MerleFest has announce the next round of artist additions for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26.
Greensky Bluegrass, Mavis Staples, Paul Thorn, Cane Mill Road, Sweet Potato Pie, The Barefoot Movement, Nefesh Mountain, and Smitty and the Jumpstarters will join the annual homecoming of musicians and music fans on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their career playing living rooms and open mic nights across the midwest. By 2005, they were touring nationally, and by 2006, they were playing the first in a long series of appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Greensky Bluegrass will perform Friday night on the Watson Stage.
A call to love, faith, justice, brotherhood and joy lies at the heart of “We Get By,” Staples’ 12th studio album and first full-length collaboration with multi-Grammy Award-winner Ben Harper. Backed by her longtime touring band, Staples breathes life into Harper’s compositions on the record. Staples will perform Sunday afternoon on the Watson Stage.
Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his brand of roots music — southern American, yet also speaking universal truths. Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, among the same spirits who nurtured the young Elvis generations before, Thorn has rambled down back roads. Thorn will perform Sunday afternoon on the Creekside Stage.
Today’s lineup announcement adds eight great artists to MerleFest’s stacked lineup headlined by Willie Nelson and Family, Alison Krauss, John Prine, Melissa Etheridge, and dozens more.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets can be purchased until Feb. 16, and Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from Feb. 17 to April 22.
Remaining tickets will be sold at the gate during the festival.