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MerleFest on the Road is Back!

March 2 at the Historic Dallas Courthouse


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 during March. The

tour will feature select artists that will perform at MerleFest 2018 or have performed previously at the festival: The Way Down

Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May.


“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. “A diverse ‘traditional plus’ lineup is a big part of the festival. However, it is important to

remember that MerleFest cannot be defined by just one genre. Doc Watson created the genre moniker of ‘traditional plus,’ meaning

‘the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the

people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional plus’.’”

Johnson added, "We are delighted to showcase some of the finest artists from MerleFest lineups. MerleFest regulars tell us that

they can hardly wait for every April to arrive, and now they don't have to! We believe that the fans who catch a MerleFest On the Road

show will be more enthusiastic than ever for the festival in April."

Reservations are required. To make your reservation or for more information, please contact Ali Pizza at

or at 704.922.7681 ext 105. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Way Down Wanderers -- Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with

energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 4 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-

growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a

lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores. The band’s debut, self-titled album, produced by Mike

Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is now available wherever music is sold. Front-men and founders, Austin and Collin,

met in their hometown of Peoria, IL when they joined the same folk band and embarked on their first tour at the ages of 14 and 18 years old. The two became

fast friends and soon began writing music together, ultimately forming The Way Down Wanderers when Collin was 16 and Austin, 20 years old.



The Barefoot Movement -- Memorable melodies, lush harmonies, and exciting instrumentation: the music of Nashville, TN's The Barefoot Movement is made up of

all of these things and more.  With one shoe-less foot firmly planted in the world of roots music, while the other wanders anywhere from the styles of pop to rock to R&B,

their genre busting sound may be hard to define, but it is clearly infectious to anyone who hears it.  Centered around the soaring vocals and songwriting of lead singer and

fiddler Noah Wall, the band has been touring since 2009, and their most recent release was produced by Chuck Plotkin (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan) and Hank

Linderman (Eagles, America).  Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music remains as down to earth as their intention

for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.  With crowds teeming with enthusiasm at every performance, and new fans joining the

fold across the nation, word is surely spreading and the message is clear: barefoot is better. Won't you join the movement?

Andy May -- Veteran singer/songwriter, mandolinist, and champion guitar picker, Andy May, infuses his songwriting and shows with his trademark creativity, humor, and

consummate musicianship. He draws from a deep well of traditional American music and his writing taps into styles from blues to Bluegrass, old-time country to contemporary

folk, traditional reels to roots-rock. Andy's 2016 album, Room for Roots, played nationwide on independent Americana and Country Music radio, with multiple original songs charting

. His song, Woman in the Wings, was on Roots Music Report's top Americana Country Songs chart for both 2016 and 2017. The album itself made their Top Americana Country

Album Chart for both years, as well. In a half-century of performing -- from iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to festivals, colleges,

clubs, and listening rooms across the nation and abroad -- Andy has played his music for generations of fans. This is his 18th MerleFest.




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