Apr 22, 2009

Off to Merlefest...

The Incomparable Doc Watson,
Father of the Late Eddie Merle Watson,
in Whose Memory Merlefest is Held Each Spring

I leave in the morning for my 20th (!) trek to Merlefest. Unfortunately, Mary Ann has too much work going on right now to go with me. I have invited Monty Love to join me and he has accepted. Monty and Dinah were the ones who first told me about Merlefest, when the festival was only three years old and still quite small. This year's attendance will exceed 80,000! Here's a list of the performers who will be there:

Doc Watson, Richard Watson, Susana and Timmy Abell, The Alberti Flea Circus, Darin and Brooke Aldridge Band, Angel Band, Banknotes, Buffalo Barfield, Bearfoot, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Belleville Outfit, 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 and Vincent, The Dixie Beeliners, Donna The Buffalo, Pat Donohue, Robert Dotson, The Duhks, The Farewell Drifters, Loretta Freeman and Lynsey, Full Throttle Bluegrass Band, Rayna and Dan Gellert, The Gibson Brothers, Josh Goforth, The Grascals, The Gravy Boys, Buddy Greene, The Greencards, Mitch Greenhill, George Hamilton IV, Emmylou Harris, Wayne Henderson, Violet Hensley, Willette Hinton, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, David Holt, Clint Howard, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, The InterACTive Theater of Jef , Phil Jamison, The Kruger Brothers, Jim Lauderdale, Jack Lawrence, Mark Lippard, Jeff Little, The Little Rascals, 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, Ollabelle, Out on the Ocean, Polecat Creek, Missy Raines and the New Hip, Tony Rice, Linda Ronstadt featuring Los Camperos de Nati Cano, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Patrick Sauber, Martha Scanlan, Scythian, Anne and Pete Sibley, George Shuffler, Smokey Valley Band, Joe Smothers, Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, The Steeldrivers, Rodney Sutton, Patrick Sweany, Tut Taylor, Joe Thompson, Tom, Brad & Alice, Happy Traum, Mac and Jenny Traynham, Travis Tritt and Jerry Douglas, The Waybacks, WCC Child Development Singers, Pete and Joan Wernick, Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, Tony Williamson, The Zephyr Lightning Bolts

Tell me that's not a logistical nightmare!! We'll have a full report upon our return.

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