Tag: MerleFest

Ralph Stanley at MerleFest 2014

| June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

We heard this morning from R. B. Powell,from Lewistown, PA, a banjo picker and promoter of scholarships for young musicians.   He shared this video he had shot of Ralph Stanley during MerleFest 2014 at the Creekside Stage as part of the festival’s special Banjorama segment that […]


What IBMA Can Learn from Merlefest

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Leaders of IBMA and the city of Raleigh can breathe a little easier now that another year of MerleFest is in the books. The annual four-day roots music extravaganza in Wilkesboro, NC, was the first major music festival held in the state since the controversial […]


2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The winners in the 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest have been announced. Finalists competed this afternoon by performing their songs before the judges, and the winners will get the opportunity to sing them again later today on one of the main stages. The results […]


MerleFest announces Chris Austin finalists for ’16

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

MerleFest has today announced the finalists for the 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Well over 700 entries were received for the annual competition this year, broken into four board categories. Austin was a native of nearby Boone, NC, an artist and songwriter in bluegrass and […]


Two Songwriting Contest Deadlines Drawing Near

| January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Entry deadlines are approaching for two top songwriting contests that are of interest to bluegrassers. The deadline to enter the DC Bluegrass Union’s second annual Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest is Jan. 15. Winners will be announced March 10. The entry fee for each song is […]


Winners announced in 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting contest

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

It may be a bit chilly at MerleFest this year, but the competition was hot for the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this afternoon at the festival. Three finalists in four categories performed their songs live on stage for the judges, who included Peter Rowan, […]


MerleFest 2015 Chris Austin finalists

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

MerleFest has announced the finalists in their 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, an invitational competition being held for the 23rd time this year during the festival on April 24. Three finalists are selected in four categories from among the hundreds of entries recevied, to vie […]


2014 Chris Austin Songwriting winners

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

At this past weekend’s MerleFest, winners were chosen in the 22nd Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. The invitational competition is held each year during the festival, with finalists chosen in advance. Congratulations to these 2014 winners: Bluegrass 1st Place – Paul Harrigill (Murfreesboro, TN) and […]


Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalists announced

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, held annually as a part of MerleFest. As is usually the case, a number of young bluegrass artists show up on the list. Paul Harrigill, banjo player with Flatt Lonesome, is nominated along with […]


BanjoRama comes to MerleFest 2014

| December 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

Have you ever thought to yourself… “There’s just not enough banjo music at MerleFest?” Not a problem for 2014. The mega-festival’s new Artist Relations Manager, Steve Johnson, has organized a special, one-time banjo geek-out show for Friday, April 25 on the main stage. Billed as BanjoRama, […]