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Sunshine, good friends, and bluegrass music. It doesn’t any better than this. Acoustic Guitar senior editor Mark Kemp is at MerleFest 2016 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The acts today include John Prine, Peter Rowan, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Alison Brown, and Jim Lauderdale, to name a few.

Look for video updates throughout the weekend.


Acoustic Guitar is a proud sponsor of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held annually at MerleFest. Check back for information on the winner. Here is a video of two of last year’s finalists.