Initial Merlefest 2013 line-up announced: Charlie Daniels Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, more

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Tift Merritt is set to return to Merlefest next year. Photo by Jason Sandford

Here you go, from the Merlefest FB page:

The following are among the artists scheduled to perform at MerleFest 2013:

Richard Watson
Susana and Timmy Abell
Alberti Flea Circus
Glenn Bannerman
Gregg ‘Buffalo’ Barfield
Riley Baugus
Bayou Diesel
Matraca Berg
The Black Lillies
Blind Boy Paxton
Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition
Roy Book Binder
Laura Boosinger
Sam Bush
Calico Moon
Chatham County Line
Charlie Daniels Band
T. Michael Coleman
Dehlia Low
Donna The Buffalo
Jerry Douglas
Enter The Haggis
Tom Feldmann
French Broad Playboys
The Greencards
Mitch Greenhill
Wayne Henderson
Orville Hicks
Bob Hill
David Holt
The Honeycutters
The InterACTive Theater of Jef
Eilen Jewell
Johnson’s Crossroad
The Kickin Grass Band
The Kruger Brothers
Pokey LaFarge
Jim Lauderdale
Jack Lawrence
Jeff Little Trio
The Local Boys
Doug MacLeod
Bill Mathis
Andy May
Tift Merritt
Misty River Band
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Mountain Heart
Michael Martin Murphey
Nashville Bluegrass Band
The Neighbors
The New Familiars
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Paul’s Creek Band
The Quebe Sisters Band
Red Molly
Carol Rifkin
Peter Rowan
The Sheets Family Band
The Sigmon Stringers
Steve and Ruth Smith
Chris Smither
Joe Smothers
Snyder Family Band
South Carolina Broadcasters
Kirk Sutphin
Bryan Sutton
Sutton, Holt and Coleman
Patrick Sweany
Tut Taylor
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
The Waybacks
Charles Welch
Pete and Joan Wernick
Ted White
Phil Wiggins & Corey Harris
The Wild Rumpus
Tony Williamson

“This initial lineup shows that the festival will definitely live up to its ‘traditional plus’ motto, with a strong collection of internationally-known touring artists from many genres, as well as a collection of local North Carolina folk and bluegrass artists,” says Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest. “And, MerleFest fans know, as the lineup continues to develop in the coming months, it will offer quite a few surprises – let’s just say it’s going to be a big year!”

“As MerleFest fans have learned, we release up-to-the-minute lineup additions and other festival news through our social media outlets,” said Hagaman. “So, staying in touch with us via our electronic newsletter, website (, Facebook and Twitter is crucial.”

The MerleFest box office will open for 2013 ticket sales on Tuesday, November 13, at 2 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. With the estimated 90 acts performing on 14 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is an entertainment value. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 10, 2013.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. jtroop November 8, 2012


  2. bob November 8, 2012

    one name there that’s missing… rip doc!


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