Merlefest just ended...the first one since its founder's death last May. Someday I'm gonna go there and soak it all in. This roots music festival was started years ago by the legendary Doc Watson in memory of his son, Merle, who died in a tragic accident. The two of them mastered and taught many others how to fingerpick a guitar. They loved music and loved to bring joy to others through it.
Here are a few of this year's performers...who happen to be on my "Frequently Played" i-Tunes list:
The first song I ever heard by The Avett Brothers and still my favorite:
Red Molly - a highly underrated folk trio who consistently produce albums of exceptional quality:
The Quebe Sisters - Andrews Sisters meets the Mandrells?
Rhonda Vincent - a singer in the old, sad, twangy tradition:
Pokey LaFarge - St. Louis native with a unique voice and a classic sound: