Yoakam plays MerleFest
Monday, February 2, 2015
– Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth also were added to the line-up for the four-day festival in late April in Wilkesboro, N.C.
"We are incredibly excited to have Dwight Yoakam make his first appearance at MerleFest," said Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest. "He is known for covering everything from bluegrass to country to pop and is a perfect example of 'traditional plus' music. Mix in the Americana and bluegrass sounds of the Steep Canyon Rangers along with Shannon Whitworth, and our Sunday lineup is going to be an outstanding day of music."
Whitworth, a banjo player, has released three albums.
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, North Mississippi Allstars, Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, Del McCoury, The Gibson Brothers, and Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis all are playing the festival, set for April 23-26 at Wilkesboro Community College.
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