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April 30, 2016 - The biggest day of the MerleFest weekend is always Saturday. There was still plenty of "Plus" to go around, but the highlights of this year's big day focused on the more traditional side of... »»»
April 30, 2016 - Saturday night of Stagecoach 2016 had arguably the best lineup of all three days, with three stages chock full of many 'can't miss' performers and a headliner in country queen, Carrie Underwood.... »»»
April 29, 2016 - Although primarily thought of as a "roots music" festival, the artists at MerleFest can and do come from a variety of genres and locales. On the first full day of this year's festival, that... »»»
April 28, 2016 - Long running North Carolina roots music festival MerleFest is a family friendly affair that has proven to appeal to different generations. The lineup for Thursday's opening night, then, could be seen... »»»
April 19, 2016 - The Clash may have ended their run decades ago, but one couldn't blame Joe Strummer - if able to listen from the grave - that his band is alive and well. Only now he'd have to think they were... »»»
April 18, 2016 - Jewel did not give a straightforward, traditional concert. If you were looking for the lovely voiced singer to hop on stage with acoustic guitar in hand and play career-spanning songs, that wasn't going to happen.... »»»
April 16, 2016 - Alan Jackson calls his current tour Keepin' It Country, as if he even needs to say so. Jackson's been 'keepin' it country' since he started making records in the late '80s,... »»»
April 14, 2016 - Graham Parker may not be the angry young man any more - he's no longer so young at 65, and chances are that he's mellowed with time - but never sell Parker short. With ace guitarist Brinsley... »»»
April 13, 2016 - Aoife O'Donovan hadn't had her own album in just about 2 years until "In the Magic Hour" dropped in January. With "Fossils" in the rear view mirror, that's an... »»»
April 10, 2016 - Rosanne Cash told the crowd that she was making history - this was the first time ever that she played her stellar 2014 CD, "The River & The Thread" in its entirety (she apparently wasn't... »»»