EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article didn't make it clear that the reduced ticket price for MerleFest's first day and night is available only through Dec. 21. As the earlier version stated, it's valid only for Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany county residents.
For a limited time, Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany county residents can buy tickets for the first day and night of MerleFest 2019. Festival organizers said the offer is valid through Dec. 21.
Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties are the primary counties served by Wilkes Community College, which hosts MerleFest on its Wilkesboro campus each spring. The festival is April 25-28 this year.
For Customer Appreciation Night on Thursday, April 25, residents of the three counties may purchase up to two tickets for $35 each (plus tax and service fees) if bought during this limited period. Tickets for Thursday are normally $50-$70 apiece
The MerleFest lineup on Thursday this year includes Wynonna and the Big Noise, Dailey & Vincent, Chatham County Line, Donna the Buffalo, Radney Foster, Junior Brown, Pete Wernick, Roy Book Binder, the Wilkes-based Banknotes from and many more.
Dailey & Vincent (Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent) are among new artists added to the MerleFest lineup this week. The others are Brandi Carlile and Brother Brothers (Adam and David Moss).
Dailey & Vincent has a show that is in its third season on RFD-TV. The show has won five Grammy (collectively), four Dove and 35 IBMA awards (including entertainer and vocal group of the year three times apiece). They play Thursday only.
Brandi Carlile returns to MerleFest for the Saturday evening lineup. The Grammy-nominated artist’s new album By The Way, I Forgive You,” debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and Number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—a career high for the Seattle-based artist. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the album continues to receive widespread acclaim, including recent “Best Albums of 2018” coverage at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, NPR Music and more.
Making their MerleFest debut on Saturday at MerleFest are the Brother Brothers (Adam and David Moss), identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. They are known for minimal instrumentation and strong lyrics and harmonies that blend into one voice. Their full-length debut album is “Some People I Know.”
Dailey & Vincent, Brandi Carlisle and the Brother Brothers join over 75 artists announced last month, including Wynonna and the Big Noise, Keb’ Mo’, the Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Tyler Childers, and Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Air Force. The annual Late Night Jam will be hosted by Chatham County Line.
Tickets for this year’s MerleFest, with Window World as presenting sponsor, may be purchased at Merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure, with first tier discounts available until Feb. 17.