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Emmylou Harris, Daily Vincent, Jim Lauderdale, Tritt/Douglas play MerleFest

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 – Emmylou Harris, the Daily Vincent Band, Jim Lauderdale, Travis Tritt and Jerry Douglas, Tift Merritt and the Del McCoury Band are among the acts appearing at MerleFest 2009, it was announced Tuesday.

Next year's event will be held April 23-26 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. with more than 90 acts on 15 stages.

Slated to appear are Doc Watson, Richard Watson, Susana and Timmy Abell, The Alberti Flea Circus, Angel Band, Banknotes, Buffalo Barfield, Bearfoot, BeauSoleil, Rory Block, Blue Highway, Roy Book Binder, Laura Boosinger, Bob Bovee and Gail Heil, Broken Wire, David Bromberg, Sam Bush, Cadillac Sky, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Circuit Riders, Clack Mountain String Band, T. Michael Coleman, The John Cowan Band, The Dixie Beeliners, Donna the Buffalo, Pat Robert Dotson, The Duhks, The Farewell Drifters, Benton Flippen Band, Full Throttle Bluegrass Band, Rayna and Dan Gellert, The Grascals, The Gravy Boys, Great Big Sea, The Greencards, Mitch Greenhill, George Hamilton IV, Wayne Henderson, Violet Hensley, Willette Hinton and Family, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, David Holt, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, The InterACTive Theater of Jef, Phil Jamison, The Kruger Brothers, Jack Lawrence, Mark Lippard, Jeff Little, The Local Boys, The Lovell Sisters, Doug MacLeod, Andy May, Mountain Heart, Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Neighbors, New North Carolina Ramblers, Ollabelle, Out on the Ocean, Polecat Creek, Missy Raines and the New Hip, Loretta and Lindsay Rice, Tony Rice, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Patrick Sauber, Martha Scanlan, Scythian, Anne and Pete Sibley, Joe Smothers, Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, The SteelDrivers, Rodney Sutton, Patrick Sweany, Tut Taylor, Joe Thompson, Tom, Brad and Alice, Happy Traum, Mac and Jenny Traynham, The Waybacks, WCC Child Development Singers, Pete and Joan Wernick, Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, Tony Williamson and The Zephyr Lightning Bolts.

"MerleFest is known for surprises and special moments," comments Festival Director Ted Hagaman. "We still have a couple of things in the works, so we encourage MerleFest fans to keep checking our website for updates to our talent line up."

The MerleFest box office will open for 2009 ticket sales on Tuesday, Nov. 11 with prices remaining the same in 2009 as the 2008 event.

MerleFest, celebrating its 22nd year in 2009, is a 4-day event that honors the memory of Eddy Merle Watson and the contributions of Doc and the entire Watson Family to the musical traditions of the region and nation. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. MerleFest began in 1988 as a fundraiser for the college and remains the largest fundraiser for the institution.

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