Merlefest 2009 Announces Lineup

MerleFest 2009, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 23-26, is proud to announce the line up for the event’s 22nd year.  The following artists will join host Doc Watson on the campus of Wilkes Community College for a celebration of what Doc calls “traditional-plus” music—traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, complemented by spontaneous jam sessions and musical collaborations not seen anywhere else:
Doc Watson                           
Richard Watson
Susana and Timmy Abell           
The Alberti Flea Circus             
Angel Band                            
Buffalo Barfield                       
Rory Block                             
Blue Highway                         
Roy Book Binder                      
Laura Boosinger                      
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil            
Broken Wire                           
David Bromberg                      
Sam Bush                              
Cadillac Sky                           
The Carolina Chocolate Drops   
The Circuit Riders                   
Clack Mountain String Band      
T. Michael Coleman                 
The John Cowan Band              
Dailey & Vincent                     
The Dixie Beeliners                  
Donna The Buffalo                   
Pat Donohue                           
Robert Dotson
The Duhks                               
The Farewell Drifters                 
Benton Flippen Band
Full Throttle Bluegrass Band      
Rayna and Dan Gellert              
The Grascals                          
The Gravy Boys                      
Great Big Sea                         
The Greencards                      
Mitch Greenhill                        
George Hamilton IV                  
Emmylou Harris                        
Wayne Henderson       
Violet Hensley 
Willette Hinton and Family
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
David Holt                              
Sierra Hull and Highway 111       
The InterACTive Theater of Jef  
Phil Jamison
The Kruger Brothers                 
Jim Lauderdale                        
Jack Lawrence                        
Mark Lippard                           
Jeff Little                               
The Local Boys
The Lovell Sisters                    
Doug MacLeod                        
Andy May                              
Del McCoury Band                   
Tift Merritt                             
Mountain Heart                       
Nashville Bluegrass Band           
The Neighbors                         
New North Carolina Ramblers         
Out on the Ocean                              
Polecat Creek                          
Missy Raines and the New Hip     
Loretta and Lindsay Rice
Tony Rice                               
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band 
Patrick Sauber
Martha Scanlan                       
Anne and Pete Sibley                
Joe Smothers
Spring Creek Bluegrass Band       
The SteelDrivers                      
Rodney Sutton
Patrick Sweany                        
Tut Taylor                               
Joe Thompson                                   
Tom, Brad and Alice                  
Happy Traum                           
Mac and Jenny Traynham            
Travis Tritt and Jerry Douglas      and
The Waybacks                              
WCC Child Development Singers
Pete and Joan Wernick             
Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society
Tony Williamson                       
The Zephyr Lightning Bolts     
“MerleFest is known for surprises and special moments,” comments Festival Director Ted Hagaman.  “We still have a couple of things in the works, so we encourage MerleFest fans to keep checking our website ( for updates to our talent line up.”

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