Also, the talented Maggie Valley Band releases a new EP, and more
The first lineup announcement will come at International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass festivities in Raleigh in late September.
First-place winners took home a $600 cash prize and were award performances at Merlefest, which draws tens of thousands of fans each year to Wilkesboro.
Also, The Waterbird coffee shop and craft cocktail bar has opened, and more.
Joe Kendrick's ambitious "Southern Songs and Stories" series melds personal interviews, live shows and behind-the-scenes access.
A WNCW on-air personality for 20 years, Kendrick is ready to take on a leadership role.
Acoustic Syndicate, Shane Pruitt Band and Friends and Phuncle Sam will all perform at the event to benefit WNCW, FATE and Habitat for Humanity.