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Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart & More to Play Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival: Exclusive

Legend Scruggs will be celebrated with the new festival launching in North Carolina in September 2020.

Music legend Earl Scruggs will be celebrated during a new music festival launching in North Carolina in September 2020. Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Radney Foster and more are set to play the inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival.

The festival will include a versatile lineup of bluegrass, Americana, blues and countless other roots music artists. Additional acts set to take the stage include Alison Brown, Dom Flemons, The Barefoot Movement, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Po Ramblin Boys, and Unspoken Tradition, with more acts to be added in the coming months.

“Earl was my uncle, so I knew him a long time,” said JT Scruggs, a board member of the Earl Scruggs Center, in a statement. “The first Earl Scruggs Music Festival presents an opportunity to bring exposure and new visitors to the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, North Carolina. The proceeds from the festival will also help to keep the center in good financial shape. The festival will bring great music and many different groups to the region. And I hope that people will hear things about Earl that they may have never heard before as all the artists share their personal stories. I know that Earl would be proud of what we are doing and that we are remembering him through the festival.”


The 2020 festival will be held on Sept. 4-5 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C., a short distance from where the late music legend was born. It will include three stages of over 20 artists set alongside the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Camping, lodging, restaurant and other amenities will be available at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival’s website.

“Probably the first thing I can remember hearing as a young child was Earl Scruggs’ banjo,” Douglas said in a statement. “Little did I know that later in life he would be my friend. I doubt if I would be a musician now if it hadn’t been for that sound. I know I am not alone in making that statement. As far as I’m concerned this festival named in his honor is far overdue. But I also believe that’s the way Earl would want it to be. We can only hope that we can make him proud in how we perceive his legacy to the world.”