Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson To Play MerleFest 2018

MerleFest has announced its initial lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26-29Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the McCrary Sisters, and many more will play the prestigious annual homecoming festival on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

The 2018 Midnight Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation on Saturday, April 28 will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, with special hosts Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale. This very popular after-hours hootenanny gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history.

Ticket sales for the event began yesterdayAdditional performers for MerleFest 2018 will be announced in the coming months, and the full lineup and performance schedule can be found at



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