With the cold weather officially rolling into North Carolina this week, we’ve been longing for the warm spring days spent taking in music at Merlefest. Our friends over in Wilkesboro must have known we’re all suffering from some winter blues because they just announced the first round of artists for Merlefest 2020!
North Carolina performers Jim Lauderdale, The Kruger Brothers, and Tony Williamson join headliners Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Willie Nelson in this first batch of announcements. See all the artists announced so far at Merlefest.org and keep an eye out for more additions! 161 days until one of the North Carolina’s best weekends of music!
Come Hear NC had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim Avett between one of his sets at MerleFest in April to talk about Doc Watson, his influence and ethos, and why North Carolina is such a special place to be a musician and music lover. Jim’s attended MerleFest for 20 years, as both a performer and a fan.
After the interview, we were treated to an intimate performance of “Old Bones.” Plus, he gave us some tips on how to write a good murder ballad!
Enjoy both videos below.
Growing up in Concord, NC, Scott and Seth Avett have played music together since they were kids, getting the love of music from their grandmother who was a concert pianist and their father, songwriter Jim Avett.
See both Jim Avett and the Avett Brothers this weekend at MerleFest!
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, 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 returns to Wilkesboro this year from April 25 to April 28! For ticket information, line-up, and schedule visit www.MerleFest.org.