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Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Nine Artists Not to Miss at MerleFest 2018

One of best line-ups in years.  Other artists of note include Jerry Douglas/Tommy Emmanuel pairing, Lauderdale/Buddy Miller/N. Miss. Allstars, Robert Earl Keen, Rhiannon Giddens, Paul Thorn/Blind Boys of Alabama/McCrary Sisters), Mike Farris (part of Hillside Album Hour), Rodney Crowell, Mavericks, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, and Steep Canyon Rangers/Steve Martin. 

Catch the Way Down Wanderers, too; one of the best young bands out there; still making a name for themselves.

Thanks for the heads up, Henry, will catch them. Last year it was bluegrass oriented. this year it's Americana.

An interesting group that hopefully will be invited back.  Unfortunately, their time slot on Friday afternoon was exactly the same as Balsam Range and Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble at the Watson Stage.

The Devil Makes Three is a funny and lively string band. The Cleverlys is a "tongue in cheek" bluegrass band that has some great Youtube videos out.  Irish bands We Banjo 3 and Scythian are back, along with maybe a new act Doolin'.  Wesley Bright and the Honeytones are a retro soul band that might be worth checking out.  A fair number of female bands this year as well as duo acts.  Weather looks good for Friday-Sunday.  Grounds may be a little wet from a lot or rain and overcast this week.

The only problem with Merlefest is, you can't see them all. Choices have to be made. 

But no matter what choices you made last weekend, we saw extraordinary music everywhere