MerleFest Announced; Avett Bros Headline


Elvis Costello, Little
Feat and tons more will perform next May at the annual music festival.


By Fred Mills


Last night the lineup announcement was made for the 2010
edition of Doc Watson’s annual MerleFest bash – the 23rd year, in
fact, held as always in Wilkesboro, NC, on the campus of Wilkes Community College.
Headliners: The Avett Brothers, currently giving good face time on the cover of
the new issue of Blurt. They’ll be closing out the event, which will take place
April 29 – May 2 next year.


Among the other heavy hitters lined up: Elvis Costello
(making a return visit no less), Little Feat, the Travelin’ McCourys, Jim
Lauderdale, Donna the Buffalo, Brave Combo, Avetts dad Jim Avett, and of course
the good Doc himself.


Said the Avetts, in a statement, “We
are honored and excited to announce that our only NC performance in the first six months of
2010 will be on Sunday, May 2nd at 3:30PM closing the 23rd
annual edition of MerleFest. We have
attended MerleFest, as fans and as performers, since 1994. There is not a finer
or more welcoming music festival in the country. Those who make their way to Wilkes Community College
for the event this year will find, as they would any year, a sincere and
friendly place where the music is as colorful and beautiful as the North Carolina
countryside that leads them there. MerleFest offers four days of absolute
quality for the music-loving family. For us, in terms of performance, it is
very much like coming home.”


Amen to that.



Tickets will go on sale Tuesday,
Nov. 10, at 2:00 pm EST, on the web at or via telephone 1-800-343-7857. (Early bird discounts thru March 12.)


Over 75 acts will perform on 15 stages
throughout the festival – see the initial list, below. The Watson-hosted event
is billed as “a celebration of ‘traditional-plus’ music – a term Watson
coined to describe the unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the
Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to
include Americana, country, ‘plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to


A good mood is generally had by all, needless to say…


Doc Watson –

Richard Watson

Susana and Timmy Abell –

Alberti Flea Circus –

The Avett Brothers –

Jim Avett –

Balsam Range –

Shana Banana –

The Banknotes    

Bearfoot –

The Belleville
Outfit –

Roy Book Binder –

Brave Combo –

Buffalo Barfield –

Sam Bush Band –

Cadillac Sky –

T. Michael Coleman –

Elvis Costello –

John Cowan Band –

Dailey & Vincent –

Dehlia Low –

Donna The Buffalo

Jerry Douglas –

The Duhks –

Eleanor Ellis –

Alice Gerrard

The Gibson Brothers –

Great Big Sea

The Greencards –

Buddy Greene –

Mitch Greenhill –

George Hamilton IV –

John Hammond –

Corey Harris –

Wayne Henderson –       

David Holt –

The InterACTive Theater of Jef –

Phil Jamison –

Jeni & Billy –

The Kruger Brothers –

Jim Lauderdale –

Jack Lawrence –

The Lee Boys –

Little Feat –

Jeff Little –

The Local

The Lovell Sisters –

Harry Manx –

Bill Mathis

Andy May –

Nashville Bluegrass
Band –

Nation Beat –

The Neighbors –

Ben Prestage –

Missy Raines & The New Hip –

Red Molly –

Tony Rice –

Peter Rowan –

Scythian –

Anne and Pete Sibley –

Joe Smothers –

Steep Canyon Rangers –

Tut Taylor –

Happy Traum –

The Travelin’ McCourys –

Rhonda Vincent and The Rage –

The Waybacks –

Lightnin’ Wells –

Pete and Joan Wernick –

Shannon Whitworth –

The Wilders –

Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society    

Tony Williamson –

W.P.A. –

Wylie and The Wild West –

Zephyr Lightning Bolts –     








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