Jerry Douglas, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush, Alison Brown Lead Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to announce its first round of artists for its inaugural event, taking place September 2-4, 2022 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Following two back-to-back COVID-related cancellations, festival organizers look forward to launching the newly minted event alongside host outfits Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester. The long-awaited reveal features several distinguished artists covering the gamut of bluegrass, Americana, Piedmont blues, and old-time music including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush Band, Alison Brown, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Dom Flemons, and more. A full list of performers is below. 

Established in partnership with WNCW 88.7 at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC and the Earl Scruggs Center located in Shelby, NC, Earl Scruggs Music Festival will celebrate the legacy of an American music legend who pioneered a unique style of banjo picking, coined “Scruggs style.” His collaborations with Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, as well as Lester Flatt and the Foggy Mountain Boys helped to christen the bluegrass genre in the late 1940s. With a standout lineup featuring the best in traditional roots music and progressive fusions, Earl Scruggs Music Festival will illuminate the profound impact that Scruggs had on American culture, while uplifting fresh and noteworthy voices in the genre. A portion of proceeds will support the festival’s beneficiaries, the Earl Scruggs Center and Isothermal Community College, who serve Earl Scruggs’ home region of the Carolina Foothills with cultural programming through multiple channels.

New for 2022, Earl Scruggs Music Festival has opted to expand its formerly two-day long event into a full weekend celebration, kicking off on Friday afternoon and running through Sunday afternoon. Tryon International Equestrian Center will host the event at its pristine outdoor property, which is known for its roster of rotating events including world class equestrian competitions, festive holiday celebrations, concerts, and more. The immaculate campus will serve as a quintessential backdrop for the festival, which promises on-site lodging, dining, and comfortable amenities throughout the event weekend. 

Earl Scruggs Music Festival debuts September 2-4, 2022 in Mill Spring, NC. Advance price tickets are currently on sale, with a variety of General Admission and VIP packages available. VIP ticket packages include reserved seating in VIP-exclusive indoor and outdoor spaces, exclusive merchandise items, complimentary refreshments, plus artist meet-and-greet opportunities. On-site camping and cabin rentals are also available for reservation via the festival website.


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