MerleFest shares the initial programming of the 2022 festival; Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Rissi Palmer and many more will perform from April 28 to May 1, 2022

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the first artist series for MerleFest 2022, which runs from April 28 to May 1, 2022. Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Rissi Palmer and more will join the annual comeback of musicians and music fans on the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. 2022 marks the return of MerleFest to its traditional spring weekend after being postponed to September 2021. Check out Rolling Stone’s recap of the 2021 festival here. “We are very excited to welcome music fans to the Wilkes Community College campus this spring,” said new MerleFest festival director Wes Whitson. “Endless gratitude to all the artists, staff, volunteers, vendors and fans for their patience and support for the 2021 festival. Our team has put together another great lineup for 2022 and we look forward to sharing 4 days of the best. traditional music + with the fans. MerleFest 2022 will be Greensky Bluegrass ‘first time and Emmylou Harris’ 12th appearance, highlighting the importance MerleFest places on both discovery and community within its programming.

In addition to those mentioned above, the following artists and groups are expected to appear at MerleFest 2022: Andy May, Banknotes, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Donna the Buffalo, Happy Traum, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale , Joe Smothers, Kruger Brothers, Laura Boosinger, Mark Bumgarner, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Presley Barker, Roy Book Binder, Sam Bush, Scythian, T. Michael Coleman, The InterACTive Theater of Jef, The Local Boys, The Waybacks, Tony Williamson and Wayne Henderson. Other artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for next year’s festival are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. Application windows for festival vendors and volunteers are now open. Please visit or to register.

MerleFest 2022 will be holding its second annual MerleFest mega raffle to support Wilkes Community College scholarships. Tickets are on sale now. The mega raffle draws will take place during the festival on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in the raffle / silent auction tent starting at 1 p.m. Over $ 170,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold, and ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets cost $ 100 each and include two entries for the MerleFest Mega Raffle draws. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

About Emmylou Harris (performing on Sunday):
A 14-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’s contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded over 25 albums and contributed her talents to countless recordings of other artists. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Harris is known as much for her eloquent and straightforward writing as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired throughout her career for her talent as an artist and songwriter, Harris turned country radio upside down in the 1970s and established herself as the first songwriter of a generation selling over $ 15 million. records and winning 14 Grammy Awards, three CMA Awards and four Americana Awards. Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. She has recorded with artists as diverse as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and Rodney Crowell. Few artists have achieved such honesty or demonstrated such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that hopefully, if not inevitably, accompanies aging, though she has never stopped looking to the future. A longtime social activist, Harris has given her voice to many causes. Most passionately about animal welfare. She created Bonaparte’s Retreat with the goal of saving dogs from shelters and adopting them into forever homes in Metro Nashville and surrounding counties.

About Greensky Bluegrass (performing on Fridays):
Since their formation in 2000 in Kalamazoo, MI, the quintet — Anders Beck [dobro], Michael Arlen
Good [banjo], Dave Bruzza [guitar], Mike Devol [upright bass], and Paul Hoffman [mandolin]- have unassumingly progressed into a phenomenon on their own terms with the
the unwavering support of a dedicated audience. Traveling back and forth across North America on successive tours, they recently sold out 3 nights at the Red Rocks, an unprecedented feat in their genre. In 2019, All For Money scored their second No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart and their third consecutive Top 3 entry. They were also critically acclaimed from Billboard, Parade, NPR and Rolling Stone who hailed them. as “representing the genre for a whole new generation”. As always, the group embraces tradition, advancing bluegrass in their eighth full-length album, Stress Dreams. “Greensky is and always has been very unique in our world,” observes Paul. “We put our love, our energy and our focus on what we enjoy in our music. We come together as a group in an organic way. We are very proud of the way we are growing up and we challenge ourselves too. We mature together. I think we’re getting more Greensky all the time.

About Rissi Palmer (performing on Friday):
Rissi Palmer’s gift consists in going beyond all musical boundaries. While she has made her mark in country music, she is equally at home in R&B music, bringing the full spectrum of popular music to the music she calls “Southern Soul”. In 2007, she released her debut album Rissi Palmer, featuring singles “Country Girl”, “Hold On To Me” and “No Air”. Since then, Rissi has independently released a Christmas single, her first children’s album, Best Day Ever, and an EP called The Back Porch Sessions. His most recent album, Revival, was released in 2019 and has received critical acclaim as his most personal and uplifting work to date. Some highlights throughout his musical career include performances at the White House, Lincoln Center in New York, and multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. She has toured extensively across the country, sharing stages with Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Chris Young, Charley Crockett and many more. Rissi has also made numerous national appearances on Oprah & Friends, CMT Insider, CNN, CBS This Morning, GMA, Entertainment Tonight and FOX Soul’s “The Book of Sean” and has been featured in Associated Press, Essence, Huffington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR’s “All Things Considered”, PEOPLE, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, to name a few.

As the passionate voice of country artists of color and those who have been marginalized in mainstream country music, Rissi launched her own Color Me Country radio show with Rissi Palmer on Apple Music Country. In conjunction with her radio show, Rissi created the Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund designed to support new country artists of color who are just starting to build their music careers. Most recently, Rissi became an official special correspondent for CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown. The weekly series airs Saturdays and Sundays on CMT at 9 / 8c and features music videos, reports, live performances and candid interviews with the country’s biggest stars.

About MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of American music legend Doc Watson, famous guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique blend of traditional sounds, focused on the roots of the Appalachian region, including ancient, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues. , and expanded to include Americana, classic rock, and many more styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 12 stages over the course of the multi-day event. MerleFest is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, investment projects and other educational needs.

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