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Avetts join MerleFest line-up

Friday, January 4, 2013 – The Avett Brothers were added to the MerleFest line-up.

MerleFest, slated for April 25-28, 2013, added the Avetts to the Sunday schedule at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

The Avett Brothers first performed at MerleFest in 2004. The Avetts' father, Jim Avett, will perform some of his beloved gospel favorites during the Gospel Hour on Sunday morning on the Creekside Stage.

"Many artists that have come to MerleFest through the years. The Avetts first appeared on the lineup before they had gained world-wide fame," said Ted Hagaman, festival director. "Our audience loved them and we could see there was something special about this group. It's been great to watch how their careers have blossomed through the years. We've been pleased to have them back a few times since that first appearance, and it is something that our fans look forward to each time. We're pleased that they will be joining us in April to close out the festival on Sunday afternoon."

Tickets for MerleFest 2013 can be purchased at www.merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 10.

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