MerleFest | 04.24 - 04.27 | NC

Images by: Gabe Nelson

The Avett Brothers
Scott Avett
Rhonda Vincent
Tift Merrit
Sam Bush
Doc Watson
Jerry Douglas
Bruce Hornsby
Tara Nevins - Donna The Buffalo
Jim Lauderdale
Sierra Hull
Peter Rowan
Ricky Skaggs
Abigail Washburn
James Nash - The Waybacks
John Cowan doing Zeppelin with The Waybacks

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[Published on: 5/14/08]

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RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/14/2008 05:45PM
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OCMS and Levon Helm fucking rule!!!

kmjamesdotorg starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/14/2008 07:32PM
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Excellent photographs Willa (nice to have met you!) and Gabe (I love that shot of James Nash!). Merlefest 2008 was a blast/blur. Highlights for me were: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (Kenny Vaughan is a phenominal guitarist); Tift Merritt; the Hillside Album Hour with The Waybacks, John Cowan, and friends; and the Midnight Jam. Some new acts I was exposed to and recommend are: The Wilders, The Circuit Riders, and Bearfoot. You can check out some of my favorite shots from 2008 here:

GroundSpeed starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/14/2008 08:25PM
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Awesome recap and photos.

jcskolman starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/15/2008 06:52AM
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Anson thanks again for another great review. The Rowan/HBR set was awsome as well as the O'Brian/Stringdusters set. Marty Stewart again did a great job as well as the Sam Bush set was really enjoyable. Skaggs/Hornsby with bluegrass versions of Valley Road and other Hornsby staples was out of this world. I am ready for 2009 lets have Chatham County Line, Steep Canyon Rangers and Railroad Earth and I might be in HEAVEN!!!

phreak89 Thu 5/15/2008 07:35AM
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wow, Levon looks ancient. though the most recent pic/vid of him i've seen in a while is from the Last Waltz so...glad to see him again though, always loved his voice. so much soul in it.

Promontory Rider starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/15/2008 08:38AM
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Promontory Rider

Merle Fest

The only pure major festival left

Undabo Jack!

twain starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/15/2008 09:24AM
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thank you god for blue & newgrass!

Gary starstarstarstar Thu 5/15/2008 10:21AM
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I love these review articles that Jambase posts. The photos are especially great in this set.



jjwood starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/15/2008 11:16AM
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Top notch summary and photos all the way!! Bravo!

sbruce44 starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/15/2008 11:18PM
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This looks like it was so good, I think my head would have exploded if I had been there.

CaptKirk starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/16/2008 12:49PM
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MerleFest is a truly awesome festival. This was my first year attending and I have plans to go back. The stages are cool, the festival grounds are easy to navigate and the staff is friendly and helpful. Do yourself a favor...GO TO MERLEFEST! You will not be disappointed!

amymacadam starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/29/2008 09:57AM
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Anson Burtch-incredible review. I appreciate the set-up of the article: I particularly like how you first present the upcoming artists. That is part of what makes Merlefest so appealing to a younger crowd: you can always expect to discover some young, up-and-coming artists. Excellent photographs as always. The close-ups by Gabe are fantastic. My favorite is of James Nash from the Waybacks. Another awesome year, another great article! Thanks!

durazno Mon 6/2/2008 11:29AM
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awesome pics!!!! i wanna make it NEXT YEAR