MerleFest CD, DVD In The Works

Annual North Carolina Americana festival MerleFest will be documented on CD, DVD, and VHS with the June 17 national bow of the self-released "MerleFest Live! The 15th Anniversary Jam." The releases, w

Annual North Carolina Americana festival MerleFest will be documented on CD, DVD, and VHS with the June 17 national bow of the self-released "MerleFest Live! The 15th Anniversary Jam." The releases, which will be available April 22 in North Carolina, were recorded live at the 2002 edition of MerleFest on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

The release will include performances by Doc Watson, Richard Watson, Earl Scruggs, Patty Loveless, Alison Krauss, and more. The MerleFest tradition was begun in 1988 in memory of Merle Watson, son of bluegrass legend Doc Watson and father to Richard Watson. Tracks on the set include Earl and Gary Scruggs' vocals leading "Sittin' on Top of the World," a big band including Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Krauss running through "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and the Loveless-led "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive."

MerleFest is also releasing a companion CD titled "Fresh Faces at MerleFest 2003," which features tracks from a slew of artists who are performing at this year's edition of the concert. As previously reported, this year's MerleFest is slated for April 24-27 at Wilkes Community College. Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jimmie Dale Gilmore (replacing Bruce Hornsby), and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are expected to perform alongside Doc and Richard Watson.

For more information or to order "MerleFest Live!" or "Fresh Faces," visit the festival's official Web site.

Here's the track list for "MerleFest Live! The 15th Anniversary Jam":

"They're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone"
"Midnight Moonlight"
"Sittin' on Top of the World"
"Bury Me Beneath the Willow"
"Shady Grove"
"Sweet Georgia Brown"
"Summertime"
"Patrick Meets the Brickbats"
"Lonesome Pine"
"Shake Rattle & Roll"
"A Good Woman's Love"
"Blue Moon of Kentucky"
"A Mountaineer Is Always Free"
"You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"
"Doc's Medley" ("Any Way You Want Me," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti," "Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin On")
"Cattle Call"
"Careless Love"
"Paul and Silas"
"Amazing Grace"