MerleFest adds Leftover Salmon, Tift Merritt, & Jorma Kaukonen

Article Contributed by HearthMusic | Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

MerleFest, presented by Window World and scheduled for April 27-30, 2017, is proud to announce five more artists added to the MerleFest 2017 lineup: Leftover Salmon, Tift Merritt, Jorma Kaukonen, Donna the Buffalo, and John Driskell Hopkins Band! These artists join a list of performers already announced including Zac Brown Band, The Avett Brothers, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and many more. This year marks MerleFest’s 30th celebration. 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.

Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. The festival is offering a three-tiered pricing structure. Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available through February 16, 2017. Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 13 through April 27. The third tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.
MerleFest’s lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers who are the hallmark of the festival. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” The developing lineup is viewable at
The current lineup includes Alberti Flea CircusTodd AlbrightDarin & Brooke AldridgeThe Avett Brothers, Jim Avett, Banknotes, The BattleAxe BandBethel University Renaissance Bluegrass BandRoy Book Binder, The Bluegrass ExperienceLaura Boosinger & The Midnight PlowboysMark "Brink" BrinkmanZac Brown BandAndy BucknerMark BumgarnerSam Bush BandChatham County Line, T. Michael Coleman, The ContendersCounterclockwise String BandDear Brother, Donna the BuffaloPat DonohueJerry DouglasJohn DoyleEric Ellis, Flando Calrissian, Scott FreemanFront CountryThe Gravy BoysThe Green Grass Cloggers and Strictly StringsMitch GreenhillVirgil Harden & the Appalachian CountdownNate Harris and Spice Creek RamblersWayne Henderson, Bob Hill, David Holt, The Hook & Bullet, John Driskell Hopkins BandSierra Hull, I Draw SlowThe InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Steve James, Sarah JaroszChris Jones & The Night Drivers, Jorma Kaukonen, The Kruger BrothersJim LauderdaleJack Lawrence, Leftover SalmonJeff Little TrioThe Local BoysLocust Honey String BandLydia LuceClaire Lynch, Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy, Mandolin Orange, Bill Mathis, Andy May, Del McCoury Band, Pat McInerney, Tift MerrittMipsoMountain HeartMegan NashCarol Rifkin and Jeanette QueenRoanoke, Peter Rowan, ScythianShadowGrassSteve and Ruth SmithJoe SmothersEd Snodderly, The Steel Wheels, Steep Canyon RangersThe Stray BirdsString Madness with Mitch Greenhill, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous SuperlativesSurry LineBryan Sutton BandSwift Creek10 String Symphony, Ken Tizzard, The TrailblazersHappy Traum, Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest, The WaybacksThe WBT Briarhoppers, Charles Welch, Pete & Joan WernickUncle Ted White, and Tony Williamson.