Merlefest is an Old Time music festival that takes place each year at the end of April at Wilkes College campus in Wilkesboro North Carolina. It was named for ace guitar picker Merle Watson who died in a tragic farm accident in 1985. The festival has been hosted in the past by Merle’s father Doc Watson, but that won’t happen this year, as Doc Watson passed away last spring. For roots music fans like me, this festival is a big deal and I’m thrilled to say that this year, Tuffy P and I are going. The line-up is fantastic. There are numerous stages, as well as workshops, jams, square dancing, and over 70 crafts booths.