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Marcus King, Little Feat and More Added to Merlefest 2023 Line-Up

By Maxim Mower

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Merlefest 2023 continues to build out an impressive line-up for its historic 35th instalment. Newly announced for the North Carolina country celebration is Marcus King, Little Feat, Tanya Tucker, Miko Marks and more.

Fans will be excited to witness King perform a series of tracks from his widely celebrated 2022 project, Young Blood, along with hits from his Grammy-nominated 2020 offering, El Dorado. Little Feat also serve as a high-profile addition, with the genre-agnostic rock legends confirmed as performing on the Thursday.

Joining them will be a refreshingly eclectic range of performers, such as AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Alison Brown, Andy Cohen and Anna Lynch. Also introduced to the line-up is Bee Taylor, Brothers Comatose, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers and Cole Chaney.

This marks a particularly special edition of the festival, as it will celebrate what would've been the 100th birthday of the Merlefest founder, Doc Watson. He set up the event 35 years ago in memory of his son, Eddy Merle Watson, who had tragically passed away in 1985 as a result of a tractor accident.

The festival will be taking place in the secluded idyll of Wilkesboro, which sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The pressure was on to piece together a stellar line-up for the 2023 festival, given its poignance, and so far it's safe to say the organisers are delivering!

For the full Merlefest 2023 line-up so far, see below:

The Avett Brothers

Maren Morris

Black Opry Revue

Sam Bush

Jerry Douglas

Peter Rowan

Andy May

Banknotes

Carol Rifkin

Charles Welch

Donna the Buffalo

Jack Lawrence

Jeff Little Trio

Jim Lauderdale

Joe Smothers

Kruger Brothers

Laura Boosinger

The Local Boys

Mark Bumgarner

Mitch Greenhill & Mitch's Kitchen

Pete & Joan Wernick

Presley Barker

Roy Book Binder

Scythian

T. Michael Coleman

The InterACTive Theater of Jef

The Waybacks

Tony Williamson

Wayne Henderson

Little Feat

Marcus King

Tanya Tucker

Miko Marks

AJ Lee & Blue Summit

Alison Brown

Andy Cohen

Anna Lynch

Bee Taylor

Brothers Comatose

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Cole Chaney

Compton & Newberry

Dom Flemons

I Draw Slow

Lightnin’ Wells

The Local Honeys

Nigel Wearne

Stillhouse Junkies

Taylor Rae

Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive

Todd Albright

Tommy Prine

Yasmin Williams

The Youngers

For more information on tickets and for other country festivals set for 2023 - head here.

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