Merlefest Day 3 Brings A Tom Petty Tribute & Legendary Collaborations

Merlefest Day 3: Tom Petty Tribute & Legendary Collaborations

Doolin’ [Photo Credit: Ryan Case]

This was my first year attending Merlefest to cover for the blog. Aside from that, I have only been once, like 13ish years ago. Man, let me tell you, I have been missing out. I can not begin to tell you how much fun I had on the day I did go and I wish that I had been there the entire weekend. I hope to camp out and cover the whole shebang next year! As you can imagine, Merlefest Day 3 brought all kinds of coolness, just like the rest of the weekend. Read on to get all the details. [Read more…]

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

Earlier this year I told you about the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest coming to Merlefest. This was a fabulous opportunity for songwriters to get their pieces heard by true legends in the industry like Rodney Crowell. The Merlefest 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners were announced yesterday and I have them below for those of you who want to check them out! [Read more…]

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Kris Kristofferson [Photo Credit: Jim Gavenus]

Have you been to Merlefest yet this year? If so, who drew you in? Who was your favorite musical act this year? I know that many people were really excited to see Kris Kristofferson and Robert Earl Keen. If you missed the shows or if you just want a refresher, check out the Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson setlist below! [Read more…]

Merlefest Day 2 Featured A Diverse Musical Lineup

Merlefest Day 2 Featured A Diverse Musical Lineup

Jamey Johnson [Photo Credit: Ryan Case]

Merlefest is in full swing right now on the campus of Wilkes Community College. This year features a really cool lineup of talented musicians including Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Brandy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin and many more. Here is the lowdown on what happened at the music festival on Friday. I will be there on Sunday so be sure to follow along on my social media channels! [Read more…]

Town Mountain Interview: Robert Greer Talks Merlefest, Tacos & Their Upcoming Album

Town Mountain Interview: Robert Greer Talks Merlefest, Tacos & Their Upcoming Album

As you know, Merlefest is currently going strong with an epic lineup. A couple weeks ago, I got to chat with Town Mountain’s Robert Greer about the huge role they are playing at the Merlefest music festival this year. Read on to find out more about how they got their cool nickname, “Taco Stand Troubadours,” what’s so different about their new album and the 2 things that the band members can always agree on. [Read more…]

Jacob Vaughan On A Full Concert Schedule At 18, Early College And Working Through Writer’s Block

Jacob Vaughan On A Full Concert Schedule At 18, Early College And Working Through Writer's Block

A few weeks ago, I was invited to see Jacob Vaughan play at World of Beer in Greensboro. I was not aware of him before his dad, Jamie, hit me up on Facebook messenger and invited me to see him perform live. But, as you guys know, I love seeing both local acts and music that I was not aware of previously. This tactic has introduced me to some great new to me acts in the past few months, specifically Tim Elliott and Cory Luetjen. It turns out that Jacob and Tim also know each other, so it’s a small, musical world after all. [Read more…]

Merlefest Acoustic Kids Showcases Return For 2018

Merlefest Acoustic Kids Showcases Return For 2018

In just a little over two months, Merlefest will be taking place on the beautiful campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. I have been to Merlefest once, a few years ago, and I got to see the multitalented Emmylou Harris. Since it’s so close to where I live [around an hour away] and has such a fabulous lineup, I am totally planning on going this year. And, the Merlefest Acoustic Kids Showcases are returning this year. That sounds super cute and I would definitely love to check that out! [Read more…]

Walker Hayes Interview: Colt Ford & The Real Inspiration Behind “You Broke Up With Me”

Walker Hayes Interview: Colt Ford & The Real Inspiration Behind "You Broke Up With Me"

A few years ago, Nashville broke up with Walker Hayes. However, just like many an ex, Nashville realized the error of their ways and came crawling back. I got to chat with the “You Broke Up With Me” singer recently and, I gotta say, this super talented musician and father of 6 [soon to be 7] has a fabulous story to share about perseverance and never giving up on your dreams. Oh, and he has the baddest song about letting your ex know what’s up. ;)
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Marshall Tucker’s Doug Gray Talks Myrtle Beach, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Farewell Tour & Doug Hugs

Marshall Tucker's Doug Gray Talks Myrtle Beach, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Farewell Tour & Doug Hugs

Every time I talk to Marshall Tucker’s frontman, Doug Gray, he is just so nice. I mean, seriously, he is always in a great mood. So, he is one of my all-time favorite people to interview. He doesn’t just seem like a great person, though, The Marshall Tucker band puts on one heck of a show. Check out some of my other interviews with Doug Gray and be sure to catch The Marshall Tucker Band in concert locally this weekend in Raleigh [The Ritz] and Charlotte [Fillmore]. Today, Doug Gray talks with us about Myrtle Beach living, whether or not he thinks Lynyrd Skynyrd will actually retire and much more.
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2018 Merlefest Final Lineup Announced #Merlefest

2018 Merlefest Final Lineup Announced #Merlefest

Merlefest will be here before we know it. So, I am excited to share with you the Merlefest final lineup that was just announced. And, people, it’s so good. Check it out and let me know what you think. Will I be seeing you at Merlefest this year?
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