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September 18, 2018

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries

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March 6, 2018

Ten Fresh Faces You Can’t Miss at MerleFest 2018   

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November 14, 2017

Initial Lineup and Midnight Jam Announced for MerleFest 2018

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October 30, 2017

Now Accepting Vendor Applications for MerleFest 2018

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September 26, 2017

MerleFest 2018 volunteer applications accepted beginning October 1 

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September 19, 2017

Entries for Chris Austin Songwriting Contest accepted beginning October 1

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MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, serves as an annual homecoming for musicians and music fans. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of ‘traditional plus’ music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

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Press Clippings

MerleFest Adds Artists to 2018 Lineup (Relix)

MerleFest Announces 2018 Lineup Additions (Jambase)

MerleFest accepts songwriting entrees (Winston-Salem Journal)

A Minute in Wilkesboro with The Kruger Brothers (The Bluegrass Situation)

Entries For The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Open Oct. 1 (Music Row)

Entries for MerleFest’s Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Accepted Beginning Oct. 1 (HuffPost)


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Tour Dates

April 26 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest 2018

April 27 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest 2018

April 28 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest 2018

April 29 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest 2018