Today, MerleFest announced they’ve expanded the lineup for their gathering at the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, N.C., on April 27-30. The newly added artists include Little Feat, bluesman Marcus King, and country singers Tanya Tucker and Miko Marks.
Headliners for the annual “traditional plus” festival include The Avett Brothers and Maren Morris, who will welcome the previously announced jam-packed lineup including AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Alison Brown, Andy Cohen, Anna Lynch, Bee Taylor, Brothers Comatose, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Cole Chaney, Compton & Newberry, Dom Flemons, I Draw Slow, Lightnin’ Wells, The Local Honeys, Nigel Wearne, Stillhouse Junkies, Taylor Rae, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive, Todd Albright, Tommy Prine, Yasmin Williams, and The Youngers.
This year will celebrate 35 years of MerleFest, as well as the festival’s late founder, Doc Watson’s, 100th birthday. The gathering was initially started in 1988 as a fundraiser for the Garden of the Senses at Wilkes Community College to memorialize Watson’s late son Eddy Merle Watson. This year’s festival plans to celebrate both the father and son’s lives along with the history of the festival with music, videos and artist collaborations.
Tickets for the 2023 MerleFest are available now. Learn more and find tickets to the event here.