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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance Spring 2019 lineup features Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

From the good folks over at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival:

Our line-up is always carefully crafted to showcase national, regional, and local acts that span multiple genres. This spring Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real will headline with their rocking Americana and country roots in what promises to be electrifying performance. We welcome back the West African and funk sounds of Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and our bluegrass buddies Driftwood. Local rock favorites Arson Daily almost burned down the Grove Stage last year with their high energy set so you know we had to get them back.

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Raleigh Magazine: MerleFest Grass Roots

The following piece was originally published in the April 2019 issue of Raleigh Magazine:

For the uninitiated, MerleFest wasn’t named for Merle Haggard, although the country legend has performed at the top-rated Americana roots festival over the years. MerleFest, now synonymous with its mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, was named for another musician, Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late, great guitarist, singer and songwriter Doc Watson.

A 2.5-hour drive from Raleigh, MerleFest’s 2019 headliners—The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Wynonna & the Big Noise, Dailey & Vincent, Tyler Childers, Keb’ Mo’, Sam Bush, The Earls of Leicester, Peter Rowan, Amos Lee, The Milk Carton Kids, Steep Canyon Rangers, Scythian and The Del McCoury Band—will no doubt draw music fans to the campus of Wilkes Community College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

One of the best things about attending MerleFest, whether you’re there for the first time or the 15th, is all of the “new” acts just waiting to be discovered as you wander among the festival’s 13 stages. In between the headliners’ sets on the main Watson Stage are myriad opportunities to check out lesser-known acts among the 80-plus artists set to perform.

Here are six reasons why you should make the short trip to the annual musical homecoming event, which marks the unofficial kickoff to the region’s outdoor music festival season.

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MerleFest announces 2019 band competition finalists

The fifth annual MerleFest Band Competition will take place from 11 a.m to 3:30 p.m. on the Plaza Stage on Saturday, April 27.
This year’s band competition finalists include Shay Martin Lovette (Boone, NC), Pretty Little Goat (Brevard, NC), None of the Above (Piedmont Triad, NC), Brooks Forsyth (Boone, NC), Alex Key and the Locksmiths (Wilkesboro, NC), Massive Grass (Wilmington, NC), Redleg Husky (Asheville, NC), and The Mike Mitchell Band (Floyd, Virginia).
Past winners include Ashley Heath and Her Heathens from Asheville (2018), The Trailblazers (2017) and Fireside Collective (2016).

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Bond Brothers Beer to host 4th Annual Mid-Town Square Spring Fest

Bond Brothers Beer will host the 4th Annual Mid-Town Square Spring Fest from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in downtown Cary, North Carolina.

Come and celebrate with an afternoon of supporting local artists, vendors, a variety of delicious food trucks, and lots of beer!

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MerleFest 2019 announces lineup for Late Night Jam hosted by Chatham County Line

This just in from the good folks over at MerleFest:
MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the 2019 lineup for their beloved Late Night Jam.  Sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation and hosted by Raleigh’s own Chatham County Line, this year’s Late Night Jam will feature Molly Tuttle, Jim Lauderdale, The Brother Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Presley Barker, Ana Egge, Steve Poltz, and more.

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Gravy Boys release newest CD ‘Bring it Down’ on March 16 at The Kraken Bar

This just in from the Gravy Boys:

Their newest CD, “Bring it Down,” features “11 fantastic songs, which we proudly share with you, so be sure to run right out to your favorite record store, or digital retailer, and get you a copy,” the band writes in an email to fans.

“Bring it Down” is available through all of the usual distribution outlets, such as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and CD Baby, and a few more.

“And for all of you who live in the general vicinity of the Triangle region of North Carolina, be sure to come and see us at our CD Release Party and Performance on Saturday, March 16, at The Kraken Bar in Chapel Hill. Music starts at 8. (The Kraken does not sell tickets or charge a cover, but they do pass the tip jar!)

“For more info about this and other upcoming shows, please visit the Gravy Boys website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.”

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Zoe & Cloyd sign with Organic Records, begin working on third album

I’m excited to announce that one of my favorite Americana acts — Zoe & Cloyd — is joining some of my other favorites, Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters, Front Country and Tellico, among others, at Organic Records.

The following press release comes from the good folks over at Organic Records:

ARDEN, NORTH CAROLINA — With music that combines folk, country, old-time and bluegrass, Asheville, North Carolina-based Zoe & Cloyd have created music with deep roots, but a modern message. The duo has now signed with Organic Records and is bringing their spirited songwriting to their third album, due out later this year. Continue reading