brack Llewellyn; The Local Boys; The Lonesome Sisters; The Lovell Sisters; Bill Mathis; Thomas Maupin; Andy May; Curly Miller & Carole Ann Rose; NC Thumb and Finger Style Guitar Players, Inc.; Nashville Bluegrass Band; Dirk Powell Band; Red Stick Ramblers; Roan Mountain Hilltoppers; Robinella; Jim Rooney; Tom Sauber; Shana Banana; Larry Skipper; Joe Smothers; Steep Canyon Rangers; Tut Taylor; Joe Thompson & Bob Carlin; Toubab Krewe; Happy Traum; Uncle Earl; The Waybacks; Charles Welch; Pete & Joan Wernick; Cyndi Wheeler; Wilkes Playmakers; Tony Williamson; and The Worthless Son-In-Laws.
All bookings are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the festival.
Finals of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for 2007 will take place at MerleFest on April 27th. Entries must be received by March 4, 2007. For more entry information, please call 800-799-3838 or visit the MerleFest web site (www.merlefest.org/SongwritingContest.htm) or Sonicbids www.sonicbids.com/chrisaustinsongcontest. MerleFest also hosts instrument contests for Mandolin (4/26), Guitar (4/27), and Banjo (4/27). Twenty contestants will be randomly picked from those who register on site at the festival beginning approximately 90 minutes before the start of each contest. They will join the second and third place contestants from 2006 in the contest. The popular Songwriters’ Coffeehouse again happens on Friday evening. Songwriters selected from registrants on site will share the stage with singer-songwriters performing at MerleFest.
Tickets go on sale via the festival's web site on 11/14.