The first performers of MerleFest 25 have been announced. Marty Stuart, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Dailey & Vincent, and the Punch Brothers are just some of the artists who will take part in the annual festival in memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, son of Doc Watson. The festival will take place April 26-29 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Doc Watson will serve as host.
“This year’s initial lineup will bring back a little nostalgia for the core MerleFest audience, those fans who return year after year to hear the traditional sounds of roots music,” Ted Hagaman, director of the festival, said. “We have some of the leading names in the music industry, of today and yesteryear, lined up to perform at the historic 25th festival. The MerleFest 25 lineup is made up of many of the artists who have helped make this festival the premier, internationally-recognized event that it has become.”
The annual festival has become the primary fundraiser for the Wilkes Community College Endowment Corporation which funds scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. Tickets will go on sale November 8, at 2 p.m and can be purchased at www.merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2012.