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MerleFest On the Road Announces 2018 Tour Dates

MerleFest, the popular music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson and presented by Window World, offers music lovers a sneak peek of this spring’s festival when MerleFest On the Road tours throughout the Southeast during March. The tour will feature select artists that will perform at MerleFest 2018 or have performed previously at the festival: The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May.

Tour Dates:
February 22 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Cafe and Music Hall
February 23 – Bristol, VA – The Birthplace of Country Music Museum
February 24 – Greensboro, NC – Van Dyke Performance Space
February 25 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
February 27 – Nashville, TN – Station Inn
February 28 – Duluth, GA – Red Clay Music Foundry
March 1 – West Jefferson, NC – Ashe Civic Center
March 2 – Dallas, NC – Gaston County Museum of Art & History
March 3 – Yadkinville, NC – The Willingham Theater
March 4 – Aberdeen, NC – The Poplar Knight Spot

“The MerleFest On the Road performers provide a sampling of the music that is a mainstay at MerleFest,” said Steve Johnson, MerleFest artist relations manager. “A diverse ‘traditional plus’ lineup is a big part of the festival. However, it is important to remember that MerleFest cannot be defined by just one genre. Doc Watson created the genre moniker of ‘traditional plus,’ meaning ‘the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional plus’.’”

Johnson added, “We are delighted to showcase some of the finest artists from MerleFest lineups. MerleFest regulars tell us that they can hardly wait for every April to arrive, and now they don’t have to! We believe that the fans who catch a MerleFest On the Road show will be more enthusiastic than ever for the festival in April.”

MerleFest 2018 will take place from April 26 – 29 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C., where the MerleFest on the Road artists will be joined by Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Elephant Revival, The Devil Makes Three, and a Midnight Jam hosted by Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale, among many others. The MerleFest website ( provides additional information about the festival, including the full released lineup, artists details, and the opportunity to purchase tickets.

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