WILKESBORO, N.C. — Robert Earl Keen fans will be thrilled to learn that the Texas American singer-songwriter is joining the lineup for MerleFest, set for April 23-26, 2015. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.
Now three-decades since the release of his debut album, with more than a dozen other records to his name and thousands of shows under his belt, Keen has blazed a peer, critic and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him pioneer – and living legend – status in the Americana music world. In fact Gavin magazine named Keen the first “Americana” artist in 1998, when the music genre was officially acknowledged.
Inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, Keen has built a reputation as one of the nation’s finest musical storytellers. His signature hits include “Merry Christmas from the Family,” “Whenever Kindness Fails” and the iconic “The Road Goes On Forever.” Keen’s next project, “Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions,” is scheduled for release in early 2015 just in time for MerleFes..
Keen’s addition to the lineup underscores the diversity and quality of performers who are the hallmark of the festival. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”
“Robert Earl Keen is one of those ‘genre bending’ artists that fits well with the music of MerleFest. He has played the festival in the past and with his new album release it made sense to bring him back for 2015,” said Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest. “Folks can expect to hear a mix of his hits and songs from his new bluegrass-influenced album. We are excited to have him return to Wilkesboro and to the Watson Stage at MerleFest on Sunday afternoon next year.”
Tickets for MerleFest 2015 may be purchased at http://www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure is offered for MerleFest 2015: an Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available through Feb. 15, 2015, an Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from Feb. 16, 2015, through April 22, 2015, and the third price tier will be gate pricing.
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