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Some of my favorite MerleFest and Rooster Walk 2015 musical discoveries

This article was originally posted on The Huffington Post here.

MerleFest and Rooster Walk Music and Art Festival have kicked off the 2015 summer music festival season to standing ovations. Fans have been posting all over social media they’re already looking forward to next year, biding their time for these  iconic Americana and roots festivals — considered some of the best in the Southeast. There were amazing performances by MerleFest headliners, including The Avett Brothers, Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam — as well as Rooster Walk headliners Yonder Mountain String Band, Steep Canyon Rangers and Lake Street Dive. But other acts, too numerous to mention, did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about attending these festivals in particular are the new acts I “discover” by wandering among the stages. This year was no exception. Following are just a few personal discoveries I made over the two weekends. As a friend of mine says, “You come for the big names on the poster, but it’s the smaller names that keep you coming back.” Next up for me are Red Wing Roots Music Festival and FloydFest. How about you? What festivals are you headed to this summer?

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Steve Earle and the Dukes to headline 15th Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival in September

Do you have plans to attend this year’s Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival in the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM)?

BCM, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, has a stellar lineup of artists for the 15th annual festival including headliner Steve Earle and the Dukes. The three-day music celebration honoring Bristol’s unique music history as the site of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions will be held Sept. 18-20, 2015, in historic downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Continue reading

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The legendary Tony Rice to be honored at 20th annual Charlie Poole Festival on June 12-13 in Eden, North Carolina

The 20th annual Charlie Poole Festival will honor Rockingham County resident and Grammy-winning legendary guitarist Tony Rice with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will be held June 12-13 at Governor Morehead Park, 422 Church St., in Eden, North Carolina. You can find a schedule here. Continue reading