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MerleFest 2019 Adds Brandi Carlile, More to Lineup

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Daily & Vincent and The Brother Brothers also join the four-day North Carolina fest.

Written by: MegaCountry Staff. Photo credit: Taylor Hill, FilmMagic


Roots fans rejoice: Brandi Carlile, Daily & Vincent and The Brother Brothers have been added to MerleFest 2019!

The three artists joined an already-stacked lineup for the four-day festival held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina April 25 – 28, 2019. Wynonna & the Big Noise, Keb’ Mo’, the Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Tyler Childers and Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Air Force are among the other performers.

Brandi Carlile is currently celebrating multiple GRAMMY nominations for her single “The Joke” and breakthrough album, By The Way, I Forgive You which debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart.

Dailey & Vincent are GRAMMY-award winners and Grand Ole Opry Members, five-time GRAMMY award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY award nominees collectively. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV, Dailey & Vincent bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis. Their most recent live CD, Dailey & Vincent ALIVE, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and remained at the top position for over 15 weeks. Dailey & Vincent will appear on Thursday at MerleFest. 

The Brother Brothers are Adam and David Moss, identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. They use minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism, and harmonies while drawing on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album, Some People I Know.

If you’re looking for a taste of MerleFest while making your 2019 travel plans, check out this 2018 recap! 

“For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the four day festival,” says festival director Ted Hagaman. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2019 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers and we look forward to another successful festival in April.”

Launched in 1988, MerleFest was created in memory of guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. Genres played run the gamut with traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, blues, Americana, classic rock and more.

Artists will perform on 13 stages throughout the festival. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

In addition to the above mentioned artists, the following artists will be at MerleFest 2019:

– American Aquarium
– Andy May
– Ana Egge & The Sentimentals
– AZTEC SUN
– Banknotes
– Bob Hill
– Cane Mill Road
– Carol Rifkin
– Carolina Blue
– Catfish Keith
– Charles Welch
– David LaMotte
– Dirk Powell Band
– Donna the Buffalo
– Driftwood
– Elephant Sessions
– Elizabeth Cook
– Ellis Dyson & The Shambles
– Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
– Happy Traum
– Irish Mythen
– Jack Lawrence
– Jeff Little Trio
– Jess Morgan
– Jim Avett
– Jim Lauderdale
– Joe Smothers
– Jontavious Willis and Andrew Alli
– Junior Brown
– Junior Sisk
– Larry Stephenson Band
– Laura Boosinger
– Lindi Ortega
– Mark Bumgarner
– Mark & Maggie O’Connor
– Maybe April
– Michaela Anne
– Mile Twelve
– Mitch Greenhill and String Madness
– Molly Tuttle
– Nixon, Blevins, & Gage
– Pete & Joan Wernick and FLEXIGRASS
– Presley Barker
– Professor Whizzpop!
– Radney Foster
– Roy Book Binder
– Salt & Light
– Scythian, Shane Hennessy
– Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers
– Steve Poltz
– T Michael Coleman
– The Black Lillies
– The Gibson Brothers
– The Harris Brothers
– The InterACTive Theatre of Jeff
– The Kruger Brothers
– The Local Boys
– The Trailblazers
– The Waybacks
– Todd Albright
– Tom Feldmann
– Tony Williamson
– Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
– Wayne Henderson
– Webb Wilder
– Yarn

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