Initial Performers Announced for MerleFest 2006

Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark and Béla Fleck & the Flecktones are among the first performers announced for MerleFest 2006. Named in memory of Doc Watson’s son, Merle, the 19th annual event takes place April 27-30 in Wilkesboro, N.C. Grateful Dead member Bob Weir will be making a special appearance with the Waybacks during the festival that will also feature Rory Block, David Bromberg, Alison Brown, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Hot Tuna, the Tony Rice Unit, Peter Rowan, Pete Seeger, Larry Sparks, Gillian Welch and many others. Ticket sales begin Nov. 8.