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McFarland, Music, and MerleFest

MERLEFEST APPROACHES!  Y’ALL READY?  “…Considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, [Merlefest] 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.

Only a couple days left before the party begins, folks.  Let McF help you prepare!

Doc Watson is pictured on the front cover of Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge with his son, Merle.  Guitarist and luthier Wayne Henderson (on the back cover), a longtime friend of Doc, will perform and present a demonstration on how he builds his prized guitars.  Joel Walker Sweeney introduced America to a new musical instrument in the 1840s.  Banjo player and teacher Bob Carlin tells that story in The Birth of the Banjo.  And this— The Bristol Sessions is where it all began.  Experts examine the birth of country music.  Happy reading!