The Texas Troubadors “Buddy's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa (Bear Family 2008)Buy it!
Doc and Merle Watson “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)” from Black Mountain Rag (Rounder www.rounder.com 2006) —Originally recorded in 1981 on Flying Fish. Al Perkins plays pedal steel here and TCB Band member Ron Tutt on drums.Buy it!
The Notorious Cherry Bombs “Forever Someday” from The Notorious Cherry Bombs (Universal South 2004) —The whole group won't be there but Vince Gill, providing the lead vocal here, will be.Buy it!
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives “Tear the Woodpile Down” from Nashville, Volume 1: Tear The Woodpile Down (SUGAR HILL 2012) N —Looks like Marty and the boys have another fine album.Buy it!
Dehlia Low “Ravens & Crows” (Rebel www.rebelrecords.com 2011)Buy it!
The Greencards “Marty's Kitchen” from Weather and Water (Dualtone 2005)Buy it!
Sierra Hull “Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder” from Secrets (Rounder www.rounder.com 2006) —Sierra Hull will be playing with Highway 101.Buy it!
The Krüger Brothers “Jack of the Wood” from Between the Notes (Double Time 2009) —The Kruger Brothers are expatriates from Switzerland who settled in western Carolina a couple of decades ago and have become MerleFest favorites.Buy it!
Doc and Richard Watson “Train Whistle Blues” from Third Generation Blues (SUGAR HILL 1999) —A Jimmie Rodgers tune.Buy it!
John Hammond “Easy Lovin'” from Ready for Love (Virgin 2003) —This was a big hit for Freddie Hart in the 1970s.Buy it!
Roy Book Binder “Davis-Travis Rag” from Live Book...Don't Start Me Talkin'... (Rounder www.rounder.com 1994) —Great instrumental which blends the finger styles of the Reverend Gary Davis and Merle Travis.Buy it!
David Holt “Steel Guitar Blues” from Let It Slide (Rhapsody 2005)Buy it!
Peter Rowan and Crucial Country “Land of the Navajo” from Live at Telluride (There Records 2006) —Peter's Free Mexican Air Force will be there this year. Among the FMAF's rotating members are Viktor Krauss and Cindy Cashdollar.Buy it!
Darrell Scott “Hopkinsville” from Long Ride Home (Full Light www.darrellscott.com 2011)Buy it!
Wylie & The Wild West “5 Days to Friday” from Rocketbuster (Hi-Line Records 2011) N —Who put the benzedrine in Wiley Gustafson's Ovaltine? Usually a portrayer of western and cowboy songs, he's rockin' it up on his latest release.Buy it!
Claire Lynch “Thibodeaux” from Moonlighter (Rounder www.rounder.com 1995) —The late Randy Howard plays fiddle on this one.Buy it!
The Lost Bayou Ramblers “Austin Special” from Live at the Blue Moon (SWALLOW RECORDS www.swallowrecords.com 2007) —One written by Harry Choates. Ironically, he died in the Austin city jail from injuries incurred by the DTs.Buy it!
The Waybacks “City Boy” from Loaded (Compass Records 2008) —A nice Louisiana-flavored song by this San Francisco-based group, who are frequently on the MerleFest schedule.Buy it!
Norman Blake, Nancy Blake and Tut Taylor “The Old Dobro Man” from Shacktown Road (Plectrafone 2007) —The Pickin’ Place is sponsored by the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society and you’ll find Tut Taylor and The Local Boys there throughout the festival.Buy it!
The Nashville Bluegrass Band “The First Step to Heaven” from Home of the Blues (SUGAR HILL 1993) —You'll almost always hear Doc and the NBB playing Sunday morning on the Creekside stage.Buy it!
The Tony Rice Unit “Midnight on the Stormy Deep” from Manzanita (Rounder www.rounder.com 1987) —I'm not sure who Tony will have as part of The Unit and he doesn't sing anymore, but this was the best bluegrass unit he ever had.Buy it!
Steep Canyon Rangers “As I Go” from Nobody Knows You (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) N Buy it!
Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth “Shady Grove” from Most of All (Laura's Label 2008)Buy it!
The Boxcars “I'm Over You” from All In (Mountain Home www.crossroadsmusic.com 2012)Buy it!
The Sam Bush Band “Roll On Buddy, Roll On” from Circles Around Me (SUGAR HILL 2009) —Del McCoury provides harmony vocals and piano on this one.Buy it!
Dailey & Vincent “You Oughta be Here with Me” from Brothers From Different Mothers (Rounder www.rounder.com 2009) —One from the pen of the great Roger Miller.Buy it!
Béla Fleck “Blue Mountain Hop” from The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Volume 2 (Warner Brothers 1999) —Bela will have the original Flecktones lineup.Buy it!
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas “Dust Bowl Children” from Paper Airplane (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) —A great Peter Rowan song nailed by Dan Tyminski and AKUS.Buy it!
Jim Lauderdale “Tennessee Dawn” from Could We Get Any Closer? (Sky Crunch Records 2009) —There are talent contests for guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin each year and Jim Lauderdale runs the Chris Austin Memorial Songwriting Contest.Buy it!
Jimmy Bryant “Georgia Boogie (outro)” from Frettin' Fingers: The Lightning Guitar of Jimmy Bryant (Sundazed 1995)Buy it!
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