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MerleFest Reflections 2005


Loretta Lynn

MerleFest 2005 celebrated the beginnings of bluegrass by hosting a reunion of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Many former members played, including Earl Scruggs, Bobby Hicks, Wilkes County native Jim Shumate, Richard Greene, Tony Ellis, Del McCoury, Roland White, Blake Williams and Peter Rowan. The variety of MerleFest music was evidenced by first-timers such as the Chieftains, Robert Lockwood Jr., Rodney Crowell, Railroad Earth and The Duhks. Others making 2005 appearances at MerleFest included The Avett Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Hayes Carll, Darrell Scott, Buddy Miller, Béla Fleck, The Greencards, Ricky Skaggs and the Kruger Brothers.

MerleFest 2005 took home four awards at the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events Showfest, including the premier accolade, the Kay Saintsing Award for Event of the Year.

John Cowan and Rodney Crowell