MerleFest Adds Five More Artists to 2017 Lineup: Tickets on Sale Now!
WILKESBORO, N.C. (December 06, 2016) – MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-30, 2017, has just announced five more artists added to the 2017 lineup: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Sarah Jarosz, The Steel Wheels, The Kruger Brothers and Mipso. MerleFest 2017 will be the 30th annual homecoming where musicians and music fans return to Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many artists who have graced the stages over the past three decades plan to return for the celebration! MerleFest has already announced over 75 artists, including Zac Brown Band with a very special acoustic set, Del McCoury Band, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Mountain Heart and many more. The rest of the packed lineup for MerleFest 2017 will roll out over the next few months.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Since singing gospel as a child, Marty Stuart has led an extraordinarily musical life. Not only did he tour with Lester Flatt in the ‘70s and Johnny Cash in the ‘80s, he also came with his own smash “hillbilly rock” hits of the ‘90s that earned him multiple Grammy awards. As leader of the versatile touring and recording band The Fabulous Superlatives, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music, not to mention a missionary’s zeal for bringing the importance of the music and its themes home to longtime fans and newcomers alike. Stuart performed at the first MerleFest in 1988 where it all began and will be back to celebrate the 30th year. This performance will be on Sunday.
Sarah Jarosz – Sarah Jarosz emerged on the acoustic music scene as a mandolin wunderkind in her young teens, jamming onstage with bluegrass icons like David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs.
Her formidable talent as an instrumentalist, including her work on guitar and banjo, vocalist and songwriter, led then 18-year-old Jarosz to a record deal with legendary roots label Sugar Hill Records and a major in contemporary improvisation in voice at the prestigious New England Conservatory. On Sarah Jarosz’s fourth album, “Undercurrent,” the impact of being a full-time artist living in New York City is palpable. A gifted instrumentalist, singularly expressive vocalist and songwriter of rare insight, Jarosz anchors her new record with a haunting quartet of songs written and performed solo – “Early Morning Light,” “Everything to Hide,” “Take Another Turn” and “Jacqueline.” She expands her palate from the swampy defiance of “House of Mercy” to the nostalgic “Back of My Mind.” “Undercurrent” captures the process of personal evolution and discovery as well as the inspirational nature of change. Jarosz will perform on Saturday at MerleFest 2017.
The Steel Wheels – The Steel Wheels have enthralled audiences across the country with its heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic band marries old-time musical traditions with its own innovative sound. Trent Wagler’s weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by a shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it is no surprise that The Steel Wheels have burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original songwriting. The Steel Wheels will perform on Sunday.
The Kruger Brothers – Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide range of music, Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Jens’ and Uwe’s first public performances were as a duo, and in just a few years they were busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and western Europe. After gaining a recording contract as well as a radio show on the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, they teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has been together since 1995. The Kruger Brothers have become part of the favorite core entertainers at MerleFest. Doc Watson said, “The Kruger Brothers is just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with. I love to play music with them.” The Kruger Brothers will offer performances on all four days of MerleFest.
Mipso – Critically acclaimed Indie Americana band Mipso continue expanding their sonic resources while doubling down on their experimentation with string band tradition. Dubbed “traditionalist renegades,” Mipso’s music is influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Look for Mipso touring with expanded instrumentation in spring/summer 2017 in support of their new album release. Mipso is: Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals). Mipso will perform on Saturday and Sunday.
MerleFest’s lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers who are the hallmark of the festival. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” The developing lineup is viewable at MerleFest.org/lineup.
Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure is again offered for MerleFest 2017. Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available through February 12, 2017. Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 13, 2017, through April 27, 2017. The third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson, the son of the late 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 a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.
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