MerleFest, the popular music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson and presented by Window World, offers music lovers a sneak peek of this spring’s festival when MerleFest on the Road tours throughout the Southeast. The tour will make a stop at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Performers on the lineup include two acts that have appeared at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion: The Way Down Wanderers and The Barefoot Movement. Singer-songwriter and guitar champion Andy May will also perform. The Bristol stop will be part of the Birthplace of Country Music’s 1927 Society Concert Series.
“The MerleFest on the Road performers provide a sampling of the music that is a mainstay at MerleFest,” said Steve Johnson, MerleFest artist relations manager.
Tickets to the 1927 Society Concert: MerleFest on the Road are on sale now; a pre-sale was offered to 1927 Society members. The intimate concert experience will be held in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with heavy hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages included in the ticket price of $85 (taxes and fees included). The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Way Down Wanderers, equal parts fast-paced and soulful, are a 5-piece modern folk Americana act that draws listeners in with their energy and originality. Youthful and professionally trained, the band captivates audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs, and a lively stage show.
The Barefoot Movement’s sound is made up of memorble melodies, lush harmonies, and exciting instrumentation with one foot firmly planted in the world of roots music while the other wanders from pop to rock to R & B. Though difficult to define, CMT Edge heralded the band as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.”
Veteran singer-songwriter and champion guitarist Andy May infuses his songwriting and shows with his trademark creativity, humor, and consummate musicianship. Described as a “troubador of life,” May’s music embraces styles from blues to bluegrass, classic country to contemporary folk, rock-a-billy to roots.
MerleFest will take place April 26-29 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilksboro, North Carolina where MerleFest on the Road artists will be joined by Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Elephant Revival, and more. For more information about MerleFest and MerleFest on the Road visit www.MerleFest.org. To purchase tickets to the 1927 Society Concert: MerleFest on the Road at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and to learn more about becoming a 1927 Society member visit www.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.
Photo: The Way Down Wanderers