Tag: MerleFest

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, […]


Walker and Groopman Make It Home

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a music critic, I’m used to folks occasionally wondering if I’ve been living under a rock. Now I find myself thinking the same thing. How else could I not have heard about Melody Walker, Jacob Groopman and their progressive bluegrass band Front Country? Sure, […]


Avett Brothers close MerleFest 2013

| May 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

One last MerleFest 2013 gallery from Andy Garrigue, who also shared these comments. Heavy numbers poured in Sunday to see The Avett Brothers close down Merlefest 2013, despite the calls for rain throughout the day, and their late afternoon set was alternately passionately energetic, to […]


Ten Reasons MerleFest 2013 Was Awesome

| May 8, 2013 | 4 Comments

MerleFest 2013 is now history, but the music, moments and memories remain to savor. This year’s festival posted aggregate numbers of 76,000 over the four days beginning April 25 and running through the 28th, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. […]


Yet more MerleFest 2013 images

| May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here’s another gallery of Andy Garrigue’s photos from MerleFest 2013, this time focusing on The Avett Brothers and their flamboyant cellist, Joe Kwon. Andy shared these few words about their show. “While the attention is often focused on Scott and Seth Avett when The Avett […]