Merlefest Live! The Best of 2003

Merlefest Live! The Best of 2003


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Acoustic guitar whiz Merle Watson, son of American musical treasure Doc Watson, died in a farm accident in 1985. A memorial concert was held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in April of 1988, and it proved so successful that it grew into an annual event. Dubbed Merlefest, the concert grew to four days in length, with some 13 stages, over a hundred performers, and as it approaches its 20th year, regularly draws in excess of 80,000 people, making it one of the most respected folk festivals on the circuit. This disc collects highlights from the 2003 Merlefest, and it should come as no surprise that Doc Watson turns in a couple of the best performances here, since the man has never made a bad recording in his life. His versions of "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor" and "Match Box Blues" have the easy and natural grace we've come to expect from Watson. Other standouts here include Guy Clark's deceptively simple "Black Diamond Strings," an intimate and hoarse-voiced Ralph Stanley on "A Robin Built a Nest on Daddy's Grave," an elegant and polished rendition of "Main Street Blues" by the Red Stick Ramblers, and the chugging, rocking "Conscious Evolution" by Donna the Buffalo. It doesn't replace being in attendance at Merlefest, but these are wonderfully recorded tracks, and the joy and intimacy on display is a true testament to the memory of Merle Watson.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
UPC: 0015707976626
catalogNumber: 79766

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Guitar (Resonator)
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin,Vocals
Tony Rice   Guitar
Peter Rowan   Mandolin
Ricky Skaggs   Mandolin,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Vocals
Rhonda Vincent   Mandolin,Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Guy Clark   Guitar
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Guitar,Vocals
Verlon Thompson   Guitar
Doc Watson   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Wernick   Banjo
Michael Harris   Bass,Vocals
Buck White   Mandolin,Vocals
John McEuen   Acoustic Guitar
Don Edwards   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Benson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Audie Blaylock   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Carpenter   Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
T. Michael Coleman   Bass
Jack Cooke   Bass,Vocals
Jimmie Fadden   Harmonica,Drums
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Nick Forster   Electric Bass
Jeff Hanna   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Ibbotson   Electric Bass,Vocal Harmony
Jim Miller   Guitar
Jim Mills   Banjo
Jason Moore   Upright Bass
Tara Nevins   Fiddle,Vocals
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin,Vocals
Dale Perry   Banjo
Jeb Puryear   Guitar,Vocals
David Sanger   Drums
Joel Savoy   Fiddle
Mark Schatz   Upright Bass
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Cheryl White   Bass,Vocals
Sharon White   Guitar,Vocals
Barry Scott   Bass,Vocals
Darrin Vincent   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Richard Watson   Guitar
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
Cody Kilby   Guitar
James Alan Shelton   Guitar
Mark Fain   Bass
Kenny Ingram   Banjo
Paul Brewster   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
James Price   Fiddle
John Rigsby   Mandolin,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Gulley   Guitar,Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Barry Abernathy   Banjo,Vocals
David Earl Miller   Bass
Jim VanCleve   Fiddle
Jim "Miracle" Murphy   Steel Guitar
Jamie Dailey   Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Rees   Bass
Kathy Ziegler   Organ,Vocals
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle
Hunter Berry   Fiddle
John Michael Whitby   Keyboards
Josh Caffery   Guitar,Vocals
Haydn Vitera   Fiddle,Vocals
Glenn Fields   Drums
Chas Justus   Guitar
Linzay Young   Fiddle
Robbie Gjersoe   Guitar
Jed Greenberg   Bass,Vocals
Jack Lawrence   Guitar
Jason Roberts   Fiddle,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Guy Clark   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Doc Watson   Arranger,Composer
Don Edwards   Arranger,Adaptation
David Glasser   Audio Master
Jeb Puryear   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
James Wells   Composer
Mark Wheeler   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Steve Gulley   Composer
Johnny Dowd   Composer
Barry Abernathy   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ruby Rakes   Composer
Josh Caffery   Composer
Vivian Keith   Composer
Jim Barrow   Executive Producer
Earl Sykes   Composer
Kenny Baker   Composer

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Merlefest Live! The Best of 2003 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of the best performances by the best performers from the premier bluegrass festival held every year. With over 70 minutes of music and 18 tracks, the lineup includes everyone from Asleep at the Wheel to Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Ralph Stanley. It is rare that a group of musicians as superior and accomplished as those on this disc turn up on a live compilation, so get it now!