Merlefest 25 announces initial lineup



Celebrating 25 years, Merlefest announced its initial lineup for the 2012 festival taking place on April 26-29 at Wilkesboro Community College.

The MerleFest box office will open for 2012 ticket sales on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at or by calling (800) 343-7857. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 12, 2012.

Among those scheduled to perform are Doc Watson, Richard Watson, Sam Bush, Donna the Buffalo, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more.

The complete list of artists announced so far follows:

The following artists will join host Doc Watson at MerleFest 25:

Richard Watson
Susana and Timmy Abell
Alberti Flea Circus
Blind Boy Chocolate and The Milk Sheiks
Roy Book Binder
Laura Boosinger
The Boxcars
Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys
Buffalo Barfield
Sam Bush
T. Michael Coleman
Dailey & Vincent
The Deep Dark Woods
Dehlia Low
Donna the Buffalo
Casey Driessen
Enter The Haggis
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, the Original Lineup
Mary Flower
The Gibson Brothers
The Greencards
Mitch Greenhill
Stefan Grossman
Wayne Henderson
Bob Hill
David Holt
The Honeycutters
Sierra Hull and Highway 111
The InterACTive Theater of Jef
Fruteland Jackson
Johnson’s Crossroad
Jubal’s Kin
Kickin Grass Band
The Kruger Brothers
Jim Lauderdal
Jack Lawrence
Jeff Little
The Local Boys
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Claire Lynch Band
Dougie MacLean
Bill Mathis
Andy May
Cliff Miller
Misty River
Nashville Bluegrass Band
The Neighbors
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Red June
Tony Rice
Michael Roach
Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
The Sigmon Stringers
Sims Country Cloggers
Steve and Ruth Smith
Joe Smothers
Snyder Family Band
The Steel Wheels
Steep Canyon Rangers
Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives
Tut Taylor
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Happy Traum
Pete and Joan Wernick
The Wild Rumpus
Tony Williamson
Wylie & The Wild West
Zephyr Lightning Bolts

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