MerleFest Announce 2018 Initial Lineup: Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 – 29. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2018 will be announced over the next few months. Today’s lineup announcement includes legendary artist Kris Kristofferson, Jamey JohnsonRobert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, “Mission Temple Fireworks Revival” featuring Paul Thorn & Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the McCrary Sisters, and many more. The 2018 Midnight Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation on Saturday, April 28th will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, with special hosts Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale. This very popular after-hours hootenanny gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history.

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Aaron BurdettAlberti Flea CircusAndrew Collins TrioAndy MayAri EisingerAshley Heath and Her Heathens, Banknotes, Bill Mathis, Bob HillBryan SuttonBrynmorCane Mill RoadCardboard Fox,Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen, Mark Queen, Cathy Fink and Marcy MarxerCharles WelchCicada RhythmDavid Holt and Josh GoforthDead HorsesDonna the BuffaloDoolinElephant SessionsErin HarpeFlatland Harmony ExperimentFrank Solivan & Dirty KitchenFireside CollectiveGunner & SmithHannah Shira NaimanHappy TraumHorsemen Let’s RideHubby JenkinsHummingbird CrossingJack LawrenceJayme Stone’s FolklifeJeanette Williams BandJeff Little TrioJeffrey FoucaultJody CarrollJoe Mullins and the Radio RamblersJoe Smothers, Junior Appalachian Musicians BandLaura Boosinger & The Midnight PlowboysLauren and LaneLindsay LouLillian ChaseThe Lonesome Ace StringbandLori King and Junction 63Mark BumgarnerMike Aiken Band, Mitch Greenhill, My BubbaThe Note RopersNu-BluPete & Joan WernickPeter RowanPiper Jones,The Po Ramblin’ BoysRichard Ray FarrellRichie and RosieRob Ickes & Trey HensleyRobin and Linda WilliamsRosie & the RivetersRoy Book BinderSam Bush BandSarah Jane ScoutenSavannah Smith and Southern SoulScythianSideline, Smitty and the JumpStartersSteve and Ruth SmithString Madness, T. Michael Coleman Band, Ted Olson, Tennessee Jed FisherTerry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive,The Barefoot MovementThe BattleAxe BandThe East PointersThe HackwellsThe InterACTive Theatre of JefThe Kruger BrothersThe Lang SistersThe Local BoysThe Lonely Heartstring Band,The MastersonsThe Midatlantic, The New River DriftersThe WaybacksThe WildmansSusana and Timmy Abell, Tony Williamson BandUnspoken TraditionVirginia HollowThe Way Down Wanderers, Wayland, Wayne HendersonWesley Bright & The Honeytones, and Whitewater Bluegrass Company.
Tickets for next year’s festival, as well as the Midnight Jam, go on sale at noon (EST) November 14, 2017, and may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased from November 14 to February 18, 2018 and Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 19 to April 25. Tickets will be sold using Tier 3 pricing at the gate during the festival.

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