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Steep Canyon Rangers, Marty Stuart headline fifth HoustonFest on May 1-2 in Galax, Va.

GALAX, Va. — Didn’t get enough of Steep Canyon Rangers or Blue Highway at MerleFest 2015? Well, you’re in luck because both bluegrass bands are back in the Piedmont on May 1-2, this time performing at the fifth annual HoustonFest along with Marty Stuart, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sierra Hull and The Church Sisters, among others. Continue reading

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Blue Ridge Music Center 2015 Concert Season to include Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae, Marty Raybon, Steel Wheels and The Lee Boys, among others

Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae, Marty Raybon, Steel Wheels and The Lee Boys are just a few of the acts scheduled to appear as part of the Blue Ridge Music Center‘s 2015 Summer Concert Season. In addition, visitors can sit back and listen to regional traditional music each day of the week being played by local Mid-Day Mountain Musicians on the breezeway of the visitors center from noon to 4 p.m.

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Old Crow Medicine Show, Sturgill Simpson to perform Saturday, May 2, at Koka Booth in Cary, N.C.

Fans of Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson are in for a treat at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. Simpson is opening for the group with North Carolina ties that just won best folk album from the Grammys for “Remedy.” And Simpson, the Kentucky singer-songwriter crossover artist, just wrapped up performances at Cali’s Coachella AND Stagecoach music festivals. Advance tickets are $35 for lawn seats and can be purchased online here. Continue reading


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Tickets available tonight at the theatre for Yarn + Shilling

Rooster Walk fans know this is going to be a great show that you won’t want to miss!

Rives Theatre

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We’ll be selling our remaining tickets for Yarn with Josh Shilling at the box office window of the Rives. You can also buy tickets online from THIS LINK. Sorry, but season passes are not accepted for this show.

The Rooster Walk folks will be out in force for this one, selling discounted weekend passes to the festival and even giving away a couple tickets! You don’t want to miss it!

Doors to the theatre will open at 8 p.m., and music will start at 9 p.m. There is no opener, so Yarn+Shilling hits the stage at 9. All seating is first-come, first-served! Bring your party shoes!!

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Five Questions with The Avett Brothers at MerleFest


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Rain, The Avett Brothers and The Waybacks’ Hillside Album Hour promise to be MerleFest highlights on Saturday, April 25

WILKESBORO, N.C. — It wouldn’t be MerleFest if it didn’t rain. And unfortunately, after two gorgeous spring days of making music and memories at the 28th annual Americana music festival on the Wilkes Community College campus deep in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, the forecast is calling for just that all day Saturday. But don’t let the weathermen (and women) deter you from heading out to what promises to be another day full of musical surprises and more. Continue reading


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Come out to MerleFest on Friday, April 24, to hear The Marshall Tucker Band, The Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Kruger Brothers, Chatham County Line, among many others

WILKESBORO, N.C.  –  MerleFest organizers have put together yet another great lineup for Friday, April 23, to make more music and memories with performances by The Marshall Tucker Band, Jim Lauderdale and North Mississippi Allstars, The Earls of Leicester, the Del McCoury Band performing songs of Woody Guthrie, Sam Bush Band, Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis, The Kruger Brothers, Spinney Brothers, Chatham County Line, Mipso, Ballie & The Boys, The Honeycutters, among many others. Continue reading