Saturday, December 1, 2012


Merlefest 1 of 3

Alabama Music goes to MerleFest 2009 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This year's headliner was Alabama's Emmylou Harris.

On Saturday evening at MerleFest 2009, the second highly anticipated Hillside Album Hour was hosted by The Waybacks and featured the Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" with EmmyLou Harris turning in a surprise performance of "Wild Horses." Also joining The Waybacks were Sam Bush on electric guitar and lead singer John Cowan. As usual, the hillside was packed with delighted music fans who gathered to find out what album that would be featured, which is always a closely held secret until the show begins.

Merlefest 2 of 3

Alabama Music goes to MerleFest 2009 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This is one of the finest and best organized festivals anywhere. Background music by Rollin' In The Hay.

Music icon Linda Ronstadt made her first appearance by closing the festival on a high note with a performance of traditional mariachi songs on the Watson Stage. She was joined by the Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for a set of songs from her 1987 release, "Canciones de Mi Padre," sung entirely in Spain.

Merlefest 3 of 3

Alabama Music goes to MerleFest 2009 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Background music by The New Kingston Trio with Alabama's Jim Connor.

2009 Artist Lineup
Doc Watson TFSS
Richard Watson FSat
Susana and Timmy Abell FSS
The Alberti Flea Circus FSS
Darin and Brooke Aldridge Band Sun
Angel Band Sat
Banknotes TFS
Buffalo Barfield FSS
Bearfoot TFSS
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet SS
The Belleville Oufit Sat
Rory Block FSat
Blue Highway Sat
Roy Book Binder FSS
Laura Boosinger FSS
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil FSat
Broken Wire TFSS
David Bromberg Sat
Sam Bush FSat
Cadillac Sky FSat
The Carolina Chocolate Drops Sun
The Circuit Riders FSat
Clack Mountain String Band FSS
T Michael Coleman TFSS
John Cowan Band FSat
Dailey and Vincent Thur
The Dixie Beeliners TFSS
Donna The Buffalo Fri
Pat Donohue FSat
Robert Dotson Sat
The Duhks Fri
The Farewell Drifters FSS
Loretta Freeman and Lynsey Sat
Full Throttle Bluegrass Band TFSS
Rayna and Dan Gellert FSS
The Gibson Brothers Sun
Josh Goforth FSS
The Grascals Fri
The Gravy Boys TFSS
Buddy Greene FSS
The Greencards SS
Mitch Greenhill FSat
George Hamilton IV TFSS
Emmylou Harris Sat
Wayne Henderson TF
Violet Hensley Sat
Willette Hinton Sat
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes FSat
David Holt FSS
Clint Howard Sat
Sierra Hull and Highway 111 FSS
The InterACTive Theater of Jef FSS
Phil Jamison FSS
The Kruger Brothers TFSS
Jim Lauderdale FSat
Jack Lawrence TFSS
Mark Lippard Sat
Jeff Little TFSat
The Little Rascals TFSS
The Local Boys TFSS
The Lovell Sisters TFSS
Doug MacLeod FSat
Andy May FSat
Del McCoury Band Fri
Tift Merritt TFSat
Mountain Heart Fri
Nashville Bluegrass Band SS
The Neighbors TFSS
New North Carolina Ramblers FSS
Ollabelle FSat
Out on the Ocean FSS
Polecat Creek FSat
Missy Raines and the New Hip TFSS
Tony Rice Fri
Linda Ronstadt featuring Los Camperos de Nati Cano Sun
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band Thur
Patrick Sauber Sun
Martha Scanlan FSS
Scythian TFSS
Anne and Pete Sibley TFSS
George Shuffler Thur
Smokey Valley Band Sat
Joe Smothers FSat
Spring Creek Bluegrass Band FSS
The Steeldrivers FSat
Rodney Sutton Sat
Patrick Sweany FSS
Tut Taylor TFSS
Joe Thompson Sat
Tom, Brad & Alice Sat
Happy Traum FSS
Mac and Jenny Traynham FS
Travis Tritt and Jerry Douglas Thur
The Waybacks FSat
WCC Child Development Singers F
Pete and Joan Wernick TFSS
Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society TFSS
Tony Williamson TFSS
The Zephyr Lightning Bolts TFSS

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