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MerleFest announces more artists

MerleFest announces more artists

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WILKESBORO — MerleFest, presented by Window World, has announced the second round of artist additions for MerleFest 2022, which will be held April 28 through May 1.

Old Crow Medicine Show, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Allison Russell and We Banjo 3 will join an already impressive lineup that includes Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass and Rissi Palmer.

MerleFest is the annual late April homecoming of musicians and music fans on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

“We are so excited to welcome music fans back to the campus of Wilkes Community College in the spring,” MerleFest’s new festival director, Wes Whitson, said.

Additional fan favorites announced Tuesday include Darrell Scott, Alison Brown, 49 Winchester, Arlo McKinley, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Arcadian Wild, Caleb Caudle, and Dr. Bacon.

The following artists and bands were previously announced in late 2021: Andy May, Banknotes, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Donna the Buffalo, Happy Traum, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Smothers, Kruger Brothers, Laura Boosinger, Mark Bumgarner, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Peter Rowan, Presley Barker, Roy Book Binder, Sam Bush, Scythian, T. Michael Coleman, The InterACTive Theatre of Jef, The Local Boys, The Waybacks, Tony Williamson and Wayne Henderson.

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale at or by calling 800-343-7857.

Festival vendor and volunteer application windows are open. Visit or to sign up.

MerleFest 2022 will host its second annual MerleFest Mega Raffle to support scholarships at Wilkes Community College. Tickets are on sale now. The drawings will be held during the festival from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the raffle and silent auction tent. More than $170,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold, and ticket holders do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two entries to the MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings. To purchase tickets or for information visit


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