MerleFest announces 2009 line-up

MerleFestline-upEmmylou HarrisJim LauderdaleTift MerrittDel McCoury BandDoc Watson

The festival was founded upon two missions: to raise money for the beautification of the Wilkes Community College Campus (MerleFest's home, in Wilkesboro, N.C.), and to honor the memory of Doc Watson's son, Merle, a young musician who died in a farming accident in 1985. MerleFest is committed to producing a "high quality diversified American roots based musical experience," a music culture Doc terms "traditional-plus."

So far the list of performers is 90+ deep, but Festival Director Ted Hagaman notes that "MerleFest is known for surprises and special moments. We still have a couple of things in the works, so we encourage fans to keep checking our website for updates to our talent line up."

Tickets go on sale Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. ET. Click here for info on pricing, schedules, contests and activities, volunteering, and more.

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