Now in its 26th year, MerleFest is bringing out some heavy hitters for this year’s festival. The roots-themed fest, which was founded by Doc Watson in 1988 and named after Watson’s late son, will have a Merle on the top of the bill this year: country legend Merle Haggard.
Haggard joins a lineup that includes Alan Jackson, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ricky Skaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, The Hillbenders, Rory Block, and many more. This year will also mark MerleFest’s first BanjoRama, where some of the best banjo players in the world will partake in an all-banjo jam session.
As always, proceeds from MerleFest will go towards raising funds for Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The festival will take place on Wilkes Community College’s campus from April 24th through April 27th. For a full lineup and to purchase tickets, visit the MerleFest website.